Official website of the Dales Way Association (DWA)

Dales Way Association

The Route

The Dales Way runs for 80 miles from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria, following mostly riverside paths and passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the gentle foothills of southern Lakeland to the shore of England's grandest lake.

There are also three Link Routes, leading from the centre of the major cities of Bradford and Leeds and from Harrogate to the start of the Dales Way at Ilkley.

There is also a popular ALTERNATIVE route across the watershed between Cam Houses and Upper Dentdale which makes use of the recently opened Pennine Bridleway. A map and guide (PDF) can be downloaded by clicking on Watershed Alternative.

Overview of the Dales Way Route & its Link Routes

Detailed Maps

You can find a more detailed interactive OS map of the entire Dales Way route and the three Link routes courtesy of Skyware Press here.

You can also find a very useful interactive Google Earth map of the Dales Way courtesy of Rucksack Readers here.

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