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 £340 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

“Thank you Contours for a wonderful holiday.”
Mrs Mitchell, UK
“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
“Loved the route, want to do it all over again!”
Mr Knight, UK
“Everything was well organised and worked well - luggage transfers, taxi to and from trail and accommodation.”
Mr Lee, UK
“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
“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
“It was just great being out in the open air with nothing to worry about but the path to our next stopover.”
Mrs Hanson, 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
"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)