Terry 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
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.
This photo was taken on Tuesday 26th March by committee member Tony Grogan. This is the third gate after leaving the Ilkley Tennis Club at the start of the Dales Way. Walkers were avoiding this altogether and walking on the other side of the fence in the farmers field leading to the farmers gate. Apparently this is not an isolated case. The Area Right of Way Officer of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has been informed. They, in turn, have contacted their Countryside Team to see if the drainage can be improved.
Following a complaint from three senior walkers in October 2014 about difficult stiles between Bolton Bridge and Addingham, I contacted Tim Brooks, Area Right of Way Officer, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, on behalf of the Dales Way Association, as to how this section of the Dales Way could be improved for Dales Way and local walkers. For reference, a video was produced of all the stiles from Olicana Caravan park to Bolton Road. This was put up on YouTube under the title: Ilkley to B Ab. Stiles. (Dales Way – of limited interest)
Particular reference was made about the very difficult high stile near the steps leading up to Bolton Road. (Right hand stile above.) Resistance to any change by the landowner prevented any progress with no legal way to change the situation.
However, Tim Brooks has now informed us that they have permission to replace two of the stiles on this section. The ladder stile will be replaced with a pedestrian gate and the wooden stile replaced with a kissing gate. This latter improvement is most welcome, as the height of the step-over makes it very difficult for all but the most agile walker to cross. This work will be done at some point in the summer.
The Dales Way Association, on behalf of all Dales Way and local walkers, wish to thank Bradford Metropolitan District Council Officers for their tenacity in following up and solving walkers complaints.
A difficult, very old stile, especially in wet weather, for small children and those less agile than they used to be, has been replaced with a new gate. This is on the footpath between Burton House and the Oak Bank Road. Sad but necessary, I am afraid.
Further along the trail, a damaged plank bridge has been replaced with a handsome new fit for purpose crossing.
The bridge has been replaced under CCC Flood Recovery Program funded by the Rural Payments Agency’s Cumbria Countryside Access Fund, which is being used to repair the damage on flagship routes within the county. Photos by CCC
Views into Dentdale from the slopes of Great Knoughtberry Fell, which is part of the alternative footpath which avoids the road walking from Cold Kell Gate to Lea Yeat.
A new video in our gate, stile and fingerpost series has been posted on YouTube and can also be viewed on our Home Page under the side heading Videos.
The title is The Dales Way footpath in Dentdale. By gate, stile and fingerpost. The video includes a map plus distances and times. Good weather is essential if you wish to enjoy the finest views along the Dales Way. On the home page a description of the walk is available to download in a PDF format.
Arten Gill Viaduct below in the valley.
I would guess that Dales Way walkers had never heard of Fishemans Bridge, despite passing it, 150 metres West of Hole House, on the Lincoln’s Inn Bridge to Crook of Lune Bridge stretch of the footpath. It came to prominence when it was swept away in the December 2016 storms, as the river Lune rose to record levels. The footbridge near
Thwaite, is the only means to cross the river between the Lincoln’s Inn and Crook of Lune bridges, a distance of 3 miles. The project, which was started last year, was not without its drama and difficulty, battling with wet weather most of the time. Heavy rain in November swelled the river so much that the scaffolding supporting the bridge was swept away, buckling the almost finished structure. The problem was overcome with the help of a crane and some spare parts, courtesy of Cumbria County Council. The finished bridge is a beautiful structure, built to last. An official opening of the bridge is being planned for early 2018. Information supplied by Steve Hastie. Area Manager (Western Dales.) Photographs supplied by Cumbria County Council.
The Dales Way Association donated £500 to the project.