The Dales Way, Day 5: Burneside to Bowness-On-Windermere (10 miles)

Leaving Kendal, I journeyed back towards Burneside (incidentally, this is pronounced 'Burny-side' not 'Burn-side' like I'd been jabbering). The route onwards went along the River Kent along organised paths on the edges of fields to the next village of Bowston. The sun was bright and orange this morning, far more encouraging than yesterday, and shimmered … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 5: Burneside to Bowness-On-Windermere (10 miles)

The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The rest day was a nice choice. Being that I wasn't taking it because I was knackered or hurt, I simply spent the day going on short out and back walks from Dent - to Flintergill, to the banks of the Dee, to a random cornerstone supposedly of note on a farm. I ate decent … Continue reading The Dales Way, Rest Day and Day 4: Dent to Burneside (20 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

As the light started to finally seep across the sky just before seven, I did the ungainly clamber back over the drywall and proceeded onward to the village of Beckermonds. Still, serene and lovely in the thin veil of blue light, the Wharfe trickled between the handful of houses. Today would be the last day … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 3: Beckermonds to Dent (17 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 2: Grassington to Beckermonds (17 miles)

A soft purple morning light gently bathed Grassington as I passed through. A maze of high drywalls led up the hill to the town and the other side up to the moors. Today would take me away from the riverside wanderings beside the Wharfe to delve into Bronte country of the windswept exposed higher lands … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 2: Grassington to Beckermonds (17 miles)

The Dales Way, Day 1: Ilkley to Grassington (16 miles)

Life has randomly brought me to Ilkley a number of unconnected times with unconnected people. It is now a place that is very familiar to me; an old spa town full of Victorian stone houses, bedecked with great baskets and bushes of flowers that compete aggressively each year for coveted In Bloom trophies. Its high … Continue reading The Dales Way, Day 1: Ilkley to Grassington (16 miles)

Dales Way: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List

The Dales Way starts at the Old Bridge in Ilkley and wanders eighty miles to Lake Windermere through the captivating and scenic Yorkshire Dales and ending in the Lake District. It is a valley walk, and the sights and sounds of rivers and waterways are a consistent companion - navigating the walker in the right … Continue reading Dales Way: Introduction, Itinerary and Kit List