News en route
Friends New Spring Newsletter
Friends of A Dales High Way have welcomed the coming Spring
with a new newsletter.
Springtime in Wharfe Woods opens the edition, with
an invitation to Dales High Way walkers to take a slight
deviation from their route beyond Feizor and enjoy the rich
display of wildflowers there.
The Ten Top Dales Ales on offer to walkers also
features, celebrating the booming micro-brewing industry that
has seen the establishment of many new breweries along the
Featured beers include Saltaire Blond, Mary Jane,
Wharfedale Black, Copper Dragon Best, Hetton Pale Ale, Mainline
Bitter, Ingleborough Gold, Dent Aviator, Horse Fair Pale Ale and
Wyvern Ale. If we missed your favourite, let us know!
There's the usual news roundup, including details of the
forthcoming Ride2Stride Walking Festival at the end of
April, which features a talk by our very own Chris Grogan.
And finally there's an extended first-hand account of the
record-breaking run by three intrepid fell-runners - Mark
Collinson, Matt Neale and Davie Dixon - as they cover the entire
93-mile route of A Dales High Way in
just 26 hours and 15 minutes. Remarkable!
14 Apr 2017
Dales High Way turns mobile-friendly
Those who have looked at this website before may have noticed
a few changes recently.
A Dales High Way website has now
gone fully mobile-responsive!
Website administrator Tony Grogan said: "We've been planning
to do this for some time. The fact is that more and
more people are using mobile devices to access the site and so
we knew we had to cater for them. Upgrading the whole site,
which has over 60 pages, was a quite a big job. But now that its
done, we hope people will like it and find it much cleaner and
easier to use."
Analysis shows that half the website's users now access it
with a mobile phone or tablet. Those using mobile devices are
certain to become the majority users in the near future.
Statcounter, a research company that tracks internet
use across 2.5m websites, said 51.3% of pages were loaded on
mobile devices in October 2016 - the first time they have
surpassed desktop and laptop computers.
This is up from less than 5% in 2010 and less than 25% three
years ago. Smartphones accounted for 46.5% of traffic, against
4.7% for tablets.
“This should be a wake-up call especially for small
businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that
their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are
not,” commented Aodhan Cullen, Chief Executive Officer for
“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just
because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile
friendly websites for its mobile search results.”
In countries such as India, mobile internet usage is already
high at 79%. In the USA and UK desktop and laptop internet usage
(over 60%) still leads, but the gap is narrowing.
2 April 2017
Wild Yorkshire on TV
A major 4-part documentary following the wild life of the
Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks begins on
Channel 5 on Tuesday evening.
across a year, this four-part cinematic treat begins in March when
the barren peaks, deep dales and inhospitable moorland spring to
Yorkshire’s two national parks cover 1,400 square miles and
receive some 20 million visitors a year, but this four-part
documentary reveals a world hidden far from the human eye.
Unseasonably cold summer weather causes difficulties for several
animals in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, including an
injured roe deer and her twins and Wensleydale's red squirrel
High up in Malham Cove, two 40-day-old peregrines must learn how
to fly, while south of the North York Moors National Park, a pair of
grebes carry their youngsters around on their backs.
Cameras capture the moment a queen bee, heavy with eggs for an
entire generation, emerges sleepily from hibernation, a pair of
great-crested grebe begin an elaborate courtship, and two rival
adders fight over a female.
The natural history docs come after Channel 5's successful
wildlife series Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild.
The series starts on Tuesday 9pm on Channel 5.
19 mar 2017
Walkers are gearing up for the sixth annual Settle-Carlisle
Walking Festival which gets underway next month. This year's
Ride2stride festival is set to coincide with the re-opening of the
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line between Appleby and Carlisle at
the northern end.
Grogan, co-creator of A Dales High Way,
will be giving a light-hearted illustrated talk on how this
long-distance trail was devised, on Friday evening in Settle.
There is also a chance to enjoy a Taste of A Dales High Way
the following day with a moderate 8 mile walk around Ribblehead,
courtesy of the Friends of Dales Rail and the Friends
of A Dales High Way.
The varied R2S programme includes some new initiatives as well as
some old favourites. The popular tours of Appleby Castle and Settle
Water Tower are back, along with a chance to enjoy the Jericho
Shanty Town Experience.
For the more adventurous there are plenty of tough strenuous
outings, including the popular High Cup Nick, Wild Boar Fell and
some extended walks taking in the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
There's a fascinating moderate walk to visit Grisedale - The
Dale that Died - though thankfully it has since revived. ITV's
famous 1975 documentary is to be screened afterwards.
And as always, there's fabulous music each night in pubs along
Walkers please note: No dogs other than registered assistance
dogs, will be accepted on Ride2stride walks.
5 March 2017