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Walking The Dales Way : From Ilkley to the Lake District through the Yorkshire Dales

The picturesque 79 mile Dales Way through the Yorkshire Dales between Ilkley and Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the gentlest long-distance walks in Britain.

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A fully waymarked trail from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, the Dales Way links two of England's most celebrated national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Well served for accommodation and facilities, and with easy walking on riverside paths, it is one of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain and therefore an ideal introduction to long-distance walking. It can be comfortably completed in 6–8 days. Novices and experienced long-distance walkers alike will find plenty of interest on this wonderful walk, including glorious limestone scenery and characterful historic towns.

Presented in six daily stages of 7–19 miles (with suggestions for alternative schedules), this guide describes the Way in both directions, with the main route description running from south to north. Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping, and a trek planner, showing where facilities are available, is included to facilitate planning. Accommodation listings and useful contacts can be found in the appendices. A separate, conveniently sized map booklet located in the back-cover sleeve provides all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to complete the trail.

Accompanying rivers great and small, crossing farmland – and just a little moorland, following wandering winding lanes, the Dales Way visits a wide variety of fascinating features – from churches to viaducts, from traditional villages to ancient stone circles. The guide offers comprehensive notes on local points of interest, as well as an overview of Dales geology, history, plants and wildlife to enhance the walking experience. The practical information is all there too, including when to go, how to get there and what to take, making for an ideal companion to enjoying this delightful route.

CONTENTS

Contents
Introduction
About the Dales Way
Planning the walk
Suggested itineraries
When to go
Getting there… and back
Public transport
First and last nights
Accommodation
Facilities en route
Pack-carrying services (baggage transfer)
Cash management
Equipment
Dogs
Planning day-by-day
Using this guide
Maps
Weather
Waymarking and paths
Health, safety and emergencies
Phones and Wi-Fi
All about the region
Geography
Geology
Plants and wildlife
History and culture
The Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness
Wharfedale
Stage 1 Ilkley to Burnsall
Stage 2 Burnsall to Buckden
Langstrothdale and Dentdale
Stage 3 Buckden to Cowgill (Lea Yeat)
Stage 4 Cowgill (Lea Yeat) to Millthrop (Sedbergh)
Lonsdale and the Lakeland Fringe
Stage 5 Millthrop (Sedbergh) to Staveley
Into Lakeland
Stage 6 Staveley to Bowness-on-Windermere

Appendix A Useful contacts
Appendix B Accommodation along the route
Appendix C Further reading

ISBN9781852849436
Book Title

Walking The Dales Way

Publisher

Cicerone

Imprint

Cicerone

Brand

Cicerone

Genre

Travel Guides

Activity

Walking

Format

Paperback

Dimensions

172mm X 116mm

Date Published

April 2018

Pages

176

Weight.270 kg