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.
Now all obstacles have been repaired, the
Dales Way is open as usual.
The Dales Way Association Footpaths' officer
Alex McManus had prepared a detailed
document outlining all the problems as we
became aware of them, together with proposed
diversions, which was available to download
from this site.
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.
26 January 2016