Herriot Way

A walking holiday inspired by James Herriot through Wensleydale and Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.
Herriot Way Map

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The Herriot Way is a delightful walk around the northern Yorkshire Dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale. It is based on a holiday taken by James Herriot with his son, which he described in his book 'James Herriot's Yorkshire'.

From Aysgarth the Herriot Way follows the River Ure to Askrigg. After some exploration here, the Herriot Way meanders through Wensleydale. A visit to England's highest unbroken waterfall at Hardraw Force and then onto the bustling market town of Hawes, the Herriot Way ascends Great Shunner Fell to sweeping views across the valleys of Wensleydale and Swaledale. It continues along the Pennine Way to Thwaite, a hamlet nestled in amongst green fields and drystone walls, before departing to neighbouring Keld: a compact village built in traditional stone, with fine views to the surrounding hills.

Following in lead miners' footsteps over heather moors, the trail passes Heaulaugh on its journey to Reeth, known as the 'capital of Swaledale'. The ascent on the far side of the town grants breath-taking views over Swaledale en route to East Bolton Moor, where further tracks once used by miners lead the way.

The imposing bulk of Bolton Castle stands solidly ahead. Past the valley beyond, the route reaches the famous waterfalls of Aysgarth, soon after it finds its end at Aysgarth.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the sights and sounds of the Yorkshire Dales described by James Herriot in his books ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and ‘James Herriot’s Yorkshire.’
  • Exploring the valley of Wensleydale and the home of Wensleydale Cheese in Hawes.
  • Visiting the wonderful Dales villages of Reeth, Heaulaugh and Thwaite.

Testimonials

"A really enjoyable walk, 4 days of 13 miles each, through a variety of countryside - riverside paths, meadowland, open fells and moorland; lots of wildlife, picturesque villages, industrial history, etc. No day too strenuous."
- Mr Parkinson. UK


Herriot Way

A circular walk from Aysgarth through the James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales.
Total Distance 52.5 miles (84 km)
Start and Finish Aysgarth
Availability 8th April to 14th October
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Herriot Way Swaledale
Herriot Way Bolton castle
Herriot Way Hardraw Force
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
HERW 5 nights, 4 days walking £400 per person More Information Book Online
HERW1 6 nights, 5 days walking £480 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
HERW-D 5 nights, 4 days walking £450 per person More Information Book Online
HERW1-D 6 nights, 5 days walking £540 per person More Information Book Online
£8 per dog / walking day
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£35 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£55 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Mrs Sue Williams. UK.

This was our first walking holiday and we enjoyed every minute. Fantastic scenery, we met lovely people, the B&B's were very attentive. Thank you for organising everything- all went very smoothly. We will definitely recommend you to others.

Mr Hiltunen. Finland.

Everything was well arranged. The people we met were very friendly and helpful. The weather was good. The area is very beautiful and the history was interesting.