• The Dales Way: Ilkley to Bolton Abbey

    Leaves fall rhythmically from trees shedding their Summer cloak in a mist filled dale. The Wharfe moves in a deep languid course between genteel Yorkshire stone buildings. ... Here in the town of Ilkley, the Dales Way begins its 84 mile long route across the Pennine watershed

    This is not a route march or a challenge of great note - it is simply a rural ramble amidst glorious scenery and history charting the rise of the Industrial Revolution in Northern England. Passing mills, bridges, quarries, mines and railways conceived in the minds of social revolutionaries, delivered with pride and now forming a fine heritage converted into dwellings and small rural businesses.

    Read more in The Dales Way section of Long Distance Walks

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