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Ilkley Moor Grouse shooting protest
Around 100 protesters gathered on Ilkley Moor at the start of
the Grouse shooting season, as part of a campaign to persuade
Bradford Council to stop licensing the activity.
Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) says Bradford Council
is the last local authority in the UK to allow grouse shooting
on municipal moorland and is lobbying Council leader Susan
Hinchcliffe not to renew a contract to do so which expires in
Its spokesman Luke Steele said: “There is only one way to
manage Ilkley Moor for grouse shooting and that is through
burning away and damaging precious habitat at the expense of our
“Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe must accept
responsibility for the damage caused by grouse shooting to the
moor’s wildlife, habitat and reputation on the local authority’s
watch by giving a commitment to not renewing its disastrous
shooting licence. Anything short will only ensure this
conservation calamity continues.”
Grouse shooting has been blamed for a sharp decline in the
numbers of protected wild birds over the moor. The wildlife
crash, which has negatively impacted on the moor’s population of
specialist species, including Merlin, Dunlin and Short Eared
Owl, could result in the loss of the site’s conservation
designations if declines continue,
One of England’s rarest breeding birds, the hen harrier,
attempted to nest in the Yorkshire Dales National Park this
spring for the first time in 10 years.
Two females laid eggs in nests sited on the edge of a moor
managed for grouse shooting. The birds were watched by a small
team of staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National
Park Authority (YDNPA) and Natural England.
Unfortunately neither nesting attempt was successful. Both
attempts are thought to have failed because of predation by
14 Aug 2017
Rail Trails support for Three Peaks project
The Yorkshire Three Peaks area enjoys many thousands of
visiting walkers, including those enjoying a trek along
High Way and those tackling the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire
Three Peaks Challenge Route.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) relies
heavily on fund-raising from supporters to cover the cost of a
lot of the work they do in preserving, maintaining and improving
this beautiful and iconic landscape. Park rangers have just
finished a two-month, £58,000 repair project on Pen-y-ghent
which saw stone flags being lifted to the summit by helicopter
and being put into place – often in driving wind and rain.
This month Chris Grogan of Skyware Press, who publish the
Dales High Way guidebooks and other titles such as Dales Rail
Trails, was able to donate another £100 to the Three Peaks
Project to support this work.
Chris Grogan said "So far we've been able to donate £400 from
sales of Dales Rail Trails to the Dales National Park. It may be
a modest sum, but it all helps. We've also been able to raise
funds in a similar way from other titles, from supporting
crowd-funding schemes and from our membership of the Friends of
the Three Peaks."
Dales Rail Trails features 32 circular and linear walks from
stations along the Settle-Carlisle line in the heart of Dales
High Way country.
Buy your copy of Dales Rails Trails now and support the
Yorkshire Three Peaks!
Photo shows Kate Hilditch (YDNPA Area Manager South) and
Chris Grogan (Skyware Press)
1 August 2017
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