**Gargrave near Skipton is not able to accommodate those travelling to Appleby fair again this year as there are no appropriate facilities**
There are in excess of 80 locations in Cumbria commonly used as temporary stopping places by Travellers on route to and from the fair. Not all are used each year and most give rise to little or no concern. However, previous concerns have been raised at some of the more popular locations, these may for example relate to road safety, environmental issues such as large amounts of waste, and problems with horses.
In liaison with Parish Council’s and landowners, restrictions regarding period of use, designation of areas that can or cannot be used and restrictions on the use of some locations by motorised vehicles have been agreed and approved by the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group.
These temporary sites will be regularly visited by representatives from both Cumbria Constabulary and either Eden District Council or South Lakeland District Councils during the period of occupation.
The need for regulatory control of these sites will be kept under review and if a site is considered to be unacceptable, appropriate action will be taken.
Please note that certain locations along travelling routes to the Fair have Traffic Regulation Orders in place which for road safety reasons, prohibit roadside parking, these areas will be clearly posted and signed. In particular, within Eden, roadside camping restrictions are in place at Sandford Road End between the A66 and the railway bridge; along certain sections of the A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Brough and along much of Powis Lane, between the A66 and Long Marton Church.
A significant change for 2017 is that the area previously used by bowtops on Soulby Village Green will not be available for 2017 due to essential flood defence works having recently been implemented. This means that there is no access to this area by bowtops, neither is the land available for horse grazing for 2017, as further drainage work and reseeding still has to be carried out. The small area on the other side of the road, previously earmarked for caravans, will continue to be available and will allow a small number of caravans or bow tops to park. A horse grazing area will be provided and appropriately signed, Please refer to the Soulby link below for further details.
It is an offence to contravene such Orders and action will be taken if parking occurs in contravention of the Order. This does not apply to horses or horse drawn caravans, which can remain at rest anywhere deemed safe, including posted and signed areas.
The Multi Agency Strategic Co-Ordinating Group has published an Encampment Strategy for temporary stopping places. To see full details click here.
The overriding message is please do not come early to the Fair, places to stop on route are limited and are needed by those who have no vehicular transport. It is, however, recognised that horse drawn bow tops have to adopt a staged approach when travelling to the Fair and these overnight stopping places are essential for their journey.
For further details on temporary stopping places where restrictions are in place, please select the relevant site below.
- Cote Moor
- Great Asby
- Watergate Bottom
- Lay-Bys, Kirkby Stephen - Please note Belah lay-by - Due to temporary reduction in the layby size caravan parking in this area is limited and there is only space for a couple of vans this year.
- Middleton Common, Sedbergh
- Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
- Rawthey Bridge, Sedbergh
- Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh
Temporary sites in South Lakeland are available to travellers from Tuesday 30 May until Thursday 8 June 2017 and from Monday 12 June until Friday 16 June 2017.
Bainbridge Village is a village on the A684 between Leyburn and Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a traditional stopover for Travellers, but in the past the encampment has lasted weeks instead of a few days. Bainbridge now operate a ‘managed stay’ for Travellers on their village green. This is similar to the way Melmerby village in Cumbria manage Travellers using their village green.
Bainbridge have already fenced around their green. Bainbridge village will open up their village green to allow the Travellers to stay on there on the evening of Friday 2 June until Tuesday 6 June. This is the weekend prior to Appleby Fair opening.
There will be an expectation that Travellers do not enter the green prior to these dates, and that they will move on when the village want to re-close their green. It will also be expected that the green is left clear of rubbish.
Richmondshire District Council operate a rubbish collection service, so Travellers should bag up their rubbish using bin bags and leave it at the roadside for collection.
The local Police will hand out business cards with the relevant telephone numbers on them, but for reference on the website the phone number is 01748 900954.
Information on travelling through Teesdale: