Colin Speakman: 50 Years of the Dales Way

James Ellis

December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Otley Courthouse
Courthouse Street LS21 3AN
£10/£8 concs and Courthouse Friends, plus booking fee
Colin Speakman: 50 Years of the Dales Way @ Otley Courthouse

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.