Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cumbria County Council continues the Dales Way footpath improvements.

In addition to their 3 year improvement plan, CCC Rangers respond to our reports of broken gates, stiles etc and suggestions for improvements along the footpath. Below are recent examples. I am specially pleased with the extra step at the stone step stile. Before, it was a 24 inch drop.[60cms]

Point C before


Point C after


The location is in the Lakethwait Farm area, 3/4 of a mile, West of Beck Foot.


Point A before


Point A after




Point B before


Point B after




Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival 2009


When Clare Balding entered Kettlewell on her Dales Way walk, she was heard expressing her surprise at seeing some scarecrows. “There’s another one” she said to her companion. Their visit coincided with the Annual Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. Follow the link to see my visit in 2009.

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Thursgill 1 before Thursgill 1 after Thursgill 2 beforeThursgill 2 after

Cumbria County Council, led by Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Ranger, continues its 3 year plan to improve the Dales Way footpath. It has now replaced 2 stiles nearing their end, with 2 new gates, much safer and user friendly. The new gates are above Thrushgill Beck heading for Patton Bridge. The Dales Way Association appreciates the progress being made.

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New Gates on the Dales Way footpath.


Last year at the request of the Dales Way Association, Rangers from Bradford Metropolitan Council set about renewing the poor quality set of gates leading across the fields after Ilkley Tennis Club. This project has now been completed making the start of the Dales Way more welcome to walkers. See the results below:

The Dales Way Association would like to express their thanks to all of those involved in this project.