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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Crummack Dale walk to kick off anniversary events

Clapper Bridge, Crummack Dale

Chris Grogan will lead a moderately easy 5 mile walk through Crummack Dale, taking in a lovely secluded section of A Dales High Way, as the first in a series of events helping to celebrate the trails' 10th official birthday!

The circular walk starts and finishes in Austwick on Saturday, March 24th. Meet at 10.30 a.m. at Austwick Village Hall - all are welcome and the walk is free.

This walk follows fields, tracks and lanes between Austwick and Wharfe, before heading for the lower slopes of Crummack Dale, passing the pretty little clapper bridge at Wash Dub to return to the start. The walk is moderately easy but may be stony or wet underfoot.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Meet at Austwick Village Hall, Main Street, Austwick LA2 8BJ (beside Village Shop/Post Office). Toilets are available. Please park with consideration on village roads.

After the walk, Chris will give her popular illustrated talk A Taste of A Dales High Way in the Village Hall, starting at 2.15 p.m. The cost is just £3 and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit.

This event has been organised by the Friends of the Dales (formally known as the Yorkshire Dales Society), a membership charity which campaigns for the protection and enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales.

The long distance route was officially launched in 2008 with the publication of the first edition of A Dales High Way Route Guide. Its popularity as a high level trail crossing the Yorkshire Dales soon grew and it is now estimated around 1,000 walkers tackle the route each year. The trail is now way-marked and included as an official Long Distance Recreational Route on OS Explorer and Landranger maps.

More events are being planned by the Friends of A Dales High Way over the coming months.

See the Anniversary Events programme here, and the Friends of the Dales website here.

16 march 2018

Speakman on Sedgwick

Colin Speakman on Adam Sedgwick

Walkers on A Dales High Way can't fail to notice the huge granite slab that sits on the cobbled market place in the centre of Dent, with its simple engraving: Adam Sedgwick 1785 - 1873. The memorial fountain commemorates the life and work of Adam Sedgwick -  one of the founders of modern geology and Dent's most famous son.

The fascinating story of Sedgwick's life and work is told in the definitive biography Adam Sedgwick, Geologist and Dalesman by Colin Speakman - creator of the Dales Way. First published in 1982, the book has been reissued in 2018 by the Yorkshire Geological Society and Gritstone Press.

Sedgwick was the son of the Dent vicar who went on to study mathematics, classics and theology at Trinity College, Cambridge. A deeply religious man, he was ordained a deacon in 1817 and the following year was appointed Woodwardian Professor of Geology, even though as he remarked himself "I knew absolutely nothing of geology". That soon changed though, with Sedgwick carrying out important research work all over Britain, in what became known as the historic age of geology.

Sedgwick decoded the complex geology of the Lake District and became friends with Wordsworth.

In Wales he studied the oldest known rocks in Britain, formed in a period over 488 million years ago which he called the Cambrian. They contained the earliest known fossils, which no doubt influenced one of his field research students - Charles Darwin. Darwin's later work "On the Origin of the Species" would, however, appal Sedgwick's deeply religious convictions.

Adam Sedgwick, Geologist & Dalesman

But for fans of the Yorkshire Dales, it is his 19th century accounts of his beloved Dentdale that hold particular fascination. His campaigning book "A Memorial to the Trustees of Cowgill Chapel" in 1868 even led to  an intervention by Queen Victoria and an act of Parliament to change the chapel's name as registered by the church authorities.

The book is beautifully written and produced, and this timely new publication marks 200 years since Sedgwick's historic appointment as Woodwardian Professor of Geology.

"Adam Sedgwick, Geologist and Dalesman" by Colin Speakman. ISBN 978-0-9955609-4-0, published jointly by Gritstone Writers Cooperative & The Yorkshire Geological Society 2018, £12.00.

You can see Colin give an illustrated talk on Adam Sedgwick at the Ride2Stride Walking Festival 2018. Friday, May 4, 14.15. Friends Meeting House, Settle. £3.00 includes light refreshments, sponsored by the Friends of the Dales.

1 March 2018

Paths restored above Skipton

A stretch of path on A Dales High Way has been restored following work to extend the Golf Course above Skipton.

New gate onto Brackenley Lane

This shares a short section of the route with the newly waymarked Lady Anne's Way - a 100-mile long distance trail from Skipton to Penrith.

The path has been resurfaced in places, with new gates installed, and re-waymarked throughout, thanks to the work of officers at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Rights of Way department and Skipton Golf Course.

In addition, the Tarn Moor Estate has established some new permissive paths which may help Dales High Way walkers. Nicky Bunting, Rights of Way Officer for the Craven and Nidderdale area of the NYCC, said : " The path that may be of interest to (Dales High Way walkers), runs from Skipton Golf Club, west along an attractive enclosed track, then north through the woodland burial ground to meet Brackenley Lane. This cuts out 330m of road walking."

After crossing the first part of the golf course, A Dales High Way continues north through double stiles towards Brackenley Lane, alongside the new Golf course extension.

A new permissive enclosed track runs west from the double stiles (SD 9879 5319) to link up with a new footpath alongside Grassington Road. Before this, however, a walkers' gate on the right leads into the green burial grounds of Tarn Moor Memorial Woodlands, opened in 2002. A fine permissive path then meanders north to rejoin Brackenley Lane near to the junction with Grassington Road above the Craven Heifer.

The new paths "are intended to be long-term permissive paths" and add to the new public footpaths alongside Grassington Road that were opened just a few years ago. Dales High Way walkers now have several optional routes from Skipton to choose from.

Photo shows new gate and waymarks onto Brackenley Lane, with Sharp Haw and Rough Haw in the background.

See the Dales High Way Skipton Route Options here, and Lady Anne's Way here.

12 Feb 2018

Malham Cove hits top 3 UK walks

Ade Edmundson on top of Malham Cove

Malham Cove, on a popular section of A Dales High Way, won through to the top three of ITV's 100 Favourite UK Walks.

Julia Bradbury presented the 2½ hour prime-time T.V. show on Tuesday, which featured the top 100 UK walks as voted in a programme sponsored by ITV, the Ramblers, Ordnance Survey and Julia Bradbury's own The Outdoor Guide. Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into the UK’s hiking habits, the top 100 have been voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts.

Julia said “Walking is one of Britain’s best loved pastimes, with around nine million of us enjoying pulling on our hiking boots and heading for the great outdoors every month… This could be your next big adventure – you’re going to be blown away.”

The third spot route, which takes in Malham village, Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove, was introduced by ITV's Dales' presenter Ade Edmundson.

Topping the 100 walks list was Helvellyn in the Lake District, followed by another mountain peak - Snowdon in Wales.

A Dales High Way includes sections of other walks in the top 100 list: at number 25 was Ingleborough and at number 81 was the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Saltaire to Skipton.

See the Top 100 Favourite Walks here.

1 Feb 2018

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