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It has been suggested to me by several people that I should charge for my walk information and indeed I have had unsolicited offers of payment (declined) from people who have used my directions. I am flattered that people think the information is worth charging for but I have deliberately chosen to keep it free to encourage walking.

If you feel my walks are worthy of a contribution, it would be appreciated if you could make a donation to the funds to build a bridge over the River Wharfe via the Burley Bridge Association website at http://www.burleybridge.com/donate.html

I live in this Wharfedale village, which is the only one in Wharfedale not to have a bridge to link it to footpaths at the opposite side of the river. Crossing of the river Wharfe, one of the fastest rising in the country, is currently precarious and internmittent, over stepping stones. There has been one campaign or another to have a bridge built for 120 years and finally, there is now a chance, as both North Yorkshire and Bradford Councils' Rights of Way Improvement Plans and the Burley in Wharfedale Neighbourhood Development Plan, adopted by Bradford Council after the village referendum in May 2018, are all in support. However £400,000 is needed to build the bridge and provide a long term fund for maintanance. It will not be funded from council funds.

A bridge will link the south side of the river to footpaths stretching into Nidderdale and beyond. Various fund raising events have been held and more are planned but, as they say, every little helps!

9 April 2019

This week, I saw an item on the BBC Breakfast programme about colour blindness. It was very interesting and in particular, I had never realised the complex nature of the condition having previously thought it was just about red and green problems. In fact, I had not given it serious thought at all, until I saw the programme. This prompted me to comment on Twitter that my use of "traffic lights" to differentiate between levels of difficulty on my walks, was probably giving sufferers  problems and I said I thought I would incorporate R, A and G initials in the symbols to help. This prompted a number of responses from sufferers suggesting:

different shapes;
different sybols within the shapes, such as ticks, excamation marks:
1,2, and 3 to denote difficulty;
changing colours.

However, I also had a response from the ColourBlindAwareness.org website. This is a really interesting website and I would urge anyone using colours where the colour is important to have a look at it. Their recommendation was that the colours were fine and that R, A and G added would do the job. Some other responders also thought this.

I wanted to keep to the principle of traffic lights because that is what visitors to my site are used to and a number have commented over the years that they like it. It also struck me that once you know the traffic light system is in use, you are unlikely to forget it whereas use of different shapes, miscellaneous symbols etc is likely to require visitors to undertake revision every time they visit the site. If I was only just starting the site, I suppose I could have graded walks with increasing numbers of symbols to indicate difficulty (or ease) but this would now mean revising every walk individually, whereas the R, A, G only involve three changes to the symbols themselves. As there are over 300 walks, this is pretty much more than I can cope with!

So, R, A, G it is. I hope this helps.

25 April 2019

Last Saturday 20 April 2019, having decided not to try to motor anywhere because it was Easter Saturday, I opted for a walk direct from my door on to Rombalds Moor. As I approached the 12 Apostles Stone Circle, I noticed a plume of smoke to the south side of Rombalds Moor on the Bingley Moor section. As conditions were so dry, I phoned the Fire Service. They were already aware and an appliance was on the scene. Indeed they managed to extingish the fire fairly quickly.

I then descended to the Cow and Calf Hotel for a well earned (I thought!) pint before heading home. Within an hour, an area of Ilkley Moor not far from where I had walked was ablaze. The blaze spread quickly and made the National News. In the evening, I was out in Ilkley and the moor above the town was like something out of Dante's Inferno.

I relate this tale because over the course of the Easter weekend, there were two fires on Rombalds Moor and another on Marsden Moor, in Yorkshire, caused by the tinder dry conditions;yes but primarily by thoughtless or deliberate acts by a few stupid individuals. Apart from any death or injury to creatures or people which could have occurred, it will take years for these areas to recover.

How anyone can be so reckless as to deliberately start a fire or take disposable BBQs on the moors in such conditions is beyond me. Once these BBQs have cooked, there are still glowing briquettes in them which are impossible to dispose of. So, my plea is, THINK!

18 March 2019

Sad that 11 people have been killed so far this year on British mountains. It is open to everyone to take whatever risks they like but whenever these tragedies occur, invariably it is the Mountain Rescue Teams turn out to look for missing walkers and/or pick up the pieces. Anyone winter walking in the mountains should check conditions first. See Links page General Walking Information for various sources of information.

2 February 2019

Just returned from a couple of weeks winter break in Tenerife, having decided to have a change from Lanzarote. It is a few years since I was there and I have to say the coastal strip between the airport and Los Gigantes has become a somewhat gross victim of its own success. Places which I remembered as quiet spots with virtually nothing there were a mass of apartments and hotels, constructed at the expense of the old banana plantations.Traffic is a nightmare and even walks along the 'prom' (not really my thing anyway) are a game of dodgems with mostly pensioners roaming from cafe to bar to cafe!

However, once you get up into the hills (ideally you need a car), there are some beautiful areas with walks through the pine trees and over some impressive lava flows. The footpaths are very well marked, though I decided not to write up the routes I did, mainly for that reason. Anyone else going, I would recommend getting this pair of 1:50000 scale maps which cover the whole island and are very good for identifying walk routes and road navigating. The paper is not very robust however. I kept mine in a waterproof map case to protect them and avoid repeated folding/unfolding. The plastic case they come in is pretty useless.

There is also a super durable map from the same stable as the truly excellent one I recommend for my Lanzarote walks. However, unlike the Lanzarote version, it only covers selected parts of Tenerife so it really depends where you itend to walk.

If you are not fortunate to be going walking in the Canaries and are venturing on the the fells here, please take special care at this time of year and do not underestimate the risks from snow, ice and exposure, especially if venturing high. See advice on my Safety page.

4 January 2019

In December, I was asked to make a short contribution towards an article for the Raven Hall Hotel about the "Best walk in Yorkshire and why". This has now been published and you can see my answer at https://www.ravenhall.co.uk/blog/the-best-winter-walks-around-yorkshire

3 January 2018

Happy 2019 to all visitors to this site and page.

The little Yorkshire Dales village of Horton in Ribblesdale has been the traditional starting point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, not least because an enterprising cafe owner there had a clocking in machine where people undertaking the challenge could clock in and out to prove they had achieved the task within the timescale. However, the cafe has now been closed for a while, I believe due to a family illness and its future is unknown, at least by me.

However the main issue is that the village has become somewhat overrun by Three Peak walkers, support friends, relatives etc.

Over the last 18 months Ingletonís Overground Underground Festival has entered into talks with Horton Parish Council, residents, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Ingleton Parish Council, Ingleton Area Business Group and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to find a way around the problem.

It looks as thought the intention is that Ingleton, where there is more parking and things to do for "hangers on", should be promoted as a preferred starting point.

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