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Dales Way - the Complete GuideDales Way

by Colin Speakman
ISBN: 978-0-9559987-7-5
Published by: Skyware Ltd.
Date of publication: August 2013
Revised & reprinted 2016
Price: £11.99
Paperback, A5, 210 mm x 148 mm, Perfect bound, Full colour
116 pages with 75 full colour photos, 34 full colour strip maps and 13 other maps.

The Dales Way is one of our most popular and cherished long distance footpaths.

For over 40 years walkers have followed the 80 miles of riverside track from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the gentle foothills of Southern Lakeland to the shore of England's grandest lake.

This is the original guide to the Dales Way, fully revised and updated, now in its eleventh edition (2nd Skyware edition). It provides a detailed description of the route, together with insightful accounts of the places and features of interest along the way. It includes the three major link routes from Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford and a history of the Peoples' Path.

Complete with large-scale, full colour strip maps of the entire route, Colin Speakman's Dales Way is the definitive guide to one of Britain's best loved and enduring long distance trails.

Comes with a FREE complimentary copy of 50 Years of the Dales Way with all UK orders, while stocks last.


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Please note: facsimile reproduction for screen cannot match quality of printed version

In September 2011 Bridget and David walked The Dales Way using the Skyware Guide book. See their video diary above.


Above Hubberholme Artengill Viaduct Near Cow Dub, Dentdale River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey River Wharfe near Howgill Kilnsey Crag Langstrothdale Lune Viaduct River Wharfe near Loup Scar Bolton Priory River Lune Windermere
Scenes from the Dales Way

"Cleverly, the route is described both in the text and in map annotations, reducing the chances of walkers wandering off the path. And there are pen portraits of towns and villages and small articles on historical features encountered along the way." - 
Roger Ratcliffe, Yorkshire Post.

"This beautifully-written publication has a new look. Illustrated with more than 40 colour photographs to match Speakman's compelling, affectionate narrative, it features, for the first time, detailed colour strip maps of the entire route." -
Emma Clayton, Bradford T&A.

"As a guide it is excellent. There is a clear and detailed description of the entire route, and the accompanying full colour strip maps could not be bettered." -
Keith Wadd, West Riding Rambler

"Decades after he first trod the Way, Ilkley man Colin Speakman has paid a fresh visit to the walking route he immortalised in print, with the tenth edition of his guide book to the Dales Way."
- Amanda Greaves, Ilkley Gazette

"Whether you run it in a (long) day or take a gentle ten days there are many ways to enjoy this walk and this guide with lovingly written details, good overview maps, detailed coloured strip maps and fine photographs is a model of its kind."
- Justin Gutmann, Strider

The Dales Way Route

Extract from the First edition, 1970

Account of the first group walk, 1969

50 years of the Dales Way

The Dales Way Association

Route Updates

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