Walking the Dales Way is one of the guided walks available in the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales Way runs for about 80 miles, from Ilkley to Bowness-in-Windermere in Cumbria. The start point is at the very famous ‘Old Bridge’ in Ilkley.
The ‘Old Bridge’ in Ilkley is one of several crossing points across the River Wharfe at Ilkley. There is a large 19th Century wrought-iron bridge that takes two-way traffic in the centre of town. Just outside, at Ben Rhydding, there is a single carriageway arched girder bridge. Then, in the area of Middleton Woods, there is an attractive suspension bridge for pedestrians dating from the 1930s. Furthermore, there is even a set of stepping stones that cross the river when it isn’t running too high. Finally, the fifth crossing point, or fourth of the bridges, is the Old Bridge in Ilkley. This is a 16th Century stone bridge with three high arches. It is closed to traffic and is now a footbridge only.
The Old Bridge in Ilkley isn’t the only notable bridge that you’ll see on the Dales Way. Two other spectacular bridges are the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and the less well known Dent Head Viaduct, both of which carry the Settle to Carlisle railway line.