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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.

FEATURE

AGM 2016 - the Dales Way is Open

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Dales Way Association was held at the Flying Duck in Ilkley on October 15th, where a cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Association was cut by Judith Smith and Colin Speakman.

25th DWA anniversary cakeIt has been a particularly eventful year for the Dales Way, and members heard reports on the work done to help mitigate the devastating winter floods in Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire.

Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the region and causing Cumbria to declare a major incident.

As these communities struggled to cope and rebuild their lives, officers from the local authorites concerned were soon out surveying the damage to footbridges and footpaths in the area. Not surprisingly there was quite a lot of damage, and the Dales Way has borne its share.

It was going to take a long time and a lot of work to fully repair this damage, but over the following months many sections have been fixed.

With Mint Bridge having recently been repaired, just one diversion remains: on the approach to Burneside the Sprint Mill footbridge is closed, but Sprint road bridge has now reopened. A proposed diversion is in place (see Flood updates) though many people may prefer to use the road bridge for quick access.

The Dales Way Association Footpaths' officer Alex McManus had prepared a detailed document outlining all the problems as we became aware of them, together with proposed diversions. You can download this as a PDF Document here. The document has been kept up to date with changing circumstances.

Thankfully most walkers didn't let these minor difficulties put them off walking the route. The spirit of co-operation shown by all within the affected communities is an inspiration, and as they rebuild their lives they will welcome the support of visitors to the area.

Download the latest Dales Way Flood update here (pdf).

23 November 2016

In Brief

 
 
The Dales Way Association, PO Box 334, Shipley, BD18 9DZ