4-day Walking Holiday The Herriot Way
52 mile circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales
Taking in the very best of Swaledale and Wensleydale
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Join us on the Herriot Way, a fantastic 4-day hike through the beautiful valleys of Swaledale and Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 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 with you, with plenty of little detours and extra experiences along the way.
This walk will take place in early summer, which is the very best time to experience the special qualities of this National Park, including England’s highest waterfall at Hardraw Scar, far-reaching views from the summit of Great Shunner Fell (716m), the beautiful traditional haymeadows of Upper Swaledale, delightful villages and cosy country pubs, the majestic Bolton Castle and the picture-postcard Aysgarth Falls… plus much more.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE…
- Walk through Swaledale and Wensleydale in the company of Mark Reid, an experienced Mountain Leader.
- Explore the geology, history & heritage of the Yorkshire Dales.
- 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 Monday 10th June 2024 at Hawes in Wensleydale. Secure parking is available at Kirkby Stephen, with a transfer to Hawes on Monday morning.
- – Hawes to Keld (12.5 miles)
- – Keld to Reeth (13 miles)
- – Reeth to Aysgarth Falls (14.5 miles)
- – Aysgarth Falls to Hawes (12 miles)
- Friday 14th June 2024 – morning transfer back to Kirkby Stephen
This is a total of 52 miles of walking in 4 days. All distances and timings are approximate.
ACCOMMODATION – WENSLEYDALE & SWALEDALE
Overnight accommodation includes Keld, Reeth, Aysgarth Falls and Hawes.
Keld is a beautiful village in Upper Swaledale surrounded by the sound of waterfalls, with soaring fells and moorland rising above. Reeth is the ‘capital’ of Swaledale with a lovely sloping village green and an array of shops and pubs, with the dramatic limestone escarpment of Fremington Edge dominating. Aysgarth Falls is one of the Yorkshire Dales most famous beauty spots, with a series of tiered waterfalls set in a wooded gorge in the heart of Wensleydale. Hawes is a bustling small market town in Upper Wensleydale, home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.
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 4-day walking trip through the valleys of Swaledale, Apedale and Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. 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 52 miles; these are flat ‘map’ miles. There are hills, fells, moorland and rough terrain 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, fells, moorland and rough terrain requires a GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS and stamina, as we will be walking up to 15 miles each day for 4 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, moorland and fells, with tracks and paths (sometimes indistinct), many of which are uneven, rough, rocky, wet and boggy underfoot, with scrub and heather. 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 are notable ascents and descents along the way, particularly on Day One as we climb from Wensleydale up onto Great Shunner Fell (716m) and over into Swaledale and then on Day Three as we climb back over into Wensleydale via Apedale Head (550m). The total ascents each day are Day One 785m, Day Two 400m, Day Three 670m and Day Four 480m.
- 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. There are lots of shops at Hawes where you can buy provisions. We will call into cafes and pubs 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.