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A view towards Grassington


  • Classic walking through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Huge curving amphitheatre of Malham Cove.
  • Limestone plateau’s, high heather moorland and green valleys.
  • Walk to the stone-built village of Grassington, through flower-rich meadows.
  • Tea rooms, local brews and cuisine, including famed Yorkshire pudding.

Classic walking through the southern Yorkshire Dales, staying in the charming towns and villages of Settle, Malham and Grassington.

These special landscapes of immense beauty and character will forever be committed to memory as you walk from limestone plateaux to green valleys, and from stone-built villages to expansive heather moorland tops.

At every turn you will be immersed in scenery that is well-known as “James Herriot country”, after the TV series starring this beloved vet. Stop in local pubs for lunch, in cosy tea rooms during your walks and in the evenings enjoy an eclectic range of restaurants in an area that is recognised as being one of the greatest culinary locations in the UK.

Day 1: Arrive Settle & overnight

Arrive in Settle, a bustling and historic Yorkshire Dales market town. It is home to the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway and surrounded by a limestone landscape that abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks and waterfalls. It is also one of the places where the movie “Calendar Girls” was filmed.  

Overnight: Settle

Day 2: Walk to Malham.

Today you will be walking partly on the Settle Loop which affords great views of the Three High Peaks of Yorkshire, Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. You will also traverse a limestone upland, before descending into Malham through rolling farmland. The crystal clear waters Of Malham Beck flow through the centre of this delightful village. People have been living in this area since the Bronze Age  and also 8th Century Anglian farmers, Norsemen and medieval monks.

Walk: 8 miles

Overnight: Malham

Day 3: Malham Cove & Tarn Loop

Make your way north out of Malham on the Airedale Way. Malhamdale and the upper reaches of Airedale has some of the most spectacular scenery in England, including Malham Cove, one of this country’s great “natural wonders”. First however, you will come across the waters of Malham Tarn, England’s highest freshwater lake.

Make your way around the tarn, which is a National Nature Reserve and then cross open farmland before turning back south and walking over the top of Malham Cove. A fairly steep descent brings you back into this charming village.

Walk: 7 miles

Overnight: Malham

Day 4: Walk to Grassington

This morning head south along the Airedale Way, before turning east and walking on a riverside path alongside the Gordale Beck. Then walk up to a plateau with woods and dip down into the valley and past farms and rolling countryside.  Ascend once more to the top of a limestone peak alongside Lainger Beck for fantastic views, before dipping back down into Threshfield.

Arrive in the attractive small town of Grassington, set in the heart of Wharfedale. It has a picturesque cobbled square, winding alleyways, and tonight you may like to sample a local brew in one of its cosy pubs.

Walk: 8 miles

Overnight: Grassington

Day 5: Wharfedale Loop Walk via Burnsall

Initially cross a foot bridge over the River Wharfe and above Linton Falls. Admire the impressive Norman church here, before skirting Ebolton Hill and arriving in the “hidden” village of Thorpe, so-called as it lies between two limestone hills. In the Middle Ages, local people would take refuge from Scottish raiders here.

Continue to the alluring village of Burnsall with a pretty green, beside the River Wharfe. It was here where local man, William Craven, Yorkshire’s very own Dick Whittington, founded a grammar school in 1602. Walk on the Dales Way back to Grassington.

Walk: 9 miles

Overnight: Grassington

Day 6: Onward travel

An included transfer brings you to Skipton Train Station, from where you can make your onward journeys.


On this tour you will stay in carefully chosen guest houses, B&B's and small hotels, all located in charming Yorkshire Dales towns and villages.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or in nearby pubs or restaurants. Since the Yorkshire Dales is recognised as being one of the greatest culinary locations in the UK you are sure to find some amazing local cuisine. (See more details on restaurants in your Information Pack).

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.




Falcon Manor - Settle

This stylish hotel is located within a charming manor house and has 14 beautiful bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and lovely grounds.







Beck Hall - Malham

Beck Hall - Malham

Beck Hall was built in 1710 and has been providing B&B accommodation since the 1930's. They have a spacious guest lounge with a log fire and individually decorated rooms.







Grassington Lodge - Grassington

Grassington Lodge - Grassington

Grassington Lodge is an award winning contemporary guest house and offers stylish accommodation in a quiet setting close to the centre of Grassington. Guests will experience first class hospitality.





You can start your Escape to the Yorkshire Dales tour anytime between April and September.  You can start your on any day of the week during the season as long as there is the availability.

Time of Year

We offer this tour in the spring, summer and autumn. Advantages in the spring are the beautiful spring flowers in bloom. Temperatures will probably be at their best in the summer and in the Autumn/Fall it will be a bit quieter.

Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded as easy to moderate. Although there are elevation gains and losses it is nothing too significant and the distances each day are fairly short. The walks are in a variety of terrain including, farmland, limestone uplands, wooded and riverside trails.  You will need to have good physical fitness to accomplish the walks on this tour. 

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

At times the routes are well way-marked, for example when you walk along the Dales Way, the Airedale Way and the Settle Loop. However, you will also be walking on unmarked trails, though farmers fields and the countryside, so you will have to use your comprehensive route notes and your OS map, in conjunction with each other, in order to find your way. Therefore you will need to be able to read a map and navigate. We also provide GPS tracks for those who wish to take a GPS unit.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to Settle

Settle has a train station and therefore is easily accessible from London (one change in Leeds), Manchester, Leeds and other major gateways. The journey from London takes between 3-4 hours, from Manchester, around 2 hours and from Leeds about 1 hour. You can fly into any of the London Airports or Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Glasgow Airports. For more information on train times and schedules please visit the Traveline or National Rail websites.

Getting from Grassington

An included transfer will transport you from your accommodation in Grassington to Skipton Train Station.  From here you can take trains to London (via Leeds and around a 3 hour journey), to Manchester (also via Leeds and  an approx. 2 hour journey). The most convenient airports to fly out of are  Leeds, London or Manchester.

Information on trains may be found on the Traveline or National Rail websites.


  • 5 Nights accommodation in B&B's, guest houses & small hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • People transfers where mentioned
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office


  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Settle
  • Travel from Skipton
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the these towns and especially Grassington can get very busy especially during July and August. You will find up to date availability on our website.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to have good physical fitness to fully enjoy this tour as, at times, there are some elevation gains and losses to negotiate.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking in the spring, summer and autumn when the weather is fair. Spring is great as the wild flowers will be in bloom and the Autumn when it is a bit quieter.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.

Wonderful fun!


Walking is my favorite way to travel. I love being able to get away from the crowds and the high-speed of the highways. Walking over the moors, through the sheep fields, and into the small villages was lovely! We had considerable rain but we were well prepared and there was always cream tea at the end of a day's walk!


Washington State

Excellent and well laid out walking guides


The hiking guides were spot on. We used guides and the app to keep us on correct footpaths.




We would buy product in this area again!!


We really enjoyed the trip, the directions were spot on, the terrain and area was really beautiful. We had never walked in this area before which enhanced our enjoyment of the walks. The accommodation in the main was very good, comfortable and the hosts were welcoming and wanting to be hospitable to their guests. We would like to walk in this area again but don't see any other on your website.


Glasgow/ Stirling


Beautiful part of Yorkshire


A lovely short break. The Grassington Lodge was comfortable and friendly, with excellent breakfast. Our lovely taxi driver, Gordon, recommended the Grassington House for dinner. So glad he did: we ate there twice. The first day's walking, the circular walk from Grassington, was a good mix of terrain with great views. The second day, from Malham to Grassington, was quite bleak once we'd left Malham and we never met a soul until we approached Grassington. I'd personally have preferred that route to incorporate more of Malham's special features, even if it meant a longer day's walking. A café in Malham provided us with sandwiches for the day.

Lancashire lass



A mostly wonderful experience!


There were a few times on the trails when the directions were not clear or wrong. When we walked to Malham Tarn the route guide said the path was on the west side of the tarn when it was on the east. On the day walking from Malham to Grassington the description of the path after Know Bank Farm was confusing and we only found our way by trial and error. The first day's walk was longer than described. That said, the walks were nicely varied, the distances manageable and each town lovely.

pony girl

Cambridge MA USA


I would use MacAdventures again


I booked this from Australia unsure what I was going to get. I spoke with one or two people who had used MacAdventures with no complaints. I would use MacAdventures again. We were happy with the accomodation and the selected walking routes. Everything was organised as promised and we felt well prepared based on their web page, track notes and map.




Mostly very good.


Did not receive route notes (email or paper ) before arrival. On arrival 1st accommodation could not find our letter which had been sent with notes so MACs emailed to accommodation and they printed them out. Next morning letter found but only contained notes for 2 of the 4 walks! Lucky had printed email version. Other than that we enjoyed the walks. Notes good but with 1 or 2 errors.


Devon (still on holiday)


Escape to the Yorkshire Dales

4.4 7


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