The Herriot Way is a 52 mile circular route running through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales.
It is based upon a walk taken by the well-known veterinarian and writer James Herriot. It visits his favourite locations and places where he lived and worked for many years, made famous in his books “James Herriot’s Yorkshire” and “All Creatures Great and Small”. It starts and ends in Aysgarth in the heart of Wensleydale, famous for its cheese as well as its waterfalls, and passes through fabulous Swaledale with its wildflower meadows and landscape of limestone dry stone walls and barns.
The path leads you through valleys, over high fells and heather-clad moorland visiting traditional villages and the market town of Hawes along the way.
This is a circular route so you can choose to start in any location. Our itinerary is described starting from Aysgarth in a clockwise direction. This is the traditional way to walk it and is how the guidebook describes 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.
Herriot Way: Round Trip from Aysgarth
Aysgarth to Aysgarth 52 miles/84 km
We have two walks covering the full route. The longer itinerary of 5 walking days splits the Aysgarth to Hawes leg at Askrigg to make two shorter days. This allows you to ease yourself into the walk gradually before the next three longer days, and also gives you time to explore the market town of Hawes.