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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Improvement works to route

Walkers on A Dales High Way will notice improvement works along the route that have been undertaken over the winter months, ready for the new walking season.

Improvement works on A Dales High Way 2017

The work has been carried out by access officers for the four authorities along the way, following a detailed survey undertaken by the Friends of A Dales High Way which was submitted last year.

In Cumbria work on a collapsed bank at Cuddling Hole has greatly improved a short section near the end of the walk .

Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Access Officer for Cumbria County Council (CCC) said "The work done at Cuddling Hole was undertaken to make the route safe and has suffered more slippage in the lower part since that work was undertaken.  Even though no further work is presently planned, we are in no doubt that it's on-going work."

A series of new gates has been installed on the section from Newbiggin-on-Lune down to Great Asby, just before responsibility for this area was passed from CCC to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as part of the national park extension.

New waymark signage has been put up in key places, including the turn-off up the lane to Lunds Farm, on the way to cross the Frostrow Fells for Sedbergh. Thanks here are due to the national park rangers.

In the Bradford District Council area new signage has gone up and encroaching vegetation on a particularly muddy area of The Street at Addingham has been cleared, making the going much easier.

Julia Pearson for the Friends of A Dales High Way said "We're grateful to the access officers for each of the authorities for the hard work they've put in to make the route easier for walkers. Of course there's always more to do, so it's a matter of priorities, but we will continue to monitor the route and pass on any problems we find."

Photos, anti-clockwise from the top: Cuddling Hole improvements near Appleby; new gate near Great Asby; new waymark at turn-off near Dent.

See also the Dales High Way Grot Spots here.

10 May 2017

Busy weekend on A Dales High Way

Walkers on A Dales High Way this weekend were likely to find themselves with lots of company.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 passing through Saltaire

Hundreds of walkers turned out for the Ride2Stride Festival, with 13 led walks to choose from over the bank holiday weekend, between Settle and Dent. On Saturday all six walks on offer finished at Ribblehead for music in the Station Inn. They included A Taste of A Dales High Way; an 8-mile circular walk from Ribblehead to Chapel-le-dale led jointly by the Friends of DalesRail and the Friends of A Dales High Way.

On Saturday morning over 300 runners and walkers set off from Ingleton on the 55th annual Fellsman Challenge - 62 miles across the Yorkshire Dales with a total of 11,000 feet of ascent, taking in Ingleborough, Whernside and Dent. The front runners reached the finish line at Threshfield in less than 12 hours, with walkers taking up to 30 hours to complete the route.

Saturday also saw over 900 competitors take on the gruelling annual Three Peaks Fell Race, 23.3 miles crossing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Victoria Wilkinson of the Bingley Harriers set a new womens' record, knocking a decisive 5mins 24secs off the time set by Anna Pichrtova, of the Czech Republic, when the Three Peaks hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in 2008. She finished in 13th place overall in a race won by Murray Strain, 34, of Hunters Bog Trotters in Edinburgh, who set a time of 2hrs 49mins 38secs.

Finally, Sunday saw the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, which passed through Saltaire and the start of A Dales High Way on its way from Bradford to Sheffield.

Belgian Serge Pauwels claimed his first career win in the Tour de Yorkshire after winning Sunday's final stage. The Team Dimension Data rider, 33, timed his push perfectly on the final climbs of the 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley near Sheffield.

See Ride2Stride here, the Fellsman Challenge here, the Three Peaks Fell Race here and the Tour de Yorkshire here.

1 May 2017

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

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