The Whole Lady Anne's Way
Skipton to Penrith in 6 days Walking Code: LA7
We offer 3 holidays covering the whole route. You can choose from 6, 8 or 9 days depending how far you want to walk each day. The route does include remote moorland sections therefore it is worth bearing in mind that the 6 day hike is quite a challenging undertaking that serious walkers will enjoy.
This is the most challenging of the Lady Anne’s Way walks. You need to be a fit walker to walk the route in 6 days as you will be covering between 12 and 19 miles each day.
Some days you will be walking in remote moorland countryside with some sharp ascents.
|Day 1||Travel to Skipton for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Skipton to Grassington||16||26|
|Day 3||Grassington to Cray||13||21|
|Day 4||Cray to Hawes||16||26|
|Day 5||Hawes to Kirkby Stephen||17||27|
|Day 6||Kirkby Stephen to Appleby||17||27|
|Day 7||Appleby to Penrith||20||32|
|Day 8||Depart from Penrith after breakfast|
Wharfedale: Skipton to Buckden
The route starts at Skipton with its well preserved Medieval castle, the birthplace of Lady Anne Clifford. This section is dominated by the majestic River Wharfe which you will follow from the imposing ruins of Lady Anne’s Barden Tower to the tiny village of Buckden nestling at the foot of Buckden Pike. At times the trail wanders along by the side of the river through broad-leafed woodland and beautiful meadows, passing picturesque villages and the typical Dales scenery of dry-stone walls and isolated barns. At other times the path takes you high up onto the fell-side, entering limestone country and passing the remains of Iron Age settlements with superb views across to Littondale and back down into Wharfedale. All along this section of the trail there are plenty of opportunities to buy refreshments in quaint teashops or cosy village inns.
Wensleydale: Buckden to Hawes
Truly up hill and down dale this is another very varied section as the trail leaves Wharfedale behind and crosses the moorland of Stake Allotments on part of an old roman road with stunning views across to Addlebrough. The path then drops down into Wensleydale where you will encounter Nappa Hall which once belonged to Lady Anne, before entering the charming market town of Askrigg, famous for its use in the television series “All Creatures Great and Small”. Now following the River Ure, you are once again walking through the quintessential Dales Country scenery of flower filled meadows divided up by limestone walls and barns. Hawes is one of the highest market towns in England and famous for its cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum.
Lady Anne’s Highway and Mallerstang: Hawes to Kirkby Stephen
A dramatic section, this part of the path begins with a climb up onto Cotter End (500m). It then contours round on a ledge above the valley with excellent views across to the Dandrymire viaduct on the famously scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line. You are now on “Lady Anne Clifford’s Highway”.The path follows the headwaters of the River Ure until at Hellgill you leave Yorkshire behind and enter Cumbria, or Westmorland as it once was. The trail then picks up the River Eden and descends into the dramatic Mallerstang Common with views across to the imposing Wild Boar Fell. Here you will find St Mary’s Church and the romantic ruins of Pendragon Castle both of which were once restored by Lady Anne. Then pleasant valley walking leads you to Kirkby Stephen which boasts an interesting church with cloisters to shelter market folk, and the famous Saxon Loki Stone.
Upper Eden: Kirkby Stephen to Appleby
Meandering along in the Eden Valley, this is a section of gentle rambling but extensive views steeped in history. Both the church and the castle at Brough were restored by Lady Anne, but the castle is in ruins once more. After Warcop the trail again follows the River Eden with easy walking through pleasant fields and meadows, past sleepy hamlets and villages to Appleby-in-Westmorland. The narrow road through Great Ormside village leads to Ormside Hall, with its 14th Century pele tower, and to St James’s Church. Nearby is the Ormside Viaduct carrying the Settle to Carlisle Railway across the River Eden. Appleby is a delightful market town with its castle and keep, moot hall and tree lined green. It owes much to Lady Anne who repaired and maintained several of the buildings and built the charming almshouses. St Lawrence’s Church with its cloister arches is worth a visit, as it is here that Lady Anne is buried.
Vale of Eden: Appleby to Penrith
A low level section with lovely vistas of the North Pennine Hills starting with a view up into High Cup Nick and its horseshoe of vertical Whin Sill crags. The trail passes through the timeless red sandstone village of Long Marton and then continues to Kirkby Thore with superb views towards Cross Fell and Wild Boar Fell. From here it is easy walking down to the River Eden once more and the picturesque Ousenstand Bridge, then past Whinfell Forest to Brougham Hall, and on to Brougham Castle. There are extensive ruins here of what was probably Lady Anne’s favourite castle, and where she died in 1676. Nearby is the Countess Pillar erected by Lady Anne to commemorate her mother. The path then meanders along next to the River Eamont and into the bustling market town of Penrith.
This route is within the grasp of any reasonably fit walker who can follow a map! Lady Anne’s Way spends much of its time in valley bottoms, alongside rivers and through woodlands, but it also involves some remoter sections over moorlands, rather than mountains.
Terrain: A mixture of wooded valleys, riverside paths, and remoter moorlands. A bit of everything the Dales (and Eden Valley) have to offer!
What’s it like underfoot? The paths and tracks are reasonably well defined and maintained. Sections can be muddy in wet weather.
How Much Up & Down? The route climbs and descends on most days – with three days having up to 300m (1000 ft) of ascent. The maximum altitude is over 1800ft between Buckden and Askrigg.
Signposting: None. You will need to use your route description and map.
Navigation: The paths are well defined over most of the route, but you will need to be able use a map and compass in case the mist is down over the moors. On some valley sections the route follows quieter, less travelled footpaths, which can be less well defined at times.
Weather: You may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views, but you must be prepared because the weather can change quickly. Good clothing and waterproofs are essential!
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.Full English or Continental breakfast.|
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.|
|Information of Services Along the Route||A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.|
|Maps||1:25000 OS maps covering the entire route|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.|
|15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 15% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.|
| Packed Lunches
||Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
|Arrangement of return transport||We can also arrange your transfer back to your car, (or advise you when public transport is a better option)!|
What’s not Included
|Evening Meals||Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you. Allow about £20.00 per night.|
|Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish||Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.|
|Travel Insurance||Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.|
Good accommodation and friendly hosts are an essential part of any holiday. We understand this and go out of our way to find the best. We put a great deal of effort into hand picking our accommodation and matching it to individual customer requirements. As well as visiting the accommodation ourselves, we ask all our customers to complete a short evaluation on each night’s accommodation, which then gives us an insight in to the day-to-day operation, and lets us spot any potential issues before they become a problem.
We use a variety of accommodation, including small country house hotels, guest houses in market towns, bed and breakfasts in farm houses, country cottages and Victorian town houses. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. For example, over the course of your trip you might stay in a village inn, a bed and breakfast in a converted barn, a Victorian guest house, on a working farm, and in a Georgian hotel.
We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
General travel information on the Lady Anne’s Way will be in your holiday pack including train and bus timetables where available.
Detailed instructions on getting to your first night’s accommodation by car, or on foot from the nearest train or bus station, will also be included in the holiday pack on individual accommodation maps.
If you require secure car parking whilst walking this route, please contact us for detailed information – we can usually arrange car parking in Skipton and you can return to your car by public transport or taxi transfer.
By Air: The nearest airports are Manchester International (MAN) and Leeds Bradford (LBA). From Manchester you can take a train to Leeds and connect to Skipton from there.
By Public Transport: Skipton has a train station, and is easily accessible from the north and south via Leeds. There are trains from London, which take around four hours.
By Road: Skipton is situated in the Yorkshire Dales on the A65. The nearest city is Leeds (17 miles). There are National Express coach routes to Skipton.
Returning from Penrith:
By Air: There is a railway station in Penrith on the West Coast Mainline, where you can catch trains to airports: Manchester (approx 2 hours) and London (3 hours).
By Public Transport: The train from Penrith back to Skipton takes around 2 and a half hours. Alternatively you could catch a bus to Appleby and then take the scenic Carlisle to Settle railway which continues on to Skipton.
By Road: Very close to the M6 motorway, Penrith is also served by National Express Coaches
With its beautiful and well preserved medieval castles, cobbled streets and its location on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton is a nice place to spend an extra day. It is a friendly small town with a market four days a week, you can explore the castle or take a boat trip on the canal.
Hawes is a bustling market town, lying in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounded by spectacular scenery. With many craft workshops, antique and speciality shops and restaurants on offer, it’s the perfect place to spend a well-earned rest day. This picturesque town is home to the famous Wensleydale Cheese and the renowned Dales country side museum.
Kirkby Stephen is a traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops. It is situated in a landscape of pastoral rural scenery with wild uplands. Being remote from large towns and population centres, Kirkby Stephen has developed a strong and self-sufficient identity and a vibrant sense of community.