Dales Way

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

3 to 10 nights
23-78 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £275 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. Along the way, the trail enjoys 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 walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the Dales Way

“Excellent week. Great landscape to walk through, excellent weather as well as very good accommodation and everything running smoothly.”
Mr Chilvers, UK
“The scenery was great. The organisation was excellent. We are very pleased to have completed the walk. But it was hard going on some days! Everything went very smoothly.”
Mrs Rosser, UK
“Absolutely great - loved it! Everything was well organised.”
Dr Nash, UK
“Surprisingly, my first ever visit to the Yorkshire Dales. A lovely, not-too-strenuous walk through rolling hills and along pretty river banks, often staying in characterful pubs with excellent food.”
Mr Julyan, UK
“Fantastic holiday, overnight stays excellent.”
Mr McInnes, UK
“Accommodation was good, bag transfers were reliable, great hosts.”
Mr Noble, Australia
“Yes, we had a great time! We loved the woods beyond Bolton Abbey and all of the riverside walking. I enjoyed the last few miles into Bowness very much.”
Mrs Lawrie, UK
“Beautiful countryside, great people and places to stay.”
Mr Lent, USA
“It was amazing -one of the best holidays we have taken! We enjoyed the walking, going through endless stiles, seeing hundreds of sheep and cows, walking along beautiful rivers, crossing over historic bridges, crossing under viaducts, and stopping in small towns to eat and sleep. The directions and our luggage delivery were perfect. We'll definitely use Contours again and recommend you to our American friends. Most of our friends had not heard of this type of experience and thought it sounded fun. Thanks for arranging an unforgettable vacation!”
Ms Lewellen, USA
"Strid Wood" by Valerie B
"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" 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)