Dales Way

The Dales Way crosses through the Yorkshire Dales from east to west, spending much of its time on the riverside paths bordering the Rivers Wharfe and Dee. The path begins in Ilkley, a market town at the eastern edge of the Dales and takes a route through Wharfedale and Dentdale, before crossing into the foothills of the Lake District to finish on the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, in the Lake District.

This is primarily a riverside walk threaded between market towns and ancient limestone village hamlets. In between, the route takes in shorter sections of moors, fell sides and limestone pavement to keep the route interesting.

The Yorkshire Dales is an internationally renowned National Park, with a characteristic landscape of limestone dry stone walls and isolated field barns with small villages and hamlets dotted through the steep sided valleys.

Our Holidays

We offer 3 holidays over the entire length of the Dales Way, from 6 to 8 days walking. For those with less time, we also offer a 3 day ‘Heart of the Dales’ alternative on the Wharfedale section of the route.

When choosing your route, please bear in mind that the actual distance walked on any day may sometimes vary by up to 2 miles/3 km from the quoted distances, depending on the exact location of your accommodation. The mileages shown are typical door to door distances for each day.

The Whole Dales Way

Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere 82 miles/132 km

We have 3 options for the whole Dales Way route. Choose from 6, 7 or 8 days walking with daily averages of 10, 12 or 14 miles.

Code Length Average per day Price range
DW7 6 days walking (7 nights) 14 miles/23 km $791 - $925 Full Info Book
DW8 7 days walking (8 nights) 12 miles/19 km $887 - $1044 Full Info Book
DW9 8 days walking (9 nights) 10 miles/16 km $982 - $1162 Full Info Book

Wharfedale: Heart of the Dales

Burnsall to Kettlewell 22 miles/35 km

This is easy walking in classic Yorkshire Dales country. From the beautiful Bolton Abbey, along river sides and through woodlands, meadows and moorlands, to Buckden in Upper Wharfedale.

Code Length Average per day Price range
DWW4 3 days walking (4 nights) 7 miles/11 km $495 - $562 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

The walking holiday exceeded our expectations – excellent! While everything was so well organised, we could carefree enjoy the whole day. The good organisation gives also confidence in the next B&B. The price/quality ratio was perfect.

Dales Way, July 2019
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I was very pleased with all that you provided for my holiday from the initial phone call. Very helpful, friendly lady to the information pack, guidebook etc. The accommodation overall was of an excellent standard and in some cases far exceeded my expectations. Yours is the best holiday company I have used so far and I cannot see anyone doing better. Highly recommended. You thought of everything and have obviously taken trouble to research accommodation.

Dales Way, June 2019
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Customer friendly, rapid reactions by mail, excellent problem solving, great choices of accommodation. Keep up the good work!

Dales Way, April 2019
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