Through Stone-Built Villages to the Lake District

Hiking the Yorkshire Dales Way

England

11 Days

From $5,495

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    One of England's celebrated “Great Walks” is the Dales Way, extending through the heart of the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and into Lake District National Park. We'll hike the entire route, a moderate ramble into beloved realms that were the inspiration for so many of the Romantic poets. Days on the trail bring us through verdant fells, remote moorlands, and idyllic peaceful valleys dotted with exquisite stone-built villages. Expect to eat and drink well, including sampling the flavorful, handmade Wensleydale cheeses and Yorkshire's many ales. Our comfortable hotels are in picturesque towns, with a grand finish at a luxury spa hotel on the shores of renowned Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

    Arrive: Skipton, England

    Depart: Bowness-on-Windermere, England

    Highlights

    • Hike one of England's loveliest long-distance trails, from the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the exquisite Lake District
    • Stroll riverside paths, sample fine cheeses, visit lively market towns and an ancient castle
    • Overnight in historic hotels, with three nights in one hotel and four nights in another (less packing and unpacking!)

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      Skipton, a bustling market town in North Yorkshire, is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, a peaceful realm of valleys, meadows, and stone-built villages. Our hike on the Dales Way starts at Ilkley Old Bridge, and brings us along riverside paths that are home to a variety of wildlife and birds including dippers, kingfishers, wagtails, and many species of waterfowl. Our hike to the lovely village of Burnsall is on classic Yorkshire Dales terrain, with its enchanting scenery, and we also explore Malham Cove, a majestic 260-foot-high limestone amphitheater formed by a waterfall of glacial meltwater at the end of the last ice age. Our overnights are at a comfortable hotel in Skipton.
      From Grassington, we follow a trail past old lead mine workings, lime kilns, and other evidence of these long vanished industries. This was also a place of ancient settlement, as shown by field systems, burial cairns, stone hut circles, and monastic drovers' byways. We make our way across this classic karst limestone country, eventually descending into the former lead mining village of Kettlewell, where we visit the church of St. Mary, with its stunning modern stained glass windows. A more strenuous hike brings us from Buckden to the Cam High Road, an ancient Roman road that is the highest point on the Dales way at 1,850 feet. Crossing open moorland, we follow a country lane along the River Dee past many small waterfalls to reach the tiny hamlet of Gearstones. Our overnights are in a country house hotel near Hawes, where we visit the local creamery where many varieties of the famous Wensleydale cheeses are made—with a tasting, of course!
      The mild climate and lush riverside pastures of Dentdale make it a haven for wildflowers, and Dent, with its whitewashed cottages and winding cobbled streets, is one of the loveliest villages in the Dales. Our hike brings us through the valley of the River Lune and a countryside of fields, farmsteads, and country houses. Following the gently meandering River Kent, we reach the foothills of the Lakeland Fells as we enter the Lake District National Park, with a panorama of the Howgill Fells behind us and the high peaks of the Lake District ahead. Our journey ends in Bowness-on-Windermere, a lively town on the shores of Lake Windermere. Depart on Day 11.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader
      • Accommodations in hotels and inns
      • All meals included except 3 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Herriots Hotel

      Skipton, England

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      Built in 1876, Herriots Hotel is set along a beautiful stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and just a five-minute walk to the center of historic Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The original rooms have a traditional flavor, some with fireplaces, while courtyard and canal-side rooms have...

      Stone House Hotel

      Hawes, England

      Days 4-7 (4 nights)

      The Stone House is a small and quaint country house built in 1908 about a mile's walk from the charming market town of Hawes. The hotel retains the atmosphere of an elegant family home and has a tranquil countryside setting, with sheep grazing in the fields around it. There's always...

      Castle Green Hotel

      Kendal, England

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      Set in a building that has been a mainstay of the Kendal community since 1847, Castle Green is a cozy lodge at the edge of Lake District National Park. The staff is very hospitable and guest rooms have comfortable beds and overlook 14 acres of vibrant green gardens or wooded...

      Storrs Hall

      Bowness-on-Windermere, England

      Day 10 (1 night)

      Built in the late 18th century, this stately Georgian mansion was once frequented by the Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Robert Southey. The individually decorated guest rooms overlook the estate's expansive 17 acres, set on the shores of Lake Windermere. If time permits, enjoy a beverage by the fire in...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 12 miles a day and being on your feet for 5-6 hours a day. All hikes are optional, but if you choose to participate, you will also need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group as there are no alternative hiking options available. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 8-9 miles
      • 4-5 hours
      • 300-400 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 9: 12 miles, 6 hours, and 300 feet gain/loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      Our days include both relaxed riverside walking and some more challenging hikes. While they are lengthy over occasionally uneven terrain, there is no significant elevation change, so they are not strenuous. Trip members can always choose to skip a hike and explore the town. Lightweight walking boots are acceptable, but please note that since many of the trails are riverside walks, the ground can get "squidgy" (muddy or marshy), so it is important that your footwear is waterproof with a good hiking sole. Hiking poles are beneficial on some days.
      While the weather is typically stable and pleasant during the months that we run this trip, England is famous for its changeable weather. It is necessary to pack in preparation for cold rain, persistent fog, mist, and beautiful, sunny weather. The rule here is to be prepared for any eventuality by creating a layering system that takes you from shorts to warm raingear.
      Our accommodations are in small, comfortable hotels that have been selected for their local history and charm. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Additionally, many are architecturally protected, so elevators are not permitted and you will have to carry your luggage up the stairs to your room. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Lunches will be at local cafes and pubs or picnic-style during one of our hikes. Dinners will be at a local restaurant, pub, or the hotel. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "The Dales Way walk was beautiful... wonderful long vistas and gentle meandering paths along rivers and over hills. Lovely hotels, great food, and with Richard and Karen Bell as guides there is nothing left undone. A trip I'll always treasure."

      Barbara P.

      South Dartmouth, MA

      "This was my first trip with Wilderness Travel and don't think I could have enjoyed it more. The guides and itinerary were delightful from start to finish."

      Margaret D.

      Belmont, MA

      "This was a life-changing and spiritual experience for me. It got me out of my head and into the moment. I felt so privileged to do this trek, and had to pinch myself to ensure I wasn't dreaming of the postcard-worthy scenery and experiences I had each day. The group and guides were amazing!"

      Mary Ann B.

      West Vancouver, BC

      "This was a brilliantly designed trip. Spending ten days in the beautiful and wild English countryside was a rare treat, made easy by the expert guidance of our trip leaders. One of the best things about this kind of travel is being able to be away from it all without worrying about being lost, stranded, etc. I completely enjoyed every day of the trip."

      Mary B.

      Wadsworth, IL

      "Excellent trip—it was everything I expected it to be."

      Mike B.

      Durham, NC

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Shortly after setting off, we pass under the Lune Viaduct; this railway is now disused but the unusual viaduct has recently been refurbished and has side spans of Penrith stone and an elegant cast iron central arch. We cross the impossibly narrow but handsome Crook of Lune humpbacked stone bridge, and then leave the Lune Valley under the impressive 11-arched curve of the Low Gill Viaduct. Through fields, farmsteads, and past country houses, our trail winds its way through the countryside, crossing over the M6 motorway at Lambrigg Head by bridge. This busy and important arterial road runs for 232 miles and connects Scotland with the Midlands of England. Loosely following the course of Lambrigg Beck, we meet and cross the River Mint, continuing across farmland and passing Black Moss Tarn to arrive at Burneside, a hardworking village with a 19th century family-run paper mill. We are close to Kendal here and a short shuttle takes us back to our hotel. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}