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The West Riding Ramblers' Take-a-Hike group finish the Days way in 2018 - photo: Stephen Noble


We are celebrating 50 years of the Dales Way in 2019.

Amongst the events planned for the year are:

* A Celebration Lunch at the Craven Arms, Appletreewick.

DWA 50th anniversary lunch at the Craven Arms, Appletreewick (photo: Gordon Tasker)

The lunch was hosted by the Dales Way Associaton on June 20th for a small number of invited guests.

* A Re-enactment of the first public Dales Way Walk from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey.

This historic event took place on March 23rd in 1969 - with over 120 walkers participating! Over 70 walkers joined Colin Speakman for a recreation of that first walk on Saturday 3rd August 2019. After meeting at 10 a.m. by the Old Ilkley Bridge the walkers made their way through to Addinham.

A short break outside Addingham Church, Aug 3 2019.

After a short break, the walkers continued on to Bolton Abbey, where two vintage 1960's buses were on hand to ferry everyone back to Ilkely.

1960s bus back to Ilkey from Bolton Abbey, Aug 3 2019

 (Read about the First Dales Way Walk here).

* A Mobile Exhibition of 50 years of the Dales Way.

The exhibition was formally opened at the Manor House by John Grogan MP. It will be on show throughout August and and tour afterwards.

Sir Rodney Brooke introduces John Grogan MP to formally open the exhibition at the Manor House, Ilkley, Aug 3 2019.

As well as displays on the ROUTE and the HISTORY of the Dales Way, the exhibition features stories of the PEOPLE who have walked the Way.

* Countryside podcast - The Dales Way at 50, with Colin Speakman.

* Dales Way lecture with local author Colin Speakman.

Thursday 15th August 2019 8pm – 9.30pm Tickets £8 including refreshments Booking via the Manor House website is essential to avoid disappointment.

* An Ultra Marathon run along the full length of the Dales Way.

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.

* Friends’ Coffee Morning - 50 years of the Dales Way.

Friday 30th August 2019 10.15am – 12 noon Booking via the Manor House website is essential to avoid disappointment

* A History Recording Project to digitize the paper records of the Dales Way Associaton.

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. You can see the Special Scanned Archive so far here (Username and Password required).

* A Special limited edition souvenir booklet - "50 years of the Dales Way"

50 Years of the Dales Way

50 Years of the Dales Way celebrates the first 50 years of one of our most popular and cherished long distance trails.

The Dales Way through the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District is now one of Britain’s most popular and best-loved long distance walks. This booklet traces the extraordinary story of how the enthusiasm, determination and dedication of a small group of Ramblers 50 years ago turned their vision into reality.

Beautifully illustrated with over 60 full-colour photos, including some rare and exclusive historical images, this special limited souvenir edition will be of interest to walkers everywhere.

50 Years of the Dales Way by Colin Speakman and Tony Grogan, ISBN 978-1-911321-04-0, 28 pages, full colour, £4.99.

50 Years of the Dales Way is now available through good bookshops, or buy online for just £4.99 post-free direct from publishers Skyware Press here.

Proceeds go to the Dales Way Association.



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