The Dales Way Frequently Asked Questions

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Considering walking the Dales Way walking route? The Dales Way is a fabulous long distance path, stretching from Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales to Windermere in the Lake District National Park.

How long is the Dales Way?

The Dales Way is 80 miles in total, or 130km, if you prefer. It’s often walked in one stretch if you so choose.

How many days can I walk the Dales Way in?

Itineraries will stretch from 4 to 9 days. However for an enjoyable, and steady walk (let’s be honest, taking your time, with easy mileage is best) is the most popular option.

Can you suggest an itinerary?

Sure, an example of a 9 night / 8 walking day itinerary is:

Day 1. Arrive In Ilkley
Day 2. Walk from Ilkley to Barden – 9m
Day 3. Walk from Barden to Grassington – 7m
Day 4. Walk from Grassington to Buckden – 10m
Day 5. Walk from Buckden to Ribblehead – 11m
Day 6. Walk from Ribblehead to Dent – 10m
Day 7. Walk from Dent to Sedbergh – 16m
Day 8. Walk from Sedbergh to Burneside – 16m
Day 9. Walk from Burneside to Bowness-on-Windermere – 10m
Day 10. Depart home from Bowness-on-Windermere

What luggage transfer provider can I use?

I’ve been very happy using Brigantes luggage transfer for my clients. They provide an excellent value of service while creating flexible roles for local people. Generally, a wonderful and reliable company to work for.

Can I walk the Dales Way in reverse?

Sure, you can walk it whichever way you choose. Although I suggest working with the flow of walkers. It allows one to enjoy the company of others along the route, share stories and also keeps the cost of luggage down.

What type of accommodations are available along the Dales Way?

You will find generally good to excellent quality B&B’s along the route, all offering cooked breakfast and kitted out to meet the needs of walkers.

Will I need to have transferred to and from accommodations on the Dales Way?

Due to the remote locations of some of the overnight stops transfers may be necessary along with some stretches of the Dales Way.

Will I get lost along the Dales Way?

The Dales Way is a well waymarked and maintained route due to its popularity. A seasoned walker will have little difficulty navigating the route, and a beginner will, with some thought be able to enjoy navigating the route.

Is the Dales Way hilly?

As with any walk in the North of England, you can expect rolling countryside, with some steep climbs and descents, but generally, the quality of walking is excellent and steady underfoot. For those difficult sections, you can also expect to have your mind taken off the strain with the fantastic views.

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