GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dales Way Walk

78 miles (126 km)

This wonderful walk takes you through the fabulous Yorkshire Dales and on into Cumbria and the spectacular Lake District.
There are several wonderful waterside stretches to enjoy starting with the River Wharfe at Ilkley before runs along the Rivers Dee and Lune soon follow. A pleasant stroll along the River Kent takes you into the Lake District National Park and then onto the finish point at Bowness.
Highlights on the route include the spectacular Linton Falls, the beautiful Burnsall to Grassington section through Wharfedale and the wonderful Bolton Abbey.

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Dales Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dales Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Near Eccup Reservoir you'll find the New Inn. The friendly pub does really good food and has a cosy fire indoors. Outdoors there's a large garen area to relax in on warmer days. To reach the pub just head past Thorn Bush Farm at the north western corner of the water. The pub is located on Eccup Lane with a postcode of LS16 8AU for your sat navs.
The pretty village of Staveley is located in Cumbria towards the end of the route. Here you could enjoy a pit stop at the Eagle and Child. The inn serves high quality dishes which you can enjoy with a view of the River Kent in the lovely large garden area. You can find them on the Kendal Road, at postcode LA8 9LP for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway is a great way to see the lovely scenery surrounding Bolton Abbey. You can pick up the heritage railway just to the south of the abbey at Bolton Abbey Station. Here you can enjoy a ride on a vintage steam locomotive to Embsay where you can visit Embsay Reservoir. The rolling stock on the line consists of 20 ex-industrial locomotives, the oldest of which was built in 1908, three diesel-multiple units, and ten other diesel locomotives. Embsaystation dates back to 1888 and has good facilities with a cafe, gift shop, bookshop and picnic tables. It's a nice place to stroll around and watch the trains come in and go out.
Embsay railway station looking towards Bolton Abbey station Embsay Steam Railway - geograph.org.uk - 1177168
Pictured above left Embsay railway station looking towards Bolton Abbey station. On the right part of the track between Embsay and Bolton Abbey with a siding to the left. This section was restored in the 1990s over 100 years after its initial opening as part of the line from Ilkley to Skipton.
Other route highlights include the splendid Ilkley Moor and the famous Cow and Calf rocks. The delightful village of Burley in Wharfedale is also near the route in this area.

Photos

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Yockenthwaite Stone Circle

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Millthrop Bridge over the River Rawthey

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Stile over an old stone wall near Laithbank. Yorkshire Hills in the background

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On the Dales Way near Ilkley Moor

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Dales Way Footbridge and ford across Gayle Beck. The ford is in the civil parish of Horton in Ribblesdale, although geographically nearer Ribblehead than Horton.

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Footbridge by the river on The Dales Way

Video

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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