Category Archives: Footpath

Hole in path in Dentdale

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.

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(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.

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Great Dales Way Challenge race a huge success!

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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.”

Some of the runners have recorded their impressions on the Punk Panthers website at http://punkpanther.co.uk/news/

Well done to you all!

Fallen tree blocks stile in Dentdale

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A heavy branch has fallen across a stile on the Dales Way in Dentdale and is blocking the path.

The stile lies on the path between Tub Hole and Tommy Bridge (SD 4224 9708) where the Dales Way briefly crosses the River Dee on its way down the valley to Dent.

Although agile walkers can squeeze past, the branch is potentially dangerous and walkers are advised to avoid this section until the blockage has been removed. National Park rangers are working to fix this.

Dales Way walkers are advised to stick to the quiet road at Tub Hole and continue along this, passing Whernside Manor to rejoin the route at Bridge End, until further notice.

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Thanks to Linda and Brian for letting us know about this.

UPDATE: This has now been fixed by the farmer. Many thanks to him!

Contractors working at Thursgill

Dales Way walkers will face a slight diversion as contractors begin work to secure the embankment at Thursgill Beck.

This is just beyond Grayrigg Foot, on the long section between Sedbergh and Burneside.
Walkers leaving Grayrigg Foot along the access driveway should cross the A685 directly across to the waymarked gate opposite, along the route of the Dales Way, then continue to the bridge at Thursgill Beck following a slightly diverted path alongside the access road.

A temporary footbridge across the beck beside the main bridge may be installed.

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Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Access Officer for Cumbria County Council said: ” The map details the sections of path that will be closed, and gives an indication of an alternative route (A-B) so that Dales Way users can continue their journey as conveniently as possible.

” As there will be a significant amount of HGVs and plant using the farm track to access the work site to ensure everyone’s safety no public access will be permitted along the access between the road and the bridge to road. The only usable access for the Dales Way will be via the public footpath directly opposite the driveway of Grayrigg Foot.”

There should be no real problems for Dales Way walkers, but please follow any directions on site.

Ilkley Moor fire

A fire on Ilkley Moor which started on Saturday, April  20th, has now been brought under control.

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This afternoon fire fighters began winding down operations after several days damping down. With rain expected later today the moor is once again open to walkers.

Walkers taking the Dales Way Bradford Link route will find themselves descending from the moor into Ilkley alongside the devastated area, which covers some 25,000 square metres.

90 firefighters attended the fire, and one man has been charged with arson as a result.

Alcohol licence for Olicana caravan site

Bradford Council have approved contentious plans to serve alcohol at Olicana Park caravan site, near Addingham.

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The Dales Way passes through the site, passing the restaurant and cafe based in a new log cabin at the entrance to the site.

Approval for a cafe there had been previously granted in 2016. The new licence allows alcohol to be served for consumption on and off the site. The owners, Listers Leisure Ltd., said the business would serve onsite customers and people walking the Yorkshire Dales.

Letters both against and in support of the scheme were evenly matched. Some local residents raised concerns that serving alcohol could lead to an increase in traffic, noise and anti-social behaviour in a picturesque area fo the district. One park resident pointed out that “It is very rare these days to go out for a meal and not have a drink.”

Dales Way walkers might welcome a cafe stop after the first 3 miles on the trail, but it remains to be seen how many will want alcoholic refreshments so early on.

Addingham suspension bridge closed

A popular suspension bridge which crosses the river Wharfe beside the Dales Way at Addingham has been closed for up to 6 months.

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The bridge is not on the route of the Dales Way, which passes just above it, so its closure will not affect Dales Way walkers. However, it is often used as part of a cicular day walk from the Dales Way, either between Ilkley and Addingham, or as an optional link via Beamsley Beacon (For a route description see the Dales Way Association Newsletter number 48, Spring 2018).

A notice states: “North Yorkshire County Council has made this Order to prohibit any pedestrian from using Public Footpath 15.96/36/1, Nesfield with Langbar, between grid reference SE08354994 and SE08314990 for a temporary period of six months (subject to access to premises) between 23/10/2018 and 01/04/2019 due to danger to public from unsafe bridge.”