The Official Web Site of the Dales Way Association  

Welcome to the Dales Way Association

The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of about 80 miles (128 km) situated in the north of England and running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere.

Photo of Dales Way: Up Wharfedale from Conistone Pie

By following as far as possible riverside paths, it offers a scenically attractive route from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District, which any reasonably fit family can undertake in a week's holiday. Although not always well served by public transport the Way, by following natural and sometimes ancient lines of communication, passes through many villages, and so accommodation is not a problem, although it is advisable to book in advance.

Walker on Dales Way

The Dales Way Association was established in 1991 to help support, maintain and promote the Dales Way Long Distance path.


New Dales Way Certificate available

Most  Dales Way walkers love to have a souvenir of their achievement. After all, walking 80 miles from Ilkley to Bowness is no mean feat. For some it’s photos, for others it’s memories of the people they’ve met and the sights they have seen but for many it’s a certificate.

The Dales Way Association is delighted to announce that Hawkshead, family outdoor outfitters, is now offering a free certificate to Dales Way walkers, available in their shop just a short distance from the lake in Bowness where many  people finish their walk. Hawkshead are also giving 10p for every certificate claimed towards the upkeep of the route.

New Dales Way certificate from HawksheadGill Russell, Internal Communications Manager for Hawkshead told us,

“We are delighted to be working with the Dales Way Association. At Hawkshead, we are constantly looking at ways to work closer with our local community. The Dales Way is such an important long distance trail to Bowness that we are delighted to be able to celebrate in walkers' triumphs and also help towards maintaining it for years to come so that many generations can enjoy its pathways and fabulous landscapes”.

The Bowness store is at 7 West End Buildings, Kendal Road, Bowness, LA23 3EE Tel: 015394 48694

The shop is open Mon - Sat 9.00 - 5.30 & Sun 10.00 - 5.00.

Walkers who prefer to download a certificate can still do so from our website.

See Hawkshead's own website here.

28 March 2014

In Brief

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