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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 marks 50 years of the Dales Way

The 2019 Annual general meeting of the Dales Way Association will include a presentation celebrating all the events that have taken place this year to mark the 50th anniversay of the Dales Way.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 19th Oct 2019 at the Flying Duck in Ilkley.

Beforehand members are invited to meet for a 4 mile circular walk from Ilkley Old Bridge, the start of the Dales Way, to Mount Calvary and Middleton Woods, then back to Ilkley.

Mount Clavary, above Ilkley

We will follow the river Wharfe before climbing for around half an hour on Owler Park Road, a quiet, tarmac road. It’s quite steep but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for a breather and admire the views across the valley to Ilkley Moor. We then enter Owler Park Woods, a steep and narrow path (care needed) down to a stile into the field above low Austby (dogs must be on leads) and a moderate climb to High Austby, with spectacular views along Wharfedale and the line of the Dales Way, to High Austby, a lovely old farmhouse. From here we join a level bridleway to Tivoli and Calvary, a series of Italian sculptures representing the Stations of the Cross and erected by the Middleton family in the 1880s. The walk returns to Ilkley through pretty Middleton Woods on a clearly defined path which is has short steep sections and may be slippery after rain, heading past Ilkley Lido to the riverside and New Bridge.

Please meet at the Old Bridge (start of the Dales Way) at 10.30am. We will be back in Ilkley by 1pm. A light lunch of sandwiches and chips will be served upstairs in the Flying Duck at 1.15pm.

The AGM will start at 2pm and after a short business meeting our Chairman Colin Speakman will give an illustrated presentation of the events that have taken place during our 50th Anniversary year. The banners which formed part of the exhibition will also be on display.

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50 years of the Dales Way 

Don't forget - you can still get copies of our special souvenir booklet:

* 50 Years of the Dales Way - a special limited edition souvenir booklet

- 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.

1 October 2019

In Brief

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