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.
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.
The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path.
We are celebrating 50 years of the Dales Way in 2019.
Amongst the events planned for the year are:
This historic event took place on March 23rd in 1969 - with over 120 walkers participating! We'd like to see as many of the original walkers who are still around, as well as others who have walked the trail since then. The walk will be lead once again by Colin Speakman and is planned for Saturday 3rd August 2019. (Note - no dogs please, other than registered assistance dogs).
The exhibition will be on show at the Manor House, Ilkley, from August 3rd, and tour afterwards. As well as displays on the ROUTE and the HISTORY of the Dales Way, the exhibition will feature stories of the PEOPLE who have walked the Way:- your stories – your memories, your photos, your tales of wonder or woe. Our archivists, Kath Doyle and Gordon Tasker are working on the exhibition.
Thursday 15th August 2019 8pm – 9.30pm Tickets £8 including refreshments Booking via the Manor House website www.ilkleymanorhouse.org is essential to avoid disappointment.
The race will be run over 36 hours, starting in the Lake District and finishing in Ilkley. It is being organised by Punk Panthers and will feature up to 250 competitors, both runners and fast walkers. The race will start on the morning of Saturday, 17th August 2019. Full details from the Punk Panthers website here.
SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST, 16 miles, Strenuous! - Start: from Harrogate Bus Station – meet 1010. Finish: Ilkley c1830-1900. For full details see http://www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk/#/current-walks-programme/4594274471
Friday 30th August 2019 10.15am – 12 noon Booking via the Manor House website www.ilkleymanorhouse.org is essential to avoid disappointment
The year long project will aim to scan all the Committee Minutes and Newsletters produced by the Association since it's formation, and make them available to members via the website as an important historical resource.
- by Colin Speakman & Tony Grogan, £4.99, now available to buy online from Skyware Press here.
See full details of 50 YEARS OF THE DALES WAY here.