A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
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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.

Appleby Horse Fair 2017

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 public."

See our previous posting here, see the Official Appleby Horse Fair website here.

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 music!

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 stranded.

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."

See Bridget and David's film of their Dales High Way walk here, and the Ride2stride website here.

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 season.

Improvement works on A Dales High Way 2017

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 work."

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 park rangers.

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 easier.

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.

See also the Dales High Way Grot Spots here.

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.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 passing through Saltaire

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 A 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 Sheffield.

See Ride2Stride here, the Fellsman Challenge here, the Three Peaks Fell Race here and the Tour de Yorkshire here.

1 May 2017

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