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.


DWA Annual General Meeting 2018

The Dales Way Association's AGM will take place at The Flying Duck in Ilkley, on Saturday 13th October at 2.00 p.m.

After a short business meeting we’ll be discussing our plans for celebrating 50 years of the Dales Way in 2019. Most importantly we want your stories – your memories, your photos, your tales of wonder or woe. Our archivists, Kath Doyle and Gordon Tasker are planning an exhibition and will be ready and waiting to record your contributions. (See Gordon’s article in the Autumn Newsletter).

Rocky Valley, Ilkley Moor

In the morning DWA Chairman Colin Speakman will lead a 3 mile walk from Ilkley railway station through Mill Gill, up the steps to historic White Wells then through Rocky Valley to Hangingstone Rock, returning via Ilkley Tarn. This is a short walk but quite challenging with steep ascents and descents so please wear walking boots and suitable clothing. The pace will be relaxed with the chance to explore the bath house at White Wells and the rock art around Hangingstone quarry.

Meet at the railway station at 10.30 am. The walk will last around two hours and we will be back at the Flying Duck by 1pm. Sandwiches and chips will be served to walkers and drinks are available to buy.  

Everyone is welcome.

19 September 2018

In Brief

The Dales Way Association;