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Canal celebrates bicentennial

Crowds gathered at Saltaire this weekend to welcome the canal boat Kennet as it Canal bicentenial mural by pupils at Saltaire Primarymoored 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 Primary School.

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.

See the Hirst Wood Regeneration Group website here, and the Canal & River Trust here.

17 October 2016

New souvenir mugs

Walkers finishing A Dales High Way can now pick up souvenir mugs alongside new Dales High Way mugstheir 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 route."

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 get there.

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.

See Appleby Tourist Information Centre here, and see them on Facebook here.

1 Oct. 2016

Ingleborough repair work underway

The work to repair the badly eroded track along Swine Tail to the summit of Josh and Tom on Swine Tail, IngleboroughIngleborough 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 Bottom.

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 year.

See our previous posting here.

11 Sept 2016

Northern Dalesman bus journey filmed live

So spectacular and beautiful is the 830 Northern Dalesman weekly bus ride across Northern Dalesman passes Ribbleheadthe 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 direction.

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 Ribblehead.

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.

Watch the film on BBC iPlayer here, and check out the Dalesbus 830 timetable here.

2  Sept. 2016

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