All part of the fun though! A Long Distance Walk that isn't quite as easy as it is made out to be! Lots of limestone scenery, plenty of places to stay. Jeremy Polmear and Diana Ambache June Add link. Facts Dales Way Association. Guides and maps. Tour operators.
The Book Depository United Kingdom. Stanfords United Kingdom. The Book Depository United Kingdom De Zwerver Netherlands Also available from: Stanfords, United Kingdom Bol. For the lower half of the route, the Dales Way follows a number of rivers before heading in to quiet moorland. With the town of Sedbergh the walker gets a fine view of the Howgills before heading through farmland and along more rivers before ending at Windermere, in the Lake District.
The walking is easy; navigation rarely anything other than easy and the route is very well waymarked. This is not a challenging walk, but the rewards are stunning. You can read my own travels on the Dales Way. From Ilkley to Windermere, you can see the route of the Dales Way using the map above.
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Using the controls you can scroll around, zoom in and explore the route. Note that this map is a guide only, and should not be used for navigation. You can also download the GPX file of the route. I split my walking over six days although the terrain is easy enough that many will be able to polish it off in five slightly longer days.
Both options are catered for in the itineraries below. Using good paths and with easy navigation, much of the route lends itself to walking most of the year round. However moorland sections in the middle will not be great in winter months. As such if you want to do the whole thing, we suggest looking at walking between April and October.
However it is possible to break it into two three-day walks by stopping and starting at Ribblehead station on the Settle to Carlisle Line. Sedbergh has a few buses to Kendal, and there are also railway stations at Burneside and Staveley.
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However as both of these would be on the last day of walking, neither are particularly useful. The most useful place to get information on accommodation is from The Dales Way Association who maintain an extensive accommodation list on their website. With the exception of the start and end points, most of the places on the Dales Way are small villages and, as such, accommodation is not always in high supply. However there are plenty of villages between Ilkley and Oughtershaw, so you should be able to find somewhere to stay if you are flexible on your itinerary.
However Ribblehead station is just next door on the Settle to Carlisle line, which offers other accommodation options. Burneside also has frequent bus and train services to Kendal which has extensive accommodation options. As a very popular walk, there are scores of operators who will book accommodation for you. There are far too many for us to mention, so we suggest a good web search using your favourite search engine.
Most operators will also include baggage transfer in the price. The following companies also provide baggage transfer services for those planning their own walk:. Surprisingly there are not many campsites on the Dales Way, however the Dales Way association include a list of campsites in their accommodation guide. They also report that many farmers will allow small groups to camp on their fields. Some long distance paths start and finish in places rather difficult to access.
This, thankfully, is not true of the Dales Way. Both Ilkley and Windermere are well served by public transport. Ilkley is the terminus of the Wharfedale Line. It was also the very last railway station in the country to be lit by gas, with the gas lights remaining until It is served by regular services from both Leeds and Bradford. At the other end, Windermere sits on the Windermere branch line.
Trains run roughly once an hour, mostly terminating at Oxenholme Lake District, although some trains run through to Manchester Airport. If breaking the walk at Ribblehead, there are infrequent trains from there to both Leeds and Carlisle. It was last updated in published in It features Ordnance Survey maps of the route, at the , scale. Now in its 11th edition, which was published in , this was the original guide book for the route and is regularly updated. It contains detailed maps for the whole route. The scale of the mapping is not clear, however it is at a higher scale than , This includes walking instructions with hand-drawn maps so you probably want a proper map too , but the true value of the Trailblazer guides for our money, is in organising your trip as they include extensive accommodation details.
The route is marked on them. With few major hills to climb, The Dales Way is a good all rounder and could easily be done in spring and autumn as well as summer. So put your best foot forward and head to the Dales. We update our planning guides on a regular basis, and welcome reports of errors, clarifications and additions.
If you have any, please email us using our contact form. Hi, Doing half the Dales Way walk in august! Only doing half because we have a cottage in apperset, and we are staying their! So, we arw detouring at becermonds, up to cam house, and then down towards hawes!
What i was wanting to know is… Are the waymarkers easy to find, and are they well marked. Thankyou for your time, Gary. Hi Gary — the Dales Way is very easy to follow and well waymarked in most places — certainly on the stretch to Beckermonds it is very straightforward and easy to follow. I had the map in my guidebook for the trip and mostly used it to see how far I had to go. Only once did I get lost, thanks to a fallen waymark post, and that was in the northern section.
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Rest your bums, rub your feet and walk the garden.. Fantastic river and viaduct photo opportunity. The walk goes through a lot of farms and villages rather than moorland. Many farmers will allow camping on their fields. This includes by the looks of it some farms where the owners are known to be happy to allow camping. This will be my first long distance walk at least over the six day itinerary you have detailed above. I am curious… which is best. It builds anticipation a bit more than arriving at Ilkley which is nice, but not in the same way!
I may make it to Windermere, but maybe I will take it slow and look around a bit which will leave me short in the end. I will be leaving a car in Ilkney unavoidable. Is there frequent bus service from the small villages back to Ilkney? The best suggestion is to look at trains, or in some cases, buses and trains. It will be a slow journey though. I want to take my dogs with me as I shall be walking alone. I am strictly a novice walker. Are there plenty of places to stay along the way who will take my dogs as well as myself?
Found this out the hard way too……. Plus the 1. Please change your website to prevent others making the same mistake. Just completed the dales way with 4 friends and family.
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First long distance walk which has truly inspired us to plan the next itinerary. Each day flew by due to the banter, delightful scenery and lunch breaks and each evening was unique because of the characters we met in the hostelries. Would highly recommend it to anyone. Hello Tracey. You are right. There are some issues with the distances documented here. For starters, the total distance is supposed to read 78 miles, not And likewise, the distance in kilometres is supposed to be not And as you state, this comes underneath a photo listing 81 miles.
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Fact is that I have never known a walk to have so many different lengths recorded for it. As of right now, Wikipedia declares the Dales Way to be 84 miles long. The Long Distance Walkers Association says That metal sign I photographed says 81, whilst an information board at Ilkley said in says 84 miles as well.
I plotted the route on Memory Map and came out with 73 miles. Will the real Dales Way distance, please stand up? Using my plotting, I have now updated all the distances listed here and made a few minor tweaks. Account Log in Registration. Cart Your cart You have no items in your shopping cart. Out of Stock. Very Good Good.
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