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

News Archive 2018

Paths restored above Skipton

A stretch of path on A Dales High Way has been restored following work to extend the Golf Course above Skipton.

New gate onto Brackenley Lane

This shares a short section of the route with the newly waymarked Lady Anne's Way - a 100-mile long distance trail from Skipton to Penrith.

The path has been resurfaced in places, with new gates installed, and re-waymarked throughout, thanks to the work of officers at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Rights of Way department and Skipton Golf Course.

In addition, the Tarn Moor Estate has established some new permissive paths which may help Dales High Way walkers. Nicky Bunting, Rights of Way Officer for the Craven and Nidderdale area of the NYCC, said : " The path that may be of interest to (Dales High Way walkers), runs from Skipton Golf Club, west along an attractive enclosed track, then north through the woodland burial ground to meet Brackenley Lane. This cuts out 330m of road walking."

After crossing the first part of the golf course, A Dales High Way continues north through double stiles towards Brackenley Lane, alongside the new Golf course extension.

A new permissive enclosed track runs west from the double stiles (SD 9879 5319) to link up with a new footpath alongside Grassington Road. Before this, however, a walkers' gate on the right leads into the green burial grounds of Tarn Moor Memorial Woodlands, opened in 2002. A fine permissive path then meanders north to rejoin Brackenley Lane near to the junction with Grassington Road above the Craven Heifer.

The new paths "are intended to be long-term permissive paths" and add to the new public footpaths alongside Grassington Road that were opened just a few years ago. Dales High Way walkers now have several optional routes from Skipton to choose from.

Photo shows new gate and waymarks onto Brackenley Lane, with Sharp Haw and Rough Haw in the background.

See the Dales High Way Skipton Route Options here, and Lady Anne's Way here.

12 Feb 2018

Malham Cove hits top 3 UK walks

Ade Edmundson on top of Malham Cove

Malham Cove, on a popular section of A Dales High Way, won through to the top three of ITV's 100 Favourite UK Walks.

Julia Bradbury presented the 2½ hour prime-time T.V. show on Tuesday, which featured the top 100 UK walks as voted in a programme sponsored by ITV, the Ramblers, Ordnance Survey and Julia Bradbury's own The Outdoor Guide. Based on the results of the largest survey ever conducted into the UK’s hiking habits, the top 100 have been voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts.

Julia said “Walking is one of Britain’s best loved pastimes, with around nine million of us enjoying pulling on our hiking boots and heading for the great outdoors every month… This could be your next big adventure – you’re going to be blown away.”

The third spot route, which takes in Malham village, Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove, was introduced by ITV's Dales' presenter Ade Edmundson.

Topping the 100 walks list was Helvellyn in the Lake District, followed by another mountain peak - Snowdon in Wales.

A Dales High Way includes sections of other walks in the top 100 list: at number 25 was Ingleborough and at number 81 was the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Saltaire to Skipton.

See the Top 100 Favourite Walks here.

1 Feb 2018

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.

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