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.
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,
and with Chris and Kath nearing the end of the section from Dent to Sedbergh with the Howgill Fells in the background.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass your details on.
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.
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.