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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Walk the Trail from Saltaire

Trench Woods near Saltaire

There's still time to join the Friends of A Dales High Way as they walk the first section of the trail this Saturday.

The 7.5 mile walk starts at Saltaire, outside Victoria Hall (140 metres up Victoria Road from Saltaire railway station), leaving at 10.30 a.m.

Chris Grogan will lead walkers along the canal towpath to Hirst Wood lock, then up through the ancient Trench Woods onto Shipley Glen.

The trail continues alongside Glovershaw Beck up to Weecher Resvoir, crossing onto Bingley Moor, Burley Moor and Ilkley Moor. There's a steep descemt to White Wells and down into Ilkey town centre to finish, returning by train to Saltaire.

The Friends plan to lead walks along the whole 90-mile trail in nine sections over the coming year, using public transport where possible to get to and from each section. Booking is essential.

Chris Grogan said "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than walking the trail once more with our friends."

Full details and how to book on Walk the Trail 2018 here.

17 May 2018

Ride2Stride 2018

Ride2stride 2018 Settle station

Over 100 walkers from across the globe gathered on the station platform at Settle on a bright May Day morning for the launch of this years' Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival - Ride2Stride 2018.

Four walks departed from the railway station in different directions, two on their way to the Courtyard Dairy at Feizor for a cheese making talk, with an easy 5-mile or a moderate 10-mile option. There was also a 7-mile exploration of Surprising Settle, taking in the amazing Hoffman Kiln near Stainforth and a visit to the 17th century Folly in the town centre. A 15-mile strenuous hike to Malham Tarn topped off the days offerings for more serious walkers.

In the evening Chris Grogan entertained a packed house at the Friends Quaker meeting House with her illustrated talk From Hill Farm to Hiker, and the evening was rounded off nicely with lively folk music at the heaving Royal Oak.

There's a further 6 days' packed with walks, talks and music, so there's plenty of time to jump on the train and join the fun!

See Ride2Stride website here.

2 May 2018

New Friends' Newsletter

Newsletter 5 Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 edition of the Friends of A Dales High Way newsletter is now available.

The newsletter focuses on the 10th anniversary of the long-distance trail and the events that have been organised to celebrate.

In particular, a series of led walks along the entire length of A Dales High Way - Walk the Trail 2018 - is announced with an invitation to join the Friends on this sectional epic adventure.

The walks will take place from mid-May, every fortnight or so, making use of the excellent public transport links along the route, particularly the Settle-Carlisle railway.

Also included is a full roundup of the improvements to the trail that have been undertaken by rangers for the 4 responsible authorities along the route, and others. Work by the landowner to clear a notoriously boggy section above Addingham, in particular, has made a huge improvement.

This edition's Top 10 features Bridget and David's best tips for long-distance walkers - the things they wished they'd known before they set off....

There's also a selection of news highlights from over the last 12 months, and a review of Colin Speakman's biography of the father of geology Adam Sedgwick.

All this and it's FREE to download and enjoy.

Download the Friends Newsletter No. 5 as a pdf here. See details of Walk the Trail 2018 here.

14 April 2018

More trail improvements around Addingham

Trail improvements above Addingham

Rangers from Bradford Council have carried out additional improvement works along A Dales High Way above Addingham.

A new fingerpost and waymark on the path below Addingham Moorside clears up any confusion at a fork in the track, and a new kissing gate beyond replaces a stile.

The improvements are part of a series of works carried out by access officers for the four authorities along the way, following a detailed survey undertaken by the Friends of A Dales High Way which was submitted in 2016.

But it's the muddy fields above Addingham that have been the source of most of the complaints we hear, in particular the short stretch along The Street just above Addingham. Believed to be the line of the old Roman road between Ilkley and Elslack (near Skipton), the broad grassy path had become overgrown, with the narrow remaining track often churned by cattle.

A particular wet year in 2012 highlighted this. Walker John Parkinson noted "Parts of the walk were very wet underfoot (although it barely rained on us); not just bog but very unpleasant deep mud particularly around Addingham..."

After enjoying a "fantastic walk" along the trail Trevor Wain noted: "Worst moment? Perhaps the deep, glutinous, boot sucking, energy sapping mud of the path from Street Farm to the A65 at Addingham where too many cows in a confined corridor had produced a quagmire."

Early last year the landowner began clearing the overgrown vegetation, and the difference is astonishing. A broad wide green lane now leads to the crossing of the A65, and though still muddy in places, it is easy to avoid these spots. This short stretch is now a delight. Our sincere thanks go to the landowner concerned.

See our previous posting here, and the Dales High Way Grotspots here.

2 April 2018

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Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

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