Bridge over “gurgly” waters.

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Smithy Beck is a small stream that enters the River Lune North of Hole House Farm, which is mid-way between Lincoln’s Inn Bridge and Crook of Lune Bridge. The small bridge over it was damaged, thanks to Storm Desmond, still safe to cross, but needing repair. On Sunday, 14th October, Graham Pye, Access Ranger YDNPA, and a team of 4 Dales Volunteers rebuilt the footbridge. There had been some concern that the bridge build might not be possible owing to the weather forecast. As it turned out, the weather improved on the Sunday and even though the beck was described as ‘gurgly’ by one of the team, the conditions were good enough to continue. Well done Graham and the team.

The Dales Way Association was thanked for their donation. Picture by YDNPA

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Wall repair near Gap Wood, Dentdale

At the end of August we received an alert from Lisa – a Dales Way walker crossing from Dent to Sedbergh:

“I will be completing the Dales Way tomorrow (what a delight!), and I wanted to alert you to an area that needs repair.

“Coming out of Gap Wood, the right side portion of the dry stone wall supporting the first gate you come upon in the field has collapsed. When we opened the gate, a large stone fell out of the bottom of the wall, which we thought quite odd. In a moment or two, the whole side collapsed.”

Gap Wood before

Though probably the responsibility of the local farmer to repair, we let the National Park rangers know of the situation. Steve Hastie, Area Manager of the Western Dales Area, was soon able to report:

“Our volunteers have been out and repaired the wall you reported as damaged. It was near enough to the footpath for me to be content to allocate resources.”

Gap Wood after 1  Gap Wood after 2

Well done guys, and many thanks!

Sponsor a Dales Way Fingerpost in the Lake District

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There’s still time to help directly support the Dales Way and get public recognition for your efforts.

The Lake District National Park Authority has introduced a scheme for the public to sponsor various works they undertake, including the installation of fingerposts. Sponsors have the option of including a small plaque on the fingerpost if they wish.

Five replacement Dales Way fingerposts have now been added to their web site available for adoption. The fingerposts will have Dales Way on the blade, some with a destination and mileage.

The cost is £150 for a plain fingerpost, or £250 with a small plaque. Select the “Engrave” button if you want to include a small plaque, maximum 20 characters!

Here are 5 of the Dales Way Finger Posts looking for support:-

  • A three-blade finger post as path splits under railway bridge showing Footpath and Dales Way. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A single-blade finger post at road side near Staveley Village showing Footpath ‘Dales Way’ to Burneside 3.5 miles. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A two-blade finger post on road junction at Fell Plain 1. ‘Dales Way’ Staveley 1.5 miles 2. ‘Dales Way’ Bowness 4 miles Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A two-way finger post showing ‘Dales Way’ following a Bridleway as it leaves the old walled lane and heads across fields near Borwick Fold Farm. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A three-way finger post at the junction with the bridleway, showing Dales Way following along footpath towards Crag House Farm. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque

Go to http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/donate for all lakeland projects. The Dales Way is in the Central & South Eastern Area.

Alex retires

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Alex McManus – Cam High Road, 2 May 2011.

Alex McManus, our Footpaths Officer for many years, has decided to retire from active service with the Dales Way Association.

Alex has served the Association in this capacity for very many years and has worked hard to help improve and maintain the Dales Way path for the benefit of Dales Way walkers.

He first joined the DWA committee in 2003 and became Footpaths Officer in 2005. He also served as Newsletter Editor from 2010 to 2014 and turned his hand to a number of other roles, including minutes secretary for a while.

He helped steer the Association through two major crises – in 2008 and 2012, when the DWA faced closure. As Footpaths Officer he was particularly busy following the disastrous floods in the winter of 2015, when several bridges and sections of the path were swept away. Alex worked tirelessly to help walkers find their way around detours, in some cases engaging in a spot of guerrilla waymarking.

Over the years, through his dedication, hard work and persistence, he built up the respect and admiration of many of the local authority Rangers who look after the trail.
But the time has come for him to hang up his boots, put his feet up and enjoy a bit of respite.

Alex is going to be a hard act to follow – in fact we aren’t going to try to replace him. Instead, the DWA committee is going to divide the route up into sections according to the responsible local authority and take on a section each as members, returning to a working pattern adopted early on in the Association’s history.

We’re going to miss Alex.

However, we’re hoping that Alex will still find time to contribute occasionally to this News Section, and our Newsletter.

The Buck . . . . . . is back.

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The Buck Inn re-opened for the Bank Holiday week-end after a year and a half. This news was sent to us by Lynn and Stephen, from West Wind Tea Rooms and Walker’s Lodge in their popular Newsletter. The Buck has been taken on by Jeremy and Joanne, both of whom have parents living in the village. We hope that walkers take advantage and give this important village business their support.

Lynn goes on to inform us that this brings to five, the number of places to get an evening meal within 2 miles of Buckden. As well as the all-new Buck, there is the George Inn at Hubberholme, the White Lion Inn at Cray and the Fox and Hounds and Cellia’s Pizzeria at Starbottom.

The Dales Way Association welcome its return and hope that it prospers, along with the other accommodations listed on our Home Page. Buckden is an important staging post on the Dales Way journey.

Walking the Dales Way

CiceroneDalesWayTerry Marsh produced his first guide to walking the Dales Way 25 years ago, and the latest edition to his popular guide book has just been published by Cicerone Press.

The new book matches the revamped layout of Cicerone’s long distance guides, coming with a separate map booklet with the route shown on OS mapping at a scale of 1:25,000.

As well as a detailed account of each days walking – in both directions – Terry includes a broad range of information on accommodation, public transport, suggested itineraries, facilities on route, wildlife, geology, history and culture, along with a host of his colourful photos.

Terry is a seasoned walk writer, with over 120 titles to his name. He is also a generous supporter of the Dales Way Association and his passion for the trail is clear; “When it came to this new edition, I again walked the route in its entirety between October 2016 and August 2017. The enchantment I experienced during that first effort has reduced not one iota – the Dales Way is every bit as beautiful and charming and agreeable as ever it was… This still ranks as the finest multi-day walking route in Britain on which to cut your teeth.”

Cicerone Guides have their own loyal followers, and Terry Marsh’s guidebook will not disappoint them.

Walking the Dales Way, by Terry Marsh
Cicerone, ISBN 9781852849436, 2018, £14.95

Nothing lasts forever . . . . . . . . . .

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Over the years, the Dales Way Association has been asked for advice by walkers as to how they can place, maybe a seat or sapling etc together with a suitable plaque along the Dales Way to mark a special event. A few have been successful, as observant walkers may have discovered, but in general, the Authorities and Councils along the way are not in favour. However, those who wish to do any of the above, could find a solution with the Lake District National Park Authority.

Last year the DWA produced a video in their Dales Way. By gate, stile and fingerpost series, Staveley to Bowness. This video can be viewed, along with the others, on our Home page. All current fingerposts are in the video. Following on from this we asked the Authority if some of the fingerposts could be replaced. They agreed, and we offered to contribute. They in turn said that they had in place a procedure whereby items could be sponsored and an appropriate plaque put in place.

5 replacement Dales Way fingerposts have now been added to their web site available for adoption. The fingerposts will have Dales Way on the blade, some with a destination  and mileage. To view, follow instructions below.

Go to http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk  and scroll down to the bottom of the home page, click on to make a donation. Scroll down to Pick an area to sponsor then click the tab Central and South Eastern area.

The Dales Way fingerposts are the last additions and are in a West to East sequence.