News en route
Walk the Trail from Saltaire
There's still time to join the
Friends of A Dales High Way as
they walk the first section of the trail this Saturday.
The 7.5 mile walk starts at Saltaire, outside Victoria Hall
(140 metres up Victoria Road from Saltaire railway station),
leaving at 10.30 a.m.
Chris Grogan will lead walkers along the canal towpath to
Hirst Wood lock, then up through the ancient Trench Woods onto
The trail continues alongside Glovershaw Beck up to Weecher
Resvoir, crossing onto Bingley Moor, Burley Moor and Ilkley
Moor. There's a steep descemt to White Wells and down into Ilkey
town centre to finish, returning by train to Saltaire.
The Friends plan to lead walks along the whole 90-mile trail
in nine sections over the coming year, using public transport
where possible to get to and from each section. Booking is
Chris Grogan said "We couldn't think of a better way to
celebrate our 10th anniversary than walking the trail once more
with our friends."
17 May 2018
Over 100 walkers from across the globe gathered on the
station platform at Settle on a bright May Day morning for the
launch of this years' Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival -
Four walks departed from the railway station in different
directions, two on their way to the Courtyard Dairy at Feizor
for a cheese making talk, with an easy 5-mile or a
moderate 10-mile option. There was also a 7-mile exploration of
Surprising Settle, taking in the amazing Hoffman Kiln near
Stainforth and a visit to the 17th century Folly in the town
centre. A 15-mile strenuous hike to Malham Tarn topped off the
days offerings for more serious walkers.
In the evening Chris Grogan entertained a packed house at the
Friends Quaker meeting House with her illustrated talk From
Hill Farm to Hiker, and the evening was rounded off nicely
with lively folk music at the heaving Royal Oak.
There's a further 6 days' packed with walks, talks and music,
so there's plenty of time to jump on the train and join the fun!
2 May 2018
New Friends' Newsletter
The Spring 2018 edition of the Friends of A Dales High Way newsletter is now available.
The newsletter focuses on the 10th anniversary of the
long-distance trail and the events that have been organised to
In particular, a series of led walks along the entire length
of A Dales High Way - Walk the Trail 2018
- is announced with an invitation to join the Friends on this
sectional epic adventure.
The walks will take place from mid-May, every fortnight or so, making use of the
excellent public transport links along the route, particularly
the Settle-Carlisle railway.
Also included is a full roundup of the improvements to the
trail that have been undertaken by rangers for the 4 responsible
authorities along the route, and others. Work by the landowner
to clear a notoriously boggy section above Addingham, in
particular, has made a huge improvement.
This edition's Top 10 features Bridget and David's best tips
for long-distance walkers - the things they wished they'd known
before they set off....
There's also a selection of news highlights from
over the last 12 months, and a review of Colin Speakman's
biography of the father of geology Adam Sedgwick.
All this and it's FREE to download and enjoy.
14 April 2018
More trail improvements around Addingham
Rangers from Bradford Council have carried out additional
improvement works along A Dales High Way
A new fingerpost and waymark on the path below Addingham
Moorside clears up any confusion at a fork in the track, and a
new kissing gate beyond replaces a stile.
The improvements are part of a series of works carried out by
access officers for the four authorities along the way,
following a detailed survey undertaken by the Friends of A
Dales High Way which was submitted in 2016.
But it's the muddy fields above Addingham that have been the
source of most of the complaints we hear, in particular the
short stretch along The Street just above Addingham.
Believed to be the line of the old Roman road between Ilkley and
Elslack (near Skipton), the broad grassy path had become
overgrown, with the narrow remaining track often churned by
A particular wet year in 2012 highlighted this. Walker John
Parkinson noted "Parts of the walk were very wet underfoot
(although it barely rained on us); not just bog but very
unpleasant deep mud particularly around Addingham..."
After enjoying a "fantastic walk" along the trail Trevor Wain
noted: "Worst moment? Perhaps the deep, glutinous, boot sucking,
energy sapping mud of the path from Street Farm to the A65 at
Addingham where too many cows in a confined corridor had
produced a quagmire."
Early last year the landowner began clearing the overgrown
vegetation, and the difference is astonishing. A broad wide
green lane now leads to the crossing of the A65, and though
still muddy in places, it is easy to avoid these spots. This
short stretch is now a delight. Our sincere thanks go to the
2 April 2018