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Welcome Way

45 km / 28 miles

N Yorkshire, W Yorkshire
A circular route connecting the three Walkers are Welcome (WAW) communities of Otley, Burley in Wharfedale and Baildon. An additional loop of 9 miles connects Bingley and the Five Rise Locks.

The main route passes through moorland landscapes, alongside rivers and reservoirs, across farmland, through woodland and local communities. The walk is divided into three sections of 11, 10 and 7 miles with numerous access points along the way. It is waymarked in both directions, is easy to follow and can be done in short or long sections, and takes advantange of easily accessible public transport connections. The route passes through the centre of each WAW community allowing walkers to become familiar with their unique history and amenities.

The project is supported by the local authorities of Nidderdale AONB, North Yorkshire County Council, Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Leeds City Council.

The 52-page guidebook is available for purchase from local outlets and from the website below. It includes maps and route descriptions for each section of the route, information about each WAW community, historical information, accommodation along the route and transport links.


Path Type
Other Paths
Footprint logo with a yellow or blue arrow
Challenging; Moorland
Start and Finish
SE201455 - Otley, W Yorkshire
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Open Date
Web Sites

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Welcome Way (John Sparshatt - 2016)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
< 1 Km
The Timble Inn  (bookable online)
3 Km
9 Km
Rose Cottage  (bookable online)
4 Km
13 Km
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
18 Km
Walkers are Welcome
2 Km
30 Km
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
33 Km

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Route Profile:

45.9 Km (28.5 miles)
1,162 m (3,812 ft) ascent
357 m (1,171 ft)  maximum height