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Saltaire was once again the centre of movie action this week as streets were cleared for the filming of Funny Cow.

Filming of Funny Girl in SaltaireThe movie, starring Maxine Peake and Vic Reeves, tells the tale of a rising comedienne during the 1960's and '70's.

Filming took place on Mary Street and Upper Mary Street and adjoining back alleys, depicting Peakes' character during her childhood in the 1950's. The production company also created a 1950's set in one of the two-bedroom terraced houses. The film will be released later this year.

Film producer Kevin Proctor said "We quickly decided that Saltaire was the perfect location for our film when we came up to see it. Saltaire is cinematic. We have not had to build any sets. It is already here.

"People will see Saltaire when the film is released and get goosebumps. It is not just a location, it is somewhere we have picked."

Saltaire has become a favoured location for TV and movie producers. Earlier this year Saltaire featured on BBC's The Great Interior Design Challenge as designers competed to make-over the front rooms of three of the village homes.

Saltaire is, of course, the start of A Dales High Way, and most walkers setting out on the trail spend some time first exploring the Victorian mill village World Heritage site.

Filming of Funny Cow is also taking part in other Bradford district locations, including the Midland Hotel, Bradford Playhouse and Shipley Market Square.

Nearby Haworth was the setting for BBC's recent film drama of the Bronte sisters - To Walk Invisible.

David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film said "We have a long list of people who want to come back and film in the Bradford district. The district has been used because of its rich film heritage. It has been used as a film location for the last 100 years."

See Bradford City of Film here. See the Funny Cow production site here.

13 Jan 2017

Ingleborough Rescues mark end of year

The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) has been involved in two rescues on CRO rescue on Penyghent, November 2016Ingleborough as 2016 came to an end.

On the afternoon of December 29th a walker slipped on ice descending from Ingleborough on the steep section heading towards the Hill Inn, on the route of A Dales High Way. The 38 year-old man sustained a suspected dislocated knee. Team members responded and provided pain relief, before moving the casualty on a stretcher to flatter ground on Humphrey Bottom. A North West air ambulance was able to land and take the casualty to hospital for treatment.

The following day 4 walkers, including a 14 year-old girl, with 2 dogs became disoriented in mist whilst walking on Ingleborough. The walkers were able to contact the police via mobile roaming, but were unable to give an accurate location. After several mistaken locations, they found Gaping Gill, and were able to contact the duty controller directly by responding to his calls to them. As visibility was poor and night had fallen, they were told to stay where they were until team members arrived to escort them from the hill. Upon being met by 2 team members, they were loaned head torches and walked down to the team vehicle for transport back down to the road.

Liz Holloway later commented on the CRO's Facebook page: "Thank you so much for returning my family to safety yesterday after being lost on Ingleborough. I cannot praise you enough for ensuring their safe return."

CRO is a voluntary rescue team, based in Clapham and made up of local experienced cavers, climbers and walkers who give their time freely to help those in need of assistance. The team is funded entirely by charitable donations and is on call at all times, day or night. Despite the name they mainly attend callouts for surface incidents.

The CRO celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015, a year in which it attended 84 incidents. In that year costs amounted to £52,000, but donations totalled £77,000.

Photo shows the team on a rescue from Penyghent on 19th November 2016. If you get into trouble on the fells, phone 999 and ask for the Police, then tell them you need MOUNTAIN RESCUE.

See the CRO website here and make a donation here

2 January 2017

Friends promote A Dales High Way

Thousands of copies of a new promotional leaflet for A Dales High Way are ready Dales High Way promotional leafletfor distribution in the new year.

15,000 leaflets have been printed by the Friends of A Dales High Way group ready for the 2017 walking season. The leaflets have been updated to include the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is crossed by the northern sections of the 90-mile trail.

They will be distributed mainly through the National Park Centres and Tourist Information Centres along the route.

Julia Pearson of the Friends said "The previous leaflets proved incredibly popular and were in great demand. As we ran out we thought it would be good to update them to take into account the extended National Park and to highlight in particular the northern sections that lead into the beautiful Eden Valley.

"We're very grateful to Eden Tourism, the Long Distance Walkers Association and Skyware Press for their help and support in producing the leaflets."

Download a pdf version of the new leaflet here. Visit Eden here, and see the Long Distance Walkers Association here.

17 Dec 2016

Dales High Way start for Tour de Yorkshire race

The routes of the three-day cycling Tour de Yorkshire 2017 have been unveiled, with a treat for Dales High Way walkers for the start of the final day.

Tour de Yorkshire (photo - Welcome to Yorkshire)

Stage 3 of the event, on Sunday, April 30, will begin in Bradford's City Park, with cyclists warming up as they pass through Lister Park and along the A650 onto Saltaire, where they will turn down Victoria Road to pass Victoria Hall, the start of A Dales High Way.

Cyclists will then turn along Caroline Street and up Exhibition Road to join the A657 to Shipley centre, before  turning down onto the A6038 towards Otley. The racing proper begins just outside Baildon.

Riders will then go through Ilkley, Addingham and Skipton, then on to Keighley, Haworth, Halifax, Brighouse and Holmfirth, and end at Fox Valley in Sheffield.

Sir Gary Verity admitted organisers have made the final stage of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as brutal as they dare after unveiling the challenging route on Friday.

"We know we have to deliver a tough stage, but we also know it can't be insane," said Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and the man behind the race.

"We can't put in 5,000 metres of climbing but we can put in 3,500m. It's as tough as we can make it."

Nicknamed the Yorkshire Terrier, the 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley near Sheffield includes eight categorised climbs - a total of 3,517 metres of climbing.

Four of those categorised climbs will come in the final 15 kilometres as the peloton tackles a circuit around Stocksbridge, but the highlight of the stage promises to be the cobbled climb of Shibden Wall near Halifax.

Short but extremely sharp, the climb averages 13.5% but hits gradients of up to 25%, with the cobbles only adding to the pain.

"We want something that is going to look good visually, something where you will get a huge crowd, and something that is testing from a sporting point of view, and Shibden Wall will do all of that."

See the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 website here, and Welcome to Yorkshire here.

5 Dec 2016

Runners set new record

Three fell runners have set what is believed to be a new record for A Dales High Way: 93 miles in just over 26 hours non-stop.

Mar Collinson, Dave Dixon and Matt Neale at the start of their Dales High Way run 2016 (photo: Andrea Cassidy)Matt Neale, Mark Collinson and Dave Dixon set off from Saltaire in the dark at 8 p.m. last Friday night, 11 November. They finally jogged into Appleby at 10.15 p.m. on Saturday night.

The runners had covered the official route in one continuous run, stopping only occasionally for refreshments courtesy of the support van with Andrea Cassidy and Jess Palmer.

All three are seasoned runners, between them covering such long distance challenges as the Spine Race and Bob Graham round.

Matt Neale said "The last couple of years in November we have run the Dales Way, so wanted a change this year.  This was a better route in my opinion, although not wanting to take anything away from the Dales Way.  A few less gates and stiles and higher ground, which actually means it does get slightly drier underfoot."

The first part of the route was covered through the first night, with "brew" breaks at Addingham Moorside, Skipton and Goredale Scar before a cooked breakfast in Settle.

Matt said "After 20 minutes, we left Settle about 0600hrs, onto Feizor and Wharfe.  Daylight eventually arrived in time for the climb up Crummackdale and Ingleborough.  There was no hanging around on the summit, touch the trig and down towards Chapel le Dale on the Fellsman route.  Ahh, the van!  More tea and sandwiches and then off towards Blea Moor signal box.  The kind owners of Broadrake B&B had been tracking us, so were waiting with refreshments!  Rude not to stop for 5 minutes, so we indulged and had a chat about the Dales High Way. If the flapjack is anything to go by, this spot is worth staying at if you are walking the route at a more leisurely pace."

More brew breaks followed in Dent and Sedbergh before the climb over the Howgill Fells and the Orton Fells, with a final brew break in the support van at Great Asby.

Matt explained "Quick stop followed by difficulties moving tired legs, we made slow progress to Hoff across muddy fields and eventually arrived at the market cross in Appleby at 2215hrs. A total of 26hrs 15mins and 93 miles.

"The Route Guide was great! We supplemented this with the OS map during the night sections and occasional gps use. We only really came off route a few occasions because we were busy chatting!"

Well done lads!

Photo shows the runners at the start - Mark Collinson, Davie Dixon and Matt Neale (photo courtesy Andrea Cassidy).  Many thanks to Matt, Cathy, Andy, Chris, Tracey and Adam who came out to help and Jess & Andrea for the road support.

See Matt's account of his hardest ever run - the Yorkshire 2000 summits here. See an account of Andrew Jackson's and Dave Dixon's 2013 Dales Way run here.

18 Nov 2016.

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