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Historical Event, Fri 6 Dec 2019

Colin Speakman: 50 Years of The Dales Way

Colin Speakman: 50 Years of The Dales Way


50 years ago, Colin Speakman, walker, poet and countryside campaigner, with the late Tom Wilcock and other colleagues from the West Riding Area of the Ramblers Association, helped to create the Dales Way, the popular long-distance trail from Ilkley (with links from Otley) to Windermere through the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.   

Colin will tell the fascinating story behind the “Peoples’ Path”, and the continuing success and international appeal of what is now one of Britain’s most popular long distance walks. He will offer a brief impression of the many delights to be enjoyed by walkers along the 81 mile mainly riverside route, leading directly from the towns and cities of West Yorkshire, along Wharfedale to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and on through Dentdale and Lune valley to the Lake District.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 6 Dec 2019 19:30 to 00:00


£10 Adults £8 Concessions


Otley Courthouse,
Courthouse Street,
LS21 3AN



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Map reference: SE 202456  Lat: 53.90617 Long: -1.69401

By Car:

Head into Otley town centre on the A660 and follow the signs for the main car park from Briggate. The Courthouse is next door to the main car park.

By Public Transport:

From Leeds take the X84 express bus. Get off the bus at Otley Bus station, and walk through towards Netto. Cross the road at the crossroads and carry straight on. Take the next left and the Courthouse is found half way up Courthouse Street.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Menston station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality