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.
new 28-mile circular route has been unveiled linking three West
Yorkshire Walkers Are Welcome towns: Otley,
Burley-in-Wharfedale and Baildon.
The Welcome Way was produced as a collaboration between
the three groups under the chairmanship of John Sparshatt, and is
now up-and-running, fully waymarked and supported by a detailed
Bingley, which achieved Walkers Are Welcome (WAW) status in 2015,
has added a Bingley Loop to the route, giving an extra optional
Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook, who officially launched the
route earlier this year, said "Walkers Are Welcome has grown at an
astonishing pace as more towns and villages have seen the benefits
of accreditation and have come on board. Now walkers know that, if
they see the friendly footprint logo, they are assured of a warm
welcome throughout the town, a good path network and waymarked walks
round about. So everyone benefits - visitors, residents and the
As well as passing right through the heart of each of the
communities, the route takes walkers high up onto Burley and Baildon
Moors, as well as crossing Otley Chevin and the northern flanks of
Walkers setting out on A Dales High Way
will soon come across the distinctive Walkers Are Welcome waymarks,
as the new route follows sections of the long-distance trail between
Shipley Glen and Burley Moor.
3 Nov 2016
Canal celebrates bicentennial
Crowds gathered at Saltaire this weekend to welcome the canal
boat Kennet as it
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
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.
17 October 2016
New souvenir mugs
Walkers finishing A Dales High Way can
now pick up souvenir mugs alongside
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 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
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.
1 Oct. 2016