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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 £295 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.

Dog friendly tours available

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

Customer reviews from the Dales Way

“Every vista was as beautiful as the last. Every lodging we stayed in was different, historic and interesting. I loved the remote feel to our daily walking, and we met so many nice people as we walked.”
Ms Danforth, USA
“Beautiful countryside, great people and places to stay.”
Mr Lent, USA
“Wonderful route, varied accommodation, good food, and very well organised throughout.”
Mrs Tumelty, UK
“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
“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
“Absolutely great - loved it! Everything was well organised.”
Dr Nash, UK
“Very impressed with Contours, will definitely use again. This was my first trip with you. Walk was lovely, particularly first 5 days.”
Mr Griffiths, UK
“Very lucky with the weather, amazing countryside and great places to visit and stay.”
Miss Renard, UK
“I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to my friends who would be interested in doing this walk. The landscape was delightful, so green. We thoroughly enjoyed the 7 days rambling through the Yorkshire countryside. I loved it all really. I loved that we were walking along a river a lot of the way. Always pleasant to be near water. I loved that I got to walk across stepping stones in the River Wharfe. Always wanted to do that.”
Mrs Thompson, Australia
"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)