The Dales Way officially starts at Ilkley and finishes at Bowness-in-Windermere - a distance of around 80 miles. From Ilkley, you'll have the satisfaction of walking the full length of Wharfedale, thought by many to be the most picturesque of the Yorkshire Dales, climbing out onto the roof of England, crossing the great Pennine watershed with impressive views of the Three Peaks then heading for Lakeland.