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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.


AGM marks 50 years of the Dales Way

The 2019 Annual general meeting of the Dales Way Association included a presentation celebrating all the events that have taken place this year to mark the 50th anniversay of the Dales Way.

The Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 19th Oct 2019 at the Flying Duck in Ilkley.

Beforehand members were invited to meet for a 4 mile circular walk from Ilkley Old Bridge, the start of the Dales Way, to Mount Calvary and Middleton Woods, then back to Ilkley, which proved very popular.

Mount Clavary, above Ilkley

After an opening address by chairman Colin Speakman, he was presented with a cheque for the DWA of £1,300 by committee member Ryk Downes, who had organised the Ultra Marathon run along the Dales Way in August. Each of the 130 participants gave £10 towards the DWA, and a similar amount to DalesBus.

Ryk Downes presents a cheque for £1300 for the DWA to Colin Speakman

Following sandwiches and chips, the AGM started at 2pm and after a short business meeting our Chairman Colin Speakman gave an illustrated presentation of the events that have taken place during our 50th Anniversary year. The banners which formed part of the exhibition were also on display.

Another great AGM!

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50 years of the Dales Way 

Don't forget - you can still get copies of our special souvenir booklet:

* 50 Years of the Dales Way - a special limited edition souvenir booklet

- by Colin Speakman & Tony Grogan, £4.99, now available to buy online from Skyware Press here.

See full details of 50 YEARS OF THE DALES WAY here.

25 October 2019

In Brief

The Dales Way Association;