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.
The Dales Way crosses through two of the great National Parks of England, both of which have just got bigger and better.
Last August saw the two parks grow by 188 square miles, bringing the two within touching distance across the M6 motorway.
And last month the Lake District National Park was listed as a world heritage site, joining the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in being given one of the highest accolades on the planet.
The Dales Way Association (DWA) is celebrating these events with a special guest at its forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. Alan Hulme, Head of Park Management for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, will give a short illustrated talk - A Walk in the Park.
DWA Secretary Chris Grogan said: "We work very closely with the National Park and they're very supportive of the Dales Way. Alan is a very entertaining speaker and we're really looking forward to his talk."
The AGM takes place in The Flying Duck in Ilkley, on Saturday 11th November. The meeting starts at 2.00 p.m. and all are welcome.
There will be a short optional walk beforehand (details to follow).