Official website of the Dales Way Association (DWA)

Dales Way Association


Photo of Dales Way: Sign on Cam High Road
Sign on Cam High Road

The Dales Way Association is registered as a small charity with HM Revenue and Customs.

The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 by a small group of individuals, reflecting user group and tourism interests along the Dales Way. It has over 200 members, including a number who are owners of guest house, inn, farmhouse and bed and breakfast accommodation along the route, together with a number who provide services such as baggage transfer, accommodation booking etc.

The remainder are individual walkers.

Membership is open to all who have walked, or plan to walk, the Dales Way or simply care about its future. The annual AGM occurs in the Dales each year. Ordinary Committee meetings are held every two to three months throughout the year. Minutes of meetings can be found in the special members area of this website.

The Association adopted a Small Charities Constitution in 2012. As a small charity, the committee members are also Trustees of the Association.

Chair: Colin Speakman
Web Administrator Tony Grogan
Treasurer: Gordon Tasker
Secretary: Chris Grogan
Minutes: Kath Doyle
Accommodation Providers Liaison: Kath Doyle
Archivist:: Gordon Tasker
Committee member: Ryk Downes


Footpath Officers for the Dales Way are:

Bradford District & North Yorkshire: Gordon Tasker & Kath Doyle
Yorkshire Dales National Park: Tony Grogan
Cumbria & Lake District Cath Williams


Association funds have been built up from Subscriptions and Donations. In its early days the Association received significant support from the Ramblers' Association and the South Lakeland Tourist Association. Funds are held for use to support the route, possibly as a part contribution to enable a suitable project to be started. An example is the building of a new footbridge over Crosedale Beck in early 2012. The Association also designed and purchased a supply of special Way Marks for the route.

The Association has the ongoing aim of improving the route where desirable. In particular it seeks to minimise any road walking where feasible.

Members can help by reporting any issues they find along the route of the Dales Way to the DWA.

See a copy of our Small Charities Constitution here (pdf).

Comments and corrections to information in this site will be very welcome.


Or write to:
The Dales Way Association,
c/o Friends of the Dales,
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road,
Gargrave, BD23 3PN


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