Yorkshire - England's Green & Pleasant Land
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Yorkshire - England's Green & Pleasant Land


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We walk in a land that time has passed by - the intricate network of drystone walls that create a patchwork of enclosures across the valleys and stone field barns in old-fashioned hay meadows.

We visit Castle Bolton, once home to Mary Queen of Scots. We admire some of England's best racehorses in training and taste the famous Wensleydale cheese fresh from the parlour. We will try the ale in the favourite pub of JB Priestley and lunch where James Herriot ate.

We walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in Wensleydale, of the Augustinian monks of Bolton Abbey and of the "Calendar Girls" in Wharfedale.

Walk Summary


07-SEP-14 - 13-SEP-14


6 nights


Walk rating: Easy to Moderate. Pastoral countryside, woodland, riverbanks, valley walking, village lanes and well-defined moorland paths. Some hills. 9-12 miles walking per day.


US$3995.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$535.00)

The Walk begins in Burnsall with arrival at Harrogate Rail Station and ends in Hawes with departure from Darlington Rail Station.

Walk Itinerary


We rendezvous at Harrogate Railway Station for a private transfer to Burnsall in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here we find our hotel, an impressive Edwardian building with stunning views of the Wharfe Valley and the traditional Dales village below.  Meet The Wayfarers for a Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk.

Overnight: Burnsall


We walk from our hotel along a delightful riverside path passing the haunted ruins of Barden Tower a 15th Century Hunting Lodge, through the ancient forest of The Strid to the remains of Bolton Abbey and lunch on the estate. This afternoon we walk beneath the summit of the fabled Simon's Seat. Our day ends with a private tour by the head gardener of Parcevall Hall Gardens followed by a short walk back to our hotel.

Overnight: Burnsall


After a short transfer, our walk crosses Upper Wharfedale visiting the charming unspoilt villages of Kettlewell, Starbotton and Buckden to enjoy both sides of this pastoral valley.  We lunch at the famous George Inn, an ancient drovers pub which retains much of its welcoming old character, on the Dales Way trail. Our afternoon walk takes us to Langstrothdale and Hubberholme the final resting place of the English novelist and playwright J B Priestley.  We continue along Fairy Glen to the tiny hamlet of Cray where our transport waits to take us on the short transfer along Bishopdale to our hotel in West Witton, Wensleydale.

Overnight: West Witton


From our hotel we walk over the moor to Middleham to discover its historic Royal connections and catch a glimpse of England's best racehorses in training. Our lunch will be at a traditional Yorkshire Dales pub followed by a short heritage railway journey along Wensleydale (subject to operating timetable). The walk leads us to the magnificent Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner, for a private tour. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight: West Witton


This morning we walk from the hotel to discover the ruins left by the Knights Templar who held vast tracts of land in Wensleydale. We walk by the famous Aysgarth Waterfalls painted by the English landscape painter J M W Turner and lunch at vet James Herriot's favorite watering hole in Askrigg known as Darrowby in the book and film 'All Creatures Great & Small'. Our afternoon walk continues along the banks of the River Ure to our hotel.

Overnight: Hawes


From our hotel we follow the Pennine Way to see water cascading down England's longest single drop waterfall at Hardraw Force. We lunch at a tea shop overlooking a traditional village green complete with ancient wooden stocks! In the afternoon, a Roman road leads us to Semerwater, the only lake in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our walk back to the hotel takes us via Gayle Mill, star of the BBC TV 'Restoration' series, and ends in the bustling market town of Hawes where the famous Wensleydale cheese is made.

Overnight: Hawes


Morning transfer to Darlington Rail Station for departure and onward connections.

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.


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Devonshire Fell Hotel - Sunday & Monday

Devonshire Fell Hotel

Burnsall Village
North Yorkshire BD23 6BT

T: +44 (0)1756 729000
F: +44 (0)1756 729009
E: [email protected]
W: www.devonshirefell.co.uk

A combination of delicious local food, great wine and supremely comfortable bedrooms makes The Devonshire Fell the perfect starting point for our Walk. Hotel guests have complimentary use of The Devonshire Health Spa just a short drive away at Bolton Abbey. The striking internal décor, with the use of rich fabrics and bold bright colours, is in complete contrast to the traditional Edwardian exterior. Bedroom facilities include TV, DVD player, phone and hairdryer. Wi-fi internet access is available in every bedroom and there is a computer for guests to use on the ground floor.
The 2 AA rosette restaurant serves food that is delicious, tasty and tempting - using good quality local produce with the best of the different seasons' harvest. 

Wensleydale Heifer - Tuesday & Wednesday

Wensleydale Heifer

West Witton
North Yorkshire DL8 4LS

T: +44 (0) 1969 622322
F: +44 (0) 1969 624183
E: [email protected]
w: www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, between Leyburn and Hawes, in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Wensleydale Heifer's main objective is offering each guest comfort and good food. Each bedroom has its own unique character and facilities and offers en suite facilities, Egyptian linen sheets, Molton Brown toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, DVD player, phone, hairdryer and fresh fruit. Wi-fi internet access is available for guests in the common areas.
The restaurant is renowned for its fine quality food and the philosophy in the kitchen is 'Keep it Simple', buy the best quality ingredients, cook them well and let the natural flavours speak for themselves. The hotel has a Whisky Club Lounge where guests can select from the hotel's hand-picked malt whiskies! 

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

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