OS map coverage complete
The entire route of A Dales High Way is
now available on current OS maps in
shown as a Recreational Path.
The full route covers five OS maps, though most of the route is
found on just two: OL2 - Map of Yorkshire Dales - Southern &
Western Area, Whernside, Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent; and
OL19 - Map of Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.
Most of the first section across Rombalds Moor can be found on
Explorer 297 - Map of Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley,
Harrogate & Ilkley Moor.
The start of the route at Saltaire is shown on Explorer 288 -
Map of Bradford & Huddersfield, East Calderdale.
A very small section intrudes into OL41 - Map of Forest of
Bowland Pendle Hill, Clitheroe & Settle, though most walkers
will manage without this map.
A Dales High Way was born in 2007, with the first official
guidebook published in 2008. Initial waymarking of the route was
completed in July 2013 and the entire route appeared on OS digital
maps in March 2014, thanks to the support of all the local
authorities along the route, including Bradford District Council,
North Yorkshire County Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park
authority and Cumbria County Council.
The route began to appear on printed maps as they were updated,
with the first being OL2, the Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western
areas in August 2014.
25 May 2016
Ride2stride great success
The 2016 Settle-Carlisle walking festival - ride2stride
- attracted record numbers
walkers to Dales High Way country, despite some
very varied weather.
Over 100 walkers turned up for the festival launch at Settle
railway station on Tuesday to join one of three walks. Dr. David
Johnson was "gobsmacked" to find 50 walkers on his geological and
archaeological trail from Settle to Feizor Thwaite.
The Friends of A Dales High Way sponsored a tour to
Appleby Castle on the Wednesday, along with the Friends of the
Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), which attracted over 40 people
and had to be split into two groups. The tour was enjoyed by all and
is likely to be repeated in the future.
Friday saw the exciting finale of the first stage of the Tour de
Yorkshire cycle race at Settle, and on Saturday some 800 runners faced
a challenging climb over snow capped mountain tops on the annual
Three Peaks Fell Race from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, passing through
Ribblehead and Chapel-le-Dale.
Diane Taylor of the Festival committee said: "It's been a
"We have had a lot of returners this year - people who come very
year -and they tell us it is the combination of the fantastic
Yorkshire Dales and the fact that they can leave their cars at home
to access the walks by train, and end each day with live music, that
brings them back".
Photo shows High Cup Nick (photo courtesy John Wood).
6 May 2016
Ride2stride 2016 gets underway
Ride2stride 2016 - the fifth Settle-Carlisle Walking
Festival gets underway on
with three walks leaving Settle station at 10 o'clock after a brief
These are the first of 30 free guided walks over the week. There
are also 3 talks and seven nights of music to be enjoyed.
A tour of Appleby Castle on Wednesday morning is also included
this year. There is a small charge of £5 for this, with the event
being sponsored by the Friends of A Dales High Way and led
by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL).
To liven up the weekend, Friday sees Settle hosting the finish of
this years opening Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. And on Saturday the
62nd annual Three Peaks Fell Race sees a thousand runners set off
from Horton-in-Ribblesdale for the 24-mile marathon.
“We love being part of Ride2stride," said David Singleton, of the
Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line. "We lead walks from the Settle
Carlisle line all year round and Ride2stride gives us a chance to
meet new people and introduce them to the area. It’s a showcase of
the best of what’s happening in the Yorkshire Dales and Eden
This week's Craven Herald includes a detailed feature on
the festival, alongside a feature on A Dales High Way
long distance trail.
24 April 2016
Arriva take over Northern rail network
Train operators Arriva North took over the 9-year franchise to
run trains on the
network this month - including the world famous Settle-Carlisle
Passengers who didn't know might be forgiven for not noticing any
changes - yet. With most existing staff transferring over to the new
company and the same rolling stock being used initially, it will be
some time before the promised improvements become apparent.
Rebranding will be the first of the changes rolled out.
The Department for Transport's specification includes a guarantee
that the existing Leeds-Carlisle service will continue for the
length of the franchise, plus two extra Sunday services from 2017
and an extra late afternoon departure from Leeds from 2019.
The biggest changes will come elsewhere on the network, with the
complete overhaul of the existing fleet of the widely-unpopular
pacer trains by the end of 2019 promised, with an investment £400
million in 281 brand new carriages.
Other wholesale changes set to be introduced by 2019 include the
introduction of more than 2,000 services a week, a near-40 per cent
increase in capacity on trains and an improved ticketing scheme. The
total cost of the improvements is set to be £1.2 billion.
Launching the new franchise on April 1st, Alex Hynes, managing
director of Northern, said: “Today is the day we begin to deliver
our plans for the exciting next phase of Northern and each and every
one of the team is focused and determined to deliver for customers.
“Investment is exactly what customers wanted and we are looking
forward to achieving major improvements before the end of the
16 April 2016
Ingleborough Crowd Funding Appeal
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is taking part in a
crowdfunding appeal to help restore a section of path to the summit
route up Swine Tail at the northeast end of the summit is shared by
both Dales High Way walkers and those
tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
Three Peaks ranger Steve Hastie said: "Approximately 60,000
walkers complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge each year, at a
conservative estimate raising five million pounds for charitable
causes. Every one of them walks over the Swine Tail, the last climb
before reaching the iconic summit of Ingleborough from the north.
"Over the years this path has become very badly eroded and a wide
scar now blights the side of arguably Yorkshire’s finest mountain,
making walking unpleasant and undermining the local ecology.
"We have tried several path construction techniques over the
years, including coconut matting, stone pitching and cobbled steps.
But the sheer pressure of use and several wet winters meant none of
them have been effective, and the topsoil continues to be lost.
"The only technique we have found to be sustainable on the very
heavily used stretches of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is the use of
stone flags. In recent years a number of flagged sections have been
installed on the route, leading to restored vegetation and a more
sustainable long-term walking surface.
"On the Swine Tail we aim to install 325 metres of stepped stone
flags and restore a further 500 square metres of eroded ground. We
will work closely with Natural England to ensure maximum benefit and
The 'Mend our Mountains' crowdfunding appeal is being run by the
British Mountaineering Council (BMC) to raise money for
environmental projects on some of Britain's most iconic peaks.
Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guide books, are
supporting the appeal by offering signed copies of their latest
guidebook Heart of the Pennine Way as rewards.
The whole Ingleborough massif is a Special Area of Conservation
with European importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
It is also of significant archaeological interest, with the remains
of an ancient hilltop sanctuary on its summit.
The Campaign runs until May 9th.
UPDATE: Chris Grogan will be giving a
presentation on A Dales High Way to a meeting of
the BMC Yorkshire Area on Monday 11 April at the Wheatley Arms in
Ben Rhydding at 7.30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.
2 April 2016