Blog updates are only on an
"ad hoc" basis when I have something to say and will not be
particularly regular. Latest entries first.
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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.
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site is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any
damage, loss or injury which might result from acting on it.