Dales Way: Walk Information

The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of roughly 80 miles, usually starting in Ilkley, passing through many lovely and interesting dales and villages, to its end on the shores of Lake Windermere at Bowness, in the Lake District. Along the way, it follows Wharfedale, passing the ancient priory at Bolton Abbey, and continues at a predominantly low level as it follows the valleys of the Rivers Wharfe, Dee, Lune, and Kent. However, the weather and terrain should not be underestimated, as it does cross the Dales moors at a high level, near Ribblehead, in the central section, which can often be shrouded in low cloud.

The route was originally planned as an official National Trail, though unfortunately, it has not yet achieved this status. As far as possible, the Dales Way follows riverside tracks and offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District. Any reasonably fit person can undertake the walk in a weeks holiday, but as with every long distance walk, it is important not to overestimate ones fitness and stamina, or the country and weather conditions, and also not to overestimate the amount of clothing and equipment required to complete the walk, within the constraints of personal comfort!

Brigantes Walking Holidays has helped hundreds of walkers to achieve the completion of the walk , whilst attaining maximum enjoyment of the scenery without having to carry a heavy backpack, knowing that warm and dry clothing awaits them at the end of each day.

For the latest news and route information visit the Dales Way Association Website


Dales Way Video Guides

The Dales Way Association have produced a set of videos to help walkers who intend to walk the Dales Way. They may also interest previous walkers, who can relive their experience from a comfortable chair. The videos title: The Dales Way footpath. By gate, stile, bridge and finger post is a record of all the above bits of “furniture” as the Authorities call them, as you would meet them walking along the trail. An occasional view is shown. The videos can be found on YouTube, using this link.

The videos are for an East to West journey. If an image has been used in the show which was taken from the West, it will state that, so as not to confuse.The videos are for an East to West journey. If an image has been used in the show which was taken from the West, it will state that, so as not to confuse.


The Dales Way – Video