The Dales Way

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  • Walking tour
  • Hiking
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Ilkley, England
  • Ends Bowness-on-Windermere, England
  • +5
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Hiking Through the Yorkshire Dales
  • A 78 mile walk crossing the Pennines from Ilkley to Windermere
  • Walking Through Beautiful Wharfedale and Dentdale to the Lake District
  • Stay in Inns and Farmhouses Dating from the 16th and 17th Centuries
The Dales Way tour starts from Ilkley and ends in Bowness-on-Windermere. It is a walking trip that takes 8 days taking you through Burnsall, Burneside, Cowgill and 4 other destinations in England. The Dales Way is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Walk through the Pennines and Lake District in the Yorkshire Dales. Welcome to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the purest form of English highland landscape, with traditions and views, which have remained virtually untouched for centuries. Soft rolling hills, limestone edges, green valleys, waterfalls, a Roman road, several interesting old churches, an abbey and some lovely Real Ale pubs all feature here as well as the villages proud of their heritage. This tour includes the whole 78 mile length of this much loved long distance path, established in 1969, which runs right across the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the Lake District. Gradients and terrain are generally straight forward, but the going may be muddy underfoot in wet weather; there are some high moorland areas to cross. Much of the trail follows pretty river valleys especially The Wharfe, Dee, Rawthey, Lune and The Kent. All have beauty spots for shady picnics, small ravines and rapids and are patrolled by birds such as Berwick swans, kingfishers, dippers and wagtails. Brown trout lurk in their waters depths. There are also a large number of “stiles” and “kissing gates” to negotiate as you stroll across fields, so good mobility is important. The itinerary follows Wharfedale (where there is time to admire the ruins of Bolton Abbey) and then via Hubberholme, gradually gaining height upstream to reach the Pennine watershed at Cam Fell (1700 feet). The way then runs down Dentdale to the market town of Sedbergh and across sheep pastures to Bowness on Windermere.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 5 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Oct 01 2019
5 - Excellent
Review of Dale's Way Tour
“Excellent walking tour. Friendly innkeepers and people were encountered along the way. Food was great, and got better each day. Not overly strenuous, so the walk was enjoyable”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 21 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“We found the Dales Way more challenging than we
anticipated, partly due to the extreme weather conditions we
encountered on the day we walked from Hubberholme to
Cowgill, namely unseasonably cold temperatures & driving rain with very high winds. Also, due to the large amount of rain that fell before & during our trip, the River Wharfe was flooded in many places, resulting in many detours through & around surrounding fields. This was particularly the case on our walk from Burnsall to Hubberholme. Although challenging, we thoroughly enjoyed the walk, but if we did it again would do it in such a way that we could choose our walking days, and not have to walk during the extreme weather we encountered on the most challenging stretch, Hubberholme to Cowgill. The scenery on most of this walk is breathtaking, along the way we saw a Roe deer and an otter. Overall the accommodation was superb, Hollin Root Farm is too far off the path and suggest accommodation in Kendal at the end of this strech.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 20 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“Thanks Sherpa, excellent organisation and smooth operation that made the walk all the more enjoyable.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 18 2019
5 - Excellent
“The Dales Way walk was beautiful The accommodation excellent. We had rain on 2 of the days but one should expect that in the Lake District. With appropriate gear this isnt a problem and certainly didnt distract from our enjoyment.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Ilkley
  • Day 2 : Ilkley to Burnsall 20.9 km/13 miles, 6 h. 500ft ascent
  • Day 3 : Burnsall to Hubberholme 25.7 km/16 miles, 6.75 h. 850ft ascent
  • Day 4 : Hubberholme to Cowgill 22.5km/14 miles, 6.5 h. 1500ft ascent
  • Day 5 : Cowgill to Sedbergh 17.7 km/11 miles, 5 h. 500ft ascent
  • Day 6 : Sedbergh to Burneside 25.7 km/16 miles, 6 h. 1300ft ascent
  • Day 7 : Burneside to Bowness on Windermere 16 km/10 miles, 4 h
  • Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Emergency hotline
  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Dales Way tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 08 October 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 October 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Dales Way tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Dales Way tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

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