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Open Day for Malham Chapel Dig
An Open day was held today to mark the closing stages of a
two-week archaeological dig at the site of St Helen’s Chapel in
The site is in a field adjacent to the National Park Centre
and car park.
The dig has been led by Dr David Johnson of the Ingleborough
Archaeology Group with the help of a group of volunteers and
follows on from two similar digs at the site in 2015 and 2016.
The excavations in 2015 and 2016 confirmed the location of an
ancient chapel in Malham, dedicated to St Helen. The digs
corroborated documentary evidence as to how the chapel was
destroyed by the Edwardian chantry commissioners in 1549.
During the twelfth century major landholdings were given to
the two monastic houses of Fountains Abbey and Bolton Priory in
Malhamdale. After the upheaval of the dissolution of the
monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII all monastic land in
Malham was surrendered to the Crown, then sold and resold.
The site of the lost chapel was finally re-established in
2014 when geophysical and topographical surveys appeared to
reveal a two-cell building which resembled known profiles of
13 July 2017
Dales High Way Talk & Walk
A Dales High Way plays a key role
in Baildon Walkers are Welcome (WaW) events later this
Baildon group hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday
evening, 11 July. After the formal business of the AGM Chris
Grogan will give an illustrated talk about the long-distance
trail which passes Baildon Moor on its way to Ilkley. The public
are welcome to attend the AGM and the talk, where refreshments will be
Then on the following day Chris will lead an 8-mile walk
covering the first stage of A Dales High Way from Saltaire to
Ilkley. All are welcome to join the free walk, which meets
outside Victoria Hall in Saltaire at 10 a.m.
The route leaves Saltaire along the canal towpath and climbs
steadily through Trench Wood to Shipley Glen before heading onto
the open moors, passing the Twelve Apostles stone circle. The
moorland is exposed and can be wet underfoot and the descent
into Ilkley is steep and rocky so care must be taken. There is a
short section along a busy road. Bring refreshments and a packed
lunch, there are cafes and pubs at the end in Ilkley. The walk
is expected to finish in Ilkley by 3 p.m., returning to Saltaire
The led walk is part of Baildon WaW Summer Guided Walks
Baildon town was awarded Walkers Are Welcome status
in 2013 after a two year campaign. The group organise a series
of guided walks throughout the year, as well as publishing DIY
local walk guides and a downloadable Baildon Village Walk. They
also helped develop the Welcome Way, a 28-mile circular
trail linking the Welcome Way towns of Baildon, Otley,
Burley-in-Wharfedale and Bingley.
- The AGM and talk will be held at Wesleys Hall, Baildon
Methodist Church on Tuesday evening, July 11th, starting at
- The led walk - A Taste of A Dales High Way - leaves
Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Wednesday July 12th at 10 a.m.
1 July 2017
Appleby Horse Fair success despite wet weather
This year's Appleby Horse Fair drew to an end last weekend,
with the general consensus of a successful week's festivities.
A Community Advisory Group has met throughout the Fair and
provided feedback from both residents and Gypsies and
Travellers. In general, they considered that the 2017 Horse Fair
had gone really well, with very few incidents of concern.
Gypsy and Traveller representative Billy Welch said: “This
year’s Fair has enjoyed a really positive atmosphere, even the
rain couldn’t dampen our spirits! All has been peaceful and
quiet on Fair Hill, the traditional stopping place for Gypsies
and Travellers at the Fair."
The total number of caravans was down by 112 on last year,
with 815 motorised caravans (trailers) and 176 bowtops -
traditional horse drawn carriages. The number of traditional
bowtops was up by 23 compared to 2016.
Dr Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi Agency Strategic
Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) and the Chief Executive of
Eden District Council said: “All the public agencies, charities
such as the RSPCA and their dedicated volunteers, plus Gypsy and
Traveller representatives have been working extremely hard not
just during the Fair, but during the past year to ensure that
Appleby Horse Fair is as safe and enjoyable as possible. The
operational plan has been implemented successfully and the vast
majority of people attending the Fair have enjoyed the good
atmosphere, despite some very wet weather. Cumbria Police have
again worked impeccably well and have taken a community led
approach to public safety."
RSPCA Chief Inspector, Rob Melloy, said: “The main concern
for the RSPCA this year was the high water level of the River
Eden where horse washing takes place. The sheer volume of
rainfall in the lead up to and during the Fair meant on some
occasions we had to close the River Ramp and Jubilee Ford on a
precautionary basis to protect the safety of animals and the
18 June 2017
New Ride2Stride video
A new short film celebrating the 2017 Ride2Stride Walking
Festival is now available.
The video has been produced by David Halsall and Bridget
Izod. The duo, both committee members of the Friends of A
Dales High Way, have produced a number of walking films
over the years, including a great account of walking
A Dales High Way in 2012.
The video was filmed over the week of the festival and gives
a flavour of all aspects of Ride2Stride - walks, talks and
This year's festival proved another great success, despite
the kind of variable weather we have become accustomed to.
The programme on Friday April 28th was threatened by
disruption when a rail strike was called for that day,
especially as most of the walks and the music were focussed
around Garsdale. However, walkers turned out in good numbers,
arranging lifts to and from the area as needed. No-one was left
Chris Grogan, secretary of the Ride2stride organising
committee, said "If you don't know what to expect at
Ride2Stride, take a look at this film, then join us next year. You'll
have a great time."
5 June 2017