Official website of the Dales Way Association (DWA)

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.


2023 Dales Way Association AGM success

Our Annual General Meeting, postponed from Saturday April 1st 2023 and rescheduled for Friday 6th October 2023, starting at 12 noon and finishing at 14.30 p.m. has proved a success. A good turnout included several local people who attended following publicity in the Ilkley Gazette and other local papers.

2023 AGM walk 1

The meeting was held at The Red Lion, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7BT.

Burley in Wharfedale is well served by buses and trains on the Leeds/Ilkley and Bradford/Ilkley lines.

The agenda and associated papers were issued at the meeting. A light buffet of sandwiches and chips was provided half way through and there was some lively and useful debate concerning future membership plans and checking the route.

Apologies were given to all members for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused, but it was due to circumstances beyond our control.

Minutes of the 2023 AGM can be found in the members section of the website.

Saturday October 7: Walk Barden Tower to Grassington - Meet at Ilkley bus station for the 1010 Dalesbus 74.

Several members joined a sunny and very enjoyable walk the day after the AGM, for six especially lovely miles of the Dales Way from Barden to Grassington.   Travel there had followed the green way using the popular Dalesbus 74 which leaves York Railway Station at 0835, Harrogate Bus Station 0925, Otley Bus Station 0950, Ilkley at 1015 to arrive at Barden Tower at 1038.  

AGM 2023 walk 2

8 Oct 2023

In Brief

The Dales Way Association;