A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
A Dales High Way Walk: a 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

A Dales High Way

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Friends New Spring Newsletter

Friends of A Dales High Way Newsletter 4The Friends of A Dales High Way have welcomed the coming Spring with a new newsletter.

Springtime in Wharfe Woods opens the edition, with an invitation to Dales High Way walkers to take a slight deviation from their route beyond Feizor and enjoy the rich display of wildflowers there.

The Ten Top Dales Ales on offer to walkers also features, celebrating the booming micro-brewing industry that has seen the establishment of many new breweries along the route.

Featured beers include Saltaire Blond, Mary Jane, Wharfedale Black, Copper Dragon Best, Hetton Pale Ale, Mainline Bitter, Ingleborough Gold, Dent Aviator, Horse Fair Pale Ale and Wyvern Ale. If we missed your favourite, let us know!

There's the usual news roundup, including details of the forthcoming Ride2Stride Walking Festival at the end of April, which features a talk by our very own Chris Grogan.

And finally there's an extended first-hand account of the record-breaking run by three intrepid fell-runners - Mark Collinson, Matt Neale and Davie Dixon - as they cover the entire 93-mile route of A Dales High Way in just 26 hours and 15 minutes. Remarkable!

Download your free pdf copy of the Newsletter here, and see more of the Friends of A Dales High Way here.

14 Apr 2017

Dales High Way turns mobile-friendly

A Dales High Way website turns mobile-friendlyThose who have looked at this website before may have noticed a few changes recently.

A Dales High Way website has now gone fully mobile-responsive!

Website administrator Tony Grogan said: "We've been planning to do this for some time. The fact is that more and more people are using mobile devices to access the site and so we knew we had to cater for them. Upgrading the whole site, which has over 60 pages, was a quite a big job. But now that its done, we hope people will like it and find it much cleaner and easier to use."

Analysis shows that half the website's users now access it with a mobile phone or tablet. Those using mobile devices are certain to become the majority users in the near future.

Statcounter, a research company that tracks internet use across 2.5m websites, said 51.3% of pages were loaded on mobile devices in October 2016 - the first time they have surpassed desktop and laptop computers.

This is up from less than 5% in 2010 and less than 25% three years ago. Smartphones accounted for 46.5% of traffic, against 4.7% for tablets.

“This should be a wake-up call especially for small businesses, sole traders and professionals to make sure that their websites are mobile friendly. Many older websites are not,” commented Aodhan Cullen, Chief Executive Officer for StatCounter.

“Mobile compatibility is increasingly important not just because of growing traffic but because Google favours mobile friendly websites for its mobile search results.”

In countries such as India, mobile internet usage is already high at 79%. In the USA and UK desktop and laptop internet usage (over 60%) still leads, but the gap is narrowing.

See Statcounter here, See Google's Mobile-friendly online test here.

2 April 2017

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

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A Dales High Way

An exhilarating Dales High Way waymark90 miles across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

Walk this spectacular landscape from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland

Explore its rich history, geology and culture

Return with a breathtaking train ride along England's most beautiful railway

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Dales High Way Guide Books

 

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David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
Dales High Way - the film!
Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

 

 

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