The Dales Way is an 81-mile stroll from Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales to the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The first half of the walk follows the River Wharfe as it heads northwestwards to its watershed, and a more varied second half hops between river valleys into the Lake District.
Few long-distance paths could ever be called easy, and the Dales Way certainly is not, but there is little complexity in it. The Way can easily be split into a relaxing six or seven day's walking, with accommodation available at the end of each day, or treated as a harsher backpacking expedition over a shorter period. It would make a good training walk for harder long distance paths such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way, but it s a good walk on it's own.
There are three southern extensions; from Leeds, Harrogate and Bradford to Ilkley, but I have done none of these (I have walked between Leeds and Ilkley using a different route, following the Leeds and Liverpool canal and heading over Ilkley Moor). These extensions are covered in many of the relevant guides.