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A short break walking holiday in the heart of the southern Yorkshire Dales, based in the charming village of 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.
After an included transfer from Skipton Railway Station, 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.
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: 8 miles
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 Grassington, perhaps stopping for a tasty local brew in a cosy pub.
Walk: 8 miles
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.
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.
Grassington Lodge is an award winning contemporary guest house, which offers stylish accommodation in a quiet setting close to the centre of Grassington. Guests will experience first class hospitality.
You can start your Yorkshire Dales Short Break 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.
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.
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.
At times the routes are well way-marked, for example when you walk along the Dales Way from Burnsall to Grassington. 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.
Transfers for you and your luggage are included on Day 1, from Skipton Railway Station to Grassington, on Day 3, from Grassington to Malham (to the beginning of the walk) and on Day 4, from Grassington to Skipton Railway Station. Please limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17 kg per person.
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.
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.
An included transfer will transport you from Skipton Railway Station to Grassington and vice versa on the final day. 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 into and out of are Leeds, London or Manchester.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Grassington can get very busy especially during July and August. You will find up to date availability on our website.
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.
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.
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.
You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.