News en route
Paths restored above Skipton
A stretch of path on A Dales High Way
has been restored following work to extend the Golf Course above
This shares a short section of the route with the newly
waymarked Lady Anne's Way - a 100-mile long distance
trail from Skipton to Penrith.
The path has been resurfaced in places, with new gates
installed, and re-waymarked throughout, thanks to the work of
officers at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Rights of Way
department and Skipton Golf Course.
In addition, the Tarn Moor Estate has established some new
permissive paths which may help Dales High Way walkers. Nicky
Bunting, Rights of Way Officer for the Craven and Nidderdale
area of the NYCC, said : " The path that may be of interest to
(Dales High Way walkers), runs from Skipton Golf Club, west
along an attractive enclosed track, then north through the
woodland burial ground to meet Brackenley Lane. This cuts out
330m of road walking."
After crossing the first part of the golf course, A Dales
High Way continues north through double stiles towards
Brackenley Lane, alongside the new Golf course extension.
A new permissive enclosed track runs west from the double
stiles (SD 9879 5319) to link up with a new footpath alongside
Grassington Road. Before this, however, a walkers' gate on the
right leads into the green burial grounds of Tarn Moor
Memorial Woodlands, opened in 2002. A fine permissive path then
meanders north to rejoin Brackenley Lane near to the junction
with Grassington Road above the Craven Heifer.
The new paths "are intended to be long-term permissive paths"
and add to the new public footpaths alongside Grassington Road
that were opened just a few years ago. Dales High Way walkers
now have several optional routes from Skipton to choose from.
Photo shows new gate and waymarks onto Brackenley Lane, with
Sharp Haw and Rough Haw in the background.
12 Feb 2018
Malham Cove hits top 3 UK walks
Malham Cove, on a popular section of A Dales High
Way, won through to the top three of ITV's 100
Favourite UK Walks.
Julia Bradbury presented the 2½ hour prime-time
T.V. show on Tuesday, which featured the top 100 UK walks as
voted in a programme sponsored by ITV, the Ramblers,
Ordnance Survey and Julia Bradbury's own The Outdoor
Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into
the UK’s hiking habits, the top 100 have been voted for by more
than 8,000 walking enthusiasts.
Julia said “Walking is one of Britain’s best loved pastimes,
with around nine million of us enjoying pulling on our hiking
boots and heading for the great outdoors every month… This could
be your next big adventure – you’re going to be blown away.”
The third spot route, which takes in Malham village, Janet's Foss,
Gordale Scar and Malham Cove, was introduced by ITV's Dales'
presenter Ade Edmundson.
Topping the 100 walks list was Helvellyn in the Lake
District, followed by another mountain peak - Snowdon in Wales.
A Dales High Way includes sections of other walks in the top
100 list: at number 25 was Ingleborough and at number 81 was the
Leeds-Liverpool canal from Saltaire to Skipton.
1 Feb 2018
New edition of Companion
A brand new edition of A Dales High Way Companion
has just been published and is now available.
The new edition includes updates and is now in colour
throughout, with 162 full colour photos in its 116 pages.
The book is the perfect companion and illustrated guide to
A Dales High Way - the popular long
distance trail from Saltaire in West Yorkshire, to
Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, which celebrates its official
10th anniversary this year..
The book includes a detailed description of the route, but
more importantly it explores the fascinating geology, history,
culture and wildlife of the places visited. It is designed to
help you get the maximum enjoyment from your walk, whether it's
finding rock art carved by our Stone Age ancestors, spotting an
early purple orchid or visiting the best preserved medieval
castle in England.
This book complements the original Route Guide and is best
read alongside it.
As co-author Chris Grogan describes it; “It’s the book you
read in the pub to plan for your next day’s walking.”
A Dales high Way Companion, by Tony & Chris Grogan. 2nd
ISBN: 978-1-911321-00-2 . Published by Skyware Press,
1 Jan 2018, price: £11.99.
12 Jan 2018
10 years of A Dales High Way
2018 sees the 10th anniversary of the 90-mile
Dales High Way trail.
The long distance route was officially launched in 2008 with the
publication of the first edition of A Dales High Way Route
Guide. Its popularity as a high level trail crossing
the Yorkshire Dales soon grew and it is now estimated around
1,000 walkers tackle the route each year.
The route was originally developed by Chris and Tony Grogan, with their own first complete walk of the finalised
trail in 2007. The website went live in 2008.
There have been a number of notable milestones along the way:
- Brigantes became the first company to offer a baggage
courier service and holiday booking service for walkers on
the route in May 2009;
- November 2009 saw the establishment of the Friends
of A Dales High Way, which helps promote, develop and
maintain the route;
- July 2013 saw the completion of the way marking of the
- March 2014 saw its inclusion as an official Long
Distance Recreational Route on OS Explorer and Landranger
- August 2016 saw the extension of the Yorkshire Dales
National Park take in the northern section of the trail,
leaving three quarters of the trail within the National
A number of events are being planned to help celebrate the
anniversary, including led walks and talks by co-founder Chris
Grogan, in association with the Friends of the Dales
and the Friends of A Dales High Way.
On Saturday 24 March Chris will lead a 5 mile walk along a
section of the trail through Crummackdale - meet 10.30 am at
Austwick Village Hall - before giving an illustrated talk at
2.15 p.m. (£3).
She will also give the talk as part of the
Ride2Stride Walking Festival in Settle on Tuesday May 1st,
7.30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House (£3). She will lead an 8
mile Walk with a View from Ribblehead along an iconic
section of the trail on Saturday, May 5th (meet Ribblehead
station 12.02 p.m.).
Other events are planned for later in the year. Watch this
space for details.
1 Jan 2018.