Dales Way Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 6-7 Days Walking, 81 miles, Price from £535 per person



The Dales Way is an 81 mile trail which leads from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness on Windermere in Cumbria by way of Wharfedale, Dentdale and South Lakeland, from beneath England's most famous moor to its largest lake.

The trail passes through the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, discovering delightful villages such as Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell, Dent and Sedbergh. Savour the majesty of Bolton Abbey and walk by the engaging rivers of Wharfe, Dee, Rawthey, Lune, Sprint and Kent.

The route is less demanding than many long distance footpaths. For the first four days the route follows a mainly riverside trail through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, but it takes its opportunities to gain height and variety along the valley sides of both Wharfdale and Dentdale. After leaving the Dales the trail passes to the north of Kendal and into the Lake District for the final section of the walk.

Typically you travel to Ilkley and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning. Each night on the trail you stay in a different location in prebooked selected accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is collected daily and moved to your next accommodation. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the route either before you start your holiday or while you are walking the trail.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Dales Way Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and early October, and include rest days if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


7 Nights Accommodation/6 Days Walking
Dales Way self guided holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 81 miles

  • Average daily distance 13.5 miles

  • Shortest day 9 miles

  • Longest day 16 miles

  • Holiday price £535 per person.
    Single supplement £140.

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8 Nights Accommodation/7 Days Walking
Dales Way self guided holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 81 miles

  • Average daily distance 11.5 miles

  • Shortest day 7 miles

  • Longest day 15 miles

  • Holiday price £595 per person.
    Single supplement £160.

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Holiday price - Our holiday prices are based on two people sharing a room.

Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £50 per person per night.

Holiday Information

Tour availability
This tour is available throughout the year.

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and Harvey route map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact

Grade of walk

This is a moderate route. The terrain of the Dales Way makes for less demanding walking than many long distance paths. Whilst it is a largely riverside route the way still grasps some opportunities to gain height along the valley sides of both Wharfedale and Dentdale, and as it crosses the moors between the two valleys.

Start of tour
Ilkley, Yorkshire.

End of tour
Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. All rooms are ensuite or have private facilities.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores (where available). Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk you luggage is transferred door to door between overnight accommodation by baggage transfer service, so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Guide Book and Map
A guide book and Harvey route map are included.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ are sometimes available and can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure.
To Ilkley The train station in Ilkley is a short walk from your accommodation.
From Bowness on Windermere The train station in Windermere is approximately one mile from your accommodation.

By bus Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk

By car Limited non-secure parking is available in Ilkley. Please contact us if further information is required.

By Air The most convenient International airport is Leeds Bradford. Travel from the airport to Leeds train station is by bus. For further information please visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier


The Dales Way is an 81 mile trail which leads from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness on Windermere in Cumbria by way of Wharfedale, Dentdale and South Lakeland, from beneath England's most famous moor to its largest lake. The trail passes through the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, discovering delightful villages. After leaving the Dales the trail passes to the north of Kendal and into the Lake District for the final section of the walk.

The following is intended to provide further information about the route. Please note that all distances and heights in this document are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. Several guide books providing more detailed route descriptions and information are available.



Start of route
Ilkley, Yorkshire.

End of route
Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria.

Grade

This is a moderate route. The terrain of the Dales Way makes for less demanding walking than many long distance paths. Whilst it is a largely riverside route the way still grasps some opportunities to gain height along the valley sides of both Wharfedale and Dentdale, and as it crosses the moors between the two valleys.

Terrain
The terrain varies from riverside paths, farmland, country lanes and lowland moors.

Waymarking
The route is sensibly waymarked and generally easy to follow with the aid of a map.

Guide books and maps
A guidebook and route map are included. Additional guide books and maps are available for the route.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 18kg (40lbs).

Accommodation description
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. All rooms are ensuite or have private facilities.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
A full English breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs or your accommodation.

Weather
The weather in Northern England is changeable. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
A suggested equipment list will be sent to you.

Mountain Rescue
Advice from the Mountain Rescue Organisation is available at www.mountain.rescue.org.uk/advice.php

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click the travel tab at the top of this page.



Customer reviews

Hello Dean, I really loved the Dales Way and everything went very smoothly, thanks. Accommodation was really good …I had a few extra days in the Lakes which went well.
Best wishes, Susan, UK, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2015

Hello NWW - my husband and I have just finished the Dales Way organised by yourselves. We enjoyed the experience very much. I did the same walk in June 2013 organised, again, by you…..
Many thanks. Kath, UK, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2015


Dear Dean and Corinna, We enjoyed our two walks during August and were entirely satisfied with all the arrangements organised by NWW. Everything went to plan. As one would expect, the quality and attractiveness of the accommodation varied but it was mostly very good…We look forward to arranging another expedition next year.
Best wishes, Martin and Frances, UK, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2015

Dear Dean and Corinna, Just a note to say thank you for making all the arrangements for our walk along the Dales Way. We were very happy with the accommodation, and had no problems with the route or with the bag transfers. We are now back home, having spent a few extra days in the Lake District, hopefully a little fitter than when we started… it's also a pleasure for me to support a 'local' business.
Thanks again, Frank and Angela, UK, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2015


A quick thank you to North West Walks for organising our recent walking holiday. My family and I walked the Dales Way unguided from 9 to 17 July. Being inexperienced walkers with two children, we were initially apprehensive about signing up. However, the accommodation was superb (without exception) and always having our luggage waiting for us when we arrived each day was terrific. It certainly was a holiday that we will all remember for years to come and we are now planning the for another challenge next year.
Simon, Dubai, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2012

We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Dales Way last week. It was one of the best holidays we've ever had!... Everything went like clockwork, so thank you, we can't wait for the next one.
Mervyn & Jan, UK, Dales Way Self-Guided, 2010



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