Dales Way Long Distance Path Directory

The Dales Way runs from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria. The majority of the walk passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, over moors, across limestone pavements, through valleys and alongside rivers. It gives a unique taste of this famous park to the walker. The walk leaves the Yorkshire Dales for the finale as it crosses into Cumbria, fringing the Howgill Fells before culminating in the Lake District National Park on the banks of Lake Windermere. This long distance walk is particular memorable and the total length of just over 76 miles is the perfect introduction for newcomers to long distance walking.

Walking the Dales Way between Grassington and Kettlewell
Walking the Dales Way between Grassington and Kettlewell

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The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Dalesway Co UK Dedicated site providing all one needs when planning to do the walk.
Ramblers Association Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.
Ramblefest A dedicated webpage is provided on the Dales Way with sections on accommodation, Restaurants and Pubs, Guidebooks and Maps, and public transport.
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
None available at present
The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Absolute Escapes offer self-guided walking packages including accommodation and baggage transfer for the whole walk.
Contours Full range of self guided walking services. Very good web site navigation.
Celtic Trails Full self guided walkers service.
Macs Adventures have a full complement of services for the walk to make your walking experience an enjoyable one.
Mickledore Full support service. Has an option for the walk with shorter stages.
Dalesway Co UK Organise accommodation and baggage transfer. Costs shown on site.
Sherpa Van Renowned baggage transfer service. Accommodation also organised on request if the baggage service is used. Full costs of the service are provided online.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
Independent Hostels Guide specialise in independent hostels and bunkhouses on and near the route.
Dalesway Co Uk  The most complete web listing of accommodation for the walk.
The best personal journals of the walk:
Sally Jordan Sally has a passion for Long Distance Trails and this reflection is excellent.
California Walkers A lovely report of the walk with pictures and further information.
The Pighole Team Congratulations to Nick Barber, Mike Riley, Ken Hodgkinson, Sean Bond, Gordon Darlington, Dave Swarbrook, Dave McNeaney, Ann Baxter, Jane Salt and Alison Bond for providing this super report.
Bill Stormont's Dales Way Gallery A fantastic photographic journal of the walk.
Jennifer Ward A short report with pictures.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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