News and Events

  • 34 members from the Long Distant Walkers Association  walked the entire length of the  28-mile Welcome Way in May
  • 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. 
  • Otley’s popular annual Walking Festival is back for its eighteenth year and bigger than ever! This year’s Walking Festival opens with a wide choice of events on Saturday 23rd June and runs right through until Sunday 1st July with events and walks each day and evening. With 57 walks and events over the nine days of Otley Walking Festival, there really is something for everyone. Catering for all abilities – short town-based walks, waterside walks, strenuous moor land hikes.  Otley Walking Festival 2018 programmes are available at Bondgate Bakery, the Core in Otley, Otley Courthouse, libraries, Tourist Information Centres, and many local businesses. Online at and
  • 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