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Blog updates are only on an "ad hoc" basis when I have something to say and will not be particularly regular. Latest entries first.

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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 want to be kind, 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 intermittent, 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 maintenance. It will not be funded from council funds.

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

20 July 2022

Bradford MDC in West Yorkshire has announced a number of closures of Access Land because of the severe fire risk. Moorlands are tinder dry and according to the local weather forecast tonight, no significant rain is forecast in the near future. The areas involved can be seen on the maps below.

1) Forest of Trawden, Wadsworth Moor, Heptonstall Moor

2) Oxenhope Moor, Ovenden Moor, Worley Moor

3) Bingley Moor, Morton Moor

4) Addingham Moor

22 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022 marks the launch of the Yorkshire Heritage Way long distance walk. The launch is taking place in Bradford Cathedral at 9am (all welcome) and the walk then progresses that day in two stages (to Saltaire and to The Hermit pub). Over the next few days it progresses to Ripon Cathedral via Fountains Abbey (arriving at the Ripon beer festival on Monday 2nd). For further information, see https://www.burleybridge.com/yorkshire-heritage-way.html.

20 February 2022

Good Result!

Three years ago, I bought some Mountain Equipment gaiters. I do not use them if I can help it as all gaiters make my legs hot and in summer with lightweight boots, I do not use them at all. Disappointingly, the Velcro, which secures the flap over the zip, pulled away from the stitching.

As they guarantee their products against defects "for the reasonable life of the product", I  complained to Mountain Warehouse, as I did not think three years put them beyond "reasonable life". It was obvious from their condition that they had not been over used. They asked me to send them back. They have now been returned, fully repaired and as good as new. Thumbs up for Mountain Equipment.

Bad Result!

Horrified to learn that Gateshead Cheder, an Orthodox Jewish school, took 13 children, aged between 14 and 15, up Helvellyn in ice and snow, in March last year, without appropriate equipment. For navigation, they were relying on a mobile phone app!

The 2 adults leading had no proper mountain leadership qualifications or experience in winter conditions.

They lost their way on the descent and one boy fell several meters, fortunately only sustaining minor cuts. The Keswick mountain Rescue Team had to be called out to rescue them.

What were they thinking? There are lots of steep drops and it was fortunate nobody was killed.

Please, if you are leading any group but especially children, please think about the requirement for the expedition a bit (lot?) more thoroughly than these teaching staff did.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the school and they were fined 30,000 plus costs and a victim surcharge.

If this is how the school perform their 'In loco parentis' responsibilities, I would be inclined to send my kids somewhere else (I would anyway, as I am not Jewish!)!

11 January 2022

I received a report that someone had had problems following one of my routes and had got lost as a result. Depending on how I feel on such occasions, my thoughts range from "I couldn't possibly have been wrong' to 'oh God what have I done'!  An brief exchange involving a map section and aerial photo revealed that the cause of the problem had been a right turn at the end of a wood and trying to be helpful, I had mentioned the turn was indicated by a blue bridleway arrow. There was no arrow and it sounds as though the writer had continued on, looking for it. Seemingly in the intervening 2 or 3 years, the arrow had dropped off, been removed or whatever. In fact looking at my instructions, a direction to turn right at the end of the wood, on its own, would have been enough. A case perhaps where less is more!

It is difficult knowing how much information to include. Having fallen foul of instructions in books/newspapers in the distant past, which left you hanging and indeed that was why I started my website in the first place, I tend to err on the side of including more rather than less!

I have of course amended the instructions accordingly.

5 January 2022

Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) have reported that the number of rescues having to be done is escalating. It should be remembered that all the people on MRTs are volunteers and have lives! Many rescues are cause by people relying on mobile phones which fail (probably running our of charge) and/or people venturing on to quite dangerous fells with no map or compass. This is not fair on the MRT members. Even if you want to use electronic navigation means, please have a 1:25000 scale map with you and a compass, as back-up. Most of these maps only cost around 7 or 8, which is not much if it prevents you getting lost and having to call out an MRT, or worse, becoming injured, or exposed too long in bad/freezing weather, through taking the wrong route. See Ordnance Survey Maps.

Reasonable compasses are available for under 20 and if you are not sure how to use one, see How to Use a Compass. You do not need to be an expert to use one sufficiently to prevent disaster!

1 January 2022

Happy New Year to all users of this site. I hope 2022 proves to be a happier year than 2021 and that we can cease to be in thrall to Covid and its resulting inconveniences.

This year, Happy Hiker reaches its 11th birthday. As I start the year, there are around 370 walks on the site. One which surprised me with its 'enjoyability' last year was a more urban walk, from the little village of Esholt, not far from Bradford/Shipley in West Yorkshire. This involved passing through a huge sewage works. Most unexpectedly it proved to be a lovely walk with attractive woodland and canal sections. The sewage works was barely noticeable. I might look for some more 'urban' walks in 2022.

1 April 2022

I noted a report in the paper this week that 'rocket powered' paramedics will be zooming over the Lake District fells this summer as part of the Flying Ambulance service. They wear a back pack rocket motor plus more on each hand and can cover a lot of ground very quickly. They can only carry a small amount of medical equipment but coupled with a quick response, could be enough to make the difference.

I have just realised the date but this is not an April Fool, its for real.

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