4-day Walking Holiday The Herriot Way
51 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 an experienced Mountain Leader
- Explore the geology, history & heritage of the Yorkshire Dales
- Relax at the Fountain Hotel at Hawes each evening
- Share the experience with like-minded walkers
- Forget about map reading, and enjoy the journey!
We will meet at 9am on Tuesday 21st June 2022 at Hawes in Wensleydale.
- – Hawes to Keld (12.5 miles)
- – Keld to Reeth (12.5 miles)
- – Reeth to Aysgarth Falls (14.5 miles)
- – Aysgarth Falls to Hawes (11.5 miles)
This is a total of 51 miles of walking in 4 days. All distances and timings are approximate.
This walking holiday will be based at Hawes in Upper Wensleydale, a traditional Dales market town in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese! With its array of shops, cafes and pubs, Hawes is the perfect base for this walking holiday. You will be staying at the Fountain Hotel, which has been run by the McCarthy family for the last 31 years.
Each morning, minibus transport will be provided from Hawes to the start of the walk and then back to Hawes at the end of each day.
Hawes is located in Upper Wensleydale along the A684. The nearest railway station is Garsdale Head, which is 6 miles to the west of Hawes.
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 25,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 14,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 25 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.
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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 51 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.
- This Walking Holiday will be based at the Fountain Hotel at Hawes in Upper Wensleydale. We will leave Hawes each morning at 9am and our minibus will collect us at the end of each day at 5pm to bring us back to Hawes. The minibus journeys will be up to 30 minutes (to and from Reeth, which is the furthest point from Hawes).
- 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 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 25,000 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 14,000 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.
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