Dales Way Walk

in Buckden in Ilkley in Oughtershaw

Starting in Ilkley and finishing on the shores of Lake Windermere, the Dales Way is a 78 mile walk through the Yorkshire Dales and into the Lake District.

The Dales Way walk

The Route

  • Start Point: Ilkley
  • Finish Point: Windermere
  • Distance: 78 Miles

Getting there

Ilkley is easily accessed by bus, train, car and is only a short taxi ride from Leeds-Bradford Airport.

GPX Route Map

Download file for GPS

Walk Description

This walk was initially devised by the West Riding Ramblers’ Association with the ‘leading lights’ being Colin Speakman and Tom Wilcock (Footpath Secretary). The route was announced to the public in 1968 and the first recorded crossing was by a group of Bradford Grammar School Venture Scouts in 1969.

The first half of the walk follows the River Wharfe upstream to the main watershed of Northern England at Ribblehead. The second half follows several river valleys (Dentdale, River Mint, River Kent) to descend to the shores of Windermere.

Most walkers tackling this route take about a week, in sections of 10 to 15 miles per day and taking a rest day or two.


Staying the night near the Buckden to Gearstones section is possible at:

Luggage help

If you would like help with planning or transporting luggage on this route, the Dales Way Association has a list here: http://www.dalesway.org/services.htm

Related Accommodation

The accommodation below is nearby - and has been updated recently.

Picture of The Buck Inn

The Buck Inn

Buckden Nr. Skipton, Buckden, BD23 5JA, United Kingdom

Innkeeper’s Lodge Ilkley

The Cow and Calf Vintage Inn, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, LS29 8BT, United Kingdom
Picture of Nethergill Farm

Nethergill Farm

Nethergill Farm, Skipton, BD23 5JS, United Kingdom

1 thought on “Dales Way Walk”

  1. Brigantes we’re brilliant st taking our luggage allowing us to enjoy The Dales Way without any worry about baggage. The bags were always at the right place at the right time. Well done Brigantes.


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