The Dales Way
This charming walk runs for 79 miles (127 km) from Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales to Bowness in the Lake District. The route heads north through Wharfedale, crisscrossing the river, and rises over high moorland to pick up River Dee through Dentdale. It joins River Lune briefly before heading west to Bowness on Lake Windermere. The LDWA has documented Link Routes for walkers beginning in Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford.
Along the Way, you'll see impressive railway viaducts and fine stone bridges; Bolton Priory and many small churches; limestone scenery with stone walls, hay meadows and lime kilns; and heritage centres you can visit. Above all, the route is blessed with many small villages with B&Bs and welcoming pubs at strategic intervals. Gradients are modest and most people will complete it comfortably in 6 or 7 days.
In 2011 the opening of a new section of Pennine Bridleway created some fine new route options from Cam Houses into Upper Dentdale. For full details, please see our Dales Way forum.
This guidebook has all that a walker needs:
- concise, up-to-date directions for the main Way and Bradford Link
- background on geology, railway heritage, farming and wildlife
- side-trips to heritage centres and a feature on Bolton Priory
- contact details for accommodation and transport
- dropdown route map (1:110,000)
- over 70 glorious colour photos
- waterproof, rucksack-friendly format.
Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:
- The Dales Way
- Peter Stott
- 14 February 2011
- UK price £10.99
- 64pp+4pp map flap
- 145x220 mm
- ISBN: 978-1-898481-42-3
“A comprehensive and concise guide to this wonderful walk ... I plan to take your book with me on my next trip to Yorkshire.”
The Duke of Devonshire, CBE