The walk takes us from Ilkley in Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District through the Yorkshire Dales along the river valleys.
Brigantes services which meant that once we had parked our cars we would be taken to the start of the walk. Our luggage would then be transported daily to our overnight accommodation. It is the perfect way to enjoy a long walk.
The skies were blue as we left the town of Ilkley following the River Wharfe as it meandered through fields and small villages.
Walking past the church you can see the unusual large blue face of the clock.
Most of the fields we crossed were full of newly born lambs and their mothers.
It was very busy around the Priory and this part of the river as it was still the Easter holidays in this part of Yorkshire so lots of families were enjoying the Spring sunshine.
We needed to cross the river Wharfe at this point. The boys decided to use the crossing stones whilst Tina and myself chose the bridge so we could take some photos without the risk of falling in.
Walking up the hill we had a clear view of the curve of the river.
Alongside the path were a few felled trees that had coins knocked into them. A tradition apparently going back centuries where passers-by would use stones to knock in the coins hoping it would bring them luck. I wonder how many really old coins are embedded deep inside the trunk of the tree.
Burnsall is a small village surrounded by the fells and bordering the River Wharfe.
This is the Red Lion pub where we stayed. Most of our accommodation on this walk is in pubs rather than Bed and Breakfast places as it is very difficult to find 3 twin bedded rooms in the same B and B. The Red Lion was extremely comfortable with an excellent restaurant.
One final check on our route and mileage for tomorrow before putting the guide book and maps away for the night.