6-day Walking Holiday The Dales Way
83 mile walk from the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District
Taking in the very best of Wharfedale, Dentdale & the foothills of Lakeland
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Join us on the Dales Way, a fantastic 6-day hike from Ilkley in Wharfedale to Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, taking in the beautiful valleys of Wharfedale, Dentdale, Lonsdale and the foothills of the Lake District along the way. You will be guided by Mark Reid, a highly experienced Mountain Leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), who will share his extensive knowledge of the Yorkshire Dales, Howgill Fells and Lake District with you, with plenty of little detours and extra experiences along the way.
This walk will take place in spring, which is one of the best times of year to experience the special qualities of these National Parks, including the limestone pavements and cliffs of Wharfedale, dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct, the cobbled streets of Dent, the magnificent Howgill Fells and England’s largest lake… plus much more.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE…
- Walk from the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District in the company of Mark Reid, an experienced Mountain Leader
- Explore the geology, history & heritage along the way
- Relax at a country pub each evening
- Share the experience with like-minded walkers
- Forget about map reading, and enjoy the journey!
We will meet at 9:30am on Sunday 21st April 2024 at Ilkley in Wharfedale. There are train stations at Ilkley and Windermere.
- – Ilkley to Burnsall (13 miles)
- – Burnsall to Hubberholme (15 miles)
- – Hubberholme to Ribblehead (12.5 miles)
- – Ribblehead to Sedbergh (16 miles)
- – Sedbergh to Burneside (16.5 miles)
- – Burneside to Bowness (10 miles)
- Sat 27th April 2024 – travel home
This is a total of 83 miles of walking in 6 days. All distances are approximate.
Overnight accommodation includes inns and B&Bs at the following villages and small towns:
Burnsall is a beautiful village in Wharfedale with a large village green and riverside inn, with heather-clad fells rising above. Hubberholme lies in Upper Wharfedale with its classic U-shaped glaciated valley and limestone scars, and boasts a lovely old pub and ancient church just across the river from each other At Ribblehead we’ll transfer to nearby Ingleton at the foot of Ingleborough, famed for its waterfalls, caves and bustling village centre. Sedbergh is a lovely small town, famed for its bookshops and old boarding school with the Howgill Fells rising high above the rooftops. At Burneside we’ll transfer to Kendal along the banks of the River Kent, a small town steeped in history from its Roman fort to a ruinous medieval castle, narrow alleyways and the home of Kendal Mint Cake. Bowness-on-Windermere, as the name suggests, lies on the banks of England’s largest lake, with lovely views across the lapping waters to the peaks and fells of Lakeland, a fitting way to end this superb walk.
WALKING HOLIDAY PACKAGE
We have teamed up with the Coast to Coast Packhorse company, who are offering a complete ‘walkers package’ for this trip, which will mean just one point of contact to arrange this wonderful walking holiday. Your contract for this Walking Holiday will be with Coast to Coast Packhorse; TeamWalking will be working on behalf of Coast to Coast Packhorse to provide the walking guides.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS, TRAINING, KIT ETC
- This is a 6-day walking trip from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, via Wharfedale, Dentdale and Lonsdale in the Yorkshire Dales and the low hills and pastureland around Kendal, Staveley and Bowness-on-Windermere. Full guidance will be given. In the UK we call this long distance walking; in other parts of the world this is known as hiking or trekking.
- The route is 83 miles; these are flat ‘map’ miles. There are riverside, woodland, farmland, pastureland, hills and moorland along the way. We will take small detours to viewpoints, points of interest, cafes, pubs etc. The total mileage may therefore be slightly more.
- Multi-day walking across valleys, hills, moorland and rough terrain requires a GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS and stamina, as we will be walking up to 16.5 miles for 6 days in succession.
- You MUST train for this long distance walk by undertaking a number of training walks and increase your exercise and activity levels for several weeks prior to this walk. You MUST complete at least FOUR 2-day walks of at least 12 miles on consecutive days prior to this walking holiday (I would suggest four walking weekends).
- Please provide your own walking boots, and ensure they are properly worn in and comfortable.
- The terrain includes roads, lanes, tracks, fields, pastures, riversides, woodland, hills and moorland, with tracks and paths (sometimes indistinct), many of which are uneven, rough, rocky, wet and boggy underfoot, with scrub, undergrowth, grass, heather and rocks. The route also includes lanes and roads, as well as stiles and stream crossings. We may also experience adverse weather conditions on the hills.
- There will be rest stops throughout the day, as well as 30-mins for lunch.
- Please provide a packed lunch each day, as it is not a good idea to rely on pubs/cafes for lunchtime food. We will call into cafes along the way for refreshments, however, as this is an adventurous activity then we ask you to only consume alcohol in the evenings.
- Mark Reid is an experienced Mountain Leader. Mark has walked over 27,000 miles of footpaths throughout the North of England over the last 25 years and knows the Yorkshire Dales extremely well. Since 2007, we have taken over 17,000 people out walking in the hills.
- Part of the attraction of valley and hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
- The contract for this Walking Holiday is with Coast to Coast Packhorse.
- Terms and Conditions.