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The Dales Way / 4½ days / 91 miles (147km)

Date: 26 Jul 2002
Start / Finish: Heathwaite, roadside parking.
Maps: Sections of all the required Outdoor Leisure maps were scanned and printed to A4, total weight 60g.
Website: The Dales Way

Day 1Menston & Rombalds Moor preamble9 miles (14.5km)
Day 2Bolton Abbey, The Strid & Grassington21 miles (33.8km)
Day 3Langstrothdale & Oughtershaw Moor23 miles (37.0km)
Day 4Dentdale & Sedbergh17 miles (27.4km)
Day 5The Lune, the Kent & Bowness21 miles (33.8km)

A very easy low-level backpack that was written up long afterwards, here are a few collected notes about the way we tackled it along with a few pictures.

Day 1 - Menston & Rombalds Moor preamble

We parked in Heathwaite and travelled by train from Windermere to Menston, all connections working perfectly. From Menston station we walked W on a Dales Way (DW) link route to Rombalds Moor where we did a tour of the hill and explored. We walked to the trig point to pitch for the night.

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle
Twelve Apostles Stone Circle (26 Jul 2002__15:48:01)
Pitch on Rombalds Moor summit 1319
Pitch on Rombalds Moor summit 1319 (26 Jul 2002__18:46:23)

Day 2 - Bolton Abbey, The Strid & Grassington

We obtained water and supplies in Grassington (also public toilets) and ended the day pitched at Conistone Dib.

Bolton Priory
Bolton Priory (27 Jul 2002__10:21:46)
The Strid
The Strid (27 Jul 2002__11:23:25)
The Wharfe near Howgill
The Wharfe near Howgill (27 Jul 2002__12:44:51)
Simons Seat from the Wharfe near Burnsall
Simons Seat from the Wharfe near Burnsall (27 Jul 2002__12:57:31)
Linton Falls
Linton Falls (27 Jul 2002__15:32:42)
Linton Falls
Linton Falls (27 Jul 2002__15:32:58)

Day 3 - Langstrothdale & Oughtershaw Moor

Kettlewell has public toilets. At the head of Dentdale at 782840 we took the track into the forest and collected water at a stream. We then climbed the footpath SW to Blea Moor near the air shaft to pitch, the theory being that there would be a breeze and less midge problems - we were wrong!.

Pitch on Blea Moor  the air shaft
Pitch on Blea Moor the air shaft (28 Jul 2002__19:04:00)

Day 4 - Dentdale & Sedbergh

Descending back into the forest we took the footpath N to Bridge End to rejoin the route. In Dentdale around 748865 in the plantation we collected very good water on the left of the path at a stream where it disappears underground. Sedbergh has public toilets though not where marked on Outdoor Leisure 19, they are near the National Park centre in the main street. We ended the day N of Lincoln's Inn Bridge for a pitch.

Brant Fell & Arant Haw from Lincolns Inn Bridge section
Brant Fell & Arant Haw from Lincolns Inn Bridge section (29 Jul 2002__16:31:42)

Day 5 - The Lune, the Kent & Bowness

From the DW bench overlooking Bowness, easy footpaths lead N to Heathwaite.

Crook of Lune bridge
Crook of Lune bridge (30 Jul 2002__07:43:00)
The Lune & the Western Howgills
The Lune & the Western Howgills (30 Jul 2002__07:44:00)
Black Moss Tarn
Black Moss Tarn (30 Jul 2002__11:42:00)
Windermere and fells from the Dales Way bench
Windermere and fells from the Dales Way bench (30 Jul 2002__18:08:00)