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.
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.
The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path.
It was a very welcome return to face-to-face meetings as a small group of Dales Way Association members gathered in Ilkley on a bright sunny day for the 2022 Annual General Meeting.
The meeting was preceeded by a fine 4-mile walk through leafy Ilkley town to the outskirts, then crossing fields with glorious views over the Wharfe valley below. Snow capped moor-tops were clearly visible beyond the nearer peaks of Beamsley Beacon and Simon's Seat. Finally we dropped to the riverside and returned to Ilkley along the first section of the Dales Way.
The 2021 AGM was postponed from November last year in light of the growing number of Covid cases as winter approached. But just a fortnight before the new date, DWA Chair Colin Speakman fell victim to the pandemic. Fortunately he made a quick recovery and was able to join the group on the day.
Writing in the new Spring Newsletter, secretary Chris Grogan said: "It’s over two years since we last met in person but we are delighted to invite you to the postponed 2020-21 Annual General Meeting. It will be held on Saturday April 2nd in Ilkley.
"As usual we will have a walk together in the morning followed by lunch and a short formal meeting in the Flying Duck (16 Church St, Ilkley LS29 9DR), finishing at around 2.30pm.
Incidently, Ilkley has just been crowned "Best place to live 2022" in the Sunday Times.
A number of the members who attended had come a long way, staying over in the area for a few days. It was really nice to meet up again together and everyone enjoyed the day. Let's hope this marks the new normal for us all.
Minutes of the 2022 AGM can be found in the members section of the website.