Dales Way Guidebooks

Dales Way Guidebooks and Maps

RambleFest displays the best Dales Way guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.

Click on a image below for more info, and the option to buy online:

We advise buying two different Dales Way guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The cost of the additional guidebook is very little compared to the cost of the walk.

Dales Way Guidebook (Trailblazer Guide)

Dales Way Guidebook (Trailblazer Guide)

The Trailblazer Dales Way guidebook is particularly good, having

“Practical, all-in-one, Trailblazer British Walking Guide to the Dales Way National Trail. It’s a relatively easy walk that runs for 81 miles (130km) from Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. This Dales Way guide includes:
* 38 large-scale walking maps at 1:20,000 (8cm or 31/8 inches to 1 mile) and 23 guides to towns and villages.
* Accommodation for all budgets with reviews – campsites, hostels, B&Bs, guesthouses, pubs and hotels.
* Places to eat with reviews – cafes, tearooms, pubs, takeaways and restaurants.
* Detailed public transport information for all access points on the path.
* Itineraries for all walkers – for the entire route or weekend and day walks.
* Downloadable GPS waypoints also available on the Trailblazer website.
* Colour overview and stage maps (one stage per page) with trail profiles (showing ascents and descents).”

Dales Way Guidebook (Cicerone)

Dales Way Guidebook (Cicerone)

“The Dales Way is a delightful multi-day walk through the Yorkshire Dales and the eastern fringe of the Lake District between Ilkley and Bowness on Windermere, a total of 78 miles.
One of the gentlest multi-day walks in Britain, the Dales Way route is suitable for all ages and an excellent introduction to long-distance walking.
The route makes the most of delectable Wharfedale, travelling virtually to the source of the great river before crossing into the equally delightful Dentdale. This too is followed as it fashions a lovely course through the village of Dent and on to Sedbergh, where it joins the Rawthey. From here, the Way strikes westward into the fringe of Lakeland.
The great attraction of the Way is that it is rarely far from features of architectural, social, ecological or historic interest, with churches, ancient bridges, manor houses, shooting lodges, Roman roads, stone circles, packhorse routes, viaducts and nature trails – the Dales Way has them all.”
The Dales Way: A Complete Guide to the Trail, by Terry Marsh

Dales Way Maps

Five Dales Way maps at 1:25,000 scale are required, but is is less costly, and less weighty, to buy the map booklets especially published for the walk.
Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. The path is marked by name on the relevant “Explorer” maps. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online

Dales Way Leeds Extension Maps
288 Bradford & Huddersfield
289 Leeds, Harrogate, Wetherby and Pontefract

Dales Way Main Page


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