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Frances McCann
Frances McCann

Walk of the Week: Dales Way, England

A great introduction to long distance walking, the Dales Way is a serious walk at almost 80 miles, but as it follows river valleys it is perhaps a little more gentle and manageable than some of the other English trails like the Coast to Coast. This is no walk in the park with daily mileages of around 10 - 16 miles, and there are a few steep sections to ensure that you are still pushed a bit, but overall it is a delightfully relaxing experience of England on foot. 1500-beckermonds

In a Nutshell

Distance: 79 miles Grading: Moderate Walk through two of England's national parks, surrounded by fascinating geology and fine English scenery.

Where is it?

From Ilkley, through the rugged magnificence of Yorkshire, to the wondrous beauty of the Cumbrian Lake District, finishing at Bowness-on-Windermere.Finish in the Lake District Finish in the Lake District[/caption]

Why walk it?

From patchwork farmland to splendidly rugged rock formations and limestone crags, this walk has a diversity of landscapes hard to come by, and has been very popular for Macs Adventure this year. Keep an eye out for birdlife (including kingfishers on the final day). The aura of both Yorkshire and the Lake District evokes the spirit of literary classics, allowing you to get lost (not literally of course) in the timeless and unchanged beauty of the countryside. [caption id="attachment_16481" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bolton Abbey Bolton Abbey[/caption] The majesty of Lake Windermere, one of the most popular spots in the Lake District, is a great place to finish your tour with a local ale and the warm country hospitality of the Lake District.

Planning to Walk the Dales Way

Dales Way - following the Wharfe9 Macs adventure have a 7 night self guided walking itinerary on the Dales Way, which includes accommodation, baggage transfer each day, and all the route notes and info you’ll need. The walking holiday is available from April – October. Visit http://www.macsadventure.com/holiday-45/dales-way or contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information. Happy wandering, and we hope this week's Walk of the Week has given you some food for thought on your next walking adventure!