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.
What better way to experience the Dales than by completing the fantastic Herriot Way.
Day 1 - Arrival day
Day 2 - Aysgarth to Hawes - 13 miles (21 km)
Day 3 - Hawes to Keld - 13 miles (21 km)
Day 4 - Keld to Reeth - 12 miles (19 km)
Day 5 - Reeth to Aysgarth - 14 miles (23 km)
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers sent to you in the post.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) 24 hour emergency back-up service
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(E) Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see supplement price).
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!