James Herriot Way

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This beautiful 80 km / 50 mile circular walk threads its way around the valleys of Wensleydale and Swaledale and over the mountains and moorlands between these two emerald dales. A walk designed to take in some of the countryside beloved by James Alfred Wight, the vet who wrote about his experiences in the Yorkshire Dales as James Herriot. These books became popular in the 1970s and 80s and spawned a film and a very popular television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Besides walking through the countryside, the attractiveness and variety of the route is such that it could be easily classed the best short walk in England. The Yorkshire Dales have often been coined as 'Gods Own Country' and with good reason, with a little bit of luck with the weather, you are treated to a beautiful landscape bursting with colour and light. The land encompasses the sleepy rivers punctuated by cascading water off of the limestone escarpments, the fields stocked with multiple sheep, the high moors, bristling with sedge, bracken and bilberry. Then of course there are the attractive local villages, small but bustling with farm and estate workers, walkers and tourists. Firstly there is Aysgarth a village by the multi cascading Aysgarth Falls, Hawes the main town in Wensleydale which has a market and is a centre for rope and cheese making. Keld is the quietest place, tucked into a hilly fold in remote upper Swaledale. Its buildings a welcome sight after a long day in the hills. Reeth a village edged with tea shops and pubs reflects the time when lead mining was the economic key to the area. Most of the trails are easily followed and follow parts of both the Pennine Way and The Coast to Coast. It is an excellent introduction to long distance walking on these longer trails.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrival into Aysgarth DAY 2 Walk to Hawes (5.5hrs) DAY 3 Walk to Keld (5.5hrs) DAY 4 Walk to Reeth (5hrs) DAY 5 Walk to Aysgarth (5.5-6hrs) DAY 6 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 24 Mar - 07 Oct

what's included
MEALS: *5 breakfasts ACCOMMODATION: *5 nights in B&Bs on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities where available BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer *emergency hotline
James Herriot Way
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trip grading:
6 days
trip code:
AU $970
Operated By Sherpa Expeditions
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