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Link routes to the start of the Dales Way.

Whereas the Dales Way starts at the Old Bridge in Ilkley, it can be extended by one of three Link Routes.
Details of the Dales Way route & all three link routes can be found online at:


Starts at the gates of Bradford Cathedral in Bradford Forster Square.
Length approx 12.5 miles (20 km).
Follows Bradford Dale through some gritty inner city sections and some surprising green corridors to Shipley.After a stretch along the canal, the Link then climbs through Shipley Glen before crossing Ilkley Moor.
Route description in the new Speakman Dales Way guide and also on the Harvey Strip Map of the Dales Way. A route description is available online from Bradford Council here.


The official Link Route commences at Woodhouse Moor and leads by the Meanwood Valley, Eccup Reservoir and over the Otley Chevin.
Distance 17 miles (27.4 km).
Route description in the new Speakman Dales Way guide, the Gemmell/Speakman Dales Way Guide, Paul Hannon's Dales Way, Anthony Burton's Dales Way and also on the Harvey Strip Map of the Dales Way.
An alternative route would be to follow the Leeds & Liverpool canal all the way from near Leeds station to where the Bradford Link joins the canal at Shipley.Distance 19 miles (30.6km). Brief route description here.


The River Wharfe at Linton

This runs by Haverah Park, the Washburn Valley, Timble, Lippersley Ridge and Middleton into Ilkley.
Distance 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Route description in Speakman's new Dales Way guide and a brochure for the Link can be obtained from Harrogate Ramblers as.a free pdf download here.

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