Blog updates are only on an
"ad hoc" basis when I have something to say and will not be
particularly regular. Latest entries first.
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 it
is worth charging for but I have deliberately chosen to keep the information
free to encourage walking.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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