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The Dales Way

The Dales Way is an 84-mile long footpath in the North of England.  It starts at Ilkley in Yorkshire and finishes at Bowness in Cumbria.  En route it follows the River Wharfe for the best part of three days and passes through some lovely villages, such as Burnsall, Grassington, Buckden and Dent.  As its name suggests, it tends to follow valleys, but you do have to climb to cross the Pennines and there are also lots of ups and downs on the last day.

The route is easily tackled in 6 days, but accommodation can be an issue.  If you take the total distance and divide by 6, you arrive at 14 miles each day.  Sadly, this regimen will see you finish a couple of days "in the middle of nowhere", so some careful planning is required.  Luckily, we had a car and a non-walking driver at our disposal, so could be picked up, ferried to accommodation and dropped back the next morning.  Our overnight stops were:

Shipley (to be ferried to the start at Ilkley)

Grassington (although the day's walk stopped at Burnsall)


Hawes Youth Hostel (the day's walk stopped on the Hawes-Ingleton road)


Kendal - 2 nights

Both Ilkley and Bowness have or are close to train stations, so access to the walk is quite easy.

Overall, the Dales Way is quite easy walking and a good introduction to a long-distance footpath.

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