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#3270 - 23/02/04 07:25 PM Where to begin?
Sharon Offline
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Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 95
Loc: Reading, Berks.
Hi!

I'm planning on walking the Dales Way this year but am confused about its starting point. Most info I find says Ilkley but the National Trail Guide says Leeds. Being a bit of a purist, I wouldn't want to "cheat" but don't much relish the walk from Leeds to Ilkley.

Help!

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#3271 - 23/02/04 09:31 PM Re: Where to begin?
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1697
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
I too am Bowness bound (have been since last September... just can't seem to get off!)
Originally the route was from Ilkley. Bradford, Leeds and (I believe)Harrogate were proposed - and accepted - as alternative starts - (fine if you happen to live there). No, the Dales Way proper starts at Ilkley and finishes approx 80 miles later at Bowness. I couldn't conceive doing it in reverse... but the idea does have its converts. From Ilkley you will be following the route as it was originally intended. Your purist stance is admirable... proper Bo.
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#3272 - 24/02/04 09:13 AM Re: Where to begin?
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Going for my 3rd time this September (taking the "gang" this time) .. and starting from Ilkey (the train station always seems to be the logical gathering place).

The Leeds alternative seems to be a metropolitan council trying to muscle in and show that they've got rural links. ... Pah!

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#3273 - 24/02/04 09:16 AM Re: Where to begin?
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Mick - just re-read your reply - any info on the Harrogate start? That might prove interesting - over Blubberhouses may be?.. Depends if it goes Harrogate to Ilkley - or just straight to Bolton Abbey?

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#3274 - 24/02/04 09:32 AM Re: Where to begin?
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Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 1
Loc: England
You can do either Harry.

The Link starts from the Royal Pump Room in Harrogate.

Both routes go out of Harrogate to Haverah Park, Beaver Dyke and Swinsty.

The Ilkley alternative goes through Timble and over Denton Moor to Middleton and Ilkley - 18miles.

Bolton Abbey route goes up to Blubberhouses ,to Rocking Hall then down to Cavendish Pavilion - 19miles.

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#3275 - 24/02/04 10:42 PM Re: Where to begin?
ellie Offline
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Registered: 27/03/01
Posts: 5
Loc: Yorkshire, UK
Hi Sharon,

I haven't walked the full Dales Way myself, but I have walked the Leeds to Ilkley stretch a few times and I have to vote in favour of it. Only the first couple of miles are urban (and they still make for interesting walking) - you are striding across the fields in no time.

And no, I'm not being paid by Leeds council :-).

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#3276 - 25/02/04 10:11 AM Re: Where to begin?
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These alternative starts would require an overnight pause at Ilkley - Seems fine, plenty of pubs .. but I'm not aware (but haven't yet looked) of a campsite.

Any reccommendations?

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#3277 - 06/04/04 08:10 PM Re: Where to begin?
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Hi 'arry. Dalesman and I met in Ilkley on the Friday night to get an early start on the Sat, we did Kettlewell first day. We went round the boozers, then camped in the park by the Wharfe after dark. Not recommended though, we got kicked off by the coppers in the morning about 7!

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#3278 - 08/04/04 11:14 AM Re: Where to begin?
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Kicked off by the coppers?

They can't do that.You have the same rights as gypsies who park caravans on both public and private land.Either the council or the landowner has to get a court order to get you evicted.If the police attempt to take down your tent your can sue them for criminal damage.We have very silly laws in this country and its best to use them to your advantage!

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#3279 - 08/04/04 09:31 PM Re: Where to begin?
lightweightmick Offline
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1697
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
Nice one Tony! But not if they are considered as loitering? What is the difference?
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#3280 - 11/05/04 01:51 PM Re: Where to begin?
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They had no chance lightweight they were obviosly loitering within tent.

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#3281 - 26/06/04 02:15 AM Re: Where to begin?
Anonymous
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Did the Way two weeks ago, and there is a campsite in Kettlewell. When you come accross the stiles to a path that runs down the back of the village, go straight on until you get to a small road and follow it to your right. it is small cheap (3) and has access to all you need (Inc showers for an additional cost of 40p)

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Originally posted by Dalesman Wilson's mate:
Hi 'arry. Dalesman and I met in Ilkley on the Friday night to get an early start on the Sat, we did Kettlewell first day. We went round the boozers, then camped in the park by the Wharfe after dark. Not recommended though, we got kicked off by the coppers in the morning about 7!

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#3282 - 26/06/04 02:39 AM Re: Where to begin?
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Hi Sharon,

The Original Official start is from the old bridge over the Wharfe. It is marked by a sign with the distence to Bowness on it (it says 82 miles which I don't believe),

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