Escape to the Yorkshire Dales

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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.
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.

What To Expect

This self-guided walking tour follows trails through the southern Yorkshire Dales with its picture-postcard stone villages, ancient woodland and spectacular waterfalls. If you want to forget your stresses and walk in these classic Dales landscapes over the course of four days, staying in hand-picked and charming lodging, then this is the choice of tour for you.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & 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

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.

Accommodations

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.

Meals

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).

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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
Extras
  • 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.

Availability

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.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

Luggage 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.

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Settle & overnight Day 2 Walk to Malham 10 miles / 16 km Day 3 Malham Cove and Tarn Loop 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Walk to Grassington 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Wharfedale Loop Walk via Burnsall 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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