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Yorkshire Pub Walks: Ales & Dales Trail

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Classic English hill walking with ample opportunities for pub stops in friendly Yorkshire villages
  • Stay in some of the best rustic country inns and manor houses that the Dales have to offer
  • Walk various sections of England's best national trails (including the C2C & Pennine Way)
  • Enjoy a pint of real ale at the remote Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in mainland UK
  • Grassington, the fabulous village where parts of "All Creatures Great and Small" was filmed
Experience the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park on the Ales and Dales Trail, a collection of pub walks through the expansive rolling English countryside, staying in the charismatic towns of Grassington, Hawes and Aysgarth. Along the way you'll find yourself saying "Ow do" to the locals as you wander through dramatic green landscapes going from one friendly village to the next, spending time in typically English country pubs or cosy tea rooms - of course, ensuring you sample the local ales and "brews" that you can only find in Yorkshire itself. In the evenings you can relax and get a good night's kip in the comfort of some of the best handpicked traditional Inns, manor houses & small hotels that the dales have to offer, not before enjoying an eclectic range of restaurants and lively pubs that are being touted as some of the best culinary locations in the UK.
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What To Expect

We have crafted the “Ales and Dales Trail” in such a way that you will walk the famed sweeping rural landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, whilst also taking you through its many picture-postcard stone-built villages. This gives you ample opportunities (before, during and after your walk) to stop off at a rustic country pub or a cosy tearoom for a hearty lunch, dinner or some "light" refreshments! This moderate graded self-guided walking tour is perfect for those looking to walk the classic English countryside with plenty of chances along the way to taste its culinary delights!

Trip Style:

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

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures

Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded as moderate overall, it has a mixture of tougher and easier walking days. Expect classic Yorkshire hill walking with distances around 11-16 miles a day (in some cases can be shortened with public transport), with ascents/descents of around 300m-600m. You will cross a variety of terrain including well-defined paths and tracks through meadows, open fells, and heather moorlands. There are some sections which can become wet and boggy during bad weather.

Navigation

Whilst the Ales and Dales is not an official waymarked path, it does follow sections of many national trails including the Dales Way, Pennine Way, Coast to Coast as well as some other known trails such as the Inn Way and Herriot Way. We provide comprehensive route notes, maps and GPX tracks through our smartphone app, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in a mixture of carefully chosen Country Inn's, Manor Houses, or small hotels. In some cases, due to availability, you may also stay in some cosy B&B's. Please be aware that due to restrictions of 2x night stays at the weekends in some accommodations in Grassington we prefer that you avoid booking starting on a Friday or Saturday - Please speak to your Adventure Specialist if you wish to book on these days and we can look at availability. 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable, this supplement can be very expensive for solo/single rooms due to the area and nature of the accommodations used on this tour. We welcome solo walkers on this trip although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. The Ales and Dales trail has many options for lunch stops in local tea rooms or pubs that are dotted along the way - details of these are included in your route notes. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

Additional Nights

You may wish to take some extra nights along the route, either to rest or for those with plenty of energy to explore some of the other walking opportunities nearby. We recommend extra nights at:

  • Malham - Perfect for those looking for some extra nights at the start or end of your trip. Malham is well worth a visit, to walk around the iconic Malham Cove where Harry Potter was filmed. Later on in the evening, you can then relax and dine at one of its many lively pubs or restaurants. Malham is not too far from Grassington and we could arrange for this to be included in your tour as a walking day.  We include both walks on our Escape to the Yorkshire Dales tour - so you can follow these on our Macs Adventure app. For more information, talk to your adventure specialist.
  • Hawes - For a mid-tour stop - Hawes is a good option. It is a pretty market town with plenty of easy-going walking trails. It's also home to the Wensleydale Creamery (famous for Wensleydale cheese!)
Included
  • 7 Nights in traditional Yorkshire inn's, country manor houses and small boutique hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel to/from Grassington
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
Extras
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Transfers to/from Skipton train station to your Grassington accommodation

When To Go

The best time to walk is from April through to the end of September.  It's also possible to walk in the shoulder months of March and October, however, the weather can be a nuisance and the paths can become extremely boggy due to increased rainfall and shorter daylight hours. There may also be a baggage transfer supplement as it is out of season for our luggage handlers depending on the date.

Getting to the Start

By Rail - The nearest train station to Grassington is Skipton. Trains run from London to Skipton (via Leeds) and take approx 4.5-hours or it is also possible to travel from Manchester (3.5 hours). From Skipton, there is a regular local bus service to Grassington that takes around 30 mins. Alternatively for a supplement, we can arrange a taxi transfer for you, from Skipton train station to your accommodation in Grassington. (Costs are approximately £25 one way for 1-4 passengers)

By Car - It is a 4 hour drive from London to Grassington or a 1.5 hour drive from Manchester. Please let us know if you do plan to drive as we will attempt to arrange parking space for you (please note that this is at the discretion of the hotel and can't be guaranteed).

By Air - The closest airports are Leeds Bradford or Manchester. From either of these airports, you can take the train via Leeds to Skipton. From Skipton, there is a regular local bus service to Grassington that takes around 30 mins. Alternatively for a supplement, we can arrange a taxi transfer for you, from Skipton train station to your accommodation in Grassington. (Costs are approximately £25 one way for 1-4 passengers)

For more information on train times and schedules please visit the Traveline or National Rail websites.

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 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Online Documents

At Macs Adventure we care about the environment! We’re taking action to minimise the impact we have by converting the majority of our tour documentation for online delivery. On this tour, all your detailed tour information will be digitally delivered. You will have access to this documentation via “My Account” on our website.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Grassington Day 2 Grassington to Cray 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 3 Cray to Hawes (Hardraw) 14 miles / 22.5 km Day 4 Keld Loop Walk via Tan Hill Inn 10.5 miles / 16.5 km Day 5 Keld to Reeth 12 miles / 19 km Day 6 Reeth to Aysgarth 13.5 miles / 22 km Day 7 Aysgarth to Kettlewell (Transfer to Grassington) 15 miles / 25 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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