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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.


New Date for postponed 2023 Dales Way Association AGM

Our Annual General Meeting, postponed from Saturday April 1st 2023, has now been rescheduled for Friday 6th October 2023, starting at 12 noon and finishing at 14.30 p.m.

Red Lion, Burley-in-Wharfedale

The meeting will be held at The Red Lion, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7BT.

Burley in Wharfedale is well served by buses and trains on the Leeds/Ilkley and Bradford/Ilkley lines.

The agenda and associated papers will be issued at the meeting. A light buffet of sandwiches and chips will be provided.

We also hope to arrange a walk for the morning of Saturday 7th October 2023. Further details to be provided to members in due course. We look forward to seeing you.

We apologies to all members for any inconvenience this postponement may have caused, but it is due to circumstances beyond our control.

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.

Existing members will be unaffected.

Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

24 April 2023

In Brief

The Dales Way Association;