The Dales Way crosses through the Yorkshire Dales from east to west, spending much of its time on the riverside paths bordering the Rivers Wharfe and Dee. The path begins in Ilkley, a market town at the eastern edge of the Dales and takes a route through Wharfedale and Dentdale, before crossing into the foothills of the Lake District to finish on the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, in the Lake District.
This is primarily a riverside walk threaded between market towns and ancient limestone village hamlets. In between, the route takes in shorter sections of moors, fell sides and limestone pavement to keep the route interesting.
The Yorkshire Dales is an internationally renowned National Park, with a characteristic landscape of limestone dry stone walls and isolated field barns with small villages and hamlets dotted through the steep sided valleys.
We offer 3 itineraries over the entire length of the Dales Way, from 6 to 8 days walking. Consider how far you’d like to walk each day, as well as whether your choice will have you stay in your preferred locations, should you have them.
Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.
The Whole Dales Way
Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere 82 miles/132 km
We have 3 options for the whole Dales Way route. Choose from 6, 7 or 8 days walking with daily averages of 10, 12 or 14 miles.