'Winter Dales Escape' Walking Weekend Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader
NB: The Weekend Walks will be going ahead as planned. Due to current social distancing measures, the Evening Entertainment will be replaced by free time for you to relax at your accommodation. We are currently unable to provide outdoor clothing or equipment.
Beat those Winter Blues with our 3-day walking break in Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Based at Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales, spend three days with Mark Reid walking through the stunning Wensleydale countryside – blow away the cobwebs, refresh and revitalise your mind, body & soul!
- 3 days of fantastic walks in the Yorkshire Dales
- Walks planned for you and guided by Mark Reid, so you don’t have to worry about route finding!
- Mark will share his knowledge of the history, heritage & geography of the area
- Social evenings at local pubs, including a quiz night!
- Enjoy some superb winter walks, cosy pubs and crackling log fires
Friday’s walk is optional; you can join us on Friday evening if you wish
Meet at 1pm: welcome briefing
1:30pm – 4:30pm: guided afternoon walk through Wensleydale, taking in the hidden gorges and wonderful waterfalls, ancient villages and beautiful views (6 miles)
Evening: meal at the Kings Arms, Askrigg
9:30am – 4:30pm: guided walk through Wensleydale, taking in the spectacular views from the summit of Addlebrough, Roman fort and road, the legends of the glacial lake and hidden Raydale (10 miles)
Evening: meal at the Kings Arms at Askrigg and a Pub Quiz
10am – 3pm: guided walk through Wensleydale taking in the dramatic viewpoint of Ellerkin Scar and the wild moorlands of Woodhall Greets (8 miles)
3pm: farewell drink at the Kings Arms, Askrigg
Please note: The precise routes will be chosen on the day, given weather and ground conditions, and the preferences of the group. All timings are approximate.
ASKRIGG – OUR BASE FOR THE WEEKEND
This walking break will be based from the lovely village of Askrigg in the heart of Wensleydale, made famous many years ago as ‘Darrowby’ in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. Elegant Georgian houses line the sweeping main street, complete with old Market Cross and ancient church, whilst the flat-topped summit of Addlebrough can be glimpsed in the distance above the rooftops. This part of Wensleydale is superb for walking, with lovely waterfalls, beautiful villages, lots of history, fantastic views and great pubs. The weekend will be based at the fantastic Kings Arms, an historic coaching inn with high ceilings (complete with saddle hooks), inglenook fireplace and a warm welcome.
Askrigg boasts a range of accommodation from B&Bs and hotel to camping. We will send you a detailed list of accommodation when you make a booking with us.
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 Reid has walked over 22,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,500 people out walking in the countryside. 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 & INFORMATION
- No previous experience required as full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be be demanding at times.
- All walks will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stream crossings and some steep ground; we may experience adverse winter weather conditions.
- The walks will NOT include any technical winter walking that would require specialist equipment.
- We can provide full waterproof walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 11,000 people out walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain 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 and mountain 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.
- 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.
- Terms and Conditions