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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 it is worth charging for but I have deliberately chosen to keep the information 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!

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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