Coming up in July’s issue of Dalesman is a lovely tale about a demobbed soldier of World War Two whose priority when he got back home was to go for a walk in the Dales. At one point in the story he bemoans the fact that the road up from Ingleton through Kingsdale and over to Dent had been surfaced since he last did the walk. It ’s unnecessary and makes uncomfortable walking he says. Ah, the days before the motor car was king! Nowadays the only way most people visit Kingsdale is by car with the motorists moaning about how narrow the road is, having to open and shut gates – and those blooming hikers walking up the middle of the road! Photo shows the view over Dentdale on the road from Kingsdale.

If you haven’t yet visited the Dalesman Off the Page Exhibition at The Folly in Settle, Ribblesdale, then I recommend you do so as soon as possible. The display ends on July 1, while this coming Friday (15th) former editor Bill Mitchell will be giving another fascinating talk at the venue about his early days with the magazine and his life visiting and talking to Dalesfolk over six decades. For more details visit

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