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  • Middleham

    Middleham

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  • Aysgarth

    Aysgarth

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  • Hardraw

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  • Keld

    Keld

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  • Low Row

    Low Row

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  • Middleham

    Middleham

    ...

Explore the famous green pastures of bucolic Wensleydale and its beautiful tributary valleys before crossing one of Yorkshire’s highest mountains to reach the more remote valley of Swaledale, full of dry stone walls, field barns, waterfalls and sweeping views.

Much of this route takes in classic ‘Herriot Country’ and is our take on the well-known ‘Herriot Way’.

Trip details

  • Difficulty Level: 4/5 (fairly challenging)
  • Amount of walking: 4 days of hotel to hotel walking of 11 miles (18km, ascent 646m), 10.5 miles (17.5km, ascent 479m), 12 miles (19km, ascent 820m) and 9 miles (15km, ascent 638m), plus optional circular day walks.
  • Terrain: A wide range including gentle riverside paths, classic farmland, rugged moorland, pretty villages and one of the Dales’ highest mountains!

Customise this trip

The route can be customised to suit your preferred daily distances, difficulty and pace. Contact us now for free advice.

Destinations
Yorkshire
Activity
Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour

Good to know

  • Cross Great Shunner Fell & hike the 'Herriot Way'
  • Difficulty rating: 4/5
  • Tailor the route to your pace
  • Covid-19 booking guarantee

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A Muddy Boots travel specialist will be happy to advise.

Arrive at Middleham

Arrive at your base in the small market town of Middleham and settle into a lovely townhouse hotel on the square. Spend any extra time exploring the village, spotting racehorses and visiting the impressive ruins of Middleham Castle. If you want to stretch your legs, try a short circuit down to the River Cover and along pretty ‘Cover Banks’.

Featured Accommodation
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The Wensleydale Hotel
Classic

The Wensleydale Hotel

Middleham to Aysgarth Falls

Your first full day’s walking is a long and fairly challenging route but well worth the effort. From Middleham, spend the first part of your day enjoying the quiet paths of Coverdale. Stop for a well-earned lunch in the community pub in Carlton-in-Coverdale before heading over heather covered Carlton Moor, dropping into the dead-end valley of Walden and on to the picture-perfect village of West Burton in Bishopdale. A short final stretch takes you to your base for the next two nights in a popular inn close to famously beautiful Aysgarth Falls.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Aysgarth Falls Hotel
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Aysgarth Falls Hotel

Aysgarth to Sedbusk

Continue your journey along Wensleydale, spending much of the day following the route of the River Ure upstream. As well as surprisingly quiet stretches along the banks of the river, you will take in the former Wensleydale railway line, the popular village of Askrigg (with several good lunch options!) and the beautiful Mill Gill and Whitfield Gill waterfalls. The final stretch of the route takes you across classic farming country (complete with plenty of stiles through dry stone walls!) offering gorgeous views up and down Wensleydale, before arriving at a pretty country house hotel for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast

Featured Accommodation
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Stone House Hotel
Classic

Stone House Hotel

Hardraw to Swaledale

Head for the nearby village of Hardraw, where you can make a short detour to visit England’s highest single drop waterfall, before following the Pennine Way over Great Shunner Fell, Yorkshire’s third highest mountain. Drop down into the little village of Thwaite in Swaledale and get your first taste of the classic field barns and dry stone walls of upper Swaledale on the last section of your route to Keld.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Keld Lodge
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Keld Lodge

Through Swaledale

Your last full day’s walking is a real classic. Begin with the only climb of the day, up Kisdon Hill, which offers wonderful views down Swaledale as you descend into the pretty village of Muker. From here, the route tracks the upper reaches of the River Swale down the valley, through traditional hay meadows and charming villages before arriving at your base for your last night in a fantastic country pub with excellent food in the tiny village of Low Row.

Included meals: Breakfast

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The Punch Bowl Inn
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The Punch Bowl Inn

Transfer to Middleham

Enjoy a last full breakfast at your inn before taking a taxi back to Middleham to collect your car and head home (or travelling back to the train station to catch your train).

Included meals: Breakfast

Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

A charming townhouse hotel on the square in lively Middleham (night 1); a country inn and hotel, with excellent restaurant and large beer garden with views across Wensleydale, a short stroll from famous Aysgarth Falls (night 2); a small country house hotel in a gorgeous setting, not far from the market town of Hawes (night 3); a former shooting lodge at the head of Swaledale above the remote little village of Keld (night 4); and a 17th century inn in the heart of Swaledale with well-preserved original features combined with a contemporary feel (night 5).

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The Wensleydale Hotel
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The Wensleydale Hotel

A lovely towhnhouse hotel with a great, Fench influenced restaurant, set on the square in the centre of lively Middleham...

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Aysgarth Falls Hotel
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Aysgarth Falls Hotel

A country inn and hotel, with cosy bar, excellent restaurant and large beer garden with views across Wensleydale, a short stroll from famous Aysgarth Falls...

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Stone House Hotel
Classic

Stone House Hotel

A small country house hotel in a gorgeous setting with views over upper Wensleydale, not far from the market town of Hawes...

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Keld Lodge
Classic

Keld Lodge

A former shooting lodge at the head of Swaledale above the remote little village of Keld with lovely views, a friendly bar and hearty meals...

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The Punch Bowl Inn
Classic

The Punch Bowl Inn

A 17th century inn in the heart of Swaledale with well preserved original features combined with a contemporary feel, great rooms and tasty food...

Tour inclusions

Get in touch now for more details

Included Accommodation

All accommodation in carefully-selected, characterful local inns and hotels. Optional upgrades may be available.

Included Ground transfers

Transport from your last hotel to your first hotel to collect your car (if travelling by train, contact us to discuss options).

Included Ground transfers

Secure door-to-door luggage transfer between your overnight accommodations.

Included Breakfast

All accommodation on bed & breakfast basis, with full English, vegetarian, and cold/uncooked options available.

(Optional packed lunches are available to order the night before.)

Included Equipment

Detailed walking notes, a route-marked OS map, and the ‘Muddy Boots Survival Pack’ including our guide to places to visit and eat and drink on your route.

Included Support

24/7 emergency telephone support in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong during your trip.

Not included Guided excursions

A personal guide may be available for some or all of your trip, on request. Get in touch to discuss your needs.

Reviews

What people are saying about Muddy Boots

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Elaine and Howard
23/05/2021

We had a great time, it was lovely to be out in the fresh air and open countryside with stunning views! We enjoyed the combination of activity and relaxation, it felt like a really long break even though it was only a few days. We didn’t have to worry about anything, everything was seamless, we had no problems at all. I will definitely be looking at the website to arrange another break in the future!

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Charlie and Louise
07/05/2021

We really enjoyed the trip and it has been great to feel like we’ve been communicating with a real person who cares, rather than just a salesperson with a big company! The wonderful Yorkshire Dales landscapes were the highlight of the trip and the route notes provided were clear and easy to follow.

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Sandy
13/05/2021

The routes included on this trip were absolutely outstanding - we loved them all! The route notes provided were spot on and it was great to feel that we were exploring areas that don’t see many crowds. We all enjoyed the fantastic food and drink available at our accommodation at the end of each day out in the hills!

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from £545pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

Learn more

Contact us now for expert advice on how to tailor this tour to your requirements and budget.

Days

6

Starting from

£545 pp

Speak to a Yorkshire travel specialist about this trip

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01969 663 838

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