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The 10 Best Highlights of the Dales Way

The Dales Way treats you to 80 miles of superb walking, connecting the pretty English towns of Ilkley, Grassington, Kettlewell, Dent, Sedbergh and Bowness-on-Windermere.

The route twists and turns through smaller villages and hamlets as it works its way along the rivers Wharf, Luke and Kent.

In addition to the wonderful places you will stay, and the countryside which you will stroll through, there are some notable highlights along the route, which are not to be missed.

Bolton Abbey on the Dales Way

Bolton Abbey deserves a day in itself to enjoy the surrounding grounds. This popular, and therefore busy tourist attraction is a really interesting spot, once home to a now ruined 12th Century Augustinian Monastery.

Take a walk through the woodlands, and enjoy this wonderful spot in the the Yorkshire Dales.

Dent Head Viaducts

The Dent Viaduct which sits high above the dales way was built between 1869 and 1875 for the Midland Railway Company. The Viaduct was is made from huge blocks of locally quarried marble, and has 10 arches, and is 100ft high and 199 yards long. The Viaduct is one of 20 on the Settle to Carlisle railway line. It simply nests into the surrounding countryside beautifully.

The construction of the Settle to Carlisle railway took over 6 years to construct by the Midland Railway Company and is one of the longest Conservation areas in the UK.

The Dales Way Burnsall

Burnsall Bridge & Village

Keeping with the theme of bridges on the Dales Way, Burnsall Bridge is a lovely gateway into the village of Burnsall, which is between Grassington and Appletreewick.

Burnsall is simply pretty, sat alongside the River Wharfe. The village is a perfect sanctuary for tired feet and an excellent way to recover from a hard days walking.

Grassington Folk Museum

While you are passing, or staying in Grassington its worth dropping into the locally run Grassington Folk Museum, full of reminders from ‘yesteryear’. Exhibits include lead mining, minerals, craft tools, faming history, costumes, and WWII memorabilia.


In addition to browsing around the coffee shops, and vast array of outdoor shops, designed to tempt you into making your next gear purchase, Keswick also boasts a number of micro-attractions.

For example, drop into the Keswick Pencil Museum – honestly, more interesting an experience than you would expect! The visit the Keswick Museum to learn about the local history. Don’t miss Puzzing Places which promises to stretch your reality, just a little. Finally, walk down to Crow Park, which sits on the edge of Derwent Water – making a spectacular lunch spot with views over the lake.

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