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Appleby Horse Fair success despite wet weather
This year's Appleby Horse Fair drew to an end last weekend,
with the general consensus of a successful week's festivities.
A Community Advisory Group has met throughout the Fair and
provided feedback from both residents and Gypsies and
Travellers. In general, they considered that the 2017 Horse Fair
had gone really well, with very few incidents of concern.
Gypsy and Traveller representative Billy Welch said: “This
year’s Fair has enjoyed a really positive atmosphere, even the
rain couldn’t dampen our spirits! All has been peaceful and
quiet on Fair Hill, the traditional stopping place for Gypsies
and Travellers at the Fair."
The total number of caravans was down by 112 on last year,
with 815 motorised caravans (trailers) and 176 bowtops -
traditional horse drawn carriages. The number of traditional
bowtops was up by 23 compared to 2016.
Dr Robin Hooper, Chair of the Multi Agency Strategic
Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) and the Chief Executive of
Eden District Council said: “All the public agencies, charities
such as the RSPCA and their dedicated volunteers, plus Gypsy and
Traveller representatives have been working extremely hard not
just during the Fair, but during the past year to ensure that
Appleby Horse Fair is as safe and enjoyable as possible. The
operational plan has been implemented successfully and the vast
majority of people attending the Fair have enjoyed the good
atmosphere, despite some very wet weather. Cumbria Police have
again worked impeccably well and have taken a community led
approach to public safety."
RSPCA Chief Inspector, Rob Melloy, said: “The main concern
for the RSPCA this year was the high water level of the River
Eden where horse washing takes place. The sheer volume of
rainfall in the lead up to and during the Fair meant on some
occasions we had to close the River Ramp and Jubilee Ford on a
precautionary basis to protect the safety of animals and the
18 June 2017
New Ride2Stride video
A new short film celebrating the 2017 Ride2Stride Walking
Festival is now available.
The video has been produced by David Halsall and Bridget
Izod. The duo, both committee members of the Friends of A
Dales High Way, have produced a number of walking films
over the years, including a great account of walking
A Dales High Way in 2012.
The video was filmed over the week of the festival and gives
a flavour of all aspects of Ride2Stride - walks, talks and
This year's festival proved another great success, despite
the kind of variable weather we have become accustomed to.
The programme on Friday April 28th was threatened by
disruption when a rail strike was called for that day,
especially as most of the walks and the music were focussed
around Garsdale. However, walkers turned out in good numbers,
arranging lifts to and from the area as needed. No-one was left
Chris Grogan, secretary of the Ride2stride organising
committee, said "If you don't know what to expect at
Ride2Stride, take a look at this film, then join us next year. You'll
have a great time."
5 June 2017
Improvement works to route
Walkers on A Dales High Way will
notice improvement works along the route that have been
undertaken over the winter months, ready for the new walking
The work has been carried out by access officers for the four
authorities along the way, following a detailed survey
undertaken by the Friends of A Dales High Way which was
submitted last year.
In Cumbria work on a collapsed bank at Cuddling Hole has
greatly improved a short section near the end of the walk .
Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Access Officer for Cumbria County
Council (CCC) said "The work done at Cuddling Hole was undertaken to
make the route safe and has suffered more slippage in the lower part
since that work was undertaken. Even though no further
work is presently planned, we are in no doubt that it's on-going
A series of new gates has been installed on the section from
Newbiggin-on-Lune down to Great Asby, just before responsibility
for this area was passed from CCC to the Yorkshire Dales
National Park Authority as part of the national park extension.
New waymark signage has been put up in key places, including
the turn-off up the lane to Lunds Farm, on the way to cross the
Frostrow Fells for Sedbergh. Thanks here are due to the national
In the Bradford District Council area new signage has gone up
and encroaching vegetation on a particularly muddy area of The
Street at Addingham has been cleared, making the going much
Julia Pearson for the Friends of A Dales High Way said "We're
grateful to the access officers for each of the authorities for
the hard work they've put in to make the route easier for
walkers. Of course there's always more to do, so it's a matter
of priorities, but we will continue to monitor the route and
pass on any problems we find."
Photos, anti-clockwise from the top: Cuddling Hole
improvements near Appleby; new gate near Great Asby; new waymark
at turn-off near Dent.
10 May 2017
Busy weekend on A Dales High Way
Walkers on A Dales High Way this weekend were likely to find
themselves with lots of company.
Hundreds of walkers turned out for the Ride2Stride Festival,
with 13 led walks to choose from over the bank holiday weekend,
between Settle and Dent. On Saturday all six walks on offer
finished at Ribblehead for music in the Station Inn. They
included A Taste of A Dales High Way; an 8-mile circular walk
from Ribblehead to Chapel-le-dale led jointly by the Friends of
DalesRail and the Friends of A Dales High Way.
On Saturday morning over 300 runners and walkers set off from
Ingleton on the 55th annual Fellsman Challenge - 62 miles across
the Yorkshire Dales with a total of 11,000 feet of ascent,
taking in Ingleborough, Whernside and Dent. The front runners
reached the finish line at Threshfield in less than 12 hours,
with walkers taking up to 30 hours to complete the route.
Saturday also saw over 900 competitors take on the gruelling
annual Three Peaks Fell Race, 23.3 miles crossing Pen-y-ghent,
Whernside and Ingleborough.
Victoria Wilkinson of the Bingley Harriers set a new womens'
record, knocking a decisive 5mins 24secs off the time set by
Anna Pichrtova, of the Czech Republic, when the Three Peaks
hosted the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in
2008. She finished in 13th place overall in a race won by Murray
Strain, 34, of Hunters Bog Trotters in Edinburgh, who set a time
of 2hrs 49mins 38secs.
Finally, Sunday saw the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire
cycle race, which passed through Saltaire and the start of
Dales High Way on its way from Bradford to Sheffield.
Belgian Serge Pauwels claimed his first career win in the
Tour de Yorkshire after winning Sunday's final stage. The Team
Dimension Data rider, 33, timed his push perfectly on the final
climbs of the 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley near
1 May 2017