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Detailed Itinerary for
Walking Holiday in Yorkshire, England on
The Dales Way
along Wharfedale, Dentdale, Lunedale, and Lonsdale
from Ilkley via Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden, Dent, Sedbergh, Burneside and Bowness on Windermere

Walking holiday on Dales Way in Yorkshire, England
Online Booking Available!
Suggested Tour Duration:
8 days walking
9 nights
Total Distance:
82 miles
Min/max daily distance:
5/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
10 miles

Wharfedale, Dentdale
Londsdale, Lunedale
The Dales Way begins at Ilkley and is an 82 mile walk through the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, ending at Bowness on Windermere.

The Dales Way walking trail is clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your walking holiday.
Walking holiday on Dales Way in Yorkshire, England
Walking holidays on Dales Way in Yorkshire
         This is a popular walking tour of the Yorkshire Dales, so we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing.
On the Dales Way walking holiday you follow the River Wharfe upstream from Ilkley via Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell, Buckden to Oughtershaw. Then you cut across to the head of the River Ribble and hike in Dentdale downstream along the River Dee via Dent and Sedbergh until you meet the River Lune. You then walk up Lunedale before cutting across farmland north of Kendal and finish the walk on the shores of Windermere at Bowness.
Ilkley Moor on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire Day 1: Arrive Ilkley    
To start your walking holiday in the Dales Way you arrive at the historic spa town of Ilkley.
Optional Day 1: relax and enjoy this historic spa town
Day 2: Ilkley to Appletreewick                                11 miles
The Dales Way leaves Ilkley following the River Wharfe upstream via Addingham to Bolton Abbey where you can explore the priory. The walking trail then enters Strid Wood, a remarkable place and Site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains the largest area of acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a wealth of flora and fauna. You walk past Strid Gorge and Barden Tower as you make your way to Appletreewick for overnight.
Bolton Priory on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire
Burnsall on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire Day 3: Appletreewick to Kettlewell              11 miles       
Today you continue walking through Wharfedale through the picturesque villages of Burnsall and Grassington, passing the cliffs and rapids of Loup Scar and the waterfall at Linton Falls. On leaving Grassington the Dales Way heads up on to Grassington Moor where there is some limestone pavement. Then you walk back down to the river at Kettlewell for your overnight.
Day 4: Kettlewell to Oughtershaw                    13 miles
Still in Wharfedale, today's walking on the Dales Way takes you through the delightful villages of Starbottom, Buckden and Hubberholme. Then you continue up Langstrothdale to Oughtershaw for the overnight.
Wharfedale on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire
Ribblehead Viaduct on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire Day 5: Oughtershaw to Ribblehead              5.5 miles
Today's walking takes you along Oughtershaw Beck where the Dales Way reaches its highest point at 1705ft (520m) and joins up briefly with the Pennine Way and crosses the Richmond Way. The overnight stop is at Ribblehead passing on the way the imposing structure of the Ribblehead Viaduct.
Day 6: Ribblehead to Dent                             11 miles
The Dales Way moves into Dentdale today and you walk beside the River Dee through the small villages of Stone House, Cowgill to Dent, passing several waterfalls on the way. Dent is a very attractive town with whitewashed cottages and cobbled streets which was the hub of a hand-knitting industry in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Dent on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire
Sedbergh on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire Optional Day 2: spend a relaxing rest day in Dent
Day 7: Dent to Howgill            9 miles    
Continuing along the River Dee from Dent your walk on the Dales Way takes you through Sedbergh and on to the River Lune in Lunedale. Your stop for the night is at Howgill.
Day 8: Howgill to Burneside                        12 miles
You continue walking alongside the River Lune to the Crook of Lune Bridge moving out of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and into Cumbria and Lakeland. The Lakeland Fells can be glimpsed on the horizon.
Lunedale on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire
Windermere on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire Day 9: Burneside to Bowness on Windermere  10 miles    
On leaving Burneside the Dales Way follows the River Kent to Staveley, then heads through grassy knolls, rocky hillocks and pastureland until you finally see Lake Windermere and you head down to Bowness on Windermere.
Optional Day 3: enjoy the glories of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Wharfedale on Dales Way walking holiday in Yorkshire
Day 10: depart after breakfast
or spend some time exploring the area.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on The Dales Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • transfers as specified
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • OS maps and detailed itineraries
  • Guide book to Dales Way
The Dales Way intersects with
The Richmond Way
at Ribblehead.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of England or the UK. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available. A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on The Dales Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Dales Way 10 day itinerary:
8 days walking and 9 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
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All prices subject to change
Extra nights from £48 per person per night
depending on location
Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals:
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches:
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Ilkley Double/Twin Single
Craiglands Hotel £8.99 £15.00
Kettlewell Double/Twin Single
Kings Head Hotel £15.99 £16.99
Racehorses Hotel £19.99 £22.99
Howgill Double/Twin Single
Ash Hinning Farm £7.99 £10.00
Bowness on Windermere Double/Twin Single
Belsfield Laura Ashley Hotel £99.00 £180.00
Macdonald Old English Hotel £170.00 £280.00
Stags Head Hotel £15.99 £20.00
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How to get there
By Plane to Leeds Bradford where we can arrange transfer to Ilkley
By Car to Ilkley where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Ilkley
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