St. Akelda's Way
38 mile walk between Giggleswick and Middleham, in the Dales

St Alkelda’s Way wends through the beautiful, exhilarating and sometimes challenging scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – a landscape of “hollow mountains”, caves, ‘shake’ and ‘swallow’ holes, and appearing and disappearing rivers. The Way follows a Roman pathway that St Alkelda must have taken on her journeys between the villages of Middleham (Wensleydale) and Giggleswick (Ribbesdale) around 900AD.

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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:   Giggleswick to Kilnsey (15.6m)
Day 2:   Kilnsey to Woodale (14.4m)
Day 3:   Woodale to Middleham (12.5m)

 

£400 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£360 per person (based on two sharing)
£345 per person (based on group of 3 or more)

 

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Day 1: Giggleswick to Kettlewell (20.6m)
Day 2: Kettlewell to Middleham (17.3m)

 

£310 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£275 per person (based on two sharing)
£265 per person (based on group of 3)
£260 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1:   Giggleswick to Malham (7.8m)
Day 2:   Malham to Kilnsey (7.8m)
Day 3:   Kilnsey to Woodale (14.4m)
Day 4:   Woodale to Middleham (12.5m)

 

£485 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£440 per person (based on two sharing)
£430 per person (based on group of 3 or more)

 

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2022 prices will be available shortly

* 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.

£85 per person (single)
£45 per person (based on two people)
£30 per person (based on group of 3)
£9 per person per day (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£80 per person (single)
£42 per person (based on two people)
£28 per person (based on group of 3)
£25 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£95 per person (single)
£50 per person (based on two people)
£9 per person per day (based on group of 3 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

2022 prices will be available shortly

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 £55.00 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

“Walk through the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park amongst the Swaledale sheep, following a Roman pathway that St Alkelda must have taken on her journeys between the villages of Middleham (Wensleydale) and Giggleswick (Ribbesdale) around 900AD, both of which she is now the patron saint. Alkelda is remembered in these two localities as a saintly lady famous for her use of nearby holy wells for baptism and for her martyrdom at the hands of Danish women.

St Alkelda’s Way wends through the beautiful, exhilarating and sometimes challenging scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – a landscape of “hollow mountains”, caves, ‘shake’ and ‘swallow’ holes, and appearing and disappearing rivers. The Dales are full of the contrasts of limestone and millstone thrown together by the upthrusts of the Craven Fault – a scenery fashioned by the dynamism of water and long-gone glaciers creating intriguing land formations and different plant life, trees, forests and vegetation. There is deep history both within the human-fashioned stone churches and their enigmatic ‘cross shafts’, and, of course, the rocks of the Dales. Stone crosses line the route, at which pilgrims of old would have prayed for safe passage, maybe even Alkelda herself.” The British Pilgrimage Trust.

www.stalkeldasway.info/welcome-to-st-alkeldas-way/

 

OS Explorer Maps
OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas
OL30 - Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central areas

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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One Reply to “St. Akelda’s Way”

  1. A fine traverse off the Dales expertly handled by Brigantes. Guide book on sale in Saint Alkeldas Giggleswick a great 4 day walk. Well done everybody.

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