News and Events


  • Walks led by WaW Otley steering group members for Behind Closed Doors fundraiser 

  • New up-dated replacement ‘Interpretation Boards’ installed at Wharfemeadows Park and Surprise View, December 2018

  • WAW Otley Steering Group Members wanted. To sustain the work we do to develop, publish and maintain our walking routes, we need new members to join our steering group.  We meet four times a year and have a range of interesting duties that we carry out. If you are a walking enthusiast, please get in touch if this would be of interest to you. Click on Contact Us.

  • Otley’s 10th anniversary ‘Walkers Fair” – was held on 18th November at the Courthouse in Otley to celebrate our achievements since becoming an accredited Walkers are Welcome Town. Walkers told walkers about routes and areas they know: English, Scottish and Welsh trails, the Italian Dolomites, Lapland, France and Germany, etc.. A wide range of local walking groups and  organisations were represented, and the  programme of talks included Colin Speakman the history of the Dales Way, Chris Grogan on the Dales High Way, and Mike Bartholomew about disabled access to the countryside. The event was opened by our Mayor, Mary Vickers and around 100 people attended the event.

  • 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 winter timetable service direct from Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire, Shipley and Otley (with connections from Bradford)  provides a direct link for people living in Airedale and Lower Wharfedale to the fabulous walking country of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.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 timetable booklet and local publicity leaflets, or visit www.dalesbus.org.