Dales Way

Introduction

After the three of us (Steve, Lynn and I) did our epic Coast 2 Coast in 2015, we decided we wanted to do a more leisurely walk. As we had spent three to four days in the Dales in 2014, we thought it would be good to now walk the Dales Way.

In 2011, Steve and I had actually started off together on the Dales Way but he was only able to complete 3 days due to family commitments, so I therefore continued the walk alone.

After we all agreed on a date, I made arrangements with Mac Adventure, our usual travel company.

Preparation

Unfortunately our training was down to a minimum. What with Steve’s work and holiday commitments, plus myself buying a motor home and going off on trips around the country, time was limited for us too. However, we did manage to get some walks practice and a few times we walked along the River Severn from Kidderminster towards Bridgnorth, some 15 + miles round trip. We also occasionally walked from one end of the Malvern Hills which, with the steep gradients and descents, was a good leg stretcher at the time. Lynn, on the other hand, was left to train at his home in Llanelli, South Wales. All was going well until he suffered a knee injury and was advised to cancel the walk a few days before the start. The good news is that he is improving and will be walking with us on our next adventure.

The Route: Ilkley to Bowness–on-Windermere

  • Ilkley to Burnsall 13 miles
  • Burnsall to Hubbleholme 16 miles
  • Hubbleholme to Dent (Cow Gill) 16 miles
  • Cowgill (Dent) to Sedbergh 13 miles
  • Sedbergh to Kendal 12 miles
  • Kendal to Bowness-on-Windermere 9 miles

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