The Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere

Dales Way Map

(thanks to the Dales Way Association for the use of this neat map)

The Dales Way is one of Britain’s best loved, most written about and most beautiful long distance walks. It links urban West Yorkshire with the lake District National Park. The 80 mile route starts from Ilkley and ends at Bowness-on-Windermere. Along the way it passes through three of Yorkshire’s main dales, Wharfedale, Dentdale and Lunesdale.

I will be walking it between June 10th and the 16th 2013 with my friend Bob, with whom I have walked countless miles over our 30 plus years friendship (see the section in this blog on The way of St James) and with several other friends of ours for various parts of the route.

Bob has booked all our accommodation and we are having the luxury of baggage transfer from The Sherpa Van Project.

This may end up being a retospective blog or an on-the-hoof one. With the Way of St James I blogged every day but it was quite a major task to do so using only my iphone and cost me one of my big treats about walking- the pre dinner snooze. So I am making no promises here about how or when my account of this trek will be delivered.

Cavendish Pavilion to Burnsall re-visited: with Clare Balding (OBE)

August 17, 2014
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 Date walked: 11th August 2014 Distance: about 7 miles One of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging is that people who you have never met get in touch and (usually) say nice things. This communication I received recently was one of the best: Hi, I love this blog. I’m the producer of BBC Radio 4’s […]

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The Dales Way: Day 6 – Burneside to Bowness -on- Windermere (10.5 miles)

August 18, 2013
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Walked 16th June 2013 All the photographs were taken on an iphone 5 and were then cropped, adjusted for exposure, shadows and highlights and contrast and sharpened and re-sized. For those interested in walking The Dales Way you might like to visit the Dales Way Association website. This last day’s walk was going to be […]

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The Dales Way: Day 5 – Sedburgh to Burneside (16 miles)

August 11, 2013
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Date walked: 15th June 2013 All my photographs were taken on an iphone 5 and afterwards cropped and adjusted for exposure, shadows and highlights and contrast and then sharpened. Paul’s were taken on a compact and all I have done to them was apply the same sharpening. Those interested in The Dales Way might like […]

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The Dales Way: Day 4- Ribblehead to Sedburgh

August 4, 2013
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Walked Friday June 14th 2013. Distance walked: 16.6 miles Those interested in The Dales Way might like to look up the Dales Way Association website. All the photos were taken on an iphone 5 and subsequently cropped and adjusted for exposure, highlights and shadows and contrast in Photoshop. The four of us walking today (me, Bob, Dave and Paul […]

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The Dales Way – Day 3 Buckden to Ribblehead (13.5miles)

July 28, 2013
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Walked 13th June 2013 Those interested in The Dales Way might like to look up the Dales Way Association website. All the photographs were taken on an iphone 5, the images subsequently cropped and adjusted for exposure, highlights and shadows and contrast in Photoshop. We had stayed the night at The Buck Inn and had agreed to meet […]

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The Dales Way: Day 2 – Burnsall to Buckden (13.8 miles)

July 15, 2013
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      Walked 12th June 2013 Distance walked (including our detour) 16 miles I used Colin Speakman’s book “Dales Way” to crib the occasional note for the blog. Those interested in The Dales Way might like to look up the Dales Way Association website. All the photographs were taken on an iphone 5, the images subsequently cropped […]

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