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Welcome to the Dales Way Association

The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (128 km) situated in the north of England and running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Photo of Dales Way: Up Wharfedale from Conistone Pie

By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District, which any reasonably fit family can undertake in a week's holiday. Although not always well served by public transport the Way, by following natural and sometimes ancient lines of communication, passes through many villages, and so accommodation is not a problem, although it is advisable to book in advance.

Walker on Dales Way

The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path.


Winter Floods - the Dales Way is Open

The heavy winter rainfall that hit the north of England devastated Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire and also had a severe impact on the Dales Way footpath.

Flooding at Chapel BeckStorm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the region and causing Cumbria to declare a major incident. The army was called in to help evacuate residents as Carlisle and Appleby suffered severe floods, with over 2,000 properties flooded and 60,000 homes left without power. There was major transport disruption throughout the region.

As these communities struggled to cope and rebuild their lives, officers from the local authorites concerned were soon out surveying the damage to footbridges and footpaths in the area. Not surprisingly there was quite a lot of damage, and the Dales Way has borne it's share.

It is going to take a long time and a lot of work to fully repair this damage, but already many sections have been fixed.

With the Mint Bridge having recently been repaired, just one diversion remains: on the approach to Burneside the Sprint Mill footbridge is closed, as is the Sprint road bridge. A proposed diversion is in place (see Flood updates).

The Dales Way Association Footpaths' officer Alex McManus has prepared a detailed document outlining all the problems we are aware of, together with proposed diversions. You can download this as a PDF Document here.

We will endeavour to keep this document up to date, so please keep checking it, especially if you are due to walk the Dales Way in the near future.

Please don't let these minor difficulties put you off walking the route. The spirit of co-operation shown by all within the affected communities is an inspiration, and as they rebuild their lives they will welcome the support of visitors to the area.

Download the latest Dales Way Flood update here (pdf).

14 October 2016

In Brief

The Dales Way Association, PO Box 334, Shipley, BD18 9DZ