Coast to Coast - The Yorkshire Dales section - guided - July 2018
Shepherds Walks holidays are introducing a three-day guided holiday in 2018 covering approximately 35 miles of one of the most spectacular sections of the Coast to Coast trail. Our walk begins in Kirkby Stephen in the Pennines and traverses the Yorkshire Dales through Swaledale – to many this is the finest of all the Dales -from Keld to the historic town of Richmond. You will be accompanied by a fully qualified guide who will no doubt inspire you with their local knowledge, wit and charm. Their primary aim is to get you from the start to the finish safely and to ensure that you enjoy every aspect of the walk. Packed lunches are provided and accommodation is in specially selected small hotels and B and B’s offering traditional mouth-watering breakfasts and great hospitality. Evening meals are available at each establishment or nearby and are paid for locally.
Whilst much of the walk is reasonably level walking, there are some steady ascents and descents and the first day from Kirkby Stephen to Keld can be strenuous if the weather is adverse. Walking 11 – 12 miles on three consecutive days can be taxing and some careful preparation is required.
This is a truly terrific short holiday break in one of the most beautiful areas of England.
Day 1 – Saturday 7th July 2018 - Arrive Richmond for overnight stay
Day 2 – Sunday 8th July 2018 - Kirkby Stephen to Keld 12 miles
Day 3 - Monday 9th July 2018 - Keld to Reeth 12 miles
Day 4 – Tuesday 10th July 2018 - Reeth to Richmond 11 miles
Day : 1 - Arrive RichmondOvernight stay
Your holiday commences in the delightful and historic town of Richmond in North Yorkshire where you will meet with your Shepherds Walks guide and fellow walkers and spend your first night. Richmond is only 4 miles from the A1 and has many restaurants and hotels and places to eat. If arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle here for the next three days. In the evening your Shepherds Walks guide will meet with you and outline the arrangements for the next three days. The historic town of Richmond is well worth exploring either on your arrival or when you complete your walk. It is dominated by its castle and the narrow alleys and quaint buildings that huddle in the shelter of the massive Norman keep. The unique and tiny Georgian theatre is also worth a visit as is the Green Howards Regimental museum which is located in the market square.
Day : 2 - Kirkby Stephen to Keld12 miles / 19 kms
This morning you will be transported to the town of Kirkby Stephen the starting point of the walk. The trail takes you over farmland and wild moorland to the Nine Standards – a group of substantial cairns from which exceptional views in all directions can be enjoyed (as long as the weather cooperates!) From this, the highest point on your walk and also the Pennine watershed, the path continues on moorland and tracks to Keld, your destination for today. This small village is where the river Swale rises and is also the half way point for those walking the full length of the Coast to Coast walk.
Day : 3 - Keld to Reeth12 miles / 19 kms
This is simply a stunning days walking whether you take the “high route” taking in the numerous sites of former lead mining operations some of which date back to pre-Roman times and enjoying the wonderful views of Swaledale. If the weather is inclement the “low route” – known as the Royal Road to Reeth – is just as special following the Swale through lush meadows and woods all the way to Reeth, once the centre of the extensive lead mining activity and now the “capital of Swaledale”. There are several hotels and public houses to relax in and enjoy a well-earned drink to reward yourself for your exertions.
Day : 4 - Reeth to Richmond11 miles / 18 km
On this your final day, the River Swale and its wooded valley is never far distant and the whole journey is threaded with variety and interest all the way – an old priory, lovely villages and a landscape of limestone escarpments, copses, rich meadows and leafy becks. Many describe this section of Swaledale as English countryside at its best.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Packed lunches
(C) Fully qualified walking guide with the group at all times
(D) 24 hour emergency backup service
(E) Transfer on day 2 to Kirkby Stephen
(F) Luggage transfers between accommodations.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Personnel clothing and equipment.
(C) Evening meals.
(D) Single room option (if required see single supplement)
The Shepherds Walks Representative will:
(A) Meet you on your first evening at your accommodation.
(B) Walk with the group every day.
(C) Will talk you through the route for the trip.
(D) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there.
(E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.
Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.
We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.
We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.
Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.
We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.
Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.
We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.
We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you
As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.
That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!
Do I need travel insurance?
If you are coming to the UK from overseas it is a condition of our tours that you are covered by medical and personal travel insurance that includes repatriation to your home country. If you are a UK resident medical and personal travel insurance is also recommended. If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel.
What type of accommodation will we be staying in - guided trip?
The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation, but this cannot always be guaranteed. Single occupancy is available subject to confirmation and availability. However, if you are prepared to share a twin room with a like minded person, then the single occupancy supplement does not have to be paid.
What are the payment terms on the holiday and can I pay the holiday in instalments?
A deposit is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before departure date, but don’t worry we will send you a reminder 2 weeks before this is due.
If you want to pay your holiday off in instalments that’s not a problem. Once you have booked you can log into your ‘members section’ at any time and see you holiday details including the amount still due. At any time (either online in the members section) or over the phone you can pay off any amount of our holiday and see the balance due reduce.
Many of our customers really like this control of being able to pay off an amount off their holiday every month.
The choice is yours.
I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?
Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.
Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.
Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?
You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure. You will also receive hard copies at the Meet and Greet with your Shepherds Walks Holidays representative with exception of the Dales Way, Cumbria Way, Cleveland Way and Isle of Man self-guided for these holidays you will receive your pack by post.