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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New edition of Companion

A dales High Way Companion 2nd edition

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 Edition.
ISBN: 978-1-911321-00-2 . Published by Skyware Press,  1 Jan 2018, price: £11.99.

See more details here, and buy it online direct from the publisher here.

12 Jan 2018

10 years of A Dales High Way

2018 sees the 10th anniversary of the 90-mile Dales High Way trail.

Walkers on A Dales High Way - Rombalds Moor

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 entire route;
  • March 2014 saw its inclusion as an official Long Distance Recreational Route on OS Explorer and Landranger maps;
  • 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 Park.

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.

See the Friends of the Dales website here, and Ride2Stride here.

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.

Dent main street

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 year. 

“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 37%.

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 North Yorkshire). 

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 support.

Download the report "Attracting Families to the Yorkshire Dales National Park" here.

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!

Dales High Way enamel badge

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 achievement.

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 each.

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.

See them at the Skyware online store here, See Appleby Tourist Information Centre here.

1 Dec 2017

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A Dales High Way

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Walk this spectacular landscape from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland

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More than just a walk

Dales High Way Guide Books


"Promoted through a superbly illustrated Companion booklet, rich in local geology, history and wildlife, with detailed OS-based maps in an excellent Route Guide, the Dales High Way is a sure-fire winner for all keen Dales walkers."
- Colin Speakman
Yorkshire Dales Review

David & Bridget walk a Dales High Way
Dales High Way - the film!
Nicola with Certficate & Guestbook at Appleby TIC

Dales High Way Certificate & Guestbook

Don't forget to call in at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre when you finish your walk to sign the Guestbook and collect your Certificate.

Appleby TIC in the Moot Hall

Dales High Way Lapel Badge thumbprint Dales High Way Lapel Badges

Celebrate your Dales High Way walk with this beautiful high quality enamel lapel badge.



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