Highlights

  • Open landscape of green and rolling dales
  • Traditional pub lunch in James Herriot's "Darrowby"
  • Private tour of Castle Bolton where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned
  • Tour of Parcevall Hall Gardens
  • See racehorses training on the moor

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 lunch in James Herriot's favourite pub.

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

Sunday Overnight: The Grange Hotel

Meet at our hotel in York for a guided afternoon walk of this pretty city. Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk tonight.

Monday Overnight: The Devonshire Fell Hotel

A transfer takes us to Burnsall, where we follow a delightful riverside path through ancient Strid Wood. The majestic wood is renowned for its flora and fauna, particularly in Spring. We follow it to the remains of Bolton Abbey and lunch on the estate. This afternoon, we walk beneath the summit of the fabled Simon's Seat, then end the day with a tour of Parcevall Hall Gardens.

Tuesday Overnight: The Wensleydale Heifer Hotel

After a short transfer, our walk crosses Upper Wharfedale visiting charming unspoiled villages. We lunch at a traditional inn on the Dales Way trail. Our afternoon walk takes us to Langstrothdale and Hubberholme, the final resting place of the English novelist and playwright JB Priestley. We continue along Fairy Glen to the tiny hamlet of Cray.

Wednesday Overnight: The Wensleydale Heifer Hotel

From our hotel, walk over the moor to Middleham and catch a glimpse of England's best racehorses in training. We lunch in Middleham, once home to Richard III, followed by a short heritage railway journey along Wensleydale (subject to operating timetable). Then walk to the magnificent Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner, for a private tour.

Thursday Overnight: Simonstone Hall Hotel

This morning, discover Yorkshire's connection to the Knights Templar and visit the remains of their chapel on the way to the Aysgarth Waterfalls. We'll take lunch at James Herriot's favorite watering hole in Askrigg, known as Darrowby in the book and TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Then it's on toward our country house hotel outside Hawes.

Friday Overnight: Simonstone Hall Hotel

Follow the Pennine Way to see water cascading down England's longest single drop waterfall at Hardraw Force. In the afternoon, a Roman road leads us to Semerwater, the only lake in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our walk ends in the bustling market town of Hawes where we taste the famous Wensleydale cheese.

Saturday

Morning transfer to Darlington Railway Station for departure and onward connections.
Easy-Moderate
"It's fabulous; you meet interesting people, so well-planned, such fun"
Terrain: Pastoral countryside, woodland, riverbanks, valley walking, village lanes and well-defined moorland paths. Some hills. 7-12 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,295.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $675.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,080.00

Dates

From Jun 3 to Jun 9 (more dates)
Request booking
Arrival: Harrogate Rail Station
Departure: Darlington Rail Station

Activities

Walk ClassicLocal expert talkHeritage TransportHistoric Monument VisitFilm Location VisitNational Park Visit
Yorkshire Dales June 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

The Grange Hotel

The Grange Hotel

The Grange Hotel occupies an ivy-clad Regency manor built in 1829. The hotel is situated only a few minutes' walk from Yorks historic city center, offering the perfect base to explore what has been voted ˜best and most beautiful UK City, as well as the ˜safest city in the world. On entering, the original sweeping staircase with cast iron balustrade welcomes guests, the interior dotted with period antiques and luxurious Regency style dcor throughout. A significant refurbishment in 2016 has enhanced the appeal further with the addition of lifts to all floors, premier ground floor rooms and the development of the historic cellars into ˜The Ivy Brasserie, the stunning 2 Rosette restaurant. The 41 ensuite rooms include flat screen LCD TVs, Taylors of Harrogate hospitality tray, laptop safes, free WiFi and luxury toiletries from the White Company. There's 24-hour room service. The stylish restaurant serves French-influenced fare. Afternoon tea is offered in the morning room. Room service and laundry service available.

The Devonshire Fell Hotel

The Devonshire Fell Hotel

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 decor, 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.

The Wensleydale Heifer Hotel

The Wensleydale Heifer Hotel

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!

Simonstone Hall Hotel

Simonstone Hall Hotel

Simonstone Hall is the ultimate tranquil retreat. It is a privately owned, magnificent country house standing in its own grounds and it has been carefully restored, preserving the character of the beautiful old building. Relaxing lounges provide the perfect haven to unwind and there are spectacular views from both the Brasserie and Fell restaurants which serve a mixture of traditional and contemporary cuisine using locally sourced products. The menus change regularly to reflect the seasonal availability of local produce. The hotel respectfully asks guests to adhere to their dress code which is smart casual (no t-shirts, jeans or trainers please) for dinner in the restaurant. The bedrooms are generous in size and beautifully furnished with refined period furniture, rich fabrics and Egyptian cotton sheets. All offer tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, TV, phone and Wi-Fi internet access.

Start planning your trip

What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants