Category Archives: Footpath

Short diversion near Sedbergh

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.

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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.

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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.

Diversion on Bradford Link Route

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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.

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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.

Dales Way Bradford Link.

Millthrop Bridge repaired

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Millthrop Bridge – Photo courtesy of Cumbria County Council

Millthrop Bridge in Sedbergh has now fully reopened. Cumbria County Council would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding throughout the works.

Millthrop Bridge damage

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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:-

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  • 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.

Watch this space for updates.

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.

UPDATE: Nov 2019 – the hole is now repaired. Many thanks to the local farmer.

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!