A riverside walk alongside the River Wharfe from Ilkley to Burnsall via Bolton Abbey and The Strid
Distance: 23.5km; Ascent: 380m; Dry with occasional sunshine; Solo
I had been toying with the idea of walking the Dales Way for a while now, and this weekend seemed to be a good opportunity to walk a couple of days of it. Therefore early this Sunday morning I caught a train across the Pennines to Leeds and then onto Ilkley, from where I set off walking at around quarter to ten. Soon I reached the start of the Dales Way at Ilkley Bridge.
|Sign at the start of the Dales Way|
|River Wharfe just west of Ilkley|
|St Peter's Church, Addingham|
|River Wharfe near Addingham|
|Farfield Friends Meeting House|
|Looking upstream from Bolton Bridge|
Continuing on through the woods I reached Barden Bridge. Here I seemed to leave the crowds behind as from here on I only saw a handful of other walkers for the rest of the day. It was a pleasant sunny afternoon as I continued northwards along the east bank of the river towards Appletreewick.
|Afternoon light north of Barden Bridge|
|Tree north of Barden Bridge|
See also my Social Hiking live map from the walk.