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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Malham Peregrine chicks take flight

Pergrines at Malham

The young Peregrine chicks at Malham Cove have taken to the air, with the first fledging last Monday (June 11th) - the day after members of the Friends of A Dales High Way visited!

The adult male will allow the young birds to stay around for a few months before kicking them out, so there's still time to go and see them.

A free public viewpoint, at the base of the Cove, is open from 10:30 to 16:30 five days a week, from Thursday to Monday (closed Tues and Wed) until 30 July.  RSPB and YDNPA staff or volunteers are on hand to show people the birds through telescopes.

Jamie Brown, 25, from East Morton near Keighley, became the quarter of a millionth visitor to the peregrine falcon public viewpoint in May this year.

The Malham Peregrine Project is a partnership between the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and is now in its 16th year. 

Malham Cove is one of the most successful peregrine nest sites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with at least 59 young raised since a pair first nested in 1993.

(Photo: Malham Peregrine Project).

See the Malham Peregrine Project twitterfeed here, and Nature the Dales facebook page here.

17 June 2018

New Guide to Three Peaks

Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide

Walkers on A Dales High Way who find themselves crossing Ingleborough on a Saturday afternoon are often surprised by the sheer numbers of people they meet on the summit.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - climbing Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in an arduous 24-mile circuit - is now so popular that it is not unusual for a thousand people to set off from Horton-in-Ribblesdale on a Saturday morning. Many large charities now depend on their annual Three Peaks fundraiser.

A new Route Guide to the Yorkshire Three Peaks has been published by Skyware Press, designed to help walkers get the most from their adventure and to find their way easily and safely around the route. It is also aimed at addressing some of the issues associated with the thousands who visit the area every year.

With an estimated 70,000 walkers annually climbing the peaks, pressure on parking in Horton and the early morning disruption to residents has become a major problem. In 2012, Horton Parish Council engaged Colin Speakman to look at the traffic issues in the village. He recommended people being encouraged to travel to the area by train.

“A major opportunity,” said Colin “is to work with Northern Trains ... to encourage many more Three Peaks walkers to travel to the area by train, including using the railway to park and ride, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and also pressure on car parking space in the village.”

Though the new guide works just as well wherever you start, it encourages walkers to use the very early morning train, which leaves Leeds at 5.17 am on weekdays and 6.20 am on Saturdays. arriving at Ribblehead at 6.37 am weekdays and 7.51 am on Saturday.  Whernside is climbed first, then Ingleborough, leading down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Penyghent follows, then there is a seven mile trek over Horton Moor to finish back at Ribblehead.

So, if you've had enough after Pen-y-ghent you can nip back into Horton and save yourself that final stretch whilst still enjoying having topped all three peaks!

A proportion of proceeds of the guide will be donated to the Three Peaks Project.

See the Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide here, and the Three Peaks Project here.

1 June 2018

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

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