AGM 2016 - the Dales Way is Open
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the
Dales Way Association was held at the Flying
Duck in Ilkley on October 15th, where a cake
marking the 25th anniversary of the
Association was cut by Judith Smith and
has been a particularly eventful year for
the Dales Way, and members heard reports on
the work done to help mitigate the
devastating winter floods in Cumbria and
parts of North Yorkshire.
Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing
strong winds and heavy rain to the region
and causing Cumbria to declare a major
As these communities struggled to cope and
rebuild their lives, officers from the local
authorites concerned were soon out surveying
the damage to footbridges and footpaths in
the area. Not surprisingly there was quite a lot of damage, and the
Dales Way has borne its share.
It was going to take a long time and a lot
of work to fully repair this damage, but
over the following months many sections have been fixed.
With Mint Bridge having recently been
repaired, just one diversion remains: on the
approach to Burneside the Sprint Mill
footbridge is closed, but
Sprint road bridge has now reopened. A proposed diversion is
in place (see Flood updates) though
many people may prefer to use the road
bridge for quick access.
The Dales Way Association Footpaths' officer
Alex McManus had prepared a detailed
document outlining all the problems as we
aware of them, together with proposed diversions.
download this as a PDF Document
here. The document has been kept up to
date with changing circumstances.
Thankfully most walkers didn't let these
minor difficulties put them off walking the route. The spirit of
co-operation shown by all within the
affected communities is an inspiration, and
as they rebuild their lives they will
welcome the support of visitors to the area.
Download the latest
Dales Way Flood
update here (pdf).
23 November 2016