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#45851 - 23/03/09 01:37 PM Suggested Maps for Dales Way
gilligogs Offline
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Registered: 23/03/09
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We are planning to walk the Dalesway in May and have purchased a Harveys Dalesway Map which is good but not detailed enough.
We are therefore looking at having to purchase a few different OS maps.
Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions on this. We have also got a copy of Paul Hannons book which is useful.

We are in training at the moment trying to walk as much as possible,and would appreciate any info or input regarding the walk.

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#45855 - 23/03/09 02:06 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: gilligogs]
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
It really isnt a difficult route to follow and I think with the strip maps and guide that you have, you have enough. It is one of the easiest LDP's, so if you are walking regularly, you shouldnt have any problems.
Dave.

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#45856 - 23/03/09 03:51 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: gilligogs]
Kate's Dad Offline
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We walked the Dales Way last summer and if you try really, really hard you might get lost - but it is unlikely. We took the full set of OS maps with us, I've never warmed to Harvey maps except when doing mountain marathons. If you take the Explorer series 1:25,000, you'll need...
297
OL2
OL30
OL19
OL7
We tend to get the laminated ones where possible. You pay a bit more but you don't have to use a map case.

Good luck!

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#45857 - 23/03/09 04:04 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Kate's Dad]
Bliss 60 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kate's Dad
if you try really, really hard you might get lost


I'd say there are ways of getting lost on the Dales Way. The first day and half from Ilkley to Grassington - getting lost would be a challenge because the Wharfe is a bit of a giveaway. But then the bit heading out of Grassington can be a bit confusing if you're not sure where you are going - and the bit heading down into Kettlewell - from there on its pretty obvious until Camhouses. There's a clump of trees just past Camhouses which the path is supposed to go through, but (unless its changed since last year) some trees have come down blocking the path and so you have to skirt round the clump of trees. From Beckermonds to Cowgill is possibly the toughest part of the Dales Way - firstly because there is a lot of tarmac walking, and then because if its wet - a lot of bog walking - and then the road down into Cowgill at the end is a bit of a killer. You probably could lose your way somewhere in the Cowgill - Dent - Sedburgh section - there's a of twists and turns - but most of it is signposted pretty clearly - and the Dent valley is pretty obvious. The walk up the Lune is pretty obvious and quite beautiful. The section past the M6 is pretty non-descript - and there would be opportunities to get lost on the last day...

... but then I guess you would have to be trying really hard to get lost.

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#45879 - 24/03/09 09:10 AM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Bliss 60]
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The Dales way is one walk, I've done twice. The maps I took along with the Paul Haddon Guide is:
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger sheets:-

104 Leeds & Bradford
98 Wensleydale & Wharfedale
97 Kendal & Morecambe

The walk is fairly easy to follow, between Sadbergh and Burneside there is a awful lot of stiles. Infact lots of stiles thru-out, but it is a great river-side walk. I'm sure you will enjoy it, as much as I did.

Check out the Dalesway Assocition web-site.

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#45902 - 25/03/09 01:03 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Slogger]
gilligogs Offline
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Slogger

Thanks for the info

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#45905 - 25/03/09 01:39 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Bliss 60]
gilligogs Offline
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Registered: 23/03/09
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Thank you Bliss 60
We appreciate your input.

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#46163 - 07/04/09 03:08 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: gilligogs]
Journeyman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/05
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Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
The best guide/map book is the Dales Way Route Guide by Arthur Gemmell and Colin Speakman (latest is the 6th edition) at a cost of 4.00 available from Stile publications 01943 466326.

I have walked the way 3 times and I have seen all the maps and books available and this is by far the best.

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#46164 - 07/04/09 03:18 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Journeyman]
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Apologies I've just dug out the 7th edition which is the tatest at a cost of 5.99p telephone number of Stile pulications is 01943 601572.

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#46165 - 07/04/09 03:24 PM Re: Suggested Maps for Dales Way [Re: Journeyman]
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Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Also you may wish to look at the following link which also details how to get hold of the book - plus a lot more useful info about the Dales Way as well.
http://www.dalesway.org.uk/maps_guides.cfm

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