As businesses gradually open up again walkers are returning to the Dales Way, some doing day walks or short sections and others planning to walk the whole trail. Companies like Brigantes, Contours and Sherpa Van are booking full walking holidays or baggage carriage and pubs, cafes and B&Bs are beginning to welcome guests again.
The Station Inn at Ribblehead – a popular spot for Dales Way walkers, has now re-opened.
The picture is not the same everywhere however and the situation is changing rapidly. In Dentdale for example we hear that only Stone Close Tearoom and Ewegales Campsite are currently open while all three pubs remain closed.
It is important therefore that walkers check with individual businesses before setting off.
A short diversion to part of the Dales Way footpath near Sedbergh will be in force throughout the summer whilst work is undertaken to repair damage caused by recent flooding.
This section is closed, take the path on the right.
The short section of footpath is to be found near where the Dales Way crosses the road bridge from Millthrop across the River Rawthey, then turns left across a field and through a section of woodland. The affected section is the part where the path passes through a narrow, enclosed dip (see map below).
An alternative, easy to follow section of permissive path leads off to the right just before this point, to rejoin the main footpath just before leaving the wooded area.
The closure is for public safety owing to land subsidence at the root plate of two substantial trees caused by the recent heavy rain and high winds.
The recent bad weather has caused a section of path at Baildon to collapse – alongside Glovershaw Beck. Bradford Council are in the process of obtaining a temporary closure of the route while they assess what they can do to restore the path.
Below is a plan showing the section of path (part of Baildon 18) which is not safe to walk – there is an alternative route available via the edge of Baildon Moor/Shipley Glen and Footpath 2 Baildon to reconnect with the link route.
The collapsed section of path affects part of the route as described in paragraph 2 of page 3 of the self guided walk – link below and shown on Map 2.
The trustees of Otley Courthouse has made a donation of £100 to the Friends of Dalesbus – a group that campaigns for affordable public transport.
The donation was made following a public talk given at the venue on “50 years of the Dales Way” by Colin Speakman, chair of the Dales Way Association and Vice-chair of the Friends of DalesBus.
Hazel Costello from the Courthouse’s trustees said the donation was a token of thanks to Colin for giving a “very interesting and informative talk”. She said “The idea of the DalesBus is to encourage as many people as possible to get to the Dales on public transport, and using public transport is more important than ever with the need to use less cars and more buses and so contribute to lessening the effects of climate change.”
DWA committee members Kath Doyle and Gordon Tasker were also on hand to show the new mobile Anniversary Exhibition.
The donation was reported in the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer at the end of last month.
Parapet damaged on Millthrop Bridge (photo: YDNPA)
Millthrop Bridge – which takes the road from Dent to Sedbergh across the River Rawthey – has been damaged by a vehicle and is now closed to motor traffic.
It is open to walkers at the moment, so Dales Way walkers can still cross with care.
The north-eastern parapet has been knocked down, making that side dangerous, but walkers sticking to the south-western edge should be o.k.
Should the bridge be closed altogether in the future, there are a couple of alternative routes for Dales Way walkers:-
To rejoin the Dales Way at Birks Mill, follow the road beside the river westwards for a little under half a mile, then join a footpath that leads to the crossing of the River at Birks Mill footbridge (itself only recently fixed with help from the DWA);
To head in to Sedbergh, follow a footpath alongside the River heading east for half a mile, to cross at New Bridge.
A brand new beer brewed by Dent Brewery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dales Way is now available at the Flying Duck in Ilkley – just in time for our 2019 AGM!
Dales Way IPA has been brewed especially by the Dent Brewery, and first to sample it was our chairman Colin Speakman at the George & Dragon in Dent.
A couple of barrels have been sent down to Ilkley as a special guest ale at the Flying Duck, which will once again host the Dales Way Association Annual General Meeting this year on Saturday 19th October.
Gather at the pub from 1.15 p.m. for sandwiches and chips. the meeting starts at 2 p.m. sharp and will feature a presentation of the year’s events by Colin.
There’s a 4-mile walk in the morning to Mount Calvary and Middleton Woods – meet at the start of the Dales Way, Ilkley Old Bridge, at 10.30 a.m. (details on our Home page).
A large hole has appeared on the Dales Way just before Bridge End on the way to Dent. It was caused by a broken land drain and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the landowner are working together to fix it.
(Photos courtesy of YDNPA)
In the meantime Paul Wilkinson, the YDNPA Area Ranger responsible for Dentdale has put warning tape around the hole. Our thanks go to the walkers who reported this and to the YDNPA for their fast response.
UPDATE: Nov 2019 – the hole is now repaired. Many thanks to the local farmer.
Organiser Ryk Downes (centre) presents 1st and 2nd place trophies to Keith Wigley and Ellis Bland
The great Dales Way Challenge race saw the first runner complete the 80-mile trail in just 14 hours 35 minutes and 53 seconds. Keith Wigley had led for most of the run, and was the only one to finish on the same day they set off – Saturday, shortly before midnight. Next in was Ellis Bland.
109 people finished the course of the 131 that started, with the back marker coming in at 34 hours 27 minutes.
The runners were pleased to be met by DWA chairman Colin Speakman in Dent.
Organiser Ryk Downes said “All in all I think was a great success, we left no trace, one of the back runners – a lady approaching 70 years old – said she had never been on a race
with no litter! To this end I am proud of my runners.”