Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, 80 miles
A charming introduction to the Yorkshire and Westmorland Dales, weaving a magic riverside way from urban West Yorkshire to the shores of Windermere.
Ilkley – Grassington
Dales Way – Day 1 – 16.3 miles
"The Dales Way gets off to a gentle start. There's no Pennine Way grand opening here. Instead it's riverside paths littered with the first leaves of autumn, soggy outskirt paths..."
Grassington – Hubberholme
Dales Way – Day 2 – 12 miles
"To Buckden is a showcase of Dales loveliness. Waterfall-fed streams that tumble down the meadows; ancient stock roads lined by dry-stone walls; open pastures with views to the tree-cloaked limestone scars razing skyward to clag."
Hubberholme – Dent
Dales Way – Day 3 – 22 miles
"This high up Wharfedale the river’s character has changed. It’s a younger river here, not the middle-aged arc that swung by Bolton Abbey. There’s a playfulness in its tumbles and flows, its weaves and swerves..."
Dent – Ash-hining Farm (nr Lowgill)
Dales Way – Day 4 – 9.5 miles
"The walk from Dent to Sedbergh taken by the Dales Way is one of the finest walks in the country. I'd rank it up there with the magical Pennine Way leg from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck..."
Ash-hining Farm – Burneside
Dales Way – Day 5 – 13.2 miles
"I can imagine the cradled waters of Black Moss Tarn on a fine summer's evening could be the perfect place to lose a lazy hour. But today the name is apt; even its resident whooper swans look more wet than a swan should do..."
Dales Way – Day 6 – 9 miles
"The four miles from Burneside to fair Staveley are charming: turfed ways beside airy watermeadows; cloistered interludes in autumn lanes; and a fine promenade opposite Hagg Wood..."