2013 AGM and Autumn Walk
Saturday, 26th October 2013, 2.30 pm.
This year’s Dales Way Association Annual
General Meeting was held on
Saturday 26th October in the
Riverside Hotel, Ilkley. This is situated at
the start of the Dales Way, by the old
The AGM was preceded by a walk along
the Dales Way from Burnsall to Grassington
which included a stop at Hebden
suspension bridge to view progress on the
improvements to the bridge. The new planking
has been paid for by a generous donation
from DWA member Eileen King in memory of her
late husband Roy Docherty.
Walkers met at Ilkley bus station
at 09.30 to catch the 09.35 bus to Burnsall. The walk
was 3.5 miles
long and we returned on the 12.40 bus from
Grassington to the Riverside Hotel where a
light lunch of sandwiches and chips was
provided for walkers.
We returned from Grassington on the
number 74 bus, a regular service that takes
both locals and visitors up and down
Wharfedale and is a lovely ride in its own
right. During the meeting Footpath Officer
Alex McManus told members that he had spent
the summer inspecting the Dales Way footpath
and had relied on the bus to travel back to
his car. We were astonished to learn
therefore that this and other rural bus
services are in danger of being cut.
Dales Way Association Chairman, Colin
Speakman told the meeting; “The Yorkshire
Dales National Park, and the Dales Way, one
of the jewels in the National Park’s crown,
must remain fully accessible to everyone,
and the bus services in Upper Wharfedale are
essential to achieve this.”
You can see the
website here .
It was good meeting old friends and new,
and the AGM was a great success. Members can
find full details on the members only
section of the website.
13 November 2013