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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.

Welcome Way

Welcome Way guidebookA new 28-mile circular route has been unveiled linking three West Yorkshire Walkers Are Welcome towns: Otley, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Baildon.

The Welcome Way was produced as a collaboration between the three groups under the chairmanship of John Sparshatt, and is now up-and-running, fully waymarked and supported by a detailed 50-page guidebook.

Bingley, which achieved Walkers Are Welcome (WAW) status in 2015, has added a Bingley Loop to the route, giving an extra optional 9-miles.

Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook, who officially launched the route earlier this year, said "Walkers Are Welcome has grown at an astonishing pace as more towns and villages have seen the benefits of accreditation and have come on board. Now walkers know that, if they see the friendly footprint logo, they are assured of a warm welcome throughout the town, a good path network and waymarked walks round about. So everyone benefits - visitors, residents and the local economy."

As well as passing right through the heart of each of the communities, the route takes walkers high up onto Burley and Baildon Moors, as well as crossing Otley Chevin and the northern flanks of Wharfedale.

Walkers setting out on A Dales High Way will soon come across the distinctive Walkers Are Welcome waymarks, as the new route follows sections of the long-distance trail between Shipley Glen and Burley Moor.

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

3 Nov 2016

Canal celebrates bicentennial

Crowds gathered at Saltaire this weekend to welcome the canal boat Kennet as it Canal bicentenial mural by pupils at Saltaire Primarymoored for a while by Roberts Park, recreating the inaugural 127-mile journey across the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool to mark the 200th anniversary of England's longest canal.

The first voyage, in October 1816, took five days, though this trip is taking a more leisurely 9 days.

Chantelle Seaborn, local waterway manager of the Canal & River Trust said: "The opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal played a key role in Britain's industrial revolution and encouraged the development of the textile industries in West Yorkshire.

"There are fewer industries along its banks today but the canal still brings many benefits."

At Hirst Wood Locks, where walkers on A Dales High Way leave the canal towpath at the start of their long-distance journey, a new information board on the canal's history was unveiled by members of the Hirst Wood Regeneration Group, alongside a stunning mural produced by pupils at Saltaire Primary School.

The Regeneration Group are also celebrating being declared overall winner from over 170 projects at the prestigious Biffa Award Ceremony 2016. The group's volunteers have worked hard over the last two years to create the Hirst Wood Nature Reserve from a derelict land site on the southern side of the locks. If you're passing, pop over the canal swing bridge and take a look.

See the Hirst Wood Regeneration Group website here, and the Canal & River Trust here. Watch "Canal Child" performed by folk singer Eddie Lawler and the Saltaire Primary School pupils here.

17 October 2016

New souvenir mugs

Walkers finishing A Dales High Way can now pick up souvenir mugs alongside new Dales High Way mugstheir Completers Certificates, thanks to the enterprising staff at the Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

The staff, who reported having "a lovely busy summer!", love to meet Dales High Way walkers as they finish the trail at the foot of Boroughgate by Moot Hall, where the centre is based. Walkers can sign the guest book and pick up their free certificate. Now they can also buy the new "I've completed the Dales High Way" mugs.

The idea for the mugs came from centre manager Nicola Elliott, after walkers completing the long-distance trail were looking for extra mementos of their walk.

Nicola said "They are made in Appleby and priced at £5.99 each. We decided to get them made after several requests from walkers on the route."

The TIC is open every day through the summer, from 9.30 am to 5 pm. from Monday through Saturday, and from 10.30 am. to 2.30 pm. on Sunday. The friendly and knowledgeable centre team will help you make the most of your visit and can provide you with all you need to know about where to stay, where to eat, plus things to do and how to get there.

The TIC stocks a range of walking and cycling leaflets and books, postcards, maps, gifts and souvenirs. They can also book you on special tours of the historic Appleby Castle.

If the mugs sell well, Nicola will look into extending the range of Dales High Way souvenirs on offer. "We will have to look into Key rings and Pin Badges next" she said.

See Appleby Tourist Information Centre here, and see them on Facebook here.

1 Oct. 2016

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