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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.

Channel 5's Wild YorkshireFilmed across a year, this four-part cinematic treat begins in March when the barren peaks, deep dales and inhospitable moorland spring to life.

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 population.

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.

See Channel 5's website here.

19 mar 2017

Ride2stride 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.

Chris Grogan in DentdaleChris 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 the line.

Walkers please note: No dogs other than registered assistance dogs, will be accepted on Ride2stride walks.

See the full 2017 Ride2stride programme here.  See our report on last year's Festival here.

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 film).

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 31.

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 future.”

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.”

See The FoSCL website here. See details of the Flying Scotsman charter excursion here.

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. Astonishing!

Slacklining above Malham Cove - photo courtesy Yorkshire Dales National Park Facebook PageThe 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!

See Jakes Blog of the 2015 crossing here. Watch Sarah Rixman and Daniel Laruelle on a 65m line 90m above Malham Cove in January 2015 here.

6 Feb 2015

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