ENGLAND’S YORKSHIRE DALES WALK
Discover the magic of the Yorkshire Dales, the river valleys and purple heather clad moors that captivated James Heriott, and inspired his famous stories. This magnificent part of England was the setting for many of the television locations for All Creatures Great and Small. Walking here you will comprehend the deep affection Heriott held for the land.
There is no great wilderness here, but for many walkers the mildness of the land is the Yorkshire Dales’ most important attraction. The Yorkshire Dales are surrounded on three sides by mountain areas. To the north is the Pennine chain, to the west are the fells of the Lake District, and to the east lie the rolling North York Moors. The mountains form the flat land and rolling hills of the Dales. Overall there are very few parts of the Dales which are not ideal for walkers, making it justifiably one of the most popular areas in England. Added to the natural landscape are some human influences: remains of ancient settlements, scenic farms and villages, classic limestone walls and field-barns. Much of the countryside is protected by two extensive National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Both area walkers paradise, offering tranquillity and an escape from the busy world.
You will also walk through many villages, with narrow cobblestone streets, buildings which date back to the Middle Ages and traditions which have become a part of people’s lives for centuries. You will see the beautiful Medieval church in Askrigg. The road will lead you to Middleham, the most picturesque of small market towns of the Dales. Here is the center for race horse training in the north of England, where the cobbled streets are often resounding with the clatter of horse shoes, as these thoroughbreds are taken to the Moors above the town to be trained. Middleham also boasts the ruins of a fine Medieval Castle, a power base of the north and strongly associated with Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, and with King Richard III of Shakespearean fame.
6 nights B&B accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, Blue Badge Tourist Guide, luggage transfers, support entrance fees, tax.
DIFFICULTY OF WALK
This Walk covers 6 to 10 miles per day mainly on tracks and footpaths.
You will arrive independently at your hotel in Burnsall.
Begin in the ancient market town of Ripon. Visit the Cathedral and follow in the footsteps of the founding monks, along the river Skell through the lovely grounds of Studley Park to the beautiful ruins of Fountains Abbey. You will explore the ruins of this Cistercian monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch. Walk to the geological phenomenon of Brimham Rocks. 7 miles, 4 hours plus stops and visits. Overnight in Wharfedale.
You will start at Bolton Priory on the dales way and follow the River Wharfe, winding through the lovely countryside of Wharfedale. Hear about the Clifford’s and Devonshires, two families whose names are imprinted on the valley. After lunch continue to the picturesque Dales village of Grassington and then drive up Wharfedale to Hubberholme with its J.B. Priestley connections. 10 miles, 5 hours plus stops and visits. Overnight in Hawes.
You will walk in Wensleyfdale famous for its cheese and association with the famous veterinarian and author of “All Creatures Great and Small”, James Herriot. Herriot’s books recounting his early days as a vet in the Dales have delighted many, and walkers will experience the setting where many of the scenes for the television series were filmed. Continue to Bolton Castle, a fine medieval castle where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive. 10 miles, 5 hours plus stops and visits. Overnight in Hawes.
A day in Swaledale beginning with a lovely walk from Keld to Muker-a mixture of riverbank and hay meadows crossing the Pennine way. View the traditional farming landscape with its field barns and dry stone walls. At the end of the day enjoy a sheepdog demonstration. 7 miles, 4 hours plus stops and visits. Overnight in Hawes.
You will begin your walk in East Wilton and head for Middleham, famous for its associations with King Richard III and horse racing. Explore the cobbled streets and castle before continuing into beautiful Wensleydale. 2 miles, I hour plus stops and visits. Overnight in Hawes.
Departure after a leisurely breakfast.
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