The taxi dropped us of back in Burneside and we made our way by the large paper mill on to the footpath by the banks of the River Kent. This was a very pretty section, ranking highly amongst the highlights of the whole Dales Way. Goosanders were busy with their morning activities in the River and we also caught a glimpse of a dipper or two feeding.
We walked through Bowston passing the chandlers and headed on to Cowan Head. The apartments here in the old paper mill looked very exclusive and had great views over the river and wildlife. We crossed the boundary of the Lakes National Park, and as we reached Staveley it was time to say goodbye to our journeys by the riverside and we crossed under the branch railway line, crossed the A591 and started out on the final few miles to Bowness.
There were good views back to the Howgills in this section and the landscape ahead had changed to be more craggier. There were distant views of some of the Lakes biggest fells such as Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes.
The walk finishes above the Lake at a simple stone bench above Bowness on Windermere. It seems odd that it doesn’t finish in the town, but the formal finish does provide a peaceful spot.
It was a shock to the system to walk into the shops, attractions and general hustle and bustle of a Saturday in Bowness. We headed up the road to the railway station in Windermere and had a sandwich and coffee in Booths, before getting a taxi back to Ilkley. We had covered 11.2 miles on our last day’s walking.
Our trip was organised by Mickledore who did a great job in ensuring our bags were transferred each day. The walking information and rout guides provided were first class and the accommodation they booked for us was all of a high standard, with owners used to looking after weary walkers.