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  • Middleham

    Middleham

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  • Aysgarth

    Aysgarth

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  • Aysgarth

    Aysgarth

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  • Askrigg

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  • Hawes

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  • Middleham

    Middleham

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Begin your journey in the small market town of Middleham with its impressive castle ruins and spend a day exploring the quiet footpaths of exquisite Coverdale, remote Walden and idyllic Bishopdale before making your way west towards the head of Wensleydale, taking in famous Aysgarth Falls and the banks of the surprisingly peaceful River Ure.

Trip details

  • Difficulty level: 4/5 (fairly challenging)
  • Amount of walking: Two days of hotel-to-hotel walking of 11 miles (18km, ascent 646m) and 10.5 miles (17.5km, ascent 479m) and two optional circular walks of 7.5 miles (12km, ascent 310m) and 12 miles (19km, ascent 586m).
  • Terrain: A mixture of gentle riverside footpaths, tracks across more rugged farmland and open moorland and a few short sections of road walking on quiet lanes or through traditional villages.

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

  • Visit Aysgarth Falls & Middleham Castle
  • 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 a lovely townhouse hotel right in the square in the centre of Middleham. Get your trip off to an active start by enjoying a short walk down to the River Cover and along pretty ‘Cover Banks’ or explore the fascinating ruins of Middleham Castle.

Featured Accommodation
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The Wensleydale Hotel
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The Wensleydale Hotel

Carlton Moor and Walden Valley

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 Circular Walk

Enjoy a circular walk from Aysgarth, visiting the famous falls, the impressive remains of Castle Bolton, which offers stunning views down Wensleydale and Bishopdale from its roof, and the moorland paths above the village of Carperby, where there is another chance for a well-earned stop at a country pub!

Included meals: Breakfast

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Aysgarth Falls Hotel
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Aysgarth Falls Hotel

Wensleydale Railway and Whitfield Gill Waterfalls

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 your last two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Stone House Hotel
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Stone House Hotel

Explore Hawes or Summit the Great Shunner Fell

If you don’t want to spend the day relaxing, there are several good walking options from your base. We recommend heading to the charming village of Hardraw (home to England’s highest single drop waterfall) and taking the Pennine Way to the summit of Great Shunner Fell for expansive views stretching to the Howgill Fells, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and even the hills of the Lake District on a clear day. Alternatively enjoy a short stroll into the popular town of Hawes for a potter around the shops and cafes and a visit to the famous Wensleydale Creamery.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Stone House Hotel
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Stone House Hotel

Transfer to Middleham

Enjoy a last hotel breakfast before taking a taxi back to your starting point 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 with an excellent French influenced restaurant (night 1); 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 (nights 2 and 3); and a small country house hotel in a gorgeous setting with views over upper Wensleydale, not far from the market town of Hawes. Relax in the cosy lounges and large gardens and enjoy good food with a focus on local, seasonal produce (nights 4 and 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...

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 £530pp.

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

£530 pp

Speak to a Yorkshire travel specialist about this trip

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