Across the North – September 2012

by David Murray on 20 September 2012

in Bowland, Northern England, Opinion, Yorkshire Dales

Easier Access to the North Yorkshire Dales

Having had to negotiate my way through Bedale on a number of occasions in recent months I must say that a bypass is welcome news.  Of course, new developments like this are never without their challenges. There are always pros and cons to be weighed, and difficult dilemmas are not unusual. However, the news this week suggests that careful thought is being given to impact on the historical and archeological heritage of the area.

“POLITICIANS have allayed concerns that hidden archaeological treasures dating back to the Roman era will be put in jeopardy after a £42m bypass to provide a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales took a major step towards becoming a reality. North Yorkshire County Council yesterday approved a planning application for the long-awaited road scheme for the North Yorkshire market town of Bedale …”
More at: Bypass for Yorkshire Dales town closer as care over archaeology pledged – Yorkshire Post

Hill Walking – Go Well-Prepared [See also the video down the page]

Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland—Ricky Cosmos (

The Forest of Bowland used to be my favourite upland walking area when we lived in East Lancashire. I’ve walked it in sun, rain and snow both in company and solo. Magnificent! But from time to time things can get difficult, even for the experienced and well-equipped, as this story illustrates:

Four walkers were rescued after two of their companions were swept away by a swollen river. The four were stranded in the Langden Valley in the Forest of Bowland, unable to cross the brook which had turned into a torrent. … Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team was alerted by Lancashire Police … A spokesperson for the team said: “A group of six well equipped adult walkers had attempted to cross a swollen river. Two were swept away but thankfully managed to self-rescue after being carried a distance, and made it to the nearest house – about an hour’s walk …”
More at: Four Bowland walkers rescued after pair swept away by river torrent – Grough

Finally, though, as I think about this I can’t resist including reference to a different story from the Lake District earlier in the month. Going onto moors and mountains ill-prepared seems to have become something of a “bee-in-my-bonnet”. It’s happening far too often.

“Lake District mountain rescuers have criticised ill-prepared fell walkers after being called to help the same family twice on successive nights …”
More at: Lost Lake District fell walkers rescued twice – BBC News

Met Office Video on Mountain Safety

That’s it for this time. I’ll be tweeting, but probably not blogging, from Brussels next week – scarcely “Around England”.

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