Herriot Way
52 mile circular walk around James Herriot's Yorkshire Dales

The Dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale were always very scenic and attractive, but have become renowned as a result of the popular television series, based on the books by James Herriot, “All Creatures Great and Small”, and which were about his work and exploits located in these two dales. The Herriot Way is a circular, unofficial route of 52 miles in length, in four stages of approximately 13 miles.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: Aysgarth to Hawes (13m)
Day 2: Hawes to Keld (13m)
Day 3: Keld to Reeth (13m)
Day 4: Reeth to Aysgarth (13m)

 

£400 per person (based on two sharing)

 

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Day 1: Aysgarth to Askrigg (7m)
Day 2: Askrigg to Hawes (6m)
Day 3: Hawes to Keld (13m)
Day 4: Keld to Reeth (13m)
Day 5: Reeth to Aysgarth (13m)

 

£470 per person (based on two sharing)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£8.50 per person per day (minimum of two persons)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

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  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £50.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information

The Herriot Way is a circular, unofficial route of 52 miles (84km) in length, in four stages of approximately 13 miles. The overall height gain is 7700 feet (2350m).
The dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale were always very scenic and attractive, but have become renowned as a result of the popular television series, based on the books by James Herriot, “All Creatures Great and Small”, and which were about his work and exploits located in these two dales.

The route starts at Aysgarth with its famous waterfalls. From here you will walk west following the River Ure, through wide meadows and following a disused railway track until turning into Askrigg. From Askrigg the route travels up the Wensleydale Valley to Hardraw Force, Englands highest single-drop waterfall and then into the market town of Hawes. From Hawes the path climbs up the side of Great Shunner Fell, following the Pennine Way and descends into Thwaite, and via the tiny hamlet of Keld. On leaving Keld the path climbs onto Gunnerside Moor, following old lead mining tracks, returning to the valley and the River Swale, and eastwards onto Reeth. The last day of the walk takes you over Grinton Moor and down into the village of Castle Bolton, with the remains of its historic castle, eventually arriving back into the village of Aysgarth. The hardest section of the walk is the day which includes Great Shunner Fell, which entails a long steady climb, not steep, and the path is generally good and paved for long sections.

The four-day holiday is relatively short, but this will enable you to decide where you would like extend your stay, or where you would like to spend more time on a future occasion

OS Explorer Maps
OL30 - Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central areas

Guide Books
"The Herriot Way" by Stuart W. Greig - Published by Pocket Routes

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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3 Replies to “Herriot Way”

  1. Just completed the Herriot Way in four days’ of unexpected, brilliant sunshine! Just beautiful. We booked the B&B’s ourselves, used the .pdf of Stuart Grieg’s book for the walk and Brigantes to transfer our luggage. The service from Brigantes was so easy and hassle-free and our bags were always there waiting for us when we arrived – we would highly recommend them.

  2. We absolutely loved walking The Heriot Way last weekend in the sunshine. The Dales is always beautiful but particularly so in the sunshine with the daffodils blooming. Thank you to Brigantes for an excellent service, the B&B’s were great and the baggage service worked really well. There are so many routes to choose from so I think we will be calling on your services again.

  3. Many thanks for your excellent service transporting our bags whilst we were walking the Herriot Way last week. Our bags were always delivered where & when we expected them by your drivers. We chose Brigantes because of the very friendly service & prompt replies when making our booking. We will definitely use them again without hesitation when we walk Hadrian’s Wall next year!

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