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How to get to and from the Dales Way

How to get to and from the Dales Way

The majority of long distance walks start and end in major towns and cities with good links to public transport, and in many cases train or airport access.

The Dales Way is certainly no exception, with good access at the start in Ilkley, and Bowness on Windermere at the end of the route, with some accessible towns along the way should you need to bail on route.

Getting to the start of the Route in Ilkley

The market town of Ilkley is accessible from Leeds and Manchester.

Leeds is a 34 minute train ride away, and has airport access to a number of main european and UK destination.

If you are traveling from Manchester to Ilkley you will need to travel via Leeds, making the journey approximately an hour and a half. Tickets can be booked via Trainline.

Leeds also connects with the most major cities in the UK via train or air, making travel to the start of the route relatively easily.

Departing from Bowness on Solway

Bowness on Windermere has good access to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, which has an international Airport. If you are heading further up North, Carlisle is an hour and a half away via train, which is then a good destination for onward travel to Newcastle, and onward travel to Edinburgh.


If you wish to make use of private hire taxis, we have some recommendations:


Lakeside Taxis – 015394 88888

Ace Taxi Windermere – 015394 45445

Merecab – 07985 100473


Ilkley Taxis 24/7 – 01943 601110

AJD Private Hire of Ilkley – 07428 610601

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