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Dales Way: The Complete Guide [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Colin Speakman
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1 Mar 2011
The Dales Way is one of our most popular and cherished long distance footpaths. For over 40 years walkers have followed the 78 miles of riverside track from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the gentle foothills of Southern Lakeland to the shore of England's grandest lake. This is the original guide to the Dales Way, now fully revised and updated. It provides a detailed description of the route, together with insightful accounts of the places and features of interest along the way. It includes the three major link routes from Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford and a history of the Peoples' Path. Complete with large-scale, full colour strip maps of the entire route, Colin Speakman's Dales Way is the definitive guide to one of Britain's best loved and enduring long distance trails.

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Skyware Ltd (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955998727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955998720
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a walking guide should be 2 Jun 2011
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Practical and packable, with clear directions and route maps (at 1:25 000). But it also uses its space to the full, and manages to provide a fine portrait of the Dales, its landscape, people, and wildlife, in addition to the necessary background information on the major highlights along the way. There are many photographs, well chosen and inspiring (up to the standard of the one on the cover). A fascinating book even for someone who is not likely ever to go there.

P.S. It's quite light at 250 grams, but if you're keen to save weight you could just carry a map with you while out walking, and annotate it from the book before you go. But in practice this is tricky, since you need to buy TWO Ordnance Survey maps, Yorkshire Dales: Southern and Western Areas (OS Explorer Map) and Yorkshire Dales: Northern and Central Areas (OS Explorer Map), to cover the whole route at the same 1:25 000 as the book, and the two maps together weigh as much as the book! The only practical alternative to the book itself in the field (apart from cutting up these O.S. maps into strips) is to use the Harvey Dales Way: XT40 (Route Map), with its 1:40 000 strip maps (annotated with essential walking-notes), one sheet for the whole route weighing only 60 grams. But, even if you don't end up taking it with you on the walk, the book still makes a superb planning guide and souvenir companion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guides 30 Oct 2011
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Worth it for the customised annotated maps alone: will provide all you need to navigate the Dales Way: we never had to even open our OS maps! Just be careful - it's not really waterproof, despite the feel of the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dales Way Guide Colin Spearman 3 July 2012
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Dales Way: The Complete GuideHaving used this guide on the Dales Way through all sorts of weather I can thoroughly recommend it. The strip maps are excellent and include annotated comments which were most helpful particularly when the way was not well marked. The associated text proved most useful as preparatory information for each days walk. The guide also provides some interesting alternative high level scenic routes for good weather days. The open guide just fits into an A4 map case with each strip map covering up to 3 miles of the walk. Excellent value
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dales Way 12 April 2013
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Have just walked the Dales Way in the SNOW! The guide was invaluable and was used every inch of the way! An excellent buy with so much interesting information included in the book.
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