Round 2 :Dales

Start Date Friday 25th May
Finish Date Tues 29th May
Local Organiser Kev Gay
Meet Director Martin Colclough
Scorer Phil Chett
Competition HQ Fountain Hotel, Hawes

Meal is on Sunday 27 May at 7.30pm in the fountain hotel.  

Mobile coverage

From the maps Vodafone, and Three are very bad in the Dales whereas EE/Virgin and O2 seem good.  However, on high ground there is no O2 coverage.  Local reports are that EE is best with Three OK and Vodafone rubbish, O2 probably OK.

​For Three there is one hot spot in the main car park in Hawes where you go from having no signal to a good data signal! Most of the cafes and pubs have their own wi-fi.

Hawes and Hardraw

Note that regardless of HQ location this round tends to be split with where people are staying between both Hawes and Hardraw, a short drive or hike between them.

In Hawes itself there is a large public car park behind the main street which is pay and display.  There is also large car park used for briefing at the "Ropemakers" on the edge of Hawes which is also pay and display (£4.50 /day).  The car park immediately behind the chip shop and on street parking is free.

You can buy a weekly car parking pass for £15 from the tourist office which covers all car parks, although it does not open until 10am (i.e. after briefing). 


Group accommodation

The Green Dragon has a bunk-house with small kitchen for breakfast at not much more than camping.  Rooms are for 2 / 4 / 6 people. Recommended in potentially wet and damp Yorkshire!  It also has a cottage for rent next door as well as more expensive individual / twin rooms.

Green Dragon Inn,
Hardraw , Hawes,
Leyburn, North Yorkshire,
Tel: 01969 667392

Hawes also has a Youth Hostel -

There is also a bunkhouse at Hardraw:


Hardraw campsite

As well as the pub itself, there is also another campsite 100m to the west of it:

Old Hall Cottage Camping Site
The Cart House
North Yorkshire
Tel: 01969 667691

Hawes campsites

Bainbridge Ings Caravan & Campsite (under new management)
Hawes Wensleydale
North Yorkshire
01967 667354

Blackburn Farm,
North Yorkshire
01969 667524

Shaw Ghyll Caravan and Camping
Shaw Ghyll Farm
North Yorkshire
01969 667359

Hawes Caravan Club Site
Brown Moor Farm
01969 667338


Things to do if its not flyable

Lots of waterfalls including Hardraw Force, Cotterforce, and one well worth seeking out at the bottom of Wether Fell.  Check out a map.
This place is fantastic and well worth trip. Its not cheap but well worth the visit. You can spend anywhere between 2 and 6 hours there,

May Bank holiday West Burton Near Leyburn has a Market and fair, as does Austwick which is a small village west of Settle.

The three peaks are just south of Hawes and a great days walk if we are blown out not so good if its raining.


Canoe Trips from Ripon to Boroughbridge along the river Ure could be arranged to take a group of 10 .

Climbing wall in Ingleton is fantastic, small intimate but loads of faces and lots of good bouldering pus one or 2 high routes.

There are plenty of safe caves in the Area to the south of Hawes and one or two brilliant ones in Swaledale, caving gear can be hired in Ingleton.

Gaping Ghyll is open to the public,29,30,31 May get lowered down the main shaft and hoisted back up after a look round.

Towns well worth a visit

Ripon Cathedral, law and order museum, work house museum, One eyed Rat real ale no nonsense pub.

Skipton has a castle, a market and loads of decent shops. Canals with
boats for hire.

Settle and Ingleton, great little market towns, Ingleton has the three waterfalls walk a round walk of about 3 hours. Small cost as its on private paths

Climbing Kilnsey crag limestone massive overhang, Gordale Scar and Malham tarn excellent family visits dramatic scenery and great climbing. Brimham Rocks National trust open to the public car park costs £2 great scrambling, views, and serious climbing and bouldering if you want.

Pateley Bridge
Toft Gate Barn Cafe  and the lime kiln is worth a visit a short steep walk takes you to Coldstones cut a millenium installation that is a must see with great views great galleries, In Pateley Bridge is a museum that has a massive amount of information about the area and will keep adults and kids interested for a couple of hours.  The glass blower is open most days and well worth a visit, there are designers and makers in the same complex.  the village has the best high street in England Its also downwind of Wether fellin a west north west. Visit The dams North of Pateley Bridge Scar house and Angram amazing engineering feats good mountain bike and green lane routes. 

Howstein Gorge Upper nidderdale is a great visit and has a via verata. As well as an easy cave with a bit of history. Remind me to tell you the story if you are going. Its an amazing geological feature you have to pay but well worth the visit.