Herriot Way - Guided Trip - July 2021
The Herriot Way is a 52 mile (84km) long distance path that runs through some of the best and most varied scenery in the Yorkshire Dales; including the world famous Wensleydale and the picturesque Swaledale. The walk starts and finishes in Aysgarth and visits Askrigg,Hawes, Keld, Reeth and Grinton. It is fast becoming one of the iconic long distance walks in the U.K.
The walk is named after James Herriot, the fictional name given to the real-life veterinary surgeon who lived and worked in the Dales for many years. In life James Herriot was really Alf Wight and the Herriot Way is based on a walking holiday he took with his son Jimmy around the Youth Hostels of Aysgarth, Grinton and Keld.
We complete the walk over four days and will visit beautiful valleys, high open fells and rolling, heatherclad moorland. The route crosses one of the highest points in Yorkshire, Great Shunner Fell, visits historic monuments and passes through a barren industrial wilderness laid bare through lead mining over the centuries.
Although the route is predominantly on well defined paths a reasonable level of fitness and navigational skill is needed especially in poor weather conditions.
Accommodation is in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family run hotels. Breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation. We book all your accommodation, transfer your luggage and then guide you through this walking holiday.
What better way to experience the Dales than by completing the fantastic Herriot Way.
Day 1 – Saturday 24th July 2021 – Arrival day
Day 2 - Sunday 25th July 2021 - Aysgarth to Hawes - 13 miles (21 km)
Day 3 - Monday 26th July 2021 - Hawes to Keld - 13 miles (21 km)
Day 4 - Tuesday 27th July 2021 - Keld to Reeth - 12 miles (19 km)
Day 5 - Wednesday 28th July 2021 - Reeth to Aysgarth - 14 miles (23 km)
Day : 1 - Arrival day
Your holiday begins when you meet with your Shepherds Walks guide and fellow walkers at your accommodation in the town of Aysgarth. If you arrive by train, we can arrange for you to be collected from Ribblehead station, please see supplement.
You will enjoy a hearty evening meal at one of the local hostelries and your guide will outline the format for the next four days of walking.
Day : 2 - Aysgarth – Hawes 13 miles (21 km)
Today you will follow the route initially along the River Ure, which it follows closely along wide meadows and a disused railway track until turning into Askrigg. This is the village that was used to film the James Herriot TV series. From Askrigg the route travels down the Wensleydale valley , through lush green fields, down narrow, secluded lanes to the village of Hardraw with its famous waterfall and then into Hawes, the highest market town in Yorkshire.
Day : 3 - Hawes – Keld 13 miles (21 km)
Today we follow the Pennine Way as we leave Hawes and climb up the side of Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in Yorkshire. The path is mostly paved to the summit shelter and (weather permitting) fantastic, wide-ranging views across the surrounding dales and hills are enjoyed. The path drops down into Swaledale and the picturesque village of Thwaite before skirting the lower slopes of Kisdon to arrive in Keld. This remote village is the meeting point of three long distance walks –The Herriot Way, The Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast –and as accommodation here is at a premium you will be transferred back to Hawes.
Day : 4 - Keld – Reeth 12 miles (19 km) or 13.5miles if “low route” (22 km)
You will be transferred back to Keld after breakfast. This is simply a stunning day’s 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 : 5 - Reeth – Aysgarth14 miles (23 km)
Today we leave Reeth and follow the River Swale to Grinton where we start to climb out of Swaledale. The path winds its way through glorious heather and open moorland around Gibbon Hill and then along the rough but easy Apedale Road. After Dent’s Houses the path drops steeply down to the village of Castle Bolton and the atmospheric remains of the famous castle. More fields and back lanes lead to the impressive falls at Aysgarth and back to our starting point. If you need to travel home by train, we can arrange for you to be collected and taken to Ribblehead station, please see supplement.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis)
(B) Pack lunches.
(C) Fully qualified walking guide accompanying the group at all times.
(D) Luggage transfers between accommodations.
(E) People transfers as listed in the above dossier
(F) 24 hour emergency back-up service.
(G) Herriot Way guidebook.
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see supplement price).
The Shepherds Walks Representative will:
(A) Meet you on your first evening/morning 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.
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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 you move our bags for us on our walking holiday?
Yes, we move your bags for you everyday. You just leave your main bag at your accommodation and we will move it for you, so it will be at your next nights accommodation waiting for you.
You just carry your day pack.
Your baggage allowance for the trip is one main piece of luggage which should be preferably either a backpack/rucksack or sports bag, and one small daypack. Try to travel as light as possible. It is best to avoid large solid hardtop suitcases as these cause difficulties on transfer vehicles etc.
The larger piece of luggage will travel on the vehicle between accommodations and the daypack should be suitable for carrying any additional outer-layer clothing and items you will need on your walk during the day. As a general rule, we would recommend that your main piece of luggage shouldn't weigh more than 15 - 20 kilos.
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.