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Sponsor a Dales Way Fingerpost in the Lake District

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There’s still time to help directly support the Dales Way and get public recognition for your efforts.

The Lake District National Park Authority has introduced a scheme for the public to sponsor various works they undertake, including the installation of fingerposts. Sponsors have the option of including a small plaque on the fingerpost if they wish.

Five 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.

The cost is £150 for a plain fingerpost, or £250 with a small plaque. Select the “Engrave” button if you want to include a small plaque, maximum 20 characters!

Here are 5 of the Dales Way Finger Posts looking for support:-

  • A three-blade finger post as path splits under railway bridge showing Footpath and Dales Way. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A single-blade finger post at road side near Staveley Village showing Footpath ‘Dales Way’ to Burneside 3.5 miles. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A two-blade finger post on road junction at Fell Plain 1. ‘Dales Way’ Staveley 1.5 miles 2. ‘Dales Way’ Bowness 4 miles Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A two-way finger post showing ‘Dales Way’ following a Bridleway as it leaves the old walled lane and heads across fields near Borwick Fold Farm. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque
  • A three-way finger post at the junction with the bridleway, showing Dales Way following along footpath towards Crag House Farm. Cost: £150 plain or £250 with plaque

Go to http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/donate for all lakeland projects. The Dales Way is in the Central & South Eastern Area.

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Alex retires

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Alex McManus – Cam High Road, 2 May 2011.

Alex McManus, our Footpaths Officer for many years, has decided to retire from active service with the Dales Way Association.

Alex has served the Association in this capacity for very many years and has worked hard to help improve and maintain the Dales Way path for the benefit of Dales Way walkers.

He first joined the DWA committee in 2003 and became Footpaths Officer in 2005. He also served as Newsletter Editor from 2010 to 2014 and turned his hand to a number of other roles, including minutes secretary for a while.

He helped steer the Association through two major crises – in 2008 and 2012, when the DWA faced closure. As Footpaths Officer he was particularly busy following the disastrous floods in the winter of 2015, when several bridges and sections of the path were swept away. Alex worked tirelessly to help walkers find their way around detours, in some cases engaging in a spot of guerrilla waymarking.

Over the years, through his dedication, hard work and persistence, he built up the respect and admiration of many of the local authority Rangers who look after the trail.
But the time has come for him to hang up his boots, put his feet up and enjoy a bit of respite.

Alex is going to be a hard act to follow – in fact we aren’t going to try to replace him. Instead, the DWA committee is going to divide the route up into sections according to the responsible local authority and take on a section each as members, returning to a working pattern adopted early on in the Association’s history.

We’re going to miss Alex.

However, we’re hoping that Alex will still find time to contribute occasionally to this News Section, and our Newsletter.

Walking the Dales Way

CiceroneDalesWayTerry 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

New Guide to Hadrian’s Wall Path by Mark Richards

What does the Hadrian’s Wall Path have in common with the Dales Way? Well quite a lot actually. At 84 miles or 135 km it is almost the same distance, it has a strong theme, is easy walking for even less experienced walkers, is very popular and is very well served by public transport, most notably the excellent AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Bus (Easter- October) and the nearby Tyne Valley Railway line.

Hadrian guide

Mark is one of Britain’s most experienced guidebook writers, having cut his teeth way back in the 1970s on the Cotswold Way followed by many guide books to the Lakes, Peaks and elsewhere, including that super little guide to linear walks off the 555 bus through the Lakes. He now lives in Gilsland up on Hadrian’s Wall and his new Cicerone Guide Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path is a joy – well researched text, beautifully written, covering every aspect of this World Heritage Site and this relatively new National Trail, (in both directions) with excellent photographs by Roger Clegg and the newly fashionable but practical idea for a separate booklet of 1:25,000 maps, which allows the walker to keep the main guidebook in a rucksack pocket when it rains – though you need a map case to keep the map booklet dry.

It’s also fully public transport literate with detailed information of how to get to, from and along the route without using two cars, and in summer months at least even to do the Trail in day stages including useful link paths to rail stations and bus stops, plus addresses of accommodation – though these can change. There’s even a 35½ mile route extension available to the west on Hadrian’s Coast – also rich in history – between Maryport and Bowness on Solway.

So, a perfect long-distance route to tackle after you’ve done The Dales Way and The Dales High Way.

Mark Richard’s guide is available in most good bookshops or direct from www.cicerone.co.uk.

Colin Speakman, DWA

Autumn buses on the Dales way

874 at Bolton AbbeyAutumn means shorter days but often beautiful ones, with dazzling leaf colour and when the leaves are off, even better views, excellent for short day riverside walks on the Dales Way. If you make use of public transport, you can park, catch the bus and walk along the Dales Way back to the car – or better still go all the way by bus and train and enjoy that well-earned pint at the end.

This works especially well in Wharfedale, with the all-year Sunday 874 DalesBus running between Leeds, Ilkley, Bolton Abbey, Grassington and Buckden, and Monday to Saturday Upper Wharfedale Venturer service between Grassington and Buckden, but note that from October 28th the Saturday Pride of the Dales service 74 between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Grassington will cease to operate.

However from then there will be a new Friday NYCC 74A service between Ilkley and Grassington, so that you’ll be able to reach the Bolton Abbey, and Burnsall areas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Ilkley and Grassington.

Remember too that the Western Dales S1 service between Dent Station, (meeting trains from Leeds) Dent village and Sedbergh runs on Saturdays all year, so another great opportunity for autumn days in Dentdale. Details of all these services are all in the Metro DalesBus timetable or log on to www.dalesbus.org.

West Winds open for Autumn

Finally, great news that our friends Lyn and Steve at West Winds Tea Shop in Buckden have decided this year to stay open daily until the end of October and at weekends throughout November especially for Dales Way walkers. This is especially appropriate given that the other tea shop and café in Buckden has now closed, and the Buck Inn is also currently closed – though it is expected to reopen soon.

Colin Speakman

Huge increase in wagons on Cam High Road

There has been a huge increase in the number of 40-ton timber trucks on Cam High Road, following the acquisition of the Greenfield forest site by the current owners of the Cam Forest.

Timber waggons on Cam High Road

Now up to 10 wagons a day are to be found descending the steep road to Gearstones, which serves as an important route for the Dales Way, the Pennine Way and the Pennine Bridleway.

Just last year the owners of Cam Forest gained approval for the limited extraction of timber over an initial period of 3 years, with up to 6 wagons per day. The acquisition of the much larger Greenfield Forest now means the initial period has been extended to 15 years, with the first three years seeing more “intensive harvesting”.

The new rules suggest that of the 10 wagons per day “five of these would take place before 9.30am and endeavours would be made for the majority of the remaining movements to take place after 3pm. Plus, no movements would take place at weekends or bank holidays.”

However, when DWA members were out on Cam on Tuesday, at least four wagons passed along the Cam Road between 2pm and 3pm.

Of course, it is relatively easy for walkers to step off the track and give sufficient berth to the huge wagons, but it is more difficult for horse riders and cyclists, and should any horse drawn cart happen to be heading uphill at the time….

A number of issues remain to be resolved, including the promise that a permissive Dales Way path would be made along the new track at the foot of the Cam Road, avoiding the busy B6255 to Far Gearstones.

New certificates are a big hit

Dales Way walkers finishing the long-distance trail are now heading in droves to pick up their Completers certificates directly in Bowness.

Hawkshead certificates

The new certificates are being offered free by Hawkshead outdoor outfitters at their shop in Bowness-on-Windermere, at the end of ther trail. And, for every certificate issued, Hawkshead will donate 10p to the Dales Way Association!

Since the start of the season there’s been a steady stream of Dales Way walkers arriving at the store.

Hawkshead said: “We are loving celebrating in the successes of the Dales Way walkers! Congratulations to all our Dales Way walkers who are now coming in our Bowness store thick and fast to claim their coveted certificate!”

The Bowness store is at 7 West End Buildings, Kendal Road, Bowness, LA23 3EE, Tel: 015394 48694. The shop is open Mon – Sat 9.00 – 5.30 & Sun 10.00 – 5.00.

(Pictured are just some of the recent recipients as shown on Hawkshead’s facebook page: Peter Minchin, Peter Courtney, Stuart Fraser, Isabel Fraser, Dot Morson, Kelvin Peterson, Palm Evans, Maureen Tissington, Peter Tissington and Mary O’Brien.)