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Reeth and Swaledale Domestic Heating Oil-buying Cooperative

Bulk buying your domestic household heating oil with your neighbours is a great way to lower the cost of your oil bills and reduce your carbon footprint. See the Oil Buying Cooperatives page here.

Superfast Fibre optic Broadband arrives in Reeth and the Two Dales

SFNY is the name given to the project bringing Superfast Broadband to North Yorkshire. The project includes a partnership with BT to deliver faster broadband to the county and also brings together other, earlier initiatives by NYnet and NYCC to address rural hot spots. We are continually updating this website so please check regularly. If you want to be kept informed about the programme and when fibre broadband is coming to you please leave your details in the ‘register your interest’ section and we’ll let you know as soon as we can. Click HERE to visit the SFNY Website

The Swaledale Big Dig - Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group wins Heritage Lottery Fund support.


Today, the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) has received £76,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, The Swaledale Big Dig, to take place in the Reeth, Grinton and Fremington areas of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The project will be launched on Thursday 13th March 2014 at a public meeting in the Reeth Memorial Hall and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The launch meeting will be addressed by Dr Carenza Lewis of Cambridge University who has regularly appeared in the TV series Time Team and other archaeological programmes and has extensive experience of community-based projects. On the 15th March following the launch there will be an open day in the Reeth Memorial Hall when members of the community will be able to learn more about the project and what is currently known about the development of the local settlements. They will be able to discuss their interests and explore the wide range of courses on offer with the members of SWAAG.

For more information please visit the SWAAG website at

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Fears for remote Dales villages cut-off by road works for Tour.

HIGHWAYS chiefs are coming under intense pressure to ensure lives are not put at risk in some of the remotest communities in the Yorkshire Dales while a £1m programme of road repairs is carried out ahead of the Tour de France’s arrival in the region.

GPs and police officers fear that the work to prevent landslips in the Upper Dales is being carried out in winter months when isolated settlements face being cut off by heavy snowfall and ice.

North Yorkshire County Council has stressed the repairs along the A6108 and B6270 between Richmond and Reeth are “essential” in an attempt to prevent landslips and secure the long-term future of the roads.

But email correspondence seen by the Yorkshire Post has disclosed the extent of the fears among senior officials from the emergency services and medical professionals. They say proposed road closures while the repairs are carried out will mean 1,500 residents in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale will be forced to use only remote moorland routes which are 
often closed following heavy snowfall. Richmondshire District Council’s leader John Blackie claimed that he had been given assurances that the repairs programme would begin in either September or October, but the work is now due to be carried out throughout the depths of the winter. Coun Blackie, who also represents the Upper Dales division on the county council, said: “If it had started then there would have been little or no risk of encountering hostile winter weather but there are very real fears of the emergency services and the community of being cut off whilst the Reeth to Richmond road is closed if the work starts in January or February. “Dawdling and dilly-dallying by the county council’s highways department has now put lives in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale in peril. It is simply not good enough, given the very serious consequences of their failure to deliver on their promise to make an autumn start on the road reconstruction.” Managers at Reeth Medical Centre have emailed Coun Blackie to express their concerns over patients and staff being able to access the surgery as well as the delivery of medical supplies, while police officers have raised fears that motorists could be left stranded on the moorland routes without mobile phone coverage. Coun Blackie is now calling for senior managers from the highways department at County Hall to attend a meeting he will chair at the CB Inn near Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale from 7pm on Thursday which will set out the proposed programme of repairs and attempt to allay the public’s concerns. There will be four moorland routes accessible to motorists while the work is carried out on the A6108 and the B6270, although they reach heights of 2,000ft above sea level. While the exact start date of the work has yet to be confirmed, it is expected road closures spanning up to 12 weeks will have to be put in place. A county council spokeswoman confirmed detailed geo-technical investigations have been carried out along the A6108 and the B6270 after it was discovered parts of the routes are in a poor condition due to the “effects of weather and geology”. A total of 11 different locations will need to be repaired through a combination of drainage, piling, earth works and resurfacing. The spokeswoman added: “The authority intends to start the work as soon as possible which will continue through to 2014. Because the work will have to take place during winter months the county council will make every effort to ensure that diversion routes are properly gritted whenever necessary.” It was announced in December that Yorkshire had been successful in its bid to host the opening two stages of the 2014 Tour and showcase the region to a global audience. The Grand Départ is expected to attract two million spectators, bringing an estimated £100m boost. The route will set off from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5 
before starting in York and finishing in Sheffield the following day. Part of the route will take in the Dales

The Swaledale Festival has a new Chair, after Peter Denison-Edson was elected to the position at the Festival's recent AGM.

The next Swaledale Festival will run from 24 May to 7 June 2014. Information about the Festival, and a full programme of events, will be posted to the Festival website: Now resident in Reeth, Peter was formerly a diplomat and a business consultant on Japan. He says: "Since my first Swaledale Festival in 2006, I have been deeply impressed by the variety and quality of its events, with arts and music of the highest standard from around the world, and a range of activities for all ages and interests in a world-leading landscape." Peter also chairs the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group, where he is known for his fascination for most aspects of the Roman Empire. Outgoing Swaledale Festival Chairman Nick Reckert said: "It's been a privilege to represent the Festival for the last three years. It's a thriving organisation, it encourages great art, and it brings a good deal of revenue to businesses in the northern Dales. Peter is an excellent choice as Chair."

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2013 Bonfire Night & Fireworks Spectacular on Reeth Green.

The weather held out, the winds dropped and the sky cleared for another memorable Bonfire and Fireworks spectacular. Reeth Fire and Rescue Service oversaw proceedings and did well to get a very damp bonfire lit and going in time for the start of the usual fireworks extravaganza. Don't forget the New Years Day Fireworks display on the Green from 6.30 for 7pm. See you there!


LATEST REETH.ORG VISITOR FIGURES  August and September 2013 were our busiest Months ever with a combined visit count of 43,412 (figures from Google which represent actual visits to the site lasting over 1 minute)

Public flock in their thousands to Reeth Show

ORGANISERS of a traditional Yorkshire Dales agricultural show were overwhelmed when nearly four times the usual number of visitors turned up. Reeth Show usually attracts in the region of 3,000 show goers to Swaledale. And after a poor turnout last year caused it to lose money, organisers switched the date to yesterday's bank holiday. However, no one expected the huge crowd that turned up - rough estimates putting spectators at between 8,000 and 9,000. Roads leading into Reeth became gridlocked for several miles as show traffic mingled with day trippers, with some motorists facing queues of up to three hours.

It is thought the rise in visitors was due to the bank holiday date, the good weather and popularity of TV shows such as The Dales. The show's vice-chairman, Paul Brown, said they had provided as many marshals as possible, but problems were compounded by two sets of temporary traffic lights on surrounding roads. "We've been inundated with traffic we weren't expecting,” he said. "We've had to pay for our own security and local volunteers to do the roads, we couldn't even get cones brought up here, we had to go and collect them from police." "We would like to apologise to people and thank them for their patience. People have been queuing for two to three hours. It was out of our control and we will have to address this with police ahead of next year."
"We would like to apologise to people and thank them for their patience. People have been queuing for two to three hours. It was out of our control and we will have to address this with police ahead of next year." North Yorkshire Police said that it was not their responsibility to marshal such events. Show chairman Colin Longstaff said: "We will continue the same date next year and hopefully we can improve things." Entries in all classes were up and numbers for the Great Fremington Edge Fell Race, which was a UK Championship qualifier, were also high. The race is one of the British Open Fell Runners’ Association fixtures. Local residents and seasoned fell runners who had travelled some distance to attend all took their turn. The challenging race up the dramatically steep Fremington Edge was even completed by one local six-year-old girl, Annie. As a traditional Swaledale show there were no cattle classes, but the competition was high for trophies for traditional dales sheep. Two trophies for champion Swaledale sheep were won by GK Hird and Sons. Champion Dales breed was won by JM Wilson and Sons, who run a 1,700 acre sheep and beef farm at Beckwithshaw at Harrogate. David Wilson, a third generation sheep farmer from the farm and chairman of the Masham Sheep Society said the good turn-out was encouraging. “I’ve been in sheep farming all my life and like to hope my son Richard will be carrying on,” he said. Young farmer Stephen Kirby, 18, won another string of rosettes with his champion Texels and a third win this year with his tup lamb. His grandmother, Yvonne Cave said: “It has been an exceptionally good year for Stephen. He takes hours and hours colouring the sheep and cleaning them and whatever else they do. I’m very pleased he’s done so well.”

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Yorkshire - God's own country is the best place in Europe

Yorkshire beats off competition from popular cities, among them Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Florence, to be named Europe's leading destination 2013

  'Yorkshire beauty' to inspire Tour de France cyclists

Yorkshire's landscape will inspire riders taking part in the Tour de France in 2014, top names in the cycling world have said.

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Tour de France in action

The start of the Tour de France in 2014 will take place in Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July

"Yorkshire wins World Travel Awards." I read it online on my way home to York after a trip abroad. Not only that but the county had beaten off opposition from London, Berlin and Madrid to become European destination 2013 at the World Travel Awards held in Antalya, Turkey. Previous winners include Edinburgh, Istanbul and Lisbon. Reading all this, I was, I must admit, shocked, deeply shocked. How was it possible that God's Own Country had not won before? What flagrant prejudice and bigotry had denied the North, South, East and West Yorkshire victory in previous years?

Normally such a declaration would come accompanied by a disclaimer stating the writer's affiliations, but I was born in Cumbria and grew up in blissful ignorance of Yorkshire. It was not until the winter of 1994 that enlightenment came. Forced by circumstances to stay with relatives near Thirsk, I began a process of discovery: the magical wilderness of Swaledale, the North York Moors all the way to the coast at Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, Fountains Abbey and the Strid waterfalls at Bolton Abbey. I was hooked. In fact I moved to the county that same year and have never moved away.

Over subsequent years I've discovered many other wonderful corners: the Wolds behind Bridlington in East Yorkshire, the farther dales around Tan Hill in the north of North Yorkshire and the brutal, beautiful amalgam of nature and industrial detritus that lies around Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Then there are the pubs and the beer – try Galtres Festival in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, for sampling a wide range – the cheeses (Yorkshire Blue is my favourite) and the wine. Some of my favourite walks, hotels and campsites are in Yorkshire, plus some great beaches (perhaps not with the warm blue water of other places but you can't have everything). There is still plenty more to discover, I'm sure, and there's the Tour de France in 2014. Take it from this outsider: Yorkshire certainly deserves this belated award.

Yorkshire will host the Tour on 5 and 6 July, with the race's Grand Depart taking place in Leeds. Tour boss Christian Prudhomme praised Yorkshire's "outstanding beauty".

"It is a region with breathtaking landscapes whose terrains offer sprinters and attackers the opportunity to express themselves," he said.

"Yorkshire is a passionate county of proud people and I am sure they will guarantee that their Grand Depart raises the bar in terms of expectations for all future hosts to come."

The Tour will head through Yorkshire on 5 and 6 July, before moving south for a third stage, finishing in London. Yorkshire beat off the challenge of bids from Florence and Edinburgh to host the prestigious event. Brian Robinson, from Huddersfield, the first Briton to finish the race and the first, in 1958, to complete a stage of the Tour, said competitors could not fail to be impressed by Yorkshire.

"It's the biggest sporting event in the world so that's got to be something - to see it on our roads," he said. "Especially in North Yorkshire we have such beautiful scenery and I'm sure even the riders - though they won't have a lot of time to look around at see the scenery - will enjoy it." Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, said hosting the Tour de France was a "fantastic opportunity" to showcase Yorkshire to the world. "With a global audience of over two billion people watching the Tour de France every year, the backdrop is vital," said Mr Smith. "In Yorkshire you could not ask for more. Some of the most iconic roads and scenery in the country, if not the world, are here." The last time the Tour visited England was in 2007 when it raced from London to Kent. About two million people turned out over two days of the race. Gary Verity, from the tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire, said he expected "millions" of people to line the route throughout the county. "Yorkshire is a passionate county of proud people," he said.

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Yorkshire wins Europe's Leading Destination award   Download the latest issue of 'Dales' - produced by the Y.D.N.P.
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Yorkshire had taken its "rightful place" as a top European destination, said Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity
Yorkshire has beaten Berlin, London and Madrid to win the title of Europe's Leading Destination in 2013. The prize was awarded at the World Travel Awards in Antalya, Turkey, which are described by organisers as the "Oscars of the travel industry".

Yorkshire is the first location other than a major city or country to have won the Leading Destination title in the 17-year history of the awards. Tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire said the award was a "major coup". The awards are intended to highlight and reward locations and travel brands considered to have made the greatest contribution to the tourism industry over the past twelve months. Tourism is worth about £7bn annually to Yorkshire, with 216 million visits made to the county each year, said Welcome to Yorkshire.

The award comes less than a year after Yorkshire won the right to host the start of the Tour de France in July next year, with the race's Grand Depart taking place in Leeds. Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said the award was a "real validation" of the efforts put in by the county's tourism industry. "It's fantastic to see Yorkshire taking its rightful place as one of the top holiday destinations in Europe," said Mr Verity. Previous winners of the Leading European Destination award include Istanbul, Paris, London and Barcelona.

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