Official website of the Dales Way Association (DWA)

Dales Way Association

Welcome to the Dales Way Association

The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (128 km) situated in the north of England and running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Photo of Dales Way: Up Wharfedale from Conistone Pie

By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District, which any reasonably fit family can undertake in a week's holiday. Although not always well served by public transport the Way, by following natural and sometimes ancient lines of communication, passes through many villages, and so accommodation is not a problem, although it is advisable to book in advance.

Walker on Dales Way

The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path.


The 2023 Dales Way Association AGM - POSTPONED

Our Annual General Meeting, due to be held on Saturday April 1st 2023, has been postponed.

We apologies to all members for any inconvenience this will cause, but it is due to circumstances beyond our control.

When a new date is fixed we will let you know on this website and by email.

We were planning to meet at 11.00am at the Old Bridge in Ilkley at the start of the Dales Way and walk the first 3 miles of the route to Addingham where we would have our usual light lunch and business meeting at the Swan.

The Swan Inn, Addingham

Lunch was to be at 12.30pm and the meeting starting at 1.00pm.

Once again, apologies to all members for this delay.

Minutes of the 2022 AGM can be found in the members section of the website.

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New Membership Applications on hold

We are also NOT accepting new membership applications at this time, until various logistical problems have been sorted.

Exisiting members will be unaffected.

Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

1 Jan 2023

In Brief

The Dales Way Association;