A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
A Dales High Way Walk: a 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

A Dales High Way

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Coast to Coast gets National Trail Status

Approaching Kidsy Pike on the Coast to Coast Walk

The government announced that Alfred Wainwright's popular Coast to Coast Walk is to be made a National Trail.

The announcement last week followed several years of campaigning the Wainwright Society. The 197-mile trail will now undergo £5.6 million of upgrades to bring it to National Trail standards, with an expected official "opening" in 2025.

Wainwright's route has undergone several changes over the years, as some of it followed paths which were not Rights of Way. The "upgrades" will include creating a further 9.7 miles of new public footpath, 9 miles of new public bridleway and 5 miles of "re-alignment" of existing rights of way.

Many stiles will also be replaced by gates, and other stretches of path strengthened. It is estimated that over 6,000 walkers cross the entire route each year, bringing around £7 million into local economies.

The trail shares a short section with A Dales High Way across Ravenstonedale Moor.

Lord Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: "The Coast to Coast route passes through some of our most spectacular countryside, villages and natural habitats so I’m delighted to approve these plans and deliver on our manifesto commitment to develop the route into a new National Trail."

See Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk here.

15 Aug 2022

Moorland Access Bans follow Heat-wave

Ilkley moor Fire in 2019

Open access to wide areas of moorland in Yorkshire was banned following the July heat-wave that set new UK temperature records.

In the Bradford district, temporary bans on wide areas of open access - "right to roam" areas - on upland moors  were introduced on July 20th in response to the danger of fire.

Addingham High Moor was one of the areas affected, but as public footpaths were exempt from the ban, this did not affect walkers on A Dales High Way.

Bradford Council said: “Temperatures may have dropped but there’s still a very high risk of wildfire on moorland. Access to some areas of moorland across the country is temporarily suspended, with the ‘right to roam’ on open country withdrawn until further notice.

“Please stay away from these areas until further notice. The restrictions do not apply to public rights of way and public roads."

Temperatures topped 40 degrees in some UK areas for the first time, highlighting the very real dangers of unchecked human-induced climate change.

See the Met Office Fire Severity Index here.

1 Aug 2022

Commonwealth Baton in Saltaire

Queens Commonwealth Baton at Saltaire

The Queen's Commonweath Baton arrived at Saltaire yesterday, on its way across Yorkshire.

Sammy Wills from Sheffield, a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust was chosen as one of 2,022 people to carry the Baton in the relay preceding this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Sammy said:” I am very excited to be chosen as one of the Commonwealth Baton bearers in Yorkshire. The 2022 Commonwealth Games mark a fantastic year as it is also 20 years since I started flying as a Paramedic with Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity, seconded from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust."

The baton will be travelling through 72 Commonwealth nations before the opening of the Games in Birmingham on the 28th of July. The baton, which has already completed an international route, is travelling the length and breadth of England, stopping in 180 locations.

The relay will end at Birmingham's Aston Hall on 28 July, the day of the games' opening ceremony.

See the 2022 Commonwealth Games here.

13 July 2022

Aerial Archaeology Project for Westmorland Dales

Gilbertine Monastic remains, Ravenstonedale

A new aerial investigation project has been launched covering the south-eastern part of the Westmorland Dales area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a region rich in prehistoric and Roman archaeology.  

The area includes the final stages of A Dales High Way and was included into the National Park in 2016.

The project will identify, map and interpret historic environment features to enhance the Yorkshire Dales Historic Environment Record using a range of aerial imagery.

It will study all available aerial photographs and LiDAR to identify and map archaeological features within the survey area. LiDAR (light detection and ranging) uses lasers to create 3-D maps of the surface, penetrating any obscuring vegetation.

In the Yorkshire Dales researchers have found two ploughed down henges that are no longer visible, a significant number of prehistoric settlements, former farmsteads and complex medieval farming landscapes that exist underneath the stone walls and hay meadows not visible to the eye.

The project is being undertaken by Archaeological Research Services Ltd in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Historic England to cover 136km² of the area that was incorporated into the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016.

PHOTO shows the structural remains of a Gilbertine Monastic House uncovered in 1928-9 in the graveyard of St. Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale © ARS 2022.

See the Archaeological Research Services here.

1 July 2022

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Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

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Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

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