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Dales Way Day 1


After a decent night’s rest at the Riverside Hotel, we were pleased to discover the start of the Dales Way was only a couple of hundred yards down the river at 17th Century Old Bridge at Ilkley. This was the first of many bridges we would see over the River Wharfe as we hugged its course during the day.

Our trip had been organised by Mickledore Walking Holidays and we knew our main luggage was in safe hands and would meet us at the end of today’s walk at Burnsall. We had seen various distances for the walk ranging from 76 to 84 miles but the sign says 82 so we will go with that. The River was in spate and today’s weather increased the flow even further. We made it to Addingham in one piece although the camera has been in and out of the rucksack 3 or 4 times as the showers came and went. Our next stop was Bolton Abbey owned by the Duke of Devonshire.The stepping stones were not to be seen due the high river levels.We crossed on the bridge and made our way to a coffee and quick break at the Cavendish Pavilion. Next up was the very pretty Strid Wood. Wildlife sightings today were limited due to the weather, but we did see ducks, robins, wrens, squirrels and rabbits. Any kingfishers or dippers were in the pub staying out of the rain ! After Strid Wood we crossed the River Wharfe again at Barden Bridge. There was then a very quiet section to Appletreewick. Eventually we reached the Red Lion Hotel at Burnsall – 13.9 miles in the bag. The Red Lion was just what was needed, a comfortable room and good food. Red Lion HotelToday’s weather was mainly for……

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