News en route
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
More steam serviced trains on track
Following the huge success of the Tornado steam
locomotive service offered by Northern for three days last week,
there are rumours that more such services may be in the offing.
MORE than 5,500 people travelled on services hauled by the
Tornado on the famous Settle and Carlisle line on six return runs
between Appleby and Skipton last week, it has been revealed.
Northern Rail said it was delighted by the public's reaction to
the first timetabled steam service in England for almost 50 years.
Extensive TV publicity following Tuesday's journeys brought bumper
crowds out for the final runs on Thursday.
With normal ticket prices applying, it was possible to travel
both ways for £10, using a Rail Card and the Day Ranger tickets. One
group from The Friends of A Dales High Way enjoyed the
trip, whilst another filmed the outing from the sidelines (see
The initiative is part of celebrations to mark the re-opening of
the line between Appleby and Carlisle, which was closed a year ago
following a massive landslip on to the line at Eden Brows, on March
Engineers have carried out an estimated £23 million worth of
repair work and other improvements to get it open again.
The re-opening will be celebrated with another steam locomotive
outing on March 31st - this one a charter excursion with the world
famous Flying Scotsman, though tickets cost a little more
at £220 per head.
Northern Rail regional director Paul Barnfield said "Obviously we
are absolutely delighted that this is proving such a great success,
not least because a lot of people from all the organisations
involved have worked very hard to make it happen, and it’s been a
very positive collaboration all round. We hope to take this into the
Douglas Hodgins, Chairman of the Friends of the Settle Carlisle
Line (FoSCL) added: “This has been a sell-out success and a huge
credit to all those involved. There must be lessons here about the
demand for steam, scenery and rail travel in general. It was the
perfect curtain raiser for the re-opening of the
Leeds-Settle-Carlisle route on 31 March.”
24 Feb 2017
Slackliners back at Malham Cove
Slackliners were out on Malham Cove again this weekend, as they
rigged a line across the 90m high horeshoe chasm and crossed barefoot.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority posted photos of them in
action on their Facebook Page, bringing specatators in to watch in
amazement (see left).
Two years ago the Slackliners created a record by rigging a
line 210m long across the Cove - more than double the length that
had been seen before. Guy Ruyssevelt, Jacob Hirsch and Jed Doohan
made the attempted crossing high above the snow-capped landscape.
Watching them, Jake said on his Climb Out Blog: "I’m always
humbled by the skill and mental ability that walking a highline
requires. It just isn’t natural to walk into thin air along a 1 inch
wide webbing but don’t be fooled these boys are not idiots. They
take the environment seriously and they take their own safety even
more seriously. Even to the extent of informing the correct
authorities of their lines so that helicopters don’t pass by.
"These guys don’t have a death wish, they wear a harness and a
leash attached to the line for when they fall. Everything is
calculated and they have a lot of experience in rigging, Guy has
worked in rope access, Jake is a circus performer and Jed travels
all over Europe walking epic slacklines and pushing boundaries."
Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a
suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two
anchors. Highlining is Slacklining at a great height!
6 Feb 2015