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Dales Way Link - Bradford to Ilkley

19 km / 12 miles

W Yorkshire
From Bradford Cathedral to Shipley (3.5 miles) the route is along the Canal Road corridor. Beyond Shipley the route along the Leeds-Liverpool canal passes Saltaire village, a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century (a World Heritage Site). The route then goes up through the woodlands of Shipley Glen, over farmland and across Bingley, Burley and Ilkley Moors passing the highest part of the route near the Twelve Apostles stone circle. After Ilkley Crags the path descends to Ilkley town centre and to the start of the Dales Way at Ilkley Old Bridge on the River Wharfe.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Challenging; Moorland; Urban; World Heritage Site
SE166333 - Bradford Catherdral, W Yorkshire
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SE112481 - Old Bridge, Ilkley, W Yorkshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Gemmell/Speakman Dales Way Route Guide (Dales Way Association - 1996)
External PDF
Dalesway Link (Bradford to Ilkley) (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council - 2009)


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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Route Profile:

19.4 Km (12.1 miles)
436 m (1,430 ft) ascent
383 m (1,257 ft)  maximum height