Herriot Way Self Guided Walking Holiday

4 Days Walking Holiday, 52 miles, From £370 per person



The Herriot Way is a 52-mile circular route through the picturesque North Yorkshire Dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale. The route is based on a holiday undertaken by the veterinary surgeon and author Alf Wight, better known by his pen name James Herriot. The popular TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' is based on the books Herriot wrote and has brought many visitors to the area. There can be no substitute for walking to really appreciate and enjoy this wonderful landscape.

The route splits into four daily stages of approximately 13 miles each between the villages of Hawes, Keld, Reeth and Aysgarth. Our itinerary starts in Hawes but you can start your holiday in any of the four villages if you wish.

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. A guidebook and map are provided.

The trail is not waymarked but the route does follow good footpaths and tracks across open moors and farmland, and can be navigated with the aid of the guidebook and map. The highest point on route is Great Shunner Fell (716m/2349ft).

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.


Herriot Way Itinerary and Price

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 October, and include rest days if required.
To book your holiday please click Book Your Holiday

5 Nights/4 Days Walking
Herriot Way Self Guided Holiday

self guided walking holiday

  • 5 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 4 days walking

  • Total distance 52 miles

  • Average daily distance 13 miles

  • Price £370/person
    (single supplement* £125/person)



Day 1

Travel to Hawes where your first nights accommodation is booked

Day 2

Hawes to Keld

13 miles

Day 3

Keld to Reeth

13 miles

Day 4

Reeth to Aysgarth

13 miles

Day 5

Aysgarth to Hawes

13 miles

Day 6

Depart Hawes for home



*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 £25 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.

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

Holiday Information

Tour Availability
This walking holiday 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 Ordnance Survey map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact.

Grade of walking

This is generally a moderate route with some strenuous walking encountered in the 'mines' and when crossing the moors between Wensleydale and Swaledale.

Start of tour
Hawes, North Yorkshire.

End of tour
Hawes, North Yorkshire.

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 £25 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. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

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

Guidebook
A GuideBook and Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL30 are included for your holiday.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ĎAdvanced ticketsí can be purchased approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.

To/From Hawes
The nearest train station to Hawes is Garsdale on the Settle to Carlisle line. Garsdale is approximately 7 miles by taxi from Hawes. Alternatively you can use the Journey Planner website for at www.traveline.org.uk for other suggested rail and bus travel routes.

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

By car
Weekly parking is available in Hawes and details of car parks and parking prices can be found on the Yorkshire Dales website. Please contact us if further information is required.

By Air
The most convenient International airports are Manchester, and Leeds Bradford.


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: 18kg (40lbs)).

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 Herriot Way is a 52-mile circular route through the picturesque North Yorkshire Dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale. The route is based on a holiday undertaken by the veterinary surgeon and author Alf Wight, better known by his pen name James Herriot. The popular TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' is based on the books Herriot wrote and has brought many visitors to the area. There can be no substitute for walking to really appreciate and enjoy this wonderful landscape.

The route splits into four daily stages of approximately 13 miles each between the villages of Hawes, Keld, Reeth and Aysgarth. Our itinerary starts in Hawes but you can start your holiday in any of the four villages if you wish.

The trail is not waymarked but the route does follow good footpaths and tracks across open moors and farmland, and can be navigated with the aid of the guidebook and map. The highest point on route is Great Shunner Fell (716m/2349ft).

Start of route
Hawes, North Yorkshire

End of route
Hawes, North Yorkshire

Grade

This is generally a moderate route with some strenuous walking encountered in the 'mines' and when crossing the moors between Wensleydale and Swaledale.

Terrain
The terrain varies from footpaths, farmland and country lanes.

Waymarking
The route is not fully waymarked but it is generally easy to follow with the aid the guidebook, map and a compass.

Guidebooks and maps
A GuideBook and Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL30 are included for your holiday.

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 £25 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 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 Northeren England is unpredictable. 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 and equiment
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential. For further information please click on the equipment list tab at the top of this page.

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

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

Route description


Day 1 Arrive in Hawes
Arrive at your accommodation in the picturesque village of Hawes in Wensleydale.

Day 2 Hawes to Keld - 13 miles
Leave Hawes and start your ascent to the summit of Great Shunner Fell (716M) for wonderful views. For much of the day you follow the Pennine Way north towards Keld. The route descends to the little village of Thwaite in Swaledale and then rounds Kisdon hill as the path climbs to Keld.

Day 3 Keld to Reeth - 13 miles
Today you have the choice of following a low level route through Swaledale valley or taking the high level route through the disused lead mines. In the 18th and 19th Centuries the area was a hive of activity for lead mining, the disused workings are still visible today as you cross the moors to Reeth.

Day 4 Reeth to Aysgarth - 13 miles
From Reeth follow the path to Harkerside Moor, and up onto East Bolton Moor (550M) then descend via the old lead miners track into Wensleydale. The route passes the mediaeval Bolton Caslte, the 600 year old fortress that imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots in 1569 is open to visitors from April to October. The route then follows the valley to the famous Aysgarth Falls.

Day 5 Aysgarth to Hawes- 13 miles
There are no high moors to cross insteand the route follows the valley alongside the River Ure for a few miles. As you approch Hawes visit Hardraw Force, Englands highest single drop waterfall (above ground).

Day 6 Depart Hawes
Depart from your accommodation and head for home.

Customer reviews

Dear Dean, We returned from the Herriot Way last week, and I still have the wonderful scenery in my mind. It really was a beautiful walk - a mixture of wild heather-clad moors and green pastures criss-crossed with stone walls. My French companions were astounded by the beauty of the countryside. It's a great starter walk in Yorkshire - just long enough to get the feeling of the Dales. Even driving rain all the way up and down Shunner Fell didn't mar the walk - there was the lovely tea room in Thwaite to warm up in. The organisation was very good. Everything went smoothly - thank you very much. I thought I'd just give you some feedback as I know it is helpful.
Isobel, France, Herriot Way Self-Guided, 2015


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