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Ilkley to Burnsall

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From the starting point of the Dales Way, enjoy a gentle day of woodland walking, and cross the threshold of Yorshire Dales National Park, to pass the site of Bolton Abbey. 
moderate
Distance 20.9 km
5:30 h
82 m
13 m
Starting at the Old Bridge in Ilkley you make your way north on your walk up to Burnsall and through lush meadowlands and past Bolton Priory. Pass by stunning bridges and medieval settlements before Burnsall Bridge comes into view marking the end of the stage. This quaint little town provides a few tea rooms and a local shop.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
156 m
Lowest point
77 m
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Safety information

The is a section whilst walking down the B6160 which has no pavement, take care of oncoming traffic. 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

St Peter's Church

Farfield Friends' Meeting House

The Priory of Bolten Abbey

Barden Aqueduct

Barden Bridge

Food and Drink

Bolten Abbey - Filled with tea rooms

Cavendish Pavillion

Start

Ilkley (79 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SE 11227 48068
DD
53.928625, -1.830497
DMS
53°55'43.0"N 1°49'49.8"W
UTM
30U 576789 5976214
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Destination

Burnsall

Turn-by-turn directions

 Your walk begins in Ilkley, the official starting point of the Dales Way. Start off on a pleasant introduction to the Dales way as you walk out of Ikley, the start point is at the southern end of the Old Bridge, where you will walk from gardens to the riverbank and through meadows to Addingham

Peek inside St Peter's Church before continuing on the trail as it hugs to the river, crossing caravan parks and cow fields, diverted only to cross the busy B6160 to Farfield Friends' Meeting House.

The next stretch of walking is a little more precarious and take caution whilst walking down the B6160 (which has no pavement for this section) for oncoming traffic. Continue on to Bolton Abbey and enter the national park. 

Take the footbridge at the eastern end of the ruins, follow the trail through the stretch of woodland, first on one side of the Wharfe and then along the western side know to the ramblers as the Cavendish Pavillion. Enter the Strid Wood to continue your walk and out the other side again and meet the Barden Aqueduct and Barden Bridge

Classic Dales Way terrain leads you from Barden Bridge to Burnsall, serene and carefree as the trail is flat and easy, as you walk through Stangs Lane and Appletreewick to reach Burnsall

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
SE 11227 48068
DD
53.928625, -1.830497
DMS
53°55'43.0"N 1°49'49.8"W
UTM
30U 576789 5976214
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20.9 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
82 m
Descent
13 m
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