From: Margaret Whitehead
We walked the Dales High Way for the first time in July 2018.
It was a great experience - lovely scenery in great weather.
We enjoyed it so much that we returned in July 2019, that is
literally returned. We walked from Appleby to Saltaire.
This return journey also gave us an opportunity to try some of
the alternative routes. The cloud was down over the
Howgills so we took the lower level route from Ravenstonedale to
Sedbergh. We still saw many great views.
Also we stayed at Ribblehead rather than Chapel le Dale and
approached Ingleborough from Park Hill and the Simon Fell Ridge.
A lot less adrenaline inducing than the steep ascent/descent of
Ingleborough with time to enjoy the fantastic panorama.
Would like to add the route guidebook was excellent.
Also there seemed to be more way markers on our second trip.
Walking the Way
From: Dave Harrison
29 May 2019
In company with a group organised by HF Holidays, I recently
walked the Dales High Way. There were a couple of hail showers
on the first day, but the weather was otherwise excellent. The
result was a highly enjoyable nine days worth of walking.
To see my photos, visit
Dales High Way - July 2018 Blog
10 Feb 2019
Hi, In July 2018 I completed my DHW trek, a truly magnificent
Thank you to all who work hard to create, maintain and promote
this path, including of course those running the dedicated
website, which was an endless source of knowledge and inspiration
during the planning stages
I am happy to share my diary/blog of the trip on your forum
and if this in any way encourages others to undertake this
wonderful walk then great – they will not be disappointed!
The link to my site is:
Week long parking at Saltaire
From: Tony G (Friends)
19 Aug 2018
Following the inquiry sent by Alan C. (see below) abut parking
his car for a week in Saltaire, he later emailed us to tell us
he'd found a way to use the small local car park at the junction
of Caroline St. and Victoria Road, right in the centre of
Saltaire. He told us:
"I contacted Bradford Met District Council and they issued me
with a parking permit (£15.00 Mon thru Fri, no charge on a Sunday)
to display in my car in the Caroline Street car park which is 20m
from Victoria Hall and a 15 min walk from Shipley railway
We were unaware of this facility, so we contacted Bradford
Council for information. Stephen Hook, Parking Services
Supervisor, told us:
"There are two options for a week long parking at this
particular car park.
A waiver permit can be issued for
Monday to Saturday (£3.00 per day), the car park is free on a
Sunday. Please telephone 01274 434300.
payment can be made by telephone, the instructions for this
procedure are on the side of the pay and display machine."
So there you have it. Many thanks to Alan for sorting that out.
We've had a number of enquiries on similar lines, so this will
prove very useful. It should be born in mind, though, that this is
an unsecured car park, so obvious security precautions should be
The Dales High Way walk 25th June to 2nd July 2018
From: Alan C
12 July 2018
Can you help? We are embarking on the DHW this Sunday from
Saltaire so looking for somewhere safe to park the car for 6 days as
close as possible to the start/Shipley station. We will be returning
on the train from Appleby to Shipley on the train on Friday.
Chris replies: There's no long term
parking I know of in Saltaire or Shipley and Saltaire village is
residents only. Shipley railway station has a car park but I
don't know if you could leave a car all week. You could try
yourparkingspace.co.uk . If you are staying the
night before you start walking you could try and make a deal with
the accommodation provider. Settle offers week long tickets in
Greenfoot Car Park if you were able to drive to Settle then catch
the train to the start.
I hope you have a great walk.
The Dales High Way walk 25th June to 2nd July 2018
From: Terry Yarrow
5 July 2018
I am 70 this year and I have just returned from a week
backpacking an 'embellished' version of The Dales High Way in the
hottest weather we have had for many years! Not a drop of rain,
and dry paths all the way :) ! I decided to go because walking
friends had told me that it was one of the best walks they had
done - I definitely wouldn't disagree!
Just wanted to say that it was an amazing walk, with awesome
scenery and spectacular, breathtaking views, as well as some
really lovely villages and hamlets. With most long distance
footpaths, there are usually parts that are not so good but with
this walk, I don't think there was a bad part anywhere and I
enjoyed all of it. If I was nitpicking, I'd say that short parts
of the last day were a bit overgrown but that wasn't a problem
apart from the fact that I was wearing shorts. I used the small
guidebook which proved to be very good for 99% of the route - I
just needed to refer to my OS Map Ap on a handful of occasions to
check/correct my position where paths were a bit vague.
My 'embellishments' were to adapt the route so that I could
climb Hope Hill, climb Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside
(the last mentioned I climbed on the day there were a thousand
people going up), visit Hull Pot, explore Gordale Scar, take in
Malham village, walk via the Ribblehead viaduct, climb Arant Haw,
and sometimes an extra mile or two to reach a campsite. This
meant that my total distance walked came to 120 miles in 7 days.
Oh, and I made sure I had enough time at the start and finish to
explore Saltaire and Appleby! Naturally, the train ride back was
a big bonus too :) !
I confess that although I am a 'purist' backpacker, with the
extreme heat (combined with dodgy knees), I did resort to using
Sherpa for a couple of the days and the service they provided was
excellent. This was particularly necessary on the Ingleborough
day as I don't think my knees would have taken the steep descent
into Chapel Le Dale with a 35lb pack up!
The campsites along the way were all good and I met some
lovely people on the way - lots of walkers and runners as well as
locals who were always helpful.
Thanks for putting the walk together, it was most enjoyable,
even though challenging, especially in the unusually hot
I have a blog and I have already posted an initial entry on
there regarding the walk. I will be putting up some full blog
posts detailing my experiences as soon as I have processed the
pictures (I am a photographer as well as a blogger). My blog can
be found at https://thedorsetrambler.com.
Thanks again for an amazing walk! With my best wishes
Terry Yarrow (AKA The Dorset Rambler - not the walking
organisation, that's my blog name :) )
Our walk on the Dales High Way
From: Laraine and Andrew
21 Aug 2017
We have just finished our very enjoyable walk on the DHW.
We took 6 days. 3 days using the train from our house in
Settle and the final 3 days from Ribblehead to Appleby,
backpacking camping at Sedbergh and Ravenstonedale. Got to
Appleby just in time to get enjoy a celebratory pint at the
Midland hotel before catching our train back to Settle.
Thanks for a great walk.
From: David Hall
15 July 2017
Hi I have posted a message on the face book page.
I am looking for a camp site near or on the route at Sedburgh.
I have been on the tourist information web site and
Howgills Bunk Barn charges £20 per night for a back pack tent
Can you post this on the blog
Dales High Way Walk - April 2017
From: David Chippendale
9 May 2017
I walked the Dales High Way between 21st and 27th April this
year. What a superb route, full of interest and contrast.
I enjoyed every section of it.
The path through Trench Wood and Shipley Glen at the start was
a delightful surprise, I loved the way the path gave you great
views from high above the towns of Ilkley, Skipton, Settle and
Appleby before dropping down to them, and enjoyed the contrast
between the high moors, the valleys, the limestone scenery, the
ruggedness of Ingleborough and the softness of the Howgills.
A real highlight was seeing Ingleborough covered in snow –
fortunately the day after I'd gone over it.
My only disappointment was not being able to get the train
back down to Saltaire due to the Northern train strike, however,
I'm planning to head back to Appleby after walking the Dales Way
later this month to complete the experience.
My only suggestion for improvement would be to have some sort
of plaque or marker to denote the official start and end of the
trail. Keep up the good work.
Dales High Way - April 2017
From: Maurice Walker
10 Apr 2017
Just completed The Dales Highway on Saturday 8th April 2017. A
great walk. The weather has been perfect, with some great views
and met some great people along the way. I have a nice
certificate from the tourist information centre. Really helpful
people. The deputy mayor ran me into Penrith as northern train
strike. Many thanks to all. Had a great pint to celebrate at the
301 miles pub on Carlisle Station.
News from the Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group
From: Robert Powell
Date: 22 Feb 2017
As you probably know, the Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group had
its AGM some days ago. We didn’t have a huge turnout, but we did get some
useful business sorted out. Amongst other things we are having some guided
walks, thanks to a kind offer from Keith Birbeck, who has just moved into
the area with his wife Joanna. Please see details below, which will also
appear in the March edition of Lookaround. I have also attached a poster
for anyone with anywhere to put it.
Guided Walk Details
The Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group is planning a short series
of walks in the Howgills and Dales area, the primary aim of which is to
gauge if there is sufficient interest amongst local people to develop and
support an ongoing programme of regular walks in the future. These will
be of between 8 and 10 miles in length, and centred around Sedbergh. All
the walks listed below will begin and end at the Information and Book
Centre at 72 Main Street and they will start at 10am.
· Sat 18 March –
Sedbergh Low Level – 8 mile walk along River Rawthay and Dales Way.
Generally easy walking on good tracks and minor roads.
· Wed 05 April –
Howgills Hike – 9 mile walk around Calders and Bram Rigg. Good fell tracks
over open exposed terrain with 500M of ascent.
· Sat 15 April –
Dentdale – 10 mile walk along Dentdale via the Dales Way and the Dales
Highway. Good paths and tracks with 150M of ascent.
· Wed 03 May – Howgills
Hike – 9 mile walk around Knott, Calders and Arrant Haw. Good fell tracks
over open exposed terrain with 500M of ascent.
More information about these walks is available on the Sedbergh Gateway
www.sedberghgateway.org.uk/guidedwalks and from the walk leader,
Keith Birbeck, via
firstname.lastname@example.org or 015396 20941. Any comments or suggestions
concerning this walking initiative would be most welcome.
From: Tony Woodhouse
Date: 16 Oct 2016
We walked the DHW south to north over eight days at the beginning of
October 2016. It is a wonderful trail, thanks to everyone who has
helped to create it, prepare the guide books and maintain it, and for the
welcome at the Appleby TIC.
We were already acquainted with the steep descent from Ingleborough, so
with heavy backpacks we had decided in advance that whatever the weather
we would take the alternative route via Selside. This is a lovely
route in its own right and not in any way a poor relation to walking up
and over Ingleborough, it just needs care and concentration with map
The wind on the Howgills at the Calf was too strong to make the long
ridge walk to Bowderdale a particularly pleasant prospect, so we dropped
down to the alternative route along Bowderdale Beck – again, a lovely
alternative in its own right.
On reaching Bowderdale, by way of variety we left the DHW and walked
directly east to our accommodation in Ravenstonesdale using a route
described by the Howgills and Limestone Trail. However, it would
have been just as easy – if less interesting - to follow the DHW to
Newbiggin and walk across to Ravenstonedale from there, thanks to a
splendid separate pedestrian/cycle path alongside the busy A685 section.
Highlights? Too many to mention.
From: David Wright
Date: 30 Aug 2016
Walking yesterday (29th August) on the Dales Highway, my wife and I
were enjoying a fine, scenic walk in the sunshine. However, after leaving
Flasby village and heading south towards Sharp Haw, we encountered severe
problems at the end of the path from the village where the bridleway
crosses a track (appx Lon, Lat: -2.074302, 54.003754). There are 2 gates
on the bridleway in front of the track, neither of which can be opened,
and we had to climb one of them. This is totally unacceptable - a
bridleway should be useable by horse riders, but they would have been
prevented from continuing beyond this point because of the blocked gates.
Crossing the track we were then confronted by a heavy metal double gate
which was very difficult to open, and close - surely not in the best
interests of the farmer, especially as there was a very long train of
cattle walking past. Going on from there, there are no waymarks, the
correct route is not clear, and it is very boggy in places, with open
dykes having broken banks cross cutting the path, making progress both
difficult and dangerous. There was also a large bull in the next field but
one which we had to cross. The bull was placid, but there was no warning
sign which would have been advisable. Section 59 of the Wildlife &
Countryside Act 1981 bans the keeping of bulls in fields crossed by a
right of way, unless they are under the age of 10 months or not of a
recognised dairy breed, provided they're accompanied by cows or heifers
(young female cows). Recognised dairy breeds are Ayrshire, British
Friesian, British Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry,
but I do not know which breed this bull was.
The blue-topped posts which mark the route help, but there aren't many
and can be difficult to spot - e.g. one was lying in the bracken.
Progressing past Sharp Haw, the bridleway forks - one path going to the
top of Sharp Haw, the other heading SE, but again, no signage. The Dales
Highway forum web page reveals that some of the problems I am reporting
were also in existence in Autumn 2015 - it seems not much has been done
since. I have reported this to Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Something very special
From: Mark Farrar
Date: 17 Aug 2016
For our first holiday for 24 years without children we decided to walk
the DHW, (24th July-1st August). It was wonderful!
Being born and bred in Eccleshill in Bradford, living in Otley for my
teenage years, this is a part of the world (up to Settle) I know very
well. However, having lived in Norfolk for 30 years I had forgotten how
beautiful it is.
Apart from around the honeypots of Malham and Ilkley we saw hardly
anyone all day on our walks. Great stuff! We only met one other person
doing the DHW itself, a woman from London, who told us you had kindly met
her in Saltaire railway station at the start of her walk. Sadly, she gave
up after a couple of days. I am not surprised as she was carrying
everything. We could not have managed that.
Your guide books were excellent, we hardly ever needed our OS maps, let
alone a compass. Thank you. You should be very proud of what you have
It is something very special. But please do not let it become too
From: Janet and Derek
Date: 12 Apr 2016
We have just finished walking the Dales High Way. It was a brilliant
route and the guide book was excellent, probably the most accurate we have
used in many decades of walking. Also, it was a good idea to have a guide
book and a separate, larger, companion book. (I do wish other guide book
writers would take up this idea!)
Dales High Way Badge
From: Brian Foster
Date: 8 Jan 2016
I’ve done quite a few nation trails; my first was the Cumbria Way many
years ago. This was followed by the Coast to Coast which I finished on my
60th Birthday. More recently and locally I’ve done the Peddars Way &
Norfolk Coast Path followed by the Rutland Round. In October 2015 I did
the Herriot Way and, as I was born and brought up in Harrogate, I just had
to do the Dales High Way which took me through some of my favourite
walking areas in God’s own county.
Whilst I got my completion certificate for the Dales High Way from the
TIC in Appleby and signed the C2C finishers book in the Bay Hotel; I felt
that I needed a more longer lasting and permanent memento to mark the
completion of these trails. I’m sure that there are some providers of
merchandise for a few of these trails but rather than trawling the
internet, I thought that I’d try the DIY approach which would at least
ensure that I got what I wanted at a sensible price. My first thought was
some form of embroidered badge that I could sew onto my rucksack but since
I’m not very good with a needle and thread, I thought that a metal pin
badge might be an easier option. A quick search on the internet brought up
At that time, I only had a picture of the waymarker for the Rutland
Round so thought that I’d get a couple of badges made up; one for me and
one for the friend who did the walk with me and provided the second car,
making this walk possible. I was so pleased with the badges that
Createabadge produced that my thoughts then turned to getting a few more
made to mark the trails that I’d walked over the years. I downloaded a
waymarker image for the C2C and then asked Chris if she would allow me to
use her waymarker for the Dales High Way. She very readily agreed and sent
me an image that I could use. In return, I promised to send her a sample
badge. I think that the results are quite impressive as you can see for
yourself from the following picture.
For anyone that might be interested in doing something similar for
themselves, I can thoroughly recommend Creatabadge who made these up for
me within a few days of submitting my order. The 55mm badges cost me £1
each with a postal charge of £3.99. This is a standard charge irrespective
of the number of badges ordered. My goal now is to find suitable images
for the other trails that I’ve done and to then complete my set of badges.