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#3552 - 08/06/06 10:23 AM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
AnthonyRHeath Offline
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Registered: 16/11/01
Posts: 90
Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
Hi Dave, is there a full moon that night to help with the night vision? or do you know the route well enough to navigate in total darkness confidently, good luck.
Robin.H.

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#3553 - 08/06/06 03:00 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2892
Loc: West Lancs.
Thanks for the wishes.
Anthony, I do know the route well having done it non stop, on three occasions before plus over 8 days with my wife along. I have failed once East to West and on the only occasion I have attempted it West to East due to lowsy weather. However this time I am going to try the variant cutting across over the top from Cam Houses, I am hoping to finish that section before it gets too dark, then Dentdale is straight forward enough, so long as my head hasnt gone by then. I'll let you know the outcome.
Dave.

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#3554 - 08/06/06 03:16 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Journeyman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 248
Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Hello Dave

I don't know whether you have been over on the variant from Cam Houses before - down the Ribble Way to the road at Newby Head - but I have done it. If you have ignore the following - if you have not you may find the following useful. The first half mile or so over the fields/limstone from the PW is pathless (apart from several sheep tracks) but once you reach a rather unusual stile - it is made of breeze blocks in the middle of stone wall - it is not too bad. The path from here is mainly used by farmers on quad bikes. The breeze block stile is at Gavel Gap which is the start of the Ribble Way - I must say the breeze blocks are a little out of place.
Once again all the best with your walk.



[This message has been edited by Journeyman (edited 08 June 2006).]

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#3555 - 11/06/06 11:25 AM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Thanks for that advice. I have done the Ribble way a few times so i know about Gavel Gap. Once I left the Pennine Way track on the variant I dropped too low for a while, realised my error and regained the higher ground where I quickly found the path and followed it to Gavel Gap. See my recent topic "Non Stop" for a more datailed report.
Dave.

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#3556 - 13/06/06 08:17 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 110
Slogger, congrats on your non-stop. I enjoyed reading your account on the other thread.

Just curious if Hula-Otter had an enjoyable journey along the Dales Way. If you're reading this, Hula-Otter, please post an update, ok?

We're still planning our walk for September. Probably will depart Ilkley on the 13th.

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#3557 - 14/06/06 10:19 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Hula-Otter Offline
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Registered: 22/05/06
Posts: 5
Loc: Lions Bay, British Columbia, C...
Howdy Y'all (sorry, was mistaken for a Yank so many times whilst visiting that started to talk like one).

Happy to report that there is no need for either search & rescue or the Canadian embassy to be called out ... my wife and I successfully bumbled our way from Ilkley to Windermere without getting too lost or causing major international incident.

We had a truly magnificent time and saw what must be some of the most beautiful countryside to be found anywhere on this planet. I can only hope that the residents of the UK appreciate what a gift you have in the network of footpaths available and the remarkable access opportunities they provide.

For anyone interested, our sojourn along the Dales Way (June 1 - 7)included these highlights: invited by the church bell ringers at Ilkley into the tower to learn the intricacies of ringing; cheerfully driven by the owner of Knowles Lodge up to the pub at Appletreewick when our thirst said "yes" but our tired feet said "no"; trying to keep from choking from laughter while being simultaneously well fed and well entertained by John,the proprietor of the Buckden Village Tea Shop; listening patiently at breakfast whilst Tim at Romany Cottage in Buckden almost convinced us of the virtues of "black pudding" (only to fail miserably when he got around to mentioning the ingredients); walking through countless sheep pastures, each prettier than the last, with one eye one the scenery and the other negotiating around the "fertilizer"; trying to clean said "fertilizer" off our boots in a discrete fashion before entering the next B & B; trying to understand how we could have survived over 50 years without anyone tipping us off to the obscene energy surges obtainable with Kendal Mint Cakes; meeting friendly and fascinating people in the pubs and B&Bs en route - and actually understanding what some of them said; learning not to giggle like naughty school kids when passing by "Rottenbottom Woods" or "Cockschott Woods"; learning that while true spiritual enlightenment may require years of contemplative study, a reasonable facsimile can be readily found in a pint of most of the local brews we tried along the Way.

We enjoyed fantastic weather (silly North American types that we are we brought rain gear and fleece jackets instead of sunglasses and Aloha shirts) which undoubtedly added to the experience but I suspect that the Dales Way is beautiful in different ways in different conditions (okay, easy to say when you're not ankle deep in muck in a sideways rain).

In short, which is odd to say after rambling on so long, we had a truly memorable experience; used up two memory cards on the digital camera; ate and drank better (and more) than we expected to; and met a host of friendly, helpful and hospitable people from start to finish.

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#3558 - 14/06/06 11:05 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
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Registered: 19/11/04
Posts: 430
Loc: peterborough. uk
Hula-otter,Glad you had an enjoyable experience and didnt get "too lost", so i have no need to search you out, and point you in the right direction, when i go in a fortnights time. [img]http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/ubb/biggrin.gif[/img]

Was there any No-No's or little disappointments,that we need to know about.?? Or did everything go as well as you wanted it to.
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Cheers....Argo.

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#3559 - 14/06/06 11:53 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Hula-Otter Offline
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Registered: 22/05/06
Posts: 5
Loc: Lions Bay, British Columbia, C...
Hi Argonaut - no real words of wisdom to pass on other than:

(1`)We went for the full-meal-deal in purchasing maps and guidebooks in preparation for this trip. But ended up using only Hannon's "Dales Way" Guidebook which, in combination with the Gemmel & Speakman "Dales Way Route Guide", had us easily negotiating our way on the well marked path. Out of a sense of obligation I made occasional reference to the Harvey's Dales Way Strip Map I brought along (more to impress my wife with my ostensible mountain-man skills than out of any real need). Never even took the three OS maps out of the pack and my wife just used my compass to check herself in its mirror. Small binoculars proved useful in locating hidden styles on the far side of fields. [Foul weather and/or poor visibility may make GPS desirable - but we managed easily without.]

(2) Initially we were put into a runty little back-of-the-Inn room at the Riverside Inn at Ilkley but after asking if there was something a wee bit larger available (i.e. that would let two of us turn around at the same time) we moved upstairs to a much nicer room that was more than satisfactory. Grease for the squeeky wheel being the lesson here.

(3) Sherpa Van's service was reliable and timely. Very happy with them. Would caution about the need to completely fill out the luggage cards that Sherpa asks you to attach to your bags (shows date and location of your stops). Saw some bags where other walkers did not fill out cards and relied on driver "knowing" where bags to be taken next. Presumably all Sherpa van drivers possess psychic skills beyond my understanding - but still.

(4) If sunny (isn't it always?) take sunscreen lotion along as it can be had to come by in smaller villages. Apply liberally as you are walking with the sun continuously coming from one side. We ended up with wierd looking left side only sunburns until we managed to scrounge up some sun lotion.

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#3560 - 15/06/06 07:44 AM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Heatha Offline
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Registered: 24/07/03
Posts: 244
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
Hi Hula-Otter,

Sorry I missed you on the third. I knew I should have gone to Buckden instead of Starbotton when I descended from Whernside at some ungodly hour of the morning. Then I could have waited for you outside Tim and Gwen's!

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#3561 - 24/06/06 11:35 PM Re: Walking The Dales Way in 2006?
Ray Thorley Offline
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Registered: 03/04/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Oldham Lancs
Intend to be walking the way on 25th July from Bradford. Anone else leaving then?

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