A 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales
A Dales High Way Walk: a 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales

A Dales High Way


COVID-19 NOTE - Not all the accommodation listed here is currently offering accommodation at this time, though they may intend to do so again in the future.

A Dales High Way Route Guide is divided into six sections and the accommodation list follows the same pattern. Some sections are long and you may want to break them up. Use this information to help plan your own itinerary but please bear in mind we can’t guarantee its accuracy. We update our website regularly but things change - check stuff out for yourself. A listing is not a recommendation but do share your own experiences with fellow Dales High Way walkers on our discussion forum. Check our sample itineraries here.

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Section One: Rombalds Moor

There's a touch of magic in this ancient landscape. The wild open Rombalds Moor was first travelled by prehistoric settlers, who left their mark with the mysterious symbols you can still see carved into the rocks


A Dales High Way starts in Saltaire. Arrive by public transport if you can. It’s very easy as Leeds and Bradford railway stations are both less than 15 minutes away. Trains run twice hourly from each and the return journey on the Settle – Carlisle line will take you directly back to Leeds.

Unsecured car parking is available in Saltaire at Caroline St. car park (location 3022) and a week long waiver can be obtained for £15: phone 01274 434300.

There is no accommodation in Saltaire itself but there are hotels, guest houses, b&bs and a campsite all close by and local taxis are inexpensive. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in or near Saltaire and if you’ve forgotten anything you might need on your walk, Trek & Trail is situated inside Salts Mill. Set off and you're soon into Baildon Walkers are Welcome territory.

Ibis Bradford Shipley Salts Mill Road, Saltaire BD18 3ST 
01274 589333
Hotel 0.9 miles from start by road or a short walk along the canal. Dogs by arrangement.
Abbey Lodge Kirkgate, Shipley BD18 3EL 
01274 583854
Hotel 0.6 miles from start.
Dobrudden Caravan Park Baildon Moor, Baildon BD17 5EE 
01274 581016
Campsite 2.5 miles from start on optional route. Dogs by arrangement.
Bracken Hall House Glen Road, Baildon BD17 5EA
07932 750715
Luxury B&B on Shipley Glen, just minutes from the route. Pub close by for evening meal.


Ilkley is half a mile from the route and a good choice for an overnight stay if you want a short first day. The elegant spa town is a popular tourist destination with plenty of accommodation, restaurants and shops. There’s the famous Bettys tearoom and the Michelin-starred Box Tree restaurant where Marco Pierre White trained but don’t worry – there’s something to suit every budget.

The Manor House is one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley and stands on the remains of the Roman fort of Olicana (or is it Verbeia?) as does All Saints Church next door. In the church tower stand the remains of three Saxon crosses. Information about the local moor can be found on The Friends of Ilkley Moor website.

The Craiglands Hotel Cowpasture Road, Ilkley LS29 8RQ 
01943 430001
Hotel near centre of town.
Ilkley Riverside Hotel Riverside Gardens, Ilkley LS29 9EU 
01943 607338
Family run hotel at start of Dales Way next to river. 12 en-suite rooms. Home made food. Award-winning fish & chips. CAMRA ales. Dogs by arrangement.
Dales Way Hotel Leeds Road, Ilkley LS29 8DH 
01943 605438
Hotel/Pub in central Ilkley.
The Cow and Calf Hangingstone Road, Ilkley LS29 8BT 
01943 607335
Pub on edge of Ilkley Moor. 0.75 miles from town centre up a steep hill.
Tivoli Place Tivoli Place, Ilkley LS29 8SU 
01943 600328
B&B near centre of town.


Addingham is about 12 miles from the start of the walk so it’s an option for your first overnight stay if you’ve continued past Ilkley. Before you reach the village there is both accommodation and refreshments at Addingham Moorside - turn right along Cocking Lane for Lumb Beck Farmhouse B&B.

Addingham itself is an attractive former mill village with a long main street that boasts five pubs. It's worth taking the optional route through the village. It doesn't add to the mileage and you'll get a nice cup of coffee and avoid the noise of traffic from the busy main road. Look out for the ducks.

Lumb Beck Farm Moorside Lane, Addingham Moorside LS29 9JX 
01943 830400
Farmhouse B&B on route at Addingham Moorside.
Fell Edge Bungalow Moorside Lane,
Addingham Moorside
LS29 9JX
07715 005242
Comfortable Caravan for up to two people, self catering - on the edge of the moors. fantastic views, minutes from Wingate Nick. Please call for availability and information
Ghyll House Camping Moorside Lane,
Addingham Moorside
LS29 9JX 
07946 190609
Campsite on route at Addingham Moorside. Open from April 1st
Pickersgill Manor Farm Low Lane, Silsden Moor BD20 9JH 01535 655228 B&B on family run working farm. Off route but can pick up. 1.5 miles from Woofa Bank on Addingham optional route.


Skipton is a lively, bustling market town which prides itself on being “The Gateway to the Dales”. You shouldn't have any trouble finding food or accommodation in Skipton. If you are there on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday the wide main street is crammed with market stalls and is well worth a look.

Other attractions include Skipton Castle which is over 900 years old and one of the best preserved medieval castles in England. There's a lovely permissive Woodland Walk through Skipton Castle Woods which brings you out onto A Dales High Way by the A69. The Mart Theatre is the only theatre in a working auction mart in the UK and there's also the traditional Plaza Cinema. The canal basin is in the centre of town and visitors can take boat trips on a traditional canal boat. Each year Skipton is the venue for the Skipton Waterway Festival, the largest annual meeting of canal boats in the north of England.

The Unicorn Hotel Devonshire Place, Skipton BD23 2LP 
01756 794146
B&B in centre of Skipton.
Boutique 25 Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2JE 
01756 793676
Boutique hotel in the centre of Skipton.
Craven Heifer Grassington Road, Skipton BD23 3LA 
01756 792521
Country pub on route just outside Skipton.
Park Hill Grassington Road, Skipton BD23 1LL 
01756 792772
Large B&B half a mile from Skipton High Street.
Herriots Hotel Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1RT
01756 792781
Hotel in Skipton opposite railway station.
Highfields Bed & Breakfast Chapel Hill, Skipton BD23 1UH
07855 699159
Quiet B&B positioned next to the DHW footpath.
Eshton Rd Caravan Park Eshton Road, Gargrave BD23 3PN 
01756 749229
Campsite 4 miles from Skipton. Bus & train nearby. Dogs by arrangement.

Section Two: Malhamdale

There is a dramatic and spectacular change in the landscape as you leave behind the Pennine moorland and head for the stunning limestone crags and scars of Malhamdale. 


Hetton is the next possible stop after Skipton. The route passes the tiny hamlet of Flasby but we don’t know of any accommodation there. Hetton is home to the award-winning Angel Inn, a 500 year old inn with a reputation for Modern British dining and 5 luxury rooms in a barn conversion opposite. The Devonshire Arms is situated in the nearby village of Cracoe. Alternatively you could catch the Dales Bus back to Skipton.

The Angel Inn Hetton BD23 6LT 
01756 730263
On the route.
The Devonshire Arms Cracoe BD23 6LA 
01756 730237
1 mile off route.


Malham is a super place to stay. There are pubs and b&bs in the pretty village less than a mile and a half from the walk and a campsite right on route near Gordale Scar. Even if you don’t spend the night here, do walk up to Gordale Scar as its true scale and beauty is best seen up close. Malham Cove has been home to a pair of breeding Peregrine Falcons since 1993 and for the past few years a special viewpoint has been set up so that visitors can view these magnificent birds.

Lister Arms Finkle Street, Malham BD23 4DB 
01729 830330
4 star Inn on village green. Dogs very welcome.
Buck Inn Malham BD23 4DA 
01729 830317
Hotel in the centre of the village.
River House Malham BD23 4DA 
01729 830315
Award winning 4 star guest house in the centre of the village.
Beck Hall Hotel & Bistro Cove Road, Malham BD23 4DJ 
01729 830729
Dog-friendly streamside hotel and bistro in the heart of Malham. 18 cosy en suite rooms with rates starting from £60 per room per night including breakfast, dogs stay free.
Miresfield Farm Malham BD23 4DA 
01729 830414
B&B and campsite on the edge of the village. Dogs by arrangement.
YHA Hostel Malham BD23 4DB 
0845 3719529
Youth hostel in centre of village.
Hill Top Bunk Barn Hill Top Farm, Malham BD23 4DJ 
01729 830320
Bunk barn on the edge of the village.
Gordale Campsite Gordale Scar House, Malham BD23 4DL 
01729 830333
Campsite very near the route approx 1.5 miles from village.
Riverside Campsite Town Head Farm, Cove Road, Malham BD23 4DE 
01729 830287
Campsite very near village.


Settle is an attractive little market town with plenty of accommodation, shops and food. If you’ve stayed in Malham it may be a bit soon to stop for the night but it’s a good place for lunch and on a Tuesday there’s a lively market in the town square. You may like to visit the Museum of North Craven Life in the Folly or Settle Station where the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have restored the old signal box (open Saturdays or by arrangement). Alternatively you could continue walking along the banks of the River Ribble to Stainforth then catch the bus back into Settle to spend the night.

Falcon Manor Hotel Skipton Road, Settle BD24 9BD 
01729 823814
Hotel on outskirts of Settle. Dogs by arrangement.
The Golden Lion Duke Street, Settle BD24 9DU 
01729 822203
Hotel in Settle market place. Dogs by arrangement.
The Royal Oak Market Street, Settle BD24 9ED 
01729 822561
Popular Pub in centre of Settle with 7 en suite rooms.
King William the Fourth Guest House High Street, Settle BD24 9EX 
01729 268152
Guest House in former pub in centre of Settle.
Valley Mead Guesthouse Stackhouse Lane, Giggleswick BD24 0DL
01729 822386
Guest House with wonderful views, just 200yds off the route out of Settle. Close to pubs in Giggleswick village.
Langcliffe Park Settle BD24 9LX 
01729 822387
Campsite one mile from Settle.

Section Three: Ingleborough

The mighty Ingleborough, with its iconic shape, defines this section. The route leads over the top of the Hollow Mountain before dropping into the quiet seclusion of Chapel-le-Dale. 


Stainforth Force is a series of lovely waterfalls where in October you can watch salmon leaping. There’s a campsite near the river with a popular cafe-bar, and a few minutes walk away in the village of Stainforth a pub - the Craven Heifer - that does food.

Craven Heifer Main Road., Stainforth BD24 9PD
01729 822435
Hotel nearby with 7 cosy en suite letting rooms.
Knight Stainforth Hall Little Stainforth BD24 0DP 
01729 822200
Campsite on route near Stainforth Force.


A couple of miles after Stainforth you’ll come to Feizor. If Elaine's Tea Rooms is “Open”, stop – you’ll get the best mug of milky coffee you’ll find on the whole walk.


Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a popular base for walkers and the village has a campsite, bunkbarn and two pubs as well as Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Pen-y-ghent Cafe (currently closed) in the centre of the village is the traditional starting point for the Three Peaks Challenge Walk and the many walkers taking part in challenges can put accommodation in the village under pressure, especially at weekends in summer. Horton-in-Ribblesdale is two miles off route but a good place to stay if you want to take in Pen-y-ghent as well.

The Crown Hotel Horton-in-Ribblesdale BD24 0HF 
01729 860209
Pub with 10 rooms
The Golden Lion Hotel Horton-in-Ribblesdale BD24 0HB 
01729 860206
Pub with rooms and a bunk room with 15 bunks
Broad Croft House Horton-in-Ribblesdale BD24 0EX 
01729 860302
4 star B&B with 3 en-suite rooms
Holme Farm Campsite Horton-in-Ribblesdale BD24 0HD 
01729 860281
Campsite in village


Chapel-le-Dale is a tiny hamlet best known for St. Leonard’s Church where navvies and their families who died building the Settle-Carlisle railway line are buried. There are now a few b&b's in or near the hamlet, and camping at Philpin Farm. The Old Hill Inn has two letting bedrooms and is a splendid traditional pub with a reputation for good food. Accommodation can also be found at Ribblehead where the Station Inn offers b&b as well as a bunk barn. There is also a tradition of wild camping at the back of the Station Inn.

Old Hill Inn Chapel-le-Dale LA6 3AR 
01524 241256
Pub on route. Two rooms & 2 glamping pods. No single night bookings on Fridays or Saturdays. Dogs by arrangement.
Dale House Farm Chapel-le-Dale LA6 3AP 
01524 241211
Farm B&B. 1.4 miles SW of Chapel-le-Dale. Home reared breakfast. Double/Twin/Family room. Dogs by prior arrangement.
Philpin Farm Campsite Chapel-le-Dale LA6 3FH 
01524 241846/
Campsite on the main route between Whernside and Ingleborough.
Broadrake Bunkbarn Chapel-le-Dale
LA6 3AX 
015242 41357
Good quality bunkbarn accommodation directly on route with 2*twin rooms, 2*4 beds and 1*8 bedded room in a recently renovated barn.
Station Inn Ribblehead LA6 3AS 
01524 241274
Pub on alternative route. Five rooms plus lots of bunkhouse accommodation and tradition of wild camping at the back.
Gauber Bunk Barn Nr. Ribblehead LA6 3JF 
01524 241150
Bunk barn on alternative route sleeps up to 12 in 3 bunkrooms. 1 family room en suite. Linen and self service breakfast available. Dogs by arrangement.
Ashes Farm Nr. Ribblehead  BD28 0JB
01729 860595
Bed and Breakfast on alternative route. Three ensuite rooms.


Four and a half miles from the route is Ingleton. It’s a popular tourist destination and there’s plenty of accommodation, cafes and shops if you need them. We don’t know of any bus service from Chapel-le-Dale to Ingleton and the nearest taxi firm is six miles away at Bentham. Tel 015242 62511.

The Wheatsheaf Inn High Street, Ingleton LA6 3AD 015242 41275 Hotel and pub in centre of Ingleton.
YHA Hostel Sammy Lane, Ingleton LA6 3EG 0845 371 9124 Youth hostel in centre of Ingleton.
Lower Barn, Cold Cotes Cold Cotes, Clapham LA2 8HZ
015242 41310
2 self-catering studio apartments for 2 to 4 people, available by the night .  3 miles from Ingleton, 6 miles from The Hill Inn, lift available by arrangement.
Moorgarth Farm Campsite New Road, Ingleton LA6 3DP 015242 241428 Seasonal camp site on A65 one mile south of Ingleton.

Section Four: Dentdale

An ancient packhorse route leads around the flank of Whernside, all the way to the beautiful village of Dent. The option to leave the route and climb Yorkshire’s highest peak may prove irresistible. 


The first place you’ll find food or accommodation after leaving Chapel-le-Dale is Dent. It’s a beautiful village with a cobbled main street in one of the loveliest of all of the Dales. There are two pubs, b&bs, camping, cafes and shops in the village and a b&b and a bunkhouse just off the route about a mile and a half BEFORE you get to Dent. The Heritage Centre is packed with exhibits and information about life in the dale and is well worth a visit. Dent’s a lively village with a lot going on. Check Discover Dentdale for news of events, such as the fabulous Dentdale Music and Beer Festival but don’t forget there will be pressure on accommodation at these times.

George and Dragon Main Street, Dent LA10 5QL 
015396 25256
Hotel and pub in the centre of Dent. Dogs by arrangement.
The Sun Inn Main Street, Dent LA10 5QL 
015396 25208
Pub in the centre of Dent.
Dent Stores B&B Main Street, Dent LA10 5QL
 015396 25209
Family run B&B right on the route in the centre of Dent.
Stone Close Main Street, Dent LA10 5QL
01539 625231
17th century Grade II-listed village Tea Room and B&B
High Laning Camp Site Dent LA10 5JQ 
015396 25239
Camp site in village.
Conder Farm Camp Site Deepdale Road, Dent LA10 5QT 
015396 25277
Camp site in village.
Dentdale Pods Dent LA10 5TB Luxury Glamping Pods.


Sedbergh (pronounced Sedber) is England’s Official Book Town so if you enjoy browsing in new, rare and second hand bookshops this is the place to stay. The town offers a choice of accommodation including camping and the narrow Main Street and cobbled yards are worth exploring - check out the Sleepy Elephant, it's rumoured Bonny Prince Charlie hid up the chimney!. If you’ve got time it’s a short walk (about a mile) to the Friends Meeting House at Brigflatts, one of the oldest Quaker buildings in England.

The Dalesman Main Street, Sedbergh LA10 5BN 
015396 21183
Inn in centre of Sedbergh.
The Black Bull Main Street, Sedbergh LA10 5BL
015396 20264
Coaching Inn and Dining Room in the centre of Sedbergh. Dogs by arrangement.
Wheelwright Cottage 15 Back Lane, Sedbergh LA10 5AQ 
015396 20251
B&B in centre of Sedbergh. Dogs by arrangement.
Daleslea Station Road, Sedbergh LA10 5DL
015396 21789
B&B with a choice of three guest en suite bedrooms.
Low Branthwaites Frostrow, Sedbergh LA10 5JR
015396 34010
A two double/twin bedroom apartment in 17th century Dales farmhouse set on fell side 2 miles outside of Sedbergh. Breakfast, packed lunch with power snacks and transport to and from walking trails available.
Howgills Bunk Barn Castlehaw Farm, Sedbergh LA10 5BA
015396 21990
Bunk barn on route. Sleeps 35 in 8 en-suite rooms. Large groups only at weekends but takes individual bookings Mon-Thurs subject to availability.
Holme Open Farm Sedbergh LA10 5ET 
01539 620654
Campsite 2 miles west of Sedbergh.

Section Five: Howgill Fells

The route crosses the entire Howgill Fell range in a breathtaking six mile ridge walk. These steep sided, round topped, velvety hills are unique in character and separate the mountains of Lakeland from the rolling Pennine hills. 


If you decide to take the alternative route from Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune you will pass the Cross Keys Temperance Inn at Cautley. It’s a 400 year old National Trust property that is famous for its ham and eggs. There are two letting bedrooms but don’t forget – it’s still a Temperance Inn – no bar but you can bring your own!

St. Mark's Cautley, Sedbergh LA10 5LZ 
015396 20287
Group bookings or pre- booking essentail. Minimum stay 2 nights.


Newbiggin-on-Lune has limited accommodation but no pub or shop.

High Lane Farm Newbiggin-on-Lune CA17 4NY
015396 23416
Camp site on route with shower & toilet facilities, For evening meals The Kings Head in Ravenstonedale is 2 miles away ( free transport for walkers on request ).
Bents Camping Barn Bents Farm, Newbiggin-on-Lune CA17 4NX 
01946 758198
Camping Barn just off route.


A detour of about a mile takes you into the pretty village of Ravenstonedale which has two pubs, b&bs and a little shop. There’s also camping nearby.

Black Swan Hotel Ravenstonedale CA17 4NG 
015396 23204
Hotel and pub in village. Dogs by arrangement.
Kings Head Hotel Ravenstonedale CA17 4NH 
015396 23050
Hotel and pub in village. Recently refurbished.
Low Greenside Campsite Low Greenside Farm, Ravenstonedale CA17 4LU 
015396 23217
Campsite just outside Ravenstonedale.
High Greenside B&B Ravenstonedale CA17 4LU 
Bed & Beakfast, just off route.

Section Six: Eden Valley

After the isolated splendour of Sunbiggin Tarn is reached, a vast and unexpected expanse of limestone pavement is suddenly revealed at Great Asby Scar. Finally, after a lovely beckside ramble through the lush Eden Valley, the red sandstone of Appleby Castle comes into view. 

Great Asby

Six and a half miles from Newbiggin-on-Lune is Great Asby. It’s a pleasant place to take a break and you can pick up a guide to the village in the church. The village pub is The Three Greyhounds. They do bar meals but check their website for opening times as they don’t always open at lunchtime in the winter.

The Three Greyhounds Inn Great Asby CA16 6EX
017683 51428
The Dog House - Six bed bunkhouse in the pub garden


Three and a half miles from Great Asby the route crosses a road by the New Inn at Hoff, which we're very happy to say has recently been refurbished and is open all day from Wednesday to Sunday.


At last. Appleby is the end of the route. You might want to make your way straight to the station to head home on the Settle – Carlisle line, or enjoy a pint of real ale at the Midland, just by the station. Otherwise take some time to explore Appleby. The little town has a charming old fashioned friendly feel to it and there are plenty of places to stay and to eat except in early June when the Horse Fair comes to town.

Appleby Manor Hotel Roman Road, Appleby CA16 6JB 
017683 51571
Country house hotel.
Royal Oak Inn Bongate, Appleby CA16 6UN 
017683 51463
Inn on edge of town. Dogs by arrangement.
Tufton Arms Hotel Market Square, Appleby CA16 6XA 
017683 51593
3 star luxury, family run hotel with restaurant in town centre. Online booking discounts and special offers.
Bongate House Bongate, Appleby CA16 6UE 
017683 51245
Large B&B in centre of town. Dogs by prior arrangement.
The Hollies Roman Road, Appleby CA16 6JH
01768 352553
Homely 4* B&B blending Victorian elegance with modern facilities and 'green' credentials. 1/4 mile north of Appleby Station. 2 en-suite double/twin rooms, one dog per room. Show your certificate for a 10% discount.