Blog updates are only on an
"ad hoc" basis when I have something to say and will not be
particularly regular. Latest entries first.
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
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 internmittent, 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 maintanance. It will not be funded
from council funds.
bridge will link the south side of the river to footpaths stretching into
Nidderdale and beyond. Various fund raising events have been held and more are
planned but, as they say, every little helps!
happyhiker.co.uk has now been in existence for 10 years. It seems like
yesterday when I tried to follow walk directions in a well known newspaper,
which were rubbish and thought surely I can do better. An element of conceit
perhaps. At any rate I decided to have a go and after some stumbling around
what is now some very ancient software, I managed to put something together.
I have learned a very small amount about websites but the mysteries of
coding remain impenetrable. The website seems to have been a success judging
from the lovely emails I receive and people seem to find my directions easy
to follow and accurate. There has been the odd query or suggestion and I
always reply and consider whether any improvements/corrections are
main regret is not moving with the times and shifting to some better
software, probably Wordpress but it is the learning curve and the time to do
it which puts me off. The small amount of revenue I derive from adverts does
not permit me to employ the services of any experts and in any case, I want
to keep control. Maybe I'll get round to it. I know the site does not
display ideally on mobile phones and tablets but the directions are still
have had two or three offers to buy the site but never got as far as the
Yorkshire question ('Ow much!) as I have not wanted to sell it. Maybe the
time will come, who knows.
has been a pain to say the least and although I have followed the rules,
they now seem strict than previously so I am currently restricting myself to
walks from my home. Consequently, not many new ones are being added to the
site, though have added a short one today.
thanks to all those who support my site and I hope to keep adding walks as
long as I can put one foot in front of another!
New Year seems a little hollow, given what is happening around the COVID-19
pandemic. It is alarming the number of "Covidiots" who are
claiming it is all part of some conspiracy theory. All Governments want to
get re-elected and trashing the economy will not further that end. I think
it is reasonable therefore to say that if the Government tell us there is a
dangerous pandemic, there is one!
major downside of the pandemic and the consequent lockdown is that we are
prevented from travelling to areas we might like to go to to walk. Although
it is tempting to "stray over the edges" of the rules, even if you
can get away with it, please stay in your own areas to walk. If you live in
the centre of a city with no immediately convenient green space, I think the
rules permit a short journey to find some. "Short" is not defined
but it sure as hell will not mean you can travel 50 or 60 miles to visit the
Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or whatever is your prefered beauty spot.
Police are checking number plates to see where cars have come from and
anyone who has to be rescued by Mountain Rescue Teams can bet that if they
have come from outside the area, the police will be waiting. The more
closely we stick to the rules, the sooner the country will get on top of the
pandemic and the sooner we can all return to visiting out preferred areas.
this subject, in case you haven't noticed, it is winter. It is colder, it
snows and the days are shorter. Mountain Rescue Teams have already had a
high number of call outs resulting from incidents arising from inadequate
equipment or knowledge with the usual proliferation of poor clothing,
risking hypothermia, slips/falls due to lack of correct footwear/crampons
and of course the reliance on mobile phones with no map/compass backup. It
is not fair. Mountain Rescue Teams are made up of volunteers, with jobs and
families. Call outs put them at risk anyway but there is now the added risk
I have made no progress on my understanding of the new Ordinance Survey
setup in relation to the little OS maps I have linked to each walk (see Blog
2020 last entry). It still looks as though from about August 2021, these
will cease to work.
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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.