Author Archives: Chris Grogan

Awesome Achievement

The 2nd ever Dales Way Ultra Marathon took place over the weekend of 14th and 15th August. Chris Grogan, Dales Way Association secretary, went to the end to congratulate the runners. Here she is with Steve Dillon, the only runner to complete the 2019 and 2021 Dales Way races AND the brutal Dales High Way Challenge.

‘I’m in awe of their fitness and stamina,’ she said. ‘Most people walk the 82 mile Dales Way in a week. These runners did it in a day or less.’ Winner Greg Judges arrived home in just 17 hours 11 minutes and is pictured here accepting his medal from Ryk Downes, event organiser and DWA committee member.

Clare Balding walks the Dales Way

Fresh from her recent tv appearances, Clare Balding is a familiar face to many, so it’s not surprising that she was instantly recognised as she walked the Dales Way this week. She’s been recording her experiences for a her BBC Radio 4 programme “Ramblings” which will be broadcast this autumn.

Clare walked and talked with a number of people including Dales Way creator and Chairman of the Dales Way Association Colin Speakman and DWA committee members Kath Doyle and Chris Grogan. Here she is with Colin and his wife Fleur on the Dales Way seat at the end of the walk,

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and with Chris and Kath nearing the end of the section from Dent to Sedbergh with the Howgill Fells in the background.


Walk the Dales Way with Clare Balding

Renowned broadcaster Clare Balding is planning to walk the Dales Way for her BBC Radio 4 programme “Ramblings”.


She’ll be recording the programme between August 10th and 13th and the producers would love to hear from anyone who’d like to walk with her. So if you’re planning to be on the route that week, if you have happy, or sad or remarkable memories of walking the Dales Way that you’d like to share with the nation or if you have any special knowledge of the trail please contact the producer Lucy Lunt at

Anyone walking in August?

Is anybody planning to start walking the Dales Way on Sunday August 10th, preferably in the afternoon? BBC Radio 4 are planning to make a Ramblings programme that day and Clare Balding would love to walk and talk with someone just setting off.

If you’re interested email us at and we’ll pass your details on.

Walk For Life










In a couple of weeks Lady Jane Naylor is leading a fundraising walk along the Dales Way on behalf of the charity SafeHands for Mothers. SafeHands was set up to ensure that no woman, anywhere in the world, dies in pregnancy or childbirth and the Dales Way walk celebrates its 10th year of fundraising and campaigning.

The walk starts in Ilkley on June 8th and ends in Bowness on june 14th. Walkers are expected to raise sponsorship for the cause but will be provided with food, accommodation and transport to and from the route every day.

More details can be found at including how you can donate to this worthwhile charity.

Coach walks inspired by the Dales Way

Yorkshire Dales coach company, A S Coaches are well known locally for their walks programme. Walkers can enjoy a day’s guided walking with the benefits of transport to and from the trail.

Amanda Burton, co-owner of the company and walk leader told us,” Many people who join my walks have become regulars and friends too – how wonderful walking is”.

Last year Amanda led a series of day walks along the Dales Way and she’s repeating the idea this spring, this time along sister route A Dales High Way.

“Following the great success we had walking the Dales Way as a series of day walks last year we’ve decided to tackle A Dales High Way,” said Amanda.


A Dales High Way is a tougher route than the Dales Way but Amanda assures walkers that the pace will be leisurely and the atmosphere friendly.

The walks are starting on Saturday May 3rd with the 8 mile section from Saltaire to Ilkley. Further dates booked so far are:

  • Sat May 3rd Saltaire to Ilkley (8 miles)
  • Sat May 17th Ilkley to Skipton (11 miles)
  • Sat May 31st Skipton to Malham (12 miles)
  • Sat June 14th Malham to Stainforth (10 miles)
  • Sat June 28th Stainforth to Chapel-le-Dale (11 miles)

Each day costs £15 including coach travel from the Pateley Bridge area, Grassington and Skipton. A S Coaches are flexible about pick ups so do get in touch with them.

So if you fancy walking A Dales High Way this spring or you’d like more information give Amanda a ring on 01423 711252 or email 

Ilkley Tennis Club plans approved

In April this year Ilkley Tennis Club announced its intention to apply for planning permission to expand, including creating a new car park in an adjoining field.


As walkers on the Dales Way know, the route follows the already busy tennis club access road so the idea of even more traffic was worrying to the Dales Way Association committee. Along with residents we put in our objection and the tennis club revised the plans, dropping the proposed overspill car park and creating a pedestrian walkway alongside the road.

The new plans were approved this week on condition that drivers are not allowed to park on the walkway. We hope very much that this will mean a safer route for Dales Way walkers as they leave Ilkley and head out into the peace and quiet of Wharfedale.

The plans can be seen at Bradford Council Planning website and search for 13/01685/FUL