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Malham Peregrine chicks take flight
The young Peregrine chicks at Malham Cove have taken to the air,
with the first fledging last Monday (June 11th) - the day after
members of the Friends of A Dales High Way visited!
The adult male will allow the young birds to stay around for
a few months before kicking them out, so there's still time to
go and see them.
A free public viewpoint, at the base of the Cove, is open
from 10:30 to 16:30 five days a week, from Thursday to Monday
(closed Tues and Wed) until 30 July. RSPB and YDNPA staff
or volunteers are on hand to show people the birds through
Jamie Brown, 25, from East Morton near Keighley, became the
quarter of a millionth visitor to the peregrine falcon public
viewpoint in May this year.
The Malham Peregrine Project is a partnership between the
RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and
is now in its 16th year.
Malham Cove is one of the most successful peregrine nest
sites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with at least 59
young raised since a pair first nested in 1993.
(Photo: Malham Peregrine Project).
17 June 2018
New Guide to Three Peaks
Walkers on A Dales High Way who
find themselves crossing Ingleborough on a Saturday afternoon
are often surprised by the sheer numbers of people they meet on
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - climbing Pen-y-ghent,
Ingleborough and Whernside in an arduous 24-mile circuit - is
now so popular that it is not unusual for a thousand people to
set off from Horton-in-Ribblesdale on a Saturday morning. Many
large charities now depend on their annual Three Peaks
A new Route Guide to the Yorkshire Three Peaks has been
published by Skyware Press, designed to help walkers get the
most from their adventure and to find their way easily and
safely around the route. It is also aimed
at addressing some of the issues associated with the thousands
who visit the area every year.
With an estimated 70,000 walkers annually climbing the peaks,
pressure on parking in Horton and the early morning disruption
to residents has become a major problem. In 2012, Horton Parish
Council engaged Colin Speakman to look at the traffic issues in
the village. He recommended people being encouraged to travel to
the area by train.
“A major opportunity,” said Colin “is to work with Northern
Trains ... to encourage many more Three Peaks walkers to travel
to the area by train, including using the railway to park and
ride, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and also pressure
on car parking space in the village.”
Though the new guide works just as well wherever you start,
it encourages walkers to use the very early morning train, which
leaves Leeds at 5.17 am on weekdays and 6.20 am on Saturdays.
arriving at Ribblehead at 6.37 am weekdays and 7.51 am on
Saturday. Whernside is climbed first, then Ingleborough,
leading down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Penyghent follows, then
there is a seven mile trek over Horton Moor to finish back at
So, if you've had enough after Pen-y-ghent you can
nip back into Horton and save yourself that final stretch whilst
still enjoying having topped all three peaks!
A proportion of proceeds of the guide will be donated to the
Three Peaks Project.
1 June 2018
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