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Yorkshire Dales Short Break

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  • Classic walking through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Burnsall, where Yorkshire’s very own Dick Whittington hails from.
  • Limestone plateaus, 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.
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.

What To Expect

This self-guided short break tour follows trails through the southern Yorkshire Dales with its picture-postcard stone villages, ancient woodland and spectacular waterfalls. Take a long weekend to de-stress and take relaxing walks in these classic Dales landscapes.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Single Centre Walking | The accommodation on this holiday is in one main location, meaning you can unpack your bags for the duration of your trip

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

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. 


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.

Accommodation Information

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).

  • Overnight accommodation in B&B's, guest houses & small hotels
  • Breakfasts included
  • 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 starting point/from finish
  • Lunches, dinners and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

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.


You can start your 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.

It is possible to do the tour in October also. However, please note that if any of your luggage/taxi transfers overlap or fall in the month of October they may be subject to an off season supplement from our local supplier. (October transfers are dependent on driver availability on the off season and a price is given when we request it).

Getting to the Start

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.

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

Baggage Transfer

Transfers for you and your luggage are included. 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. Please note that if any of your luggage/taxi transfers overlap or fall in the month of October they may be subject to an off season supplement from our local supplier. (October transfers are dependent on driver availability on the off season).

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.

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.

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Day 1 Arrive Grassington & overnight Day 2 Wharfedale Loop Walk via Burnsall 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Transfer to Malham. Walk to Grassington 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Onward travel

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