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New Dales High Way Lapel Badges
Now you can celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this
beautiful enamel lapel badge - and help support the Friends
of A Dales High Way at the same time!
This high quality pin in the glowing turquoise and purple
colours of the Dales High Way logo shows the distinctive outline
of Ingleborough summit. A permanent reminder of your
The badges are just 19 mm wide and have a button pin fastener
at the back.
The lapel badges were the brainchild of the staff at Appleby
Tourist Information Centre (TIC), at the end of A
Dales High Way. They had the badges produced so
walkers finishing the trail at the centre could pick up a
souvenir or two at the same time as collecting their free
certificates. Other Dales High Way souvenirs produced by the
entrepeneurial TIC staff include mugs and coasters!
The lapel badges are available at the centre for just £1.99
Chris Grogan of The Friends said: "We are also
offering the badges for sale online for £3.99 each - which
includes free postage and packing in the UK. Any proceeds
from sales of these badges will go to the Friends of A Dales
High Way to be used for the continued waymarking, promotion and
upkeep of the path. They are really beautiful."
You can order them through the Skyware online store, which
uses Paypal for secure online orders (you can use your credit or
debit card if you don't have a Paypal account).
Each order comes with a free Dales High Way sticker.
1 Dec 2017
Whernside path repairs in new appeal pitch
Fans of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks are being asked to support
a new campaign to raise money for the repair of a hugely popular
footpath on the county’s highest mountain.
Pitch in for Whernside has been launched by the
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), as part of the
British Mountaineering Council’s national Mend Our Mountains: Make One
Million fundraising campaign.
The aim is to raise £46,000 to re-build the severely eroded
Bruntscar path on Whernside.
The route of A Dales High Way
passes through Bruntscar as it skirts the eastern flank of the
iconic mountain, with many walkers choosing to take the optional
route from Bruntscar over the
Kate Hilditch, YDNPA Area Manager responsible for the
maintenance of rights of way on the Three Peaks, said:
“Bruntscar is the main descent off the summit of Whernside. The
steepest section is particularly susceptible to damage and the
path is becoming increasingly eroded, undermining the local
ecology and creating an ever-widening scar on Yorkshire’s
“In its current condition the path is extremely difficult to
use, causing people to walk off route, which in turn is causing
additional erosion on the adjacent slope. The scale of the task
is huge given Bruntscar’s remote location and steep conditions.
“People love Yorkshire’s peaks. But with more people than
ever enjoying what they have to offer, the paths take a great
deal of skill and money to maintain. The Mend our
Mountains campaign is about inspiring walkers everywhere with a
positive message about the need to look after the places we care
It’s the second time the two organisations have worked
together to support the Three Peaks, which are walked by tens of
thousands of people a year – many of them raising money for
Last year a total of £17,042 was raised to pay for flagging
on the Swine Tail path on Ingleborough.
20 Nov 2017
Yorkshire Dales Trails
A Dales High Way features in
October's issue of The Great Outdoors as part of an
intriguing long distance walk put together by writer Vivienne
"Have you noticed how long-distance paths have multiplied in
recent years? Our landscape is criss-crossed by trails." she
writes. "Put two trails close together and they seem to breed.
"An idea was forming in my head. I'd been looking for a route
that would immerse me in the Yorkshire Dales. With only four
days to spare, I didn't want to spend half a day at either end
messing around on public transport. A circular route starting
and finishing in Kirkby Stephen, served by the Settle-Carlisle
railway, started to take shape."
Vivienne then sets out her circular route combining sections
of five of Northern England's finest trails. She sets off from
Kirkby Stephen to follow the Coast to Coast path up to Nine
Standards Rigg and on to Keld. Day two sees her walking the
Pennine Way south across Kisdon Hill and Great Shunner Fell to
She follows Lady Anne's Way west over Cotter Riggs on Day
three, then picks up the Pennine Journey on to Cautley, at the
foot of the eastern Howgill Fells. Her final day sees her climb
up onto the Howgill ridge to pick up A Dales High Way north to
Brownber, finally rejoining the Coast to Coast path back to
Vivienne is an award winning freelance writer who has written
several walking guide books, including the Settle to
Our own Skyware Press publish guides to four of the five
featured trails: A Coast to Coast Route Guide; Heart of the Pennine Way;
Lady Anne's Way and A Dales High Way.
4 Nov 2017
Community Archive Project on display
The Friends of the Dales held an open day last weekend to
showcase progress on a huge digital archiving project called
Capturing the Past.
Over the past 18 months a team of local volunteers, with help from the County Record Office, has been working
with a number of local history groups and individuals to help
them digitally record a vast amount of
historical material held in private archives that have not
previously been publicly accessible.
So far 16 archives comprising over 800 documents have been
recorded and digitised covering parishes around Ingleborough and
this material is all now available to search and view on a
purpose built website.
The team’s work will continue until March 2018, by which time
it’s hoped that over 20 archives containing around 2000 items
will be available on the website.
Archives include the Bill Mitchell collection - a set of
drawings made by the former Dalesman editor of many aspects of
the local landscape, its buildings and farming features.
The Lawkland archive is typical of the original material
discovered and contains parish records dating from the 18th
Century, including those of the poorhouse serving local parishes
such as Austwick, Clapham and Horton in Ribblesdale.
Capturing the Past is a two year project run by the
Friends of the Dales (brand name of the Yorkshire Dales Society).
Part of Stories in Stone, a major programme of conservation and
community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area, the
scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape
Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and
supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
28 Oct 2017