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Walk The Dales Way with a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of The Dales Way
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Available as eBook
Published
28 Aug 2014
ISBN
9781852844646
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
190g
Pages
160
No. Maps
20
No. Photos
62
1st Published
14 Jul 2005
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The Dales Way

A complete guide to the Trail

by Terry Marsh
Book published by Cicerone Press

An essential guidebook to walking the Dales Way. This picturesque 78 mile long distance route through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain. The route is described in both directions, visiting Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden, Dent, Sedbergh and Staveley en route to Bowness.

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Description

The Dales Way is a delightful multi-day walk through the Yorkshire Dales and the eastern fringe of the Lake District between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere, a total of 78 miles.

One of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain, the Dales Way route is suitable for all ages and an excellent introduction to long-distance walking.

The route makes the most of delectable Wharfedale, travelling virtually to the source of the great river before crossing into the equally delightful Dentdale. This too is followed as it fashions a lovely course through the village of Dent and on to Sedbergh, where it joins the Rawthey. From here, the Way strikes westward into the fringe of Lakeland.

The great attraction of the Way is that it is rarely far from features of architectural, social, ecological or historic interest, with churches, ancient bridges, manor houses, shooting lodges, Roman roads, stone circles, packhorse routes, viaducts and nature trails - the Dales Way has them all.

  • Seasons
    It is possible to walk the Dales Way at any time of year. Spring and autumn ideal. May be more difficult to get accommodation in high summer and winter.
  • Centres
    Bowness, Sedbergh, Dent Head, Buckden, Grassington, Burnsall, Ilkley
  • Difficulty
    Suitable introduction to long-distance walking. Some quite isolated stretches, but never far from help/shelter.
  • Must See
    Historic buildings, roads, bridges, etc. Landscape, flowers and wildlife. Bolton Abbey, Dent, Dales villages.

Updates

Nov 2015

In the section "Lincoln’s Inn Bridge to Crook of Lune Bridge", the text details an alternate route if Crossdale Beck is impassable using either the ford or stepping stones. These no longer appear to be present, however a footbridge has been constructed approx. 5m from the stile.

Thanks to John Rattray for this update.

March 2010

pg. 14 and pg. 147

The contact address for The Dales Way Association has changed and this is now the correct address for obtaining the handbook:

The Dales Way Association
PO Box 1065
Bradford
BD1 9JY

Their website address is unchanged : www.dalesway.org.uk, but the telephone number on page 147 is no longer in use.

 


 

Contents

Contents
Introduction
The Second Edition
Planning the Walk
Maps
Accommodation and Additional Information
Equipment
The Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness
1 Wharfedale
Stage 1 Ilkley to Bolton Abbey
Stage 2 Bolton Abbey to Barden Bridge
Stage 3 Barden Bridge to Burnsall
Stage 4 Burnsall to Grassington
Stage 5 Grassington to Kettlewell
Stage 6 Kettlewell to Buckden
Stage 7 Buckden to Beckermonds
Stage 8 Beckermonds to Holme Hill
2 Dentdale
Stage 9 Holme Hill to Dent (Church Bridge)
Stage 10 Dent (Church Bridge) to Millthrop (Sedbergh)
3 Lonsdale and the Lakeland Fringe
Stage 11 Millthrop (Sedbergh) to Lincoln’s Inn Bridge
Stage 12 Lincoln’s Inn Bridge to Crook of Lune Bridge
Stage 13 Crook of Lune Bridge to Burneside
4 Into Lakeland
Stage 14 Burneside to Staveley
Stage 15 Staveley to Bowness
The Dales Way: Bowness to Ilkley
1 Out of Lakeland
2 The Lakeland Fringe and Lonsdale
3 Dentdale
4 Wharfedale
 
Appendix 1 Bibliography
Appendix 2 Useful addresses
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