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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Ilkley Moor Grouse shooting protest

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkey Moor

Around 100 protesters gathered on Ilkley Moor at the start of the Grouse shooting season, as part of a campaign to persuade Bradford Council to stop licensing the activity.

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) says Bradford Council is the last local authority in the UK to allow grouse shooting on municipal moorland and is lobbying Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe not to renew a contract to do so which expires in 2018.

Its spokesman Luke Steele said: “There is only one way to manage Ilkley Moor for grouse shooting and that is through burning away and damaging precious habitat at the expense of our region’s wildlife.

“Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe must accept responsibility for the damage caused by grouse shooting to the moor’s wildlife, habitat and reputation on the local authority’s watch by giving a commitment to not renewing its disastrous shooting licence. Anything short will only ensure this conservation calamity continues.”

Grouse shooting has been blamed for a sharp decline in the numbers of protected wild birds over the moor. The wildlife crash, which has negatively impacted on the moor’s population of specialist species, including Merlin, Dunlin and Short Eared Owl, could result in the loss of the site’s conservation designations if declines continue,

One of England’s rarest breeding birds, the hen harrier, attempted to nest in the Yorkshire Dales National Park this spring for the first time in 10 years.

Two females laid eggs in nests sited on the edge of a moor managed for grouse shooting.  The birds were watched by a small team of staff and volunteers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and Natural England.

Unfortunately neither nesting attempt was successful. Both attempts are thought to have failed because of predation by foxes.

See our previous story here. See the Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor website here.

14 Aug 2017

Rail Trails support for Three Peaks project

The Yorkshire Three Peaks area enjoys many thousands of visiting walkers, including those enjoying a trek along A Dales High Way and those tackling the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Route.

Kate Hilditch & Chris Grogan with Dales Rail Trails

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) relies heavily on fund-raising from supporters to cover the cost of a lot of the work they do in preserving, maintaining and improving this beautiful and iconic landscape. Park rangers have just finished a two-month, £58,000 repair project on Pen-y-ghent which saw stone flags being lifted to the summit by helicopter and being put into place – often in driving wind and rain.

This month Chris Grogan of Skyware Press, who publish the Dales High Way guidebooks and other titles such as Dales Rail Trails, was able to donate another £100 to the Three Peaks Project to support this work.

Chris Grogan said "So far we've been able to donate £400 from sales of Dales Rail Trails to the Dales National Park. It may be a modest sum, but it all helps. We've also been able to raise funds in a similar way from other titles, from supporting crowd-funding schemes and from our membership of the Friends of the Three Peaks."

Dales Rail Trails features 32 circular and linear walks from stations along the Settle-Carlisle line in the heart of Dales High Way country.

Buy your copy of Dales Rails Trails now and support the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

Photo shows Kate Hilditch (YDNPA Area Manager South) and Chris Grogan (Skyware Press)

See The Dales Rail Trails website here, and join the Friends of the Three Peaks here.

1 August 2017

Open Day for Malham Chapel Dig

Dr David Johnson oversees the Malham Chaple Dig

An Open day was held today to mark the closing stages of a two-week archaeological dig at the site of St Helen’s Chapel in Malham.

The site is in a field adjacent to the National Park Centre and car park.

The dig has been led by Dr David Johnson of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group with the help of a group of volunteers and follows on from two similar digs at the site in 2015 and 2016.

The excavations in 2015 and 2016 confirmed the location of an ancient chapel in Malham, dedicated to St Helen. The digs corroborated documentary evidence as to how the chapel was destroyed by the Edwardian chantry commissioners in 1549.

During the twelfth century major landholdings were given to the two monastic houses of Fountains Abbey and Bolton Priory in Malhamdale. After the upheaval of the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII all monastic land in Malham was surrendered to the Crown, then sold and resold.

The site of the lost chapel was finally re-established in 2014 when geophysical and topographical surveys appeared to reveal a two-cell building which resembled known profiles of early churches.

See the Malham Chapel Dig website here

13 July 2017

Dales High Way Talk & Walk

A Dales High Way plays a key role in Baildon Walkers are Welcome (WaW) events later this month.

Baildon Walkers are Welcome committee 2017The Baildon group hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening, 11 July. After the formal business of the AGM Chris Grogan will give an illustrated talk about the long-distance trail which passes Baildon Moor on its way to Ilkley. The public are welcome to attend the AGM and the talk, where refreshments will be available.

Then on the following day Chris will lead an 8-mile walk covering the first stage of A Dales High Way from Saltaire to Ilkley. All are welcome to join the free walk, which meets outside Victoria Hall in Saltaire at 10 a.m.

The route leaves Saltaire along the canal towpath and climbs steadily through Trench Wood to Shipley Glen before heading onto the open moors, passing the Twelve Apostles stone circle. The moorland is exposed and can be wet underfoot and the descent into Ilkley is steep and rocky so care must be taken. There is a short section along a busy road. Bring refreshments and a packed lunch, there are cafes and pubs at the end in Ilkley. The walk is expected to finish in Ilkley by 3 p.m., returning to Saltaire by train.

The led walk is part of Baildon WaW Summer Guided Walks Programme.

Baildon town was awarded Walkers Are Welcome status in 2013 after a two year campaign. The group organise a series of guided walks throughout the year, as well as publishing DIY local walk guides and a downloadable Baildon Village Walk. They also helped develop the Welcome Way, a 28-mile circular trail linking the Welcome Way towns of Baildon, Otley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Bingley.

  • The AGM and talk will be held at Wesleys Hall, Baildon Methodist Church on Tuesday evening, July 11th, starting at 7.30 p.m.
  • The led walk - A Taste of A Dales High Way - leaves Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Wednesday July 12th at 10 a.m.

See the Baildon Walkers Are Welcome website here, and the Welcome Way website here.

1 July 2017

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Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall



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