Author Archives: Alex McManus (Footpaths)

Another bridge repaired.

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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.



Christmas Greetings to all.


P1000521The Harrogate Link January 2010

The Dales Way Association Committee wish all of our members and fellow walkers, the compliments of the Season and good health in 2018.

We wish to thank the Rangers and staff in the National Parks, and the County and Borough Councils for their efforts over the year in improving the Dales Way, and also for their advice, friendship and cooperation.

We also wish to express our appreciation to those folk who have provided food and shelter in various forms for the travellers: usually tired, sometimes sunburnt, maybe cold and wet and at times with the odd blister. You may not always get a thank you email or letter from your guests,  but we know that after the walk, their friends are told of a fantastic journey and the wonderful people they have met along the way. You are wonderful ambassadors for the Dales Way.

Then there are the group of people who have transformed the fashion scene at the above establishments. That may not have been in their original business plan. But now walkers enjoy their social evenings after the days walk, looking and feeling “good,” because of the   companies that move mini wardrobes of clothes and accessories, that never, ever, would fit in a back pack. We wish you continued success in 2018, and the gratitude of many individuals.



“the dales way flowing between two hills”

DWwaymarkAt the first meeting in February 1991, to form the Dales Way Association, amonst the many objectives set out, the following was minuted: ” to look into the design of a Dalesway (sic) logo to be used as a waymark etc…..” David Walsh, one of the 7 individuals present, Kendal Ramblers Assistant Footpath Secretary, agreed to take on the task. His remit was ” text flowing between two hills”  At a meeting in July 1992, it was agreed that the text should be in lower case and DW to be two words. As the design was mainly as a letterhead, “It could only have ‘some similarity’ to a waymark.” It was decided that two versions should be produced, one for letterheads the other as a waymark. At the October meeting the logo was accepted and a different way mark would be developed. The question of obtaining copyright was out of the question as ” if someone copied it, we have no money to pay legal fees to defend it.


The Dales Way Association bi-annual News Letter.

E Newsletter 50 front cover

The Dales Way Association was formed on the 24th October 1991. By the end of the second Committee Meeting in May 1992, the Dales Way Objectives had been agreed, a draft Constitution had been produced, joining fees for members had been set at  £3. Achievement certificates were available and woven badges were being discussed, and a logo needed to be designed and agreed.

It was also decided that a Newsletter should be produced twice per year to be sent out to members. An annual Handbook would also be produced with up to date information about the route, to go out with one of the Newsletters.

Newsletter No 1, two A4 pages with text on all sides, was posted to all members, (13 in total) in July 1992. At the committee meeting on 28th July the Newsletter was described in the minutes as “satisfactory”  and subsequent copies would be titled Spring and Autumn. Issue No 2 was produced with the title Newsletter No 2. Spring 1993 and so it has continued to the present day with Newsletter No 50. Spring 2017. (Click to open)

When you join the Dales Way Association you will receive the E Newsletter in Spring and Autumn. You will also be able to access the Members Page. Here you will find in the archives, copies of the Annual General Meetings and Committee Meeting minutes from 2012, and copies of Newsletters from NL No 38. Autumn 2010, when our reorganisation had to take place. All the above items avilable to download in PDF format.

See on our Home Page.

“Join the Dales Way Association, now.”  Also,

“Why should I make a donation to the Dales Way Association.”

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Our President, Frank Sanderson, supplied acheivement certificates from his hotel on Brantfell Road before the Dales Way Association was formed and  then continued to do so

David Smith was Membership Secretary and also became News Editor. He produced 32 issues, ill health causing him to retire after issue 32 Spring 2008

Douglas Cossar produced the handbook from the beginning, rested for a couple of years before resuming until Spring 2013 when the Handbook was included into our web site.

All the above were part of the founding group of individuals.

Greenhead Farm. High and Dry.


Taste of the Dales Way 080Not quite singing in the rain, but an event many walkers experience if they are walking the Dales Way during a wet spell.

In 2015, Cumbria County Council , the Dales Way Association and the landowner Mr Allonby decided that something needed to be done about it.


Geoff Fewkes CCC, and Mr Allonby in yellow on his left, discus the plan.

To solve the pooling problem once and for all, a joint project was agreed by  CCC, the DWA and the landowner. The work started some months ago and has now been completed. CCC and the DWA have funded the materials. Mr Allonby has undertaken all the work at his expense. Thanks is extended to him as without his help and assistance, this project would not have been possible.

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Photos by CCC

The result looks very stark on the photo, but Mr Allonby assures us that his fine herd of cattle will do what they always do on farm roads and by next Spring we will not know that we are walking on concrete.

Run off has now created a pooling problem in the adjacent field: caused by the copious amount of water being used in this dry spell to allow the concrete to dry slowly and avoid cracking. To remedy this, CCC have further funded the necessary gullies and piping to drain the area affected. This will be installed soon, the path will not be affected.


Extra help at Burton House

Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Access Officer CCC, read the item below, and has now fixed a new Dales Way way mark onto the swing gate which is at the start of the new footpath.

As further help, for some walkers who are finding problems in Cumbria, for whatever reasons, the Dales Way Association have produced 3 short videos.

The Dales Way footpath in Cumbria. By gate, stile and finger post.

The videos are what it says in the title. Old “furniture” as the above are called may have been replaced with new, but a stile on your map or in your guide book is still a stile, old or new. You can find the above videos if you google the full title, or click on the link below.




Dales Way footpath diversion at Burton House

If the guide book you are using was published before January 2014 you should ignore the map/instructions at Burton House. (Off the A6)

In January 2014 the Dales Way was diverted. Instead of proceeding straight ahead and continuing through the buildings emerging and crossing the field to the stile and plank bridge, it now goes to the left of the building, through a new kissing gate on the left, continuing along a wide tractor/farm track, across the stream to join the original Dales Way.


New footpath – – – – – – – in black. Old footpath Red 

F (Custom).

A (Custom)

Gate on the left.

D (Custom)Do not deviate from this farm road.

Further information on our Home Page/”Where did it all go wrong”

Also archives Jan 2014