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Anniversary Walk reaches half-way point
Walk the Trail 2018 - a series of day walks following
High Way - has now passed the half-way point.
The event, organised by the Friends of A Dales High Way
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the long-distance
began in May with a group of 14 walkers tackling the first
section from Saltaire to Ilkley.
Since then, a varying group of 22 walkers have completed 4
more sections, with the last yesterday being a stunning 11 mile walk
from Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale under a sweltering sun.
The next walk takes place on Saturday, July 28th. It's a 10.5
mile hike from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, climbing the mighty
Ingleborough before a steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale and a long
walk to Ribblehead along the lower south-eastern flank of
Anyone wanting to join the group needs to book in advance.
The remaining sections are all classed as strenuous and
involve a full days walking at a fairly brisk pace. The
remaining walks all take place from the Leeds to Carlisle train
leaving leeds at 7.48 a.m.
Future walks will also involve service bus, hired mini-bus or
taxi connections, with fares payable. Hence pre-booking is
Photo shows walkers at Weets Top (Gordan Tasker).
15 July 2018
Woofers walk the High Way
An entertaining new book by two dogs, Mollie and Digger, and
their human companion Julie Campbell, tells of their
fund-raising walk on A Dales High Way.
"The book tells the tale of our adventures along A Dales
Highway, plus some of our favourite trig pillar and reservoir
walks in and around the Yorkshire Dales" explains Julie. "It
contains lots of photos, a few maps, and we have also got some
cartoons and poems in there. Of course there is plenty of doggie
Their long distance walk is split into eight day walks,
spread over a year. They have lots of adventures and a few
scares - getting lost, being chased by cattle, yomping in bogs,
getting lost again, all whilst bagging a few trig points and
reservoirs along the way. They finished their walk exhausted but
"We would highly recommend this walk. It took us a while to
finish it but we loved every minute of it".
Trig Point Trekkers & Reservoir Dogs By Mollie,
Digger and Julie Campbell costs £10 plus £1.50 postage. You can
buy it by clicking the "shop now" button at the top of the Walk for
Wildlife and Woofers Facebook page, or just message Julie for
other options. Proceeds from the book go to support a number of
local wildlife and dog rescue organisations.
This is their second book; Tales of Two Sprollies includes
accounts of previous long distance walks, including The Dales
Way and Lady Anne's Way.
1 July 2018
Malham Peregrine chicks take flight
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
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).
17 June 2018
New Guide to Three Peaks
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 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
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
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.
1 June 2018