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#46542 - 28/04/09 09:27 PM Family walk or not?
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Registered: 28/04/09
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Hi all,
I'm a bit new to Long Distance Walking so am getting myself slightly confused. My husband and I would like to walk the Dales Way with our 12 year old son in August this year. We're all regular walkers and can manage a pretty hefty hike ok.
I'm just wondering about accommodation. We fancied camping but am a bit concerned about the lack of "official" campsites. Do you just rock up to a farmer and ask if you can use their field? What if everyone says no? Can we book somewhere (campsite/bunkbarn/YHA) every night before we leave if so does anyone have any recommendations?

#46544 - 28/04/09 09:34 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: KatC]
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You could look at the Dales Way Association web site for accommodation which includes details of YHA and camp sites:-

I might do this walk later in the year so I would be interested in how you get on.
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#46553 - 29/04/09 03:26 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: KatC]
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I've done the Dales Way twice, but not camping. If I did it again, possible in September 2009. I would def camp it, it is a lovely walk and a great 1st timer to long distance walking. However, I've the Dales Way Hand-Book 2006 and this lists all possiable camp-sites along the way. The hand-book is 1.50 (2006)

#46556 - 29/04/09 05:33 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: flatlands]
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It definatly is a walk for families. Not too demanding, in fact easy, wonderful scenery following the 5 rivers that it does. It is usually done over 6 days, so an average day of almost 15 miles, although some will be longer, some shorter. Quite well signed and easy to follow.

#46574 - 30/04/09 09:14 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: Slogger]
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Thanks for that. Will definitely get hold of the Handbook and keep you informed Harland.

#47186 - 24/05/09 08:58 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: KatC]
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Registered: 24/04/09
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Good luck with your walk - this was my first long distance walk and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you have the chance to do the leeds-ilkley link i would highly recommend it. Bramhope - ilkley was one of my favourite parts of the walk, with such a good use of ilkley moor. It adds about 19 miles on to the walk anf it's very well signposted

#48655 - 15/07/09 09:02 PM Re: Family walk or not? [Re: smay]
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Registered: 10/05/09
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Loc: Cirencester.
Dont worry about camp sites just pitch up you will be ok, most farmers are freindly and dont mind a bit, and if they did all they will politly ask you to move.


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