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Dales Way
Peter Stott  
14 February 2011
UK price £10.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 172g

Dales Way


Peter Stott

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"A comprehensive and concise guide to this wonderful walk: I plan to take it with me on my next trip." - the Duke of Devonshire, CBE

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 LeedsHarrogate 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.


This guidebook has all you need to plan and enjoy the Dales Way:

  • detailed directions for the main Way walked south to north
  • detailed directions for the Bradford Link, sketches of Leeds and Harrogate Links
  • 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 (1:112,000)
  • over 70 glorious colour photos
  • rainproof, rucksack-friendly format.
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2.5 Habitats and wildlife
3.2 Ilkley to Burnsall

From a review in Outdoor Focus, journal of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild

In terms of presentation and robustness, it has no peer. Full-colour throughout, it is (rather like the trail) a visual feast. … This is an excellent addition to the library of guidebooks.

Reviewed by John Manning in OF Spring 2011 page 18

Reviewed by Cumbria Outdoors April 2011

A handy little guide containing detailed walk descriptions, a drop-down map of the entire route, contact details for accommodation and transport as well background information on the geology,
history and wildlife … it has pretty much all the information you need … This new compact, waterproof guide does exactly what it says on the tin and it fits neatly into your rucksack.

Vivienne Crow in Cumbria Outdoors p56

Comment from the Duke of Devonshire, CBE

A comprehensive and concise guide to this wonderful walk and I am sure that you will gain many appreciative readers (not least due to its compact and lightweight construction!). I plan to take your book with me on my next trip to Yorkshire.

From a letter of thanks to the author

From a review by Bill Gallon in Walk Northumbria (Ramblers)

Clear up-to-date route description and good layout and production. It is produced on waterproof paper and has a strong ring binding. It will be interesting to see how well it stands up to repeated use and first impressions are good. The photographs from many sources are good and the book is compact enough for a pocket yet it will be easy to open in the wind.

Issue 271 (Spring/Summer 2011) pp4-5

Reviewed by Compass Sport Magazine vol 32 no 1 February 2011

Author Peter Stott was ‘born and raised in Wharfedale’ and he is certainly very knowledgeable about the area. … The practical advice is thorough and sound. The accommodation and facilities section was very detailed as was the travel planning section and safety notes. There are picturesque, relevant photographs of places along the route.

The sections about the walk are reassuringly formulaic, comprising a brief panel explaining which section of the foldout map they relate to, the terrain, grade, food and drink opportunities, summary and a visual aid of the distance you will cover each day. The route itself is described in bullet points and there are picturesque, relevant photographs of places along the route.

Whichever way you choose to walk or run the Dales Way, this would be a good guide to carry in your pack.

From Jennifer Bennett's review on pp39-40

Reviewed by Walk Magazine (The Ramblers)

Rucksack Readers turn their attention south of the Border, with a guide to the Ilkley-Windermere trail from the Yorkshire Dales to the Lakes. It’s clear, colourful and full of practical information. Plus, it’s printed on waterproof paper!

Walk magazine, Spring 2011 page 89

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