The Dales Way is a delightful long distance walk in the Yorkshire Dales. The total distance of the Dales Way is 78 miles, and whilst you could walk this over a short amount of days, it is better to take your time. Just like the rivers along this trail, you should explore and wander, generally relax into the Dales Way !
The Walking Holiday Company can organise a selection of self guided hiking options for you to choose from. Most of these begin at the official start of the Dales Way on The Bridge, in Ilkley. Six miles into your walk you come across signs for Bolton Abbey and Bolton Priory. Confusing as this may seem, the village is called Bolton Abbey, and the monastic ruins are Bolton Priory.
Nestled comfortably below the moors and fells is Burnsall. Exactly what you would expect a Yorkshire Dales village to be. Meandering river, five arched bridge, church, village green and school.
Further along this lovely hike you come to Buckden. Once a bustling little village boasting three inns. Now just the Buck Inn remains, and the village itself nestles quietly in a fold of the high hills.
Oughtershaw is the last settlement of any size in Wharfedale and surprisingly sheltered despite its elevation. Farmland from this point on though becomes quite rough.
Dent is a beautiful little town, and you should try and spend an hour or two here if you can. Whitewashed cottages, cobbled streets, and a splendid location just above the river puts this Dales village in a quite inspirational setting.
The views toward Sedbergh and the Howgills from the Dales Way are fabulous. Sedbergh itself remains the largest town in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
You are now travelling from Dales to Lakeland and when Lake Windermere appears between the trees you will take your final descent down to Bowness.
If you don't have enough time for the whole walk, then The Walking Holiday Company have some shorter itinerary options to offer.
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