Wednesday 3 August 2016

The Dales Way - Preparing

Off T' Yorkshire Dales

Beginning in the Lake District where England's deepest lakes exist, the highest mountain lives and inspiration for poets strikes everywhere. Then crossing into the Dales where limestone country begins, wild meadows run wild and dry stone houses are the norm.

The Dales Way - Preparation 
To follow up on the Wolds Way my brother and I have decided to hike the Dales Way. We're aiming to complete the 84 miles or 135 km trip in 4 days whilst wild camping en route. We'll be starting in Bowness-on-Windermere and will end in Ilkley. This is backwards as traditionally hikers start at Ilkley - however there is no right or wrong way to hike. Hike your own hike!

I've only done a bit of wandering around in the south of the Dales so looking forward to exploring the west section of the National park. Bring on four days of pure hiking, just hope the weather isn't too bad.

The Route
We'll be walking this route backwards meaning steeper climbs but these will be swift instead of gradual ascents.

 My Gear

  • 40ltrs backpack
  • 2 season sleeping bag
  • 2 man tent
  • Thermals
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera
  • Guide book
  • Toiletries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food!!
  • Water Bottles
  • Steripen
  • Water Proof Jacket
  • Battery Pack

For more info head to the Dales Way Official Website.

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