February 3, 2021

How Long Does It Take to Walk the Dales Way

Matthew Usherwood

How Long Does It Take To Walk The Dales Way

The Dales Way is an rather remarkable 80 mile long distance trail which stretches from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.

The route was originally devised by the West Ridings Rambler’s Association, and made public in 1968, with the first crossing made by a group from Bradford Gramma School Venture Scouts in 1969.

Since, it has only grown in popularity with several thousand walkers taking on the trail each year and growing.

So, you are here because you are considering walking the route, be it by camping, or staying in nice places along the way.

But you would like to know how long does it take to walk the Dales Way?

Well, it really depends

The route can be completed within just a couple of days, 4 if you wish. Quicker for those who want an ultra-run but for our mere humans, it can take up to 7-9 days.

If you are looking for a challenge walk which suits most walkers I suggest taking about 6 days to tackle the path, averaging 13 miles per day, which sure feels like a challenge when your taking on that distance for 6 consecutive days of walking.

However for a relaxed stroll, at least for most, an 9 day itinerary is ideal. At 10-11 miles per day, on average you should have ample time to enjoy the forts, museums and highlights along the trail.

Moreover, stretching the days like this allow you to make early starts, for an early finish. Some accommodations along the route are particularly suited for relaxing overnight stops and Carlisle is well worth an afternoon of your time.

Which ever itinerary you choose, make sure too not feel like you need to rush. Here at Distance Hiker, we advocate slow travel, and taking your time on the trail, to enjoy

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