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Dales Way Association

Why should I make a donation to the Dales Way Association?

If you have walked or plan to walk the Dales Way, or simply care about its future, your donation enables the Association to pursue its objectives to ensure that the Dales Way Long Distance Footpath and appropriate link paths, are properly maintained and way marked. Also to examine opportunities for improving the route either by means of footpath creations or diversions.

Our means of communication is our website,   All the information you need to know before you set out for your walk, or just to keep up to date can be found here.

The funds allow financial support to be provided to the various authorities along the route for essential improvements e.g. bridges, finger posts etc making the Dales Way a safe and enjoyable experience.

The Dales Way Association donated to the following projects:        

Crosdale Beck bridge. September 2011

Crosdale Beck bridge

Dales Way Seat

The Dales Way seat at Bowness was broken and repaired in 2011 by a local craftsman, paid for by the Association.

Damaged seat Repaired seat
Dales Way seat was damaged.  Now repaired. 

Finger post

The finger post at the BOAT junction near Cleabarrow. Before and after the Lake district National Park Authority repaired it. We helped with the cost. 

Finger Post before.  Finger Post repaired 
Finger Post damaged.  Now repaired. 

Birks Mill

New bridge at Birks Mill

New Bridge at Birks Mill. (Photo courtesy of  YDNPA).  

DWA Committee members attended the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) official opening of the new bridge at Birks Mill in November 2016. This bridge was destroyed in the December 2015 storms. Whilst not on the Dales Way, but in plain view from Birks Mill, it caused major inconvenience to locals. We contributed £500.

Smithy Beck Bridge

Smithy Beck

This is Smithy Beck Bridge which is half way between Lincolns Inn Bridge and Crook of Lune Bridge. After passing through Hole House, a sharp turn right takes you to this small bridge over Smithy Beck. The DWA was asked by YDNPA if we could contribute to its repair. The committee considered this and donated £500.

Greenhead Farm

Geoff Fewkes, Countryside Access Officer for CCC was informed that we would contribute £1000 towards the flood scheme at Greenhead Farm, which we put on hold last year because of the December floods. Work was started at the beginning of February this year.   The concrete has still to be laid when the weather is suitable.

Greenhead farm before Greenhead farm after
Greenhead Farm before ...And after (photos courtesy og C.C.C.)

Concrete laid in the Spring of 2017. The farm cattle will soon naturalise it.

Greenhead farm concrete


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Or you can donate by sending cheques, made out to The Dales Way Association, to:

The Dales Way Association, PO Box 334, Shipley, BD18 9DZ


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