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The Dales Way

The Dales Way is an 80 mile long distance footpath situated in the north of England, running from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere.  It meanders alongside riverside paths, offering a very attractive route from West Yorkshire to the Lake District.  Dales Way walks pass through not one but two national parks, namely the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park.

Think of Strid Wood Tea Rooms as  perfect Dales Way Tea Rooms to drop in for much needed refreshments as the walk passes along the River Wharfe, only a stones throw from us.  We are able to book in walking groups for breakfast lunch or just a light bite and offer a very warm welcome to Dales Way walkers all year round.

Dales Way walks initially follow the River Wharfe upstream to the main watershed of northern England at nearby Ribblehead.  Meanwhile the latter part of the walk follows a number of river valleys namely Dentdale, River Mint, River Kent then to moving down to the shores of Windermere.

If you fancy a beautiful and rewarding walking trip and are reasonably fit, you can follow natural and ancient paths, passing through many picturesque villages.  The walk can take around four days to complete but most walkers choose a more leisurely week to enjoy the walk and take in all its appeal.  A variety of picturesque Dales Way tea rooms are dotted along your path.  The Dales Way walk is shorter and considered less strenuous than more well-known routes such as the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast Walk, as it is largely along river valleys.

In the Dales

There is plenty to see and do on a day trip to the area, it’s not just about the tea rooms!

Our thanks to Marc Stupples at http://forgottentracks.blogspot.co.uk for letting us use his beautiful photo of the Dalesway (near Appletreewick).