Ilkley to Eastby
Starting from the Old Packhorse Bridge in Ilkley, which coincides with the eastern end of the Dales Way proper.
The route basically follows pastures beside or close to the River Wharfe to reach the village of Addingham. Once passed a caravan site, the long distance path follows pastures through wonderful scenery dominated by Beamsley Beacon to the east. On reaching the B6160 a path has been created in fields parallel to the road, to keep walkers safe from speeding traffic. After Bolton Bridge the river is followed through one of Yorkshire's best loved regions to the priory at Bolton Abbey - a feature on many calendars.
The Dales Way was abandoned at Bolton Abbey, as I ascended onto high ground through Westy Bank Wood and onto Hare Head with huge ranging views to all points of the compass.
Descending to Halton Moor, a track was taken southwards to Calm Slate Farm - better known these days as Billie Bob's Ice Cream Parlour. From here a path through fields, and a farm track entitled Bark Lane brought me to the village of Eastby. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .
- Tue, 28 Apr 2020 at 16:36
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