The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place: it has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It is a fantastic arena for outdoor recreation and relaxation. The area displays the best examples in Britain of classic limestone (Karst) scenery with its crags and limestone pavements. A running tour along the Dales way will experience all of this.
The Dales Way is a recognised long distance footpath linking Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Windermere in the Lake District. The route mostly follows riverside paths and passes through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park before heading for the gentle outlying fells of the South Lakes and the shore of England's grandest lake.
As you travel away from the urban suburbs of West Yorkshire population you very quickly get a sense of open space and changing landscapes. The well established trail follows the River Wharf past Bolton Abbey to Grassington, continuing through Kettlewell and Buckden, on to Dent and then Sedbergh, before the Lake District fells come into view for tghe final stretch to Windermere.
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Alternative Tour Options
1. Cumbria Way South (Ulverston to Rosthwaite) - 3 days (4 nights)
2. Cumbria Way North (Rosthwaite to Carlisle) - 2 days (3 nights)