News and Events

  • Our AGM will be held on 18th October at 7:30 pm.  It will be held at the Labour Rooms, Nelson St, Otley, LS21 1EZ.  Amy Morrison, from the National Farmers Union will speak about the relationship between the farmers and walkers. Refreshments provided.

  • It’s Walkers are Welcome 10th Anniversary this year.  To commemorate our achievements we are holding a Walkers Fair on Sunday 18th November.  Walkers will tell walkers about routes and areas they know: English, Scottish and Welsh trails, the Italian Dolomites, Lapland, France and Germany, etc, etc. Walking groups and interest organizations like the Ramblers will be represented, and there will be a programme of talks: Colin Speakman on walking and his Dales Way, Chris Grogan on the Dales High Way, Mike Bartholomew about disabled access to the countryside. The fair takes place at the Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St LS21 3AN from 11am till 4pm. Would you like to tell other walkers about a route you know (you don’t have to be an ‘expert’!), share experiences, photos, maps about trails in Britain or anywhere in Europe – Ireland, Iceland, France, etc., or even Morocco or Turkey. We may have a stall for you. Do get in touch:, tel. 01943 968053.

  • WAW Otley Steering Group Members wanted. Please get in touch if this would be of interest to you.

  • Path Clearance and adding roundels along the Six Dales trail in August from Otley to Pateley Bridge; we returned at 5:05pm on the new Nidderdale Rambler from Pateley to Otley – a really excellent journey along the Nidderdale AONB.

  • We cleared the path on 16th July from Bird Cage Walk to Johnny Lane – our published route from Otley town centre to the Chevin  

  • We had a stall in May for the 10th year running at the Otley Show where 25,000 plus people attended

  • We led walks during the Otley Walking Festival in June for both our Welcome Way and the Six Dales Trail

  • 34 members from the Long Distant Walkers Association  walked the entire length of the  28-mile Welcome Way in May 2018

  • NEW DALESBUS SERVICE TO WASHBURNDALE AND NIDDERDALE  A new Sunday and Bank Holiday DalesBus service direct from Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire, Shipley and Otley (with connections from Bradford) will provide a direct link for people living in Airedale and Lower Wharfedale to the fabulous walking country of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Colin Speakman, well-known local author and Vice Chairman of Friends of DalesBus commented: “For keen walkers this is the perfect bus service. The new Nidderdale Rambler 821 will serve no less than three popular Yorkshire walking trails – the Nidderdale Way, the Six Dales Trail and the Dales Way Harrogate Link.”  Full details in Metro Dalesbus Summer 2018 timetable booklet and local publicity leaflets, or visit