Dales Way Short Break

A short walking break from Ilkley to Kettlewell along the Lake District section of the Dales Way.

3 nights
21 miles
Moderate

From £260 per person

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About this route

This short break explores the first stretch of the Dales Way, providing a taste of what this beautiful walk has to offer. The trail begins at Ilkley and follows the bubbling River Wharfe northwards. A range of interesting sites are encountered along the way, including the ruins of Bolton Priory, the awesome Strid surrounded by woodland, the powerful Linton Falls and a scattering of ancient earthworks.

Before reaching the holiday's end in Kettlewell, the trail traverses Coniston Pie, a limestone crag that boasts panoramas across Upper Wharfedale, which is definitely worth the climb.

Standard
Interactive
Dales Way Short Break map
Ilkley to Kettlewell
21 miles (34 km)
24th March to 13th October

Holiday Highlights

Seeing the landscape change from dark Pennine sandstone to light, smooth limestone, with beautiful scenery at every turn.

Spending time exploring the pretty village of Ilkley, the old Viking settlement of Burnsall and the lead mining village of Kettlewell.

Spotting a range of historical landmarks including Addingham Church, Bolton Priory, Linton Church, Barden Bridge and Barden Tower.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DAWSB From Ilkley to Kettlewell 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£260

Dales Way Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Ilkley where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ilkley to Burnsall. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 2

Burnsall to Kettlewell. 9 miles (14km)

Finish

Depart from Kettlewell after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday and give yourself extra time to explore the Yorkshire Dales.

Burnsall has an idyllic setting with heather covered hills that look down upon the village green, complete with maypole and bordering the River Wharfe. A sturdy bridge with massive breakwaters, an inn, church, school and ancient mullion windowed cottages complete the picture.

St Wilfrid's church has many fascinating features; a tapsel gate - a lychgate with a revolving 'turnstile' entrance, a medieval Adoration of the Magi, a Norman inscribed font and Viking 'hog-backed' gravestones. The school next door was one of the country's earliest grammar schools.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 21 miles (34 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: DAWSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 24th March - 13th October
Start of holiday: Ilkley
End of holiday: Kettlewell

Route Profile

Dales Way Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Durham-Tees Valley and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Ilkley). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Kettlewell) is at Settle (about 17 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Ilkley. Few bus services run from Kettlewell.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Ilkley.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take either a bus or a taxi from Kettlewell to Ilkley.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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