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Right To Roam success celebrated with plaque
The passing of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW
Act) of 2000, was celebrated earlier this month by the
unveiling of a blue plaque at the North Yorkshire hamlet of Stalling Busk.
The plaque, on a cottage alongside the old school house,
celebrates the Stalling Busk Conference of August 1996, where
a group of Ramblers’ campaigners met to plan a new ‘Access Bill’
- the culmination of a 60-year campaign for the right to roam
upland mountain, moor, heath, down and common land.
The proposed bill was eventually taken up by the then Labour
government in March 1999 and passed into legislation the
following year. Now over 3 million acres in England and Wales
are classed as Open Access Land.
Although most of the route of A Dales High Way follows public
Rights of Way, some sections rely on Open Access Rights to
follow other well-walked tracks - such as the northern ridge
across the Howgill Fells.
Jerry Pearlman, the Ramblers’ former honorary solicitor who
hosted the conference, said: “We needed somewhere quiet,
somewhere where we could think carefully about what we were
proposing. Stalling Busk was the perfect place for that.
The conference focussed minds and generated momentum. It was an
important occasion and means much to the Ramblers.
“Future generations will decide whether the right to roam is
a good or necessary thing. I think it can be seen as one
of the greatest changes in English land law that ever took
19 Oct 2017
HF offer guided Dales High Way holiday
HF Holidays are set to offer guided walking holidays along
A Dales High Way as part of their
exciting new programme for 2018.
The popular walking charity and co-operative society offer a
comprehensive range of walking holiday packages at both home and
HF are offering two opportunities to walk A Dales High
Way next year, in May and September. The holiday packages
include full board accommodation at two of the charity's top
quality country houses - Newfield Hall in Kirkby Malham and
Thorns Hall in Sedbergh.
Transport to and from each day's walk is included, together
with packed lunches and baggage transfer between venues. The
walks are led by an experienced and approved walk leader.
The holiday includes 10 nights accommodation, with the walk
itself split into 9 days of between 7 and 12.9 miles. The walk
is set as Level 4 (of 5), described thus: "In moorland areas you
may cover long distances in remote countryside and the terrain
will often be rough underfoot. In mountainous areas you will
encounter some sustained ascents and descents and occasional
sections of scree and some steep ground."
Each year some 60,000 guests travel with HF Holidays. HF says
of its Guided Trails: "All our holidays are accompanied by an
experienced leader and include luggage transfers and walks
transport enabling day after day of carefree walking. By the end
of your holiday, you’ll have achieved a huge sense of
achievement so lace up and begin your trail or island hopping
Founded over 100 years ago as The Co-operative Holiday
Association, HF says: "After a century of changes, the ethos at
the heart of our holidays is still the same as in 1913 -
beautiful locations, great leaders and pleasant sociable
evenings with congenial company."
1 Oct 2017
New path improvements at Glovershaw
Countryside rangers from Bradford Council have completed some
difficult and important path repairs to a section of
High Way alongside Glovershaw Beck by Baildon Moor.
The steep banks of the beck had collapsed in places, narrowing
the path and making progress difficult along a short section.
The problems were noted in a survey by the Friends of A Dales
High Way which was submitted to Bradford Council last year.
The well used footpath links Shipley Glen to Golcar Farm on
the way to Rombalds Moor near the start of the trail. The
problem area ran alongside Glovershaw Farm - a livery yard and a
working stock farm, with a small suckler cow herd and
The landowners at Glovershaw Farm were approached by the
Council countryside officers about the problem and proved very
helpful. New banking revetments have been installed and the path
widened and surfaced for about 200 metres up to Glovershaw Lane.
Chris Grogan, secretary of the Friends of A Dales High Way
said: "This is a great job. The path is safer and so much easier
to follow now."
A Dales High Way shares this popular section of footpath with
a number of trails, including the Welcome Way, the Bradford
Millenium Way and the Bradford Dales Way Link.
The footpath originally left the beckside and passed directly through
Glovershaw Farm onto Glovershaw Lane, but this final section was
officially diverted in 1966 to run alongside the beck to join
the road at its current location at Low Gate.
12 Sept 2017
September's Saltaire Festival line-up
An exciting mixed bag of entertainment has been lined up for
this year's Saltaire Festival, which runs from the 8th to 17th
The first weekend sees the popular Open Gardens trail throughout
the village; with children's activities in Robert's Park between
11am and 4.40pm on September 9 and 10; Saltaire Beer Festival
will be held at Saltaire Brewery in nearby Dockfield (1 mile
along the canal towpath east); and The Organic Fruit, Flower,
Vegetable and Produce Show which will take place on September 9,
between 10am and 4pm, at the Exhibition Building.
The following weekend sees a mini festival in Roberts Park
with music from bands including Motion Complex and Waiting
for Wednesday; with a continental market in Exhibition Road
between 9am and 5pm.
Justin Moorhouse, who appeared in TV sitcom Phoenix Nights,
will perform at a comedy night held at the Caroline Social Club,
on Wednesday, September 13. There will also be exhibitions,
music, pop-up events and street entertainment throughout the
festival period, so walkers setting off on A Dales High Way
shouldn't miss out.
The Festival has been held annually in the world heritage
village of Saltaire since 2003. Ros Garside, chairman of the
Saltaire Festival Board, said: “We’re very proud of this year’s
programme and I can’t wait for everyone to see it and start to
plan their visits to the festival in September.”
1 Sept 2017