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Dales Way

Dales Way

A self-guided walking holiday through the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Park.

3 to 10 nights
22-79 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £310 per person

About the trail

The Dales Way meanders through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales to the shores of Windermere in the Lake District. On a self-guided holiday along the Dales Way, you’ll enjoy a vast range of beautiful Yorkshire landscapes, including colourful moorland, tranquil riversides, rugged fells and quiet valleys.

The walk explores a range of pretty towns and villages and offers glimpses into the region’s past, including the ruins of Bolton Priory and Barden Tower. The trail then leaves the Yorkshire Dales and heads towards Windermere, passing through rolling farmland framed by the impressive mountains of the Lake District, providing a satisfying end to a remarkable trail.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the Dales Way

“I knew I would enjoy the Dales Way and working with Contours helped us know everything was taken care of.”
Ms Cox, USA
“Thank you for organising our walking holiday along the Dales Way. With the help of some great weather it was a truly amazing experience, with wonderful scenery and views throughout.”
Mr Carr, UK
“The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful.”
Dr Werner, USA
“WE MADE IT. Hard to believe. It’s a beautiful trip and we really enjoyed it. Thanks for your advice and guidance. We are both sorry we only did two days. We would be happy for another day.”
Mr Goldfarb, Jerusalem
“Great walk on the best of the Dales. Beautiful weather walking through the river side and pastures, raining and wet walking on the hills, windy, soggy and confused about where the trail went and that was just the first day! Would do it again tomorrow.”
Mr Penland, USA
“Fantastic holiday, overnight stays excellent.”
Mr McInnes, UK
“Very lucky with the weather, amazing countryside and great places to visit and stay.”
Miss Renard, UK
“We both had a fantastic time and would like to thank you for a superb holiday.”
Ms Ritchie, UK
“Lovely walk. Not too challenging with beautiful scenery. We were lucky with the weather but much of the walk is along rivers so even in bad weather it would have been lovely. No hitches with logistics. Luggage arrived at the right place. Accommodation easy to find.”
Dr Stafford, UK
"Outside Kettlewell" by Marion Knight (2021)
"Dent Viaduct" by Marion Knight (2021)
"At Bolton Abbey" by Marion Knight (2021)
"River Wharfe between Kettlewell and Hubberholme" Ann Hooley (2020)
"Cheeky Chickens" by John Hooley (2020)
"Bolton Abbey" by Helen Anderson (2019)
"Where the Dales Way meets the Pennine Way" by John Lonergan (2019)
"Dent Head Viaduct near Cowgill" by John Lonergan (2019)
"Dales Way into Sedburgh" by John Lonergan (2019)
"Strid Wood" by Valerie Ball (2019)
"Bolton Priory" by Valerie Ball (2019)
"River Wharfe between Ilkley and Burnsall" by David Raynor (2018)
"River Wharfe at Burnsall" by David Raynor (2018)
"Bridge over River Wharfe" by David Raynor (2018)
"Meadow and Sky between Buckden and Hubberholme" by Else Carriere (2017)
"Suspension Bridge over River Wharfe" by Else Carriere (2017)
Meadow between Buckden and Hubberholme
Meadow between Buckden and Hubberholme" by Else Carriere (2017)
"Stream near Cowgill" by Lanny Swallow (2017)
"Outside of Ilkey" by Lanny Swallow (2017)
"Rapids outside of Grassington" by Lanny Swallow (2017)