Dales Way Stage 1 linear walking route 

exposed small arches on Bolton Priory

Rating for this walk is Easy!




20 kilometres / 12 miles

calorie consumption1247 KCal

dales way stage 2

 Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25 000 Map 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley

The Dales Way starts at Ilkley Bridge but does not cross the River Wharfe here.



Approaching the new Bolton Bridge Dales Way under the A59

looking towards the Old Bolton Bridge from the new between the new and old Bolton Bridges

gated path quick rest before scaling the steps

Bolton Bridge to me is where the Dales begin. Walking out from under the new bridge, crossing a small field to climb the steps onto the old bridge take a few moments to take in the view north and the Yorkshire Dales rising in front of you.

Entering Bolton Priory Estate River Wharfe from Bolton Bridge

The Dales Way is a gentle stroll from here keeping to the western banks of the River Wharfe up to the remains of the Augustinian Bolton Priory. A minuscule detour to investigate the ruins is well worth while.

Path along the River Wharfe metal swing gate

Distant view of Bolton Priory Anglers only! 

Dales Way River Wharfe view Approaching Bolton Priory

Bolton Priory

Bolton Priory

Wooden bridge crossing the River Wharfe Stepping stones crossing the River Wharfe

You have two choices here, either cross the river by way of the long wooden bridge or be more daring and try your balancing skills on the stepping stones!

Barden Tower

Barden Bridge 


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The Dales Way Cicerone Guide  

External Links 

Dales Way Association