The Dales Way

From Ilkley to the Lake District through the Yorkshire Dales

ISBN
9781852849436
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Published
Published
13 Apr 2018
Edition
Third
Pages
176
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
270g

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Guidebook to walking the Dales Way. This picturesque 79 mile route through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the gentlest long-distance walks in Britain. The route is described in both directions, passing through Wharfedale, Dentdale and the eastern fringe of the Lake District. With 1:25K OS map booklet.

Seasons Seasons
The walk is scenically at its best in Spring and Autumn (April-June and September-October), but is an all-year round walk for suitably equipped walkers.
Centres Centres
Ilkley, Grassington, Hawes, Sedbergh, Bowness-on-Windermere
Difficulty Difficulty
This is an ideal route for anyone wanted to attempt multi-day walking for the first time. There are no significant physical difficulties beyond the basic need to walk a certain distance each day.
Must See Must See
Historic buildings, roads, bridges, etc. Landscape, flowers and wildlife. Bolton Abbey, Dent, Dales villages. The scenery is outstanding throughout, and a string of communities line the route but without detracting from the sense of freedom.
ISBN
9781852849436
Availability
Published
Published
13 Apr 2018
Edition
Third
Pages
176
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
270g
  • Overview

    A fully waymarked trail from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, the Dales Way links two of England's most celebrated national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Well served for accommodation and facilities, and with easy walking on riverside paths, it is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain and therefore an ideal introduction to long-distance walking. It can be comfortably completed in 6–8 days. Novices and experienced long-distance walkers alike will find plenty of interest on this wonderful walk, including glorious limestone scenery and characterful historic towns.

    Presented in six daily stages of 7–19 miles (with suggestions for alternative schedules), this guide describes the Way in both directions, with the main route description running from south to north. Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping, and a trek planner, showing where facilities are available, is included to facilitate planning. Accommodation listings and useful contacts can be found in the appendices. A separate, conveniently sized map booklet located in the back-cover sleeve provides all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to complete the trail.

    Accompanying rivers great and small, crossing farmland – and just a little moorland, following wandering winding lanes, the Dales Way visits a wide variety of fascinating features – from churches to viaducts, from traditional villages to ancient stone circles. The guide offers comprehensive notes on local points of interest, as well as an overview of Dales geology, history, plants and wildlife to enhance the walking experience. The practical information is all there too, including when to go, how to get there and what to take, making for an ideal companion to enjoying this delightful route.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    About the Dales Way
    Planning the walk
    Suggested itineraries
    When to go
    Getting there… and back
    Public transport
    First and last nights
    Accommodation
    Facilities en route
    Pack-carrying services (baggage transfer)
    Cash management
    Equipment
    Dogs
    Planning day-by-day
    Using this guide
    Maps
    Weather
    Waymarking and paths
    Health, safety and emergencies
    Phones and Wi-Fi
    All about the region
    Geography
    Geology
    Plants and wildlife
    History and culture
    The Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness
    Wharfedale
    Stage 1 Ilkley to Burnsall
    Stage 2 Burnsall to Buckden
    Langstrothdale and Dentdale
    Stage 3 Buckden to Cowgill (Lea Yeat)
    Stage 4 Cowgill (Lea Yeat) to Millthrop (Sedbergh)
    Lonsdale and the Lakeland Fringe
    Stage 5 Millthrop (Sedbergh) to Staveley
    Into Lakeland
    Stage 6 Staveley to Bowness-on-Windermere

    Appendix A Useful contacts
    Appendix B Accommodation along the route
    Appendix C Further reading

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Terry Marsh

Dr Terry Marsh is a Lancashire-based award-winning writer and photographer who specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He has been writing books since the mid-1980s, and is the author of over 100 titles.
Terry holds a PhD in Historical Geography and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Lake District Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), a member of the National Union of Journalists, and an Honorary Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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