The Dales Way

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  • No booking fees
5 Based on 4 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16541
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • 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
Start in Ilkley and end in Bowness-on-Windermere, the "The Dales Way" tour is a self-guided walking tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Ilkley, Cowgill, Burnsall and 4 other destinations in England. "The Dales Way" is a private tour which 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.
  • 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
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 18kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • 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
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 10 2024
5 - Excellent
Kaz and I have travelled many times with the help of Trina and the team. We love the walks, the places we stay, and the help we get when we need it - and sometimes we need it!
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 10 2023
4 - Very Good
Very Good
I enjoyed the trip that was well planned. Good choice of inns with good beds (most of the time) good food, local ales and friendly service.
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 03 2022
5 - Excellent
I completed the Dales Way hike. Blessed with good weather. Accommodation and hosts all fabulous. Only caveat I would suggest is not to hike on to Dent, instead of staying in Cowgill. I had been offered a taxi for transfer but... Read more
  • 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
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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 28 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 September 2024, a deposit of 194 USD is required to confirm the 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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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 traveling 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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