More Saltaire Movie Magic
Saltaire was once again the centre of movie action this week as
streets were cleared for the filming of Funny Cow.
movie, starring Maxine Peake and Vic Reeves, tells the tale of a
rising comedienne during the 1960's and '70's.
Filming took place on Mary Street and Upper Mary Street and
adjoining back alleys, depicting Peakes' character during her
childhood in the 1950's. The production company also created a
1950's set in one of the two-bedroom terraced houses. The film will
be released later this year.
Film producer Kevin Proctor said "We quickly decided that
Saltaire was the perfect location for our film when we came up to
see it. Saltaire is cinematic. We have not had to build any sets. It
is already here.
"People will see Saltaire when the film is released and get
goosebumps. It is not just a location, it is somewhere we have
Saltaire has become a favoured location for TV and movie
producers. Earlier this year Saltaire featured on BBC's The
Great Interior Design Challenge as designers competed to
make-over the front rooms of three of the village homes.
Saltaire is, of course, the start of A Dales High Way,
and most walkers setting out on the trail spend some time first
exploring the Victorian mill village World Heritage site.
Filming of Funny Cow is also taking part in other
Bradford district locations, including the Midland Hotel, Bradford
Playhouse and Shipley Market Square.
Nearby Haworth was the setting for BBC's recent film drama of the
Bronte sisters - To Walk Invisible.
David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film said "We have a
long list of people who want to come back and film in the Bradford
district. The district has been used because of its rich film
heritage. It has been used as a film location for the last 100
13 Jan 2017
Ingleborough Rescues mark end of year
The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) has been involved in two
as 2016 came to an end.
On the afternoon of December 29th a walker slipped on ice
descending from Ingleborough on the steep section heading towards
the Hill Inn, on the route of A Dales High Way.
The 38 year-old man sustained a suspected dislocated knee. Team
members responded and provided pain relief, before moving the
casualty on a stretcher to flatter ground on Humphrey Bottom. A
North West air ambulance was able to land and take the casualty to
hospital for treatment.
The following day 4 walkers, including a 14 year-old girl, with 2
dogs became disoriented in mist whilst walking on Ingleborough. The
walkers were able to contact the police via mobile roaming, but were
unable to give an accurate location. After several mistaken
locations, they found Gaping Gill, and were able to contact the duty
controller directly by responding to his calls to them. As
visibility was poor and night had fallen, they were told to stay
where they were until team members arrived to escort them from the
hill. Upon being met by 2 team members, they were loaned head
torches and walked down to the team vehicle for transport back down
to the road.
Liz Holloway later commented on the CRO's Facebook page: "Thank
you so much for returning my family to safety yesterday after being
lost on Ingleborough. I cannot praise you enough for ensuring their
CRO is a voluntary rescue team, based in Clapham and made up of
local experienced cavers, climbers and walkers who give their time
freely to help those in need of assistance. The team is funded
entirely by charitable donations and is on call at all times, day or
night. Despite the name they mainly attend callouts for surface
The CRO celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015, a year in which
it attended 84 incidents. In that year costs amounted to £52,000,
but donations totalled £77,000.
Photo shows the team on a rescue from Penyghent on 19th November
2016. If you get into trouble on the fells, phone 999 and ask for
the Police, then tell them you need MOUNTAIN RESCUE.
2 January 2017
Friends promote A Dales High Way
Thousands of copies of a new promotional leaflet for
A Dales High Way are ready
distribution in the new year.
15,000 leaflets have been printed by the Friends of A Dales
High Way group ready for the 2017 walking season. The leaflets
have been updated to include the newly extended Yorkshire Dales
National Park, which is crossed by the northern sections of the
They will be distributed mainly through the National Park Centres
and Tourist Information Centres along the route.
Julia Pearson of the Friends said "The previous leaflets proved
incredibly popular and were in great demand. As we ran out we
thought it would be good to update them to take into account the
extended National Park and to highlight in particular the northern
sections that lead into the beautiful Eden Valley.
"We're very grateful to Eden Tourism, the Long Distance Walkers
Association and Skyware Press for their help and support in
producing the leaflets."
17 Dec 2016
Dales High Way start for Tour de Yorkshire race
The routes of the three-day cycling Tour de Yorkshire 2017
have been unveiled, with a treat for Dales High Way walkers for the
start of the final day.
Stage 3 of the event, on Sunday, April 30, will begin in
Bradford's City Park, with cyclists warming up as they pass through
Lister Park and along the A650 onto Saltaire, where they will turn
down Victoria Road to pass Victoria Hall, the start of A
Dales High Way.
Cyclists will then turn along Caroline Street and up Exhibition
Road to join the A657 to Shipley centre, before turning down onto
the A6038 towards Otley. The racing proper begins just outside
Riders will then go through Ilkley, Addingham and Skipton, then
on to Keighley, Haworth, Halifax, Brighouse and Holmfirth, and end
at Fox Valley in Sheffield.
Sir Gary Verity admitted organisers have made the final stage of
the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as brutal as they dare after unveiling
the challenging route on Friday.
"We know we have to deliver a tough stage, but we also know it
can't be insane," said Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to
Yorkshire and the man behind the race.
"We can't put in 5,000 metres of climbing but we can put in
3,500m. It's as tough as we can make it."
Nicknamed the Yorkshire Terrier, the 194.5km stage from
Bradford to Fox Valley near Sheffield includes eight categorised
climbs - a total of 3,517 metres of climbing.
Four of those categorised climbs will come in the final 15
kilometres as the peloton tackles a circuit around Stocksbridge, but
the highlight of the stage promises to be the cobbled climb of
Shibden Wall near Halifax.
Short but extremely sharp, the climb averages 13.5% but hits
gradients of up to 25%, with the cobbles only adding to the pain.
"We want something that is going to look good visually, something
where you will get a huge crowd, and something that is testing from
a sporting point of view, and Shibden Wall will do all of that."
5 Dec 2016
Runners set new record
Three fell runners have set what is believed to be a new record
for A Dales High Way: 93 miles in just
over 26 hours non-stop.
Neale, Mark Collinson and Dave Dixon set off from Saltaire in the
dark at 8 p.m. last Friday night, 11 November. They finally jogged
into Appleby at 10.15 p.m. on Saturday night.
The runners had covered the official route in one continuous run,
stopping only occasionally for refreshments courtesy of the support
van with Andrea Cassidy and Jess Palmer.
All three are seasoned runners, between them covering such long
distance challenges as the Spine Race and Bob Graham round.
Matt Neale said "The last couple of years in November we have run
the Dales Way, so wanted a change this year. This was a better
route in my opinion, although not wanting to take anything away from
the Dales Way. A few less gates and stiles and higher ground,
which actually means it does get slightly drier underfoot."
The first part of the route was covered through the first night,
with "brew" breaks at Addingham Moorside, Skipton and Goredale Scar
before a cooked breakfast in Settle.
Matt said "After 20 minutes, we left Settle about 0600hrs, onto
Feizor and Wharfe. Daylight eventually arrived in time for the
climb up Crummackdale and Ingleborough. There was no hanging
around on the summit, touch the trig and down towards Chapel le Dale
on the Fellsman route. Ahh, the van! More tea and
sandwiches and then off towards Blea Moor signal box. The kind
owners of Broadrake B&B had been tracking us, so were waiting with
refreshments! Rude not to stop for 5 minutes, so we indulged
and had a chat about the Dales High Way. If the flapjack is anything
to go by, this spot is worth staying at if you are walking the route
at a more leisurely pace."
More brew breaks followed in Dent and Sedbergh before the climb
over the Howgill Fells and the Orton Fells, with a final brew break
in the support van at Great Asby.
Matt explained "Quick stop followed by difficulties moving tired
legs, we made slow progress to Hoff across muddy fields and
eventually arrived at the market cross in Appleby at 2215hrs. A
total of 26hrs 15mins and 93 miles.
"The Route Guide was great! We supplemented this with the OS map
during the night sections and occasional gps use. We only really
came off route a few occasions because we were busy chatting!"
Well done lads!
Photo shows the runners at the start - Mark Collinson, Davie
Dixon and Matt Neale (photo courtesy Andrea Cassidy). Many
thanks to Matt, Cathy, Andy, Chris, Tracey and Adam who came out to
help and Jess & Andrea for the road support.
See Matt's account of his hardest ever run - the
Yorkshire 2000 summits here. See an account of Andrew Jackson's
and Dave Dixon's
2013 Dales Way run here.
18 Nov 2016.