News en route
New edition of Companion
A brand new edition of A Dales High Way Companion
has just been published and is now available.
The new edition includes updates and is now in colour
throughout, with 162 full colour photos in its 116 pages.
The book is the perfect companion and illustrated guide to
A Dales High Way - the popular long
distance trail from Saltaire in West Yorkshire, to
Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria, which celebrates its official
10th anniversary this year..
The book includes a detailed description of the route, but
more importantly it explores the fascinating geology, history,
culture and wildlife of the places visited. It is designed to
help you get the maximum enjoyment from your walk, whether it's
finding rock art carved by our Stone Age ancestors, spotting an
early purple orchid or visiting the best preserved medieval
castle in England.
This book complements the original Route Guide and is best
read alongside it.
As co-author Chris Grogan describes it; “It’s the book you
read in the pub to plan for your next day’s walking.”
A Dales high Way Companion, by Tony & Chris Grogan. 2nd
ISBN: 978-1-911321-00-2 . Published by Skyware Press,
1 Jan 2018, price: £11.99.
12 Jan 2018
10 years of A Dales High Way
2018 sees the 10th anniversary of the 90-mile
Dales High Way trail.
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 route was originally developed by Chris and Tony Grogan, with their own first complete walk of the finalised
trail in 2007. The website went live in 2008.
There have been a number of notable milestones along the way:
- Brigantes became the first company to offer a baggage
courier service and holiday booking service for walkers on
the route in May 2009;
- November 2009 saw the establishment of the Friends
of A Dales High Way, which helps promote, develop and
maintain the route;
- July 2013 saw the completion of the way marking of the
- March 2014 saw its inclusion as an official Long
Distance Recreational Route on OS Explorer and Landranger
- August 2016 saw the extension of the Yorkshire Dales
National Park take in the northern section of the trail,
leaving three quarters of the trail within the National
A number of events are being planned to help celebrate the
anniversary, including led walks and talks by co-founder Chris
Grogan, in association with the Friends of the Dales
and the Friends of A Dales High Way.
On Saturday 24 March Chris will lead a 5 mile walk along a
section of the trail through Crummackdale - meet 10.30 am at
Austwick Village Hall - before giving an illustrated talk at
2.15 p.m. (£3).
She will also give the talk as part of the
Ride2Stride Walking Festival in Settle on Tuesday May 1st,
7.30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House (£3). She will lead an 8
mile Walk with a View from Ribblehead along an iconic
section of the trail on Saturday, May 5th (meet Ribblehead
station 12.02 p.m.).
Other events are planned for later in the year. Watch this
space for details.
1 Jan 2018.
Tax plan to reduce Dales holiday homes
A radical new proposal to reduce the number of second or
holiday homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority by
significantly increasing the Council Tax levied on them is being
discussed by the authority this week.
A report suggests that a figure of “at least five times” the
current rate of Council Tax should be considered for second
homes. Figures show now that almost a quarter of homes in the
National Park are second homes or holiday lets.
The report says, “There can be no doubt that the long
term viability of communities in the National Park has been
adversely affected by the level of second home ownership.
“Out of a total of around 13,500 units, approximately 3,000
are second homes or holidays lets. Of this, about half are
registered as second homes. The scale of the impact can be
gleaned from the 2011 census. Whilst an average of 65 new
homes were created each year between 2001-2011, approximately 90
houses were being turned into second homes or holiday lets each
“A certain number of holiday lets is economically beneficial
to the area. They are run as businesses, generate supply chains
and are usually owned and serviced by local people. Second
homes are usually much less so. They ‘deny’ a home to a
permanent resident and push up prices. They also generate a
substantial economic ‘loss’ to the area because for much of the
year there is no one in them spending money."
The average house price in the National Park is now £253,000
but in some parts this rises to £332,000. Only 23% of the
population is aged 18-44, compared to the national average of
If the authority approve the proposal, it will then be put to
the five District Councils in the Park (Craven, Eden,
Richmondshire and South Lakeland Districts and Lancaster City
Council) and three County Councils (Cumbria, Lancashire and
The report concludes: “It is suggested that a figure of at
least five times the current rate should be considered. To
provide an indication of impact, that would equate to a charge
of at least £8,500 per annum on a Band D property. It is
unlikely that this initiative would raise significant revenue,
and that is not the aim."
Update: Tuesday, 19 Dec. The National Park Authority
voted narrowly to support the resolution. The proposal now
passes to the district and county councils, who intially
supported a tax hike in principle, but a final proposal will
only be worked up to take to government if it has their full
17 Dec 2017
New Dales High Way Lapel Badges
Now you can celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this
beautiful enamel lapel badge - and help support the Friends
of A Dales High Way at the same time!
This high quality pin in the glowing turquoise and purple
colours of the Dales High Way logo shows the distinctive outline
of Ingleborough summit. A permanent reminder of your
The badges are just 19 mm wide and have a button pin fastener
at the back.
The lapel badges were the brainchild of the staff at Appleby
Tourist Information Centre (TIC), at the end of A
Dales High Way. They had the badges produced so
walkers finishing the trail at the centre could pick up a
souvenir or two at the same time as collecting their free
certificates. Other Dales High Way souvenirs produced by the
entrepeneurial TIC staff include mugs and coasters!
The lapel badges are available at the centre for just £1.99
Chris Grogan of The Friends said: "We are also
offering the badges for sale online for £3.99 each - which
includes free postage and packing in the UK. Any proceeds
from sales of these badges will go to the Friends of A Dales
High Way to be used for the continued waymarking, promotion and
upkeep of the path. They are really beautiful."
You can order them through the Skyware online store, which
uses Paypal for secure online orders (you can use your credit or
debit card if you don't have a Paypal account).
Each order comes with a free Dales High Way sticker.
1 Dec 2017