Canal celebrates bicentennial
Crowds gathered at Saltaire this weekend to welcome the canal
boat Kennet as it
for a while by Roberts Park, recreating the inaugural 127-mile
journey across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool to mark the
200th anniversary of England's longest canal.
The first voyage, in October 1816, took five days, though this
trip is taking a more leisurely 9 days.
Chantelle Seaborn, local waterway manager of the Canal & River
Trust said: "The opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal played a
key role in Britain's industrial revolution and encouraged the
development of the textile industries in West Yorkshire.
"There are fewer industries along its banks today but the canal
still brings many benefits."
At Hirst Wood Locks, where walkers on A Dales High
Way leave the canal towpath at the start of their
long-distance journey, a new information board on the canal's
history was unveiled by members of the Hirst Wood Regeneration
Group, alongside a stunning mural produced by pupils at Saltaire
The Regeneration Group are also celebrating being declared
overall winner from over 170 projects at the prestigious Biffa Award
Ceremony 2016. The group's volunteers have worked hard over the last
two years to create the Hirst Wood Nature Reserve from a derelict
land site on the southern side of the locks. If you're passing, pop
over the canal swing bridge and take a look.
17 October 2016
New souvenir mugs
Walkers finishing A Dales High Way can
now pick up souvenir mugs alongside
Completers Certificates, thanks to the enterprising staff at the
Appleby Tourist Information Centre.
The staff, who reported having "a lovely busy summer!", love to
meet Dales High Way walkers as they finish the trail at the foot of
Boroughgate by Moot Hall, where the centre is based. Walkers can
sign the guest book and pick up their free certificate. Now they can
also buy the new "I've completed the Dales High Way" mugs.
The idea for the mugs came from centre manager Nicola Elliott,
after walkers completing the long-distance trail were looking for
extra mementos of their walk.
Nicola said "They are made in Appleby and priced at £5.99 each.
We decided to get them made after several requests from walkers on
The TIC is open every day through the summer, from 9.30 am to 5
pm. from Monday through Saturday, and from 10.30 am. to 2.30 pm. on
Sunday. The friendly and knowledgeable centre team will help you
make the most of your visit and can provide you with all you need to
know about where to stay, where to eat, plus things to do and how to
The TIC stocks a range of walking and cycling leaflets and books,
postcards, maps, gifts and souvenirs. They can also book you on
special tours of the historic Appleby Castle.
If the mugs sell well, Nicola will look into extending the range
of Dales High Way souvenirs on offer. "We will have to look into Key
rings and Pin Badges next" she said.
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Ingleborough repair work underway
The work to repair the badly eroded track along Swine Tail to the
is now well underway.
Hundreds of old Lancashire mill flags have been lifted onto site
by helicopter, along with a small mobile excavator, and park rangers
are busy laying the flags with the help of volunteers.
If you think climbing the iconic peak is tough going, think about
the task faced by Park Access Ranger Josh Hull and his young
apprentice Tom, operating an excavator on the precarious mountain
edge overlooking The Arks at 700 metres altitude.
The cost of the scheme was estimated at £10,000 with the money
being raised in a unique crowdfunding exercise - Mend our
Mountains - organised by the British Mountaineering Council.
The initial task is to flag the path from the summit down towards
Simon Fell and the start of the "hair-raising" descent to Humphrey
The successful campaign beat the target figure by 25% and it is
hoped the extra money will help towards similar work on the
adjoining section which climbs up from the path from
Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Both these sections are part of the route of
A Dales High Way, but also trampled by
thousands of Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge walkers boots each
11 Sept 2016
Northern Dalesman bus journey filmed live
So spectacular and beautiful is the 830 Northern Dalesman weekly
bus ride across
Yorkshire Dales, the BBC decided to film the two hour journey live,
then broadcast it as one of its Slow TV programmes.
The bus journey, from Richmond to Ingleton, follows sections of
some famous long-distance trails, including Wainwright's Coast to
Coast Path, the Pennine Way and A Dales High Way.
The 830, which begins its journey in Middlesbrough before
travelling to Richmond, only runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays from
early May to late September, and there’s just one round-trip journey
a day from each end point. This means that – depending on where you
alight – you can have between three and six hours at your stop of
choice before getting back on and heading back in the opposite
But it's still a popular bus for walkers, as it connects to the
Settle-Carlisle train at Ribblehead. For others, the bus journey
itself is the main event.
From Richmond the bus heads west along Swaledale, following the
Royal Route of Wainwright's Coast to Coast path, passing
through Reeth, Gunnerside and Muker. Then it makes the spectacular
climb over Buttertubs Pass, parallel to the Pennine Way's crossing
of Great Shunner Fell, before dropping down to Hawes and on to
Passing under the railway alongside the famous Viaduct, the bus
continues between Ingleborough and Whernside, well known to Dales
High Way walkers, to finish its journey at Ingleton.
All Aboard! The Country Bus was broadcast on August 29th
2016 on BBC Four.
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