News en route
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
1 May 2017
Friends New Spring Newsletter
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
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!
14 Apr 2017
Dales High Way turns mobile-friendly
Those 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
“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.
2 April 2017