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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Anniversary Walk reaches half-way point

Walkers gather at Weets Top

Walk the Trail 2018 - a series of day walks following A Dales 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 trail, 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 Whernside.

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 essential.

Photo shows walkers at Weets Top (Gordan Tasker).

See Walk the Trail 2018 here

15 July 2018

Woofers walk the High Way

Trig Point Trekkers

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 nonsense too".

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 happy.

"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.

See Walk for Wildlife and Woofers Facebook site here.

1 July 2018

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

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