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 – 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.
Watch this space for updates.
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.
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!
Over 150 runners set off from Bowness-on-Widermere this morning at 8.30 a.m. to run the whole 80 miles of the Dales Way as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
By 4 p.m. this afternoon the front runners had reached Gearstones (see above).
You can follow the progress of the great Dales Way challenge race live by going to the website:
The race is being organised by Punk Panthers and you can find full details on their website:
Despite the recent rain it has been hot and sunny today, which has taken its toll.
There are eight checkpoints along the way, with the final one at Ilkley opening at 8 p.m. this evening. The front runners are expected some time after that. Why not join them and cheer them in.
August 3rd – a bright sunny Saturday morning – saw over 70 walkers gather at Ilkley Old Bridge to help recreate the first public walk on the Dales Way – 50 years on!
Once again Colin speakman led the walkers from Ilkley as they snaked their way through to Addingham for a short break by the church.
Then it was on to Bolton Abbey, where 2 vintage 1960’s buses were on hand to ferry the weary walkers back to Ilkley.
At 3 o’clock people gathered at the Ilkley Manor House, where local MP John Grogan formally opened the month long exhibition – “50 years of the Dales Way”.
The free exhibition runs throughout August at the weekends.
A great day was enjoyed by all. Special thanks go to the team of volunteer stewards from the Dales Way Association, Friends of DalesBus, Friends of the Dales and Friends of A Dales High Way, who all helped ensure the day passed without incident.
See the Ilkley Gazette report here.
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.
Thanks to Linda and Brian for letting us know about this.
UPDATE: This has now been fixed by the farmer. Many thanks to him!
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.
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.
A fire on Ilkley Moor which started on Saturday, April 20th, has now been brought under control.
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.