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

Walk the Trail: 10th anniversary - 2018

We are planning to walk the entire Dales High Way Trail in sections over a series of weekend day walks, to help celebrate the trail's 10th anniversary.

Each section will be led by an experienced walk leader, and all the walks are free, so please join us.

We will take advantage of public transport where possible to get to the start of each section and return from the end. In the main we will use the Settle-Carlisle railway, with trains leaving Leeds at around 8.49 in the morning and returning late in the afternoon. Some sections will also involve additional bus journeys. Walkers will be responsible for any fares payable. Where we have to hire mini-busses, the cost of this will be shared by participants (we'll give advanced notice of the cost). Please be aware we cannot guarantee places will be available on public transport.

Each of these sections are quite long and the walk itself is tough, involving a lot of steep climbs over rough terrain. The pace of the walk is appropriate to the distance and the available time, and is expected to be brisk. We ask that walkers accept the pace set. Anyone getting ahead of the leader may be deemed to have left the walk. Please be aware that weather conditions can result in the walk grade and/or route changing significantly. Good footwear & adequate clothing (including waterproofs) are essential. Please carry enough food & drink for the day. The walk leader reserves the right to refuse participation to anyone who is judged to be not fit or adequately clothed or equipped for the walk concerned, and to vary the walk if conditions so dictate. Under 18 year olds to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please note: NO DOGS other than registered assistance dogs, will be accepted on any of these walks. This decision has been taken in the interest of safety and enjoyment for everyone and to protect lifestock and wildlife.

Walkers will be required to pre-book each section. Contact us by email for more details:

Whilst walk leaders take every care, your comfort and safety are your own responsibility.


(1) Saltaire to Ilkley

Saturday, 19 May.   ( 7.5 miles / 12.1 km. )  Moderate.

Walkers on A Dales High Way - Rombalds Moor

Start: (10.30 a.m.) Outside Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd. Saltaire (140m up Victoria Rd from Saltaire railway station.)

Walk Leaders: Chris & Tony Grogan.

From the start of A Dales HIgh Way in the historic Victoria Square, Saltaire, we will climb onto Baildon Moor, then cross Bingley Moor, Burley Moor and Ilkley Moor before descending steeply to the spar town of Ilkley.

TRAVEL: TO START: Trains: Airedale line from Leeds (dep. 09.56), Bradford (dep. 10.11) or Skipton (dep. 09.47). NOTE: Settle-Carlisle train from Leeds does NOT stop at Saltaire.
FROM FINISH: Trains: Wharfedale line from Ilkey to Leeds, Bradford, and Shipley (change for Skipton) - 2 every hour. Bus to Keighley (62 - every half hour), Skipton/Leeds (X84, X85 - every hour), Harrogate (X52 - every hour).

(2) Ilkley to Skipton

Saturday, 2 June.   ( 11.5 miles / 18.5 km. )  Strenuous.

SHORTER WALK: Ilkley to Addingham ( 6.5 miles / 10.5 km ). Moderate.

Addingham High Moor

Start: (10.30 a.m.) Outside Ilkley railway station.

Walk leaders:

From Ilkley we climb back up to rejoin the trail on Ilkley Moor, continuing a long ridge walk onto Addingham High Moor before dropping steeply to the northern edge of the town of Addingham. We then climb onto Skipton Moor along the line of the Roman Road before droppingly steeply into Skipton.

TRAVEL: Trains: Wharfedale line to Ilkey from Leeds (dep. 09.32), Bradford (dep. 09.46), and Shipley (dep. 09.53) (change from Skipton) - 2 every hour. Bus from Keighley (62 - every half hour), Skipton/Leeds (X84, X85 - every half hour), Harrogate (X52 - every hour).
FROM ADDINGHAM: Bus to Ilkley/Keighley (62 - every half hour), Skipton/Leeds (X84, X85 - every hour),
FROM FINISH: Trains: Airedale line to Leeds and Bradford (3 or 4 per hour), change at Shipley for train back to Ilkley. Bus for Ilkley/Leeds (X84, X85 - every hour).

(3) Skipton to Hetton

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 16 June.   (6.8 miles / 10.9 km.)  Moderate.



(4) Hetton to Settle

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 30 June.   (12.0 miles / 19.3 km.)  Strenuous.



(5) Settle to Horton

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 14 July.   (11.5 miles / 18.5 km.) Strenuous.



(6) Horton to Ribblehead

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 28 July.   (10.5 miles / 16.9 km.)  Strenuous.



(7) Ribblehead to Sedbergh

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 11 August.   (12.8 miles / 20.6 km.)  Strenuous.



(8) Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 25 August.   (11.0 miles / 17.7 km.)  Strenuous.



(9) Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby

[PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed] Saturday, 8 September.   (12.7 miles / 20.4 km.)  Strenuous.



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INDEX TO WALKS

(Walk 1) Saltaire to Ilkley

(Walk 2) Ilkley to Skipton

(Walk 3) Skipton to Hetton

(Walk 4) Hetton to Settle

(Walk 5) Settle to Horton

(Walk 6) Horton to Ribblehead

(Walk 7) Ribblehead to Sedbergh

(Walk 8) Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune

(Walk 9) Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby


WALK GRADES:

Easy – Leisurely walks with regular stops for viewing & refreshment. Any climbs will be of fairly modest gradient & length.

Moderate – These cater for the more experienced walkers. Expect a full day at a steady pace. You may well encounter steeper gradients & more difficult terrain.

Strenuous – A full day’s walk at a brisk pace, you probably will encounter steep slopes and difficult terrain. The walk may also include yomping and/or short scrambles. There could be time constraints.


USEFUL LINKS:

The Settle – Carlisle line

Train timetables and fares - National rail journey planner

Dalesbus - Buses in the Yorkshire Dales


 

Notes: 

Start times are related to the arrival of a train/bus and may be subject to delay. Finish times are approx. Walkers are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the start and finish of each walk. All walks are free. Booking is essential.

NO DOGS on any walk, except approved assistance dogs.

Please be aware that weather conditions can result in the walk grade and/or route changing significantly. Walk leaders reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone judged to be not fit or adequately clothed or equipped for the walk concerned, and to vary the walk if conditions so dictate. Under 18's accompanied by a responsible adult.

Whilst walk leaders take every care, your comfort and safety are your own responsibility.

The organisers cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience resulting from these events.