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Orange/green named discs/signposts with green hill graphicDales Way

126 km / 78 miles

Cumbria, N Yorks, W Yorks
The Way mainly follows attractive dales through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Howgill Fells and the south-eastern part of the Lake District. From Ilkley it heads along Wharfedale passing Bolton Abbey, the Strid, Grassington and Buckden before crossing Cam Fell and the Pennine Way National Trail to descend to Dentdale. From here, the River Dee is followed to Sedbergh, then the Lune to the Crook of Lune. The Way crosses farmland to reach Burneside and the River Kent, which is traced for several miles before the path branches off to the finish.

There are three Dales Way Link routes from cities nearby: from Leeds (Leeds - Dales Way, 19 miles, on OS maps) and Bradford/Shipley (Shipley - Dales Way, 8 miles, on OS maps) each described in the Gemmell-Speakman publication, also now with a Bradford - Shipley link, 3 miles, with an online description, and from Harrogate (Harrogate - Dales Way, 20 miles) for which a publication is listed. The Saltaire Village World Heritage Site is at Shipley, a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century.

Strider News - April 2014 (Publication Update)

The route guide by Colin Speakman has an eleventh edition published in 2013 listed below.

Strider News - December 2013 (Publication Update)

Brought up to date in April 2013, the new DVD has 540 images and lasts for 45 minutes. It includes the proposed Watershed Alternative over Cam Fell and Great Knoutberry down to Lea Yeat. This DVD will enable you and your party get a glimpse of what lies ahead along the Dales Way footpath and add to your expectations for the trip. After your adventure another viewing will rekindle the memories.To order a copy, either send a cheque for £4.50 (payable to the Dales Way Association) to; Membership Secretary, the Dales Way Association, PO Box 334, Shipley, BD18 9DZ. or, visit and order online.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Orange/green named discs/signposts with green hill graphic Waymark: Orange/green named discs/signposts with green hill graphic
Attributes: Moorland; River; World Heritage Site
SE111481 - Old Bridge, Ilkley, W Yorks
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SD402968 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
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User Group: Dales Way Association
  The Dales Way Association, PO Box 334, Shipley, BD18 9DZ
Web Sites: Dales Way Association
  Saltaire Village WHS
  Yorkshire Dales National Park - Dales Way
  California Walking - Dales Way
  Skyware - Dales Way Route in Detail
  Moorland Challenge - Dales Way
  GPS Routes - Dales Way
  Contours - Dales Way
  Mickledore - Dales Way
  City of Bradford MDC - Bradford to Ilkley - The Dalesway Link - PDF
  BOOTboys - Mrs's Dales Diary

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Dales Way The Complete Guide (Skyware Ltd - 2013)
Guidebook + Map Flap: Dales Way (Rucksack Readers - 2011)
Booklet: Gemmell/Speakman Dales Way Route Guide (Dales Way Association - 2006)
DVD: A Taste of the Dales Way (Dales Way Association - 2013)
Paperback: Dales Way: Complete Guide to the Trail (Cicerone Press - 2005)
Hardback: Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Paperback: Dales Way Companion (Hillside Publications - 2000)
Paperback: Dales Way (Aurum Press - 1995)
Paperback: Dales Way Walk: Seven Glorious Days (Jema Publications - 1997)
Leaflet: Harrogate Dales Way (Ramblers Harrogate Group)
Booklet: Booking Bureau: Youth Hostels (YHA Northern Region - Annual)
Badge & Certificate: Badge & Certificate for Dales Way (Dales Way Association)

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Show OS Map
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 969798104
OS Landranger Active: 969798104
OS Explorer: 27192130297298
OS Explorer Active: 27192130297298
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap): Dales Way (Harvey Maps - 2009)
Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping: Dales Way (Anquet Maps - 2009)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale): MEMORY-MAP V5 YORKSHIRE DALES OS 1:25,000 (Memory-Map Europe)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling (Sherpa Van Project)
Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Load Off Your Back)
Support Providers: Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Northwestwalks)
Support Providers: Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (HF Holidays)
Support Providers: Self Guided Walking Holidays (Where2Walk)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Macs Adventure)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Instep Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Knobbly Stick)
Support Providers: Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Brigantes Accommodation & Baggage Courier Service)
Support Providers: Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Mickledore Travel Ltd)
Support Providers: Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Discovery Travel)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Wandering Aengus Treks)

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Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Bunk House: Grassington Bunkbarn < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Kettlewell YHA, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire < 1 Km
Bunk House: Halton Gill Bunk Barn 3 Km

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Additional Images:

Connected Paths:

Path Highlights: Dales Way Highlights 1; Dales Way Highlights 2
Path Variants: Dales Way Link - Bradford/Shipley; Dales Way Link - Harrogate; Dales Way Link - Leeds; Dales Way Watershed Alternatives
E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): Pennine Bridleway National Trail; Pennine Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Dales Way Link - Bradford/Shipley; Dales Way Link - Leeds; Ebor Way; Ribble Way
Other Paths: Abbeys Amble; Bay to Bay Walks; Beacons Way Whalley to Otley; Bowland-Dales Traverse; Bracken Way; Dales High Way; Dales Way Watershed Alternatives; Fairtrade Way; Grassington to East Coast Walk; Grassington to West Coast Walk; Head to Head; Howgills and Limestone Trail; Inn the Yorkshire Dales; Lady Anne's Way; Lake District Boundary Walk; Lake to Lake Walk; Lakeland Tour; Lancashire-Lakeland Link; Miller's Way; North of England Way; North West Way; One Week Coast to Coast Trek; Pennine Journey - Settle to Hadrian's Wall; Railway Heritage Trail; Richmond Way; Settle To Carlisle - Hill Walk; Settle to Carlisle Way; Six Peaks Trail; Thirlmere Way; Three Ridings on Foot; Tidewater Way; Tops of the North (Carlisle and Cheviot to Cat and Fiddle); Tributaries Walk; Wainwright's Remote Lakeland; Wainwrights Way; Way of the Roses; Westmorland Heritage Walk; Westmorland Way; William Wordsworth Way; Windermere - Walking Around the Lake; Windermere Way; Yorkshire Water Way
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Anytime Challenges: Abbott's Hike; Apostles Walk; Cavendish 27 Circuit; Dales Celebration Way; Dales Traverse; Great Cautley Challenge; Limestone Lion; Lower Dales Three Hostel Walk; Otley Nine Leagues; Sting in the Tail; Three Dales Way; Three Feathers Walk (Kettlewell); Three Hostels Three Peaks Walk; Three Moors Walk; Trans-Dales Trail - 1; Trans-Dales Trail - 2; Trollers Trot; Two Beacons Challenge; Walden Round; Wharfedale Washburn Challenge; Yorkshire Dales Centurion Walk; Yorkshire Dales Challenge Walk; Yorkshire Dales Top Ten
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GPS Exchange Format Route File: Dales Way GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
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MemoryMap Route file: Dales Way Memory Map Route File Login to Download
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Tracklogs Route file: Dales Way Tracklogs Route file Login to Download
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Route Profile:

125.7 Km (78.1 miles)
2,276 m (7,467 ft) ascent
519 m (1,703 ft)  maximum height