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Dales Way Association

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.


AGM postponed until April 2022

Dales Way Association AGM in Ilkley

The 2021 Dales Way Association Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was due to take place in November this year, has been postponed until Saturday, April 2nd 2022.

The decision was taken by members of the DWA committee in light of the growing number of Covid cases as winter approaches.

Last year's AGM was replaced by a "virtual" meeting, with members responding to essential votes via email. But rather than repeat that, it was felt a postponement until the spring would allow the meeting to go ahead face-to-face.

In a letter to members, DWA chairman Colin Speakman said: "We had very much hoped to hold our Annual General Meeting in Ilkley in November and see some of you face to face again.  However Covid infections are rising rapidly and we no longer feel it is safe to ask you to travel and meet in a confined space. Instead we propose postponing the meeting until Saturday 2nd April when we will hopefully be able to enjoy a walk and feel safer.

"2021 has been an exceptionally busy year on the Dales Way and we are delighted to report that despite the numbers walking there have been remarkably few problems. Floods earlier in the year washed away some sections of path and damaged bridges, including the suspension bridge at Hebden, but everything was repaired very quickly thanks to the Rangers team at the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

"Bolton Abbey estate restricted their visitor numbers by implementing a pre-booking system that charged walkers and cyclists as well as car drivers. This didn’t affect Dales Way walkers so long as they were passing right through the estate however it did cause problems for people wanting to walk a short section, for example accessing the Dales Way off the 74A/873/874 bus at Bolton Abbey Village Green (Hole in the Wall) or the Strid. We’re happy to report that walkers not arriving by car now no longer have to pay and we hope that remains the case."

Details of the re-arranged AGM will be sent to members nearer the time. In the meantime, the 2020-2021 accounts heve been done and anyone wanting an early copy should email Chris Grogan at:

22 October 2021

In Brief

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