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


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Dog friendly stiles?

From: Marie
Date: 18 January 2020

Hi. Can you advise on how dog friendly this trail is?  My Labrador is too heavy to lift over styles and I wonder what manner of styles we might encounter, particularly along the Feisor to Malham stretch. Many thanks for any info you can provide.

Ladder stile on appraoch to Feizor

Chris replies: There are a variety of stile types on A Dales High Way and the Route Guide shows you where the stiles/gates are located.

In some areas - the Howgill Fells for example - there are none but in other sections, although they are gradually being replaced by walkers' gates,some remain. These include steep ladder stiles, squeeze stiles, wooden step stiles and step stiles in the dry stone walls.

In the section you mention there are a couple of ladder stiles that you won't be able to get over with your dog I'm afraid and some tricky step stiles on the riverbank between Settle and Stainforth.

Return Visit

From: Margaret Whitehead
Date: 1 September 2019

We walked the Dales High Way for the first time in July 2018. It was a great experience - lovely scenery in great weather.

We enjoyed it so much that we returned in July 2019, that is literally returned.  We walked from Appleby to Saltaire.  

This return journey also gave us an opportunity to try some of the alternative routes.  The cloud was down over the Howgills so we took the lower level route from Ravenstonedale to Sedbergh.   We still saw many great views.  

Also we stayed at Ribblehead rather than Chapel le Dale and approached Ingleborough from Park Hill and the Simon Fell Ridge.  A lot less adrenaline inducing than the steep ascent/descent of Ingleborough with time to enjoy the fantastic panorama.

Would like to add the route guidebook was excellent.  Also there seemed to be more way markers on our second trip.

Thank you.

Walking the Way

From: Dave Harrison
Date: 29 May 2019


In company with a group organised by HF Holidays, I recently walked the Dales High Way. There were a couple of hail showers on the first day, but the weather was otherwise excellent. The result was a highly enjoyable nine days worth of walking. To see my photos, visit http://djh1.webfactional.com/html/walking/Yorkshire_Dales/Dales_High_Way


Dales High Way - July 2018 Blog

From: Ian
Date: 10 Feb 2019

Hi, In July 2018 I completed my DHW trek, a truly magnificent walk

Thank you to all who work hard to create, maintain and promote this path, including of course those running the dedicated website, which was an endless source of knowledge and inspiration during the planning stages

I am happy to share my diary/blog of the trip on your forum and if this in any way encourages others to undertake this wonderful walk then great – they will not be disappointed!

The link to my site is:  https://hikerdude.dudaone.com/dales-high-way

Happy reading

Car parking at Saltaire

Week long parking at Saltaire 

From: Tony G (Friends)
Date: 19 Aug 2018

Following the inquiry sent by Alan C. (see below) abut parking his car for a week in Saltaire, he later emailed us to tell us he'd found a way to use the small local car park at the junction of Caroline St. and Victoria Road, right in the centre of Saltaire. He told us:

"I contacted Bradford Met District Council and they issued me with a parking permit (£15.00 Mon thru Fri, no charge on a Sunday) to display in my car in the Caroline Street car park which is 20m from Victoria Hall and a 15 min walk from Shipley railway station."

We were unaware of this facility, so we contacted Bradford Council for information. Stephen Hook, Parking Services Supervisor, told us:

"There are two options for a  week long parking at this particular car park.
A waiver permit can be issued  for Monday to Saturday (£3.00 per day), the car park is free on a Sunday.  Please telephone 01274 434300.
Alternatively, payment can be made by telephone, the instructions for this procedure are on the side of the pay and display machine."

So there you have it. Many thanks to Alan for sorting that out. We've had a number of enquiries on similar lines, so this will prove very useful. It should be born in mind, though, that this is an unsecured car park, so obvious security precautions should be taken.

The Dales High Way walk 25th June to 2nd July 2018

From: Alan C
Date: 12 July 2018

Can you help? We are embarking on the DHW this Sunday from Saltaire so looking for somewhere safe to park the car for 6 days as close as possible to the start/Shipley station. We will be returning on the train from Appleby to Shipley on the train on Friday.

Chris replies: There's no long term parking I know of in Saltaire or Shipley and Saltaire village is residents only. Shipley railway station has a car park but I don't know if you could leave a car all week. You could try yourparkingspace.co.uk . If you are staying the night before you start walking you could try and make a deal with the accommodation provider. Settle offers week long tickets in Greenfoot Car Park if you were able to drive to Settle then catch the train to the start.

I hope you have a great walk.

The Dales High Way walk 25th June to 2nd July 2018

From: Terry Yarrow
Date: 5 July 2018

I am 70 this year and I have just returned from a week backpacking an 'embellished' version of The Dales High Way in the hottest weather we have had for many years! Not a drop of rain, and dry paths all the way :) ! I decided to go because walking friends had told me that it was one of the best walks they had done - I definitely wouldn't disagree! 

Just wanted to say that it was an amazing walk, with awesome scenery and spectacular, breathtaking views, as well as some really lovely villages and hamlets. With most long distance footpaths, there are usually parts that are not so good but with this walk, I don't think there was a bad part anywhere and I enjoyed all of it. If I was nitpicking, I'd say that short parts of the last day were a bit overgrown but that wasn't a problem apart from the fact that I was wearing shorts. I used the small guidebook which proved to be very good for 99% of the route - I just needed to refer to my OS Map Ap on a handful of occasions to check/correct my position where paths were a bit vague.

My 'embellishments' were to adapt the route so that I could climb Hope Hill, climb Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside (the last mentioned I climbed on the day there were a thousand people going up), visit Hull Pot, explore Gordale Scar, take in Malham village, walk via the Ribblehead viaduct, climb Arant Haw, and sometimes an extra mile or two to reach a campsite. This meant that my total distance walked came to 120 miles in 7 days. Oh, and I made sure I had enough time at the start and finish to explore Saltaire and Appleby! Naturally, the train ride back was a big bonus too :) !

I confess that although I am a 'purist' backpacker, with the extreme heat (combined with dodgy knees), I did resort to using Sherpa for a couple of the days and the service they provided was excellent. This was particularly necessary on the Ingleborough day as I don't think my knees would have taken the steep descent into Chapel Le Dale with a 35lb pack up!

The campsites along the way were all good and I met some lovely people on the way - lots of walkers and runners as well as locals who were always helpful.

Thanks for putting the walk together, it was most enjoyable, even though challenging, especially in the unusually hot temperatures!

I have a blog and I have already posted an initial entry on there regarding the walk. I will be putting up some full blog posts detailing my experiences as soon as I have processed the pictures (I am a photographer as well as a blogger). My blog can be found at https://thedorsetrambler.com.

Thanks again for an amazing walk! With my best wishes

Terry Yarrow (AKA The Dorset Rambler - not the walking organisation, that's my blog name :) )

Our walk on the Dales High Way

From: Laraine and Andrew
Date: 21 Aug 2017

We have just finished our very enjoyable walk on the DHW.

We took 6 days. 3 days using the train from our house in Settle and the final 3 days from Ribblehead to Appleby, backpacking camping at Sedbergh and Ravenstonedale. Got to Appleby just in time to get enjoy a celebratory pint at the Midland hotel before catching our train back to Settle.

Thanks for a great walk.

Camp sites

From: David Hall
Date: 15 July 2017

Hi  I have posted a message on the face book page. 

I am looking for a camp site near or on the route at Sedburgh.

I have been on the tourist information web site and Howgills Bunk Barn charges £20 per night for a back pack tent !!!!!!

Can you post this on the blog



Dales High Way Walk - April 2017

From: David Chippendale
Date: 9 May 2017

I walked the Dales High Way between 21st and 27th April this year.  What a superb route, full of interest and contrast.  I enjoyed every section of it. 

The path through Trench Wood and Shipley Glen at the start was a delightful surprise, I loved the way the path gave you great views from high above the towns of Ilkley, Skipton, Settle and Appleby before dropping down to them, and enjoyed the contrast between the high moors, the valleys, the limestone scenery, the ruggedness of Ingleborough and the softness of the Howgills. 

A real highlight was seeing Ingleborough covered in snow – fortunately the day after I'd gone over it. 

My only disappointment was not being able to get the train back down to Saltaire due to the Northern train strike, however, I'm planning to head back to Appleby after walking the Dales Way later this month to complete the experience. 

My only suggestion for improvement would be to have some sort of plaque or marker to denote the official start and end of the trail.  Keep up the good work. 

 David Chippendale

Dales High Way - April 2017

From: Maurice Walker
Date: 10 Apr 2017

Just completed The Dales Highway on Saturday 8th April 2017. A great walk. The weather has been perfect, with some great views and met some great people along the way. I have a nice certificate from the tourist information centre. Really helpful people. The deputy mayor ran me into Penrith as northern train strike. Many thanks to all. Had a great pint to celebrate at the 301 miles pub on Carlisle Station.

Maurice Walker's pint

News from the Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group

From: Robert Powell
Date: 22 Feb 2017


As you probably know, the Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group had its AGM some days ago. We didn’t have a huge turnout, but we did get some useful business sorted out. Amongst other things we are having some guided walks, thanks to a kind offer from Keith Birbeck, who has just moved into the area with his wife Joanna. Please see details below, which will also appear in the March edition of Lookaround. I have also attached a poster for anyone with anywhere to put it.

Guided Walk Details

The Sedbergh Area Walking and Cycling Group is planning a short series of walks in the Howgills and Dales area, the primary aim of which is to gauge if there is sufficient interest amongst local people to develop and support an ongoing programme of regular walks in the future.  These will be of between 8 and 10 miles in length,  and centred around Sedbergh. All the walks listed below will begin and end at the Information and Book Centre at 72 Main Street and they will start at 10am.

·         Sat 18 March – Sedbergh Low Level – 8 mile walk along River Rawthay and Dales Way. Generally easy walking on good tracks and minor roads.

·         Wed 05 April – Howgills Hike – 9 mile walk around Calders and Bram Rigg. Good fell tracks over open exposed terrain with 500M of ascent.

·         Sat 15 April – Dentdale – 10 mile walk along Dentdale via the Dales Way and the Dales Highway. Good paths and tracks with 150M of ascent.

·         Wed 03 May – Howgills Hike – 9 mile walk around Knott, Calders and Arrant Haw. Good fell tracks over open exposed terrain with 500M of ascent.

More information about these walks is available on the Sedbergh Gateway website at www.sedberghgateway.org.uk/guidedwalks  and from the walk leader, Keith Birbeck, via keithbirbeck@gmail.com or 015396 20941. Any comments or suggestions concerning this walking initiative would be most welcome.

Fine alternatives

From: Tony Woodhouse 
Date: 16 Oct 2016

We walked the DHW south to north over eight days at the beginning of October 2016.  It is a wonderful trail, thanks to everyone who has helped to create it, prepare the guide books and maintain it, and for the welcome at the Appleby TIC.

We were already acquainted with the steep descent from Ingleborough, so with heavy backpacks we had decided in advance that whatever the weather we would take the alternative route via Selside.  This is a lovely route in its own right and not in any way a poor relation to walking up and over Ingleborough, it just needs care and concentration with map reading.

The wind on the Howgills at the Calf was too strong to make the long ridge walk to Bowderdale a particularly pleasant prospect, so we dropped down to the alternative route along Bowderdale Beck – again, a lovely alternative in its own right.

On reaching Bowderdale, by way of variety we left the DHW and walked directly east to our accommodation in Ravenstonesdale using a route described by the Howgills and Limestone Trail.  However, it would have been just as easy – if less interesting - to follow the DHW to Newbiggin and walk across to Ravenstonedale from there, thanks to a splendid separate pedestrian/cycle path alongside the busy A685 section.

Highlights?  Too many to mention.

Flasby Flashpoint

From: David Wright  
Date: 30 Aug 2016

Walking yesterday (29th August) on the Dales Highway, my wife and I were enjoying a fine, scenic walk in the sunshine. However, after leaving Flasby village and heading south towards Sharp Haw, we encountered severe problems at the end of the path from the village where the bridleway crosses a track (appx Lon, Lat: -2.074302, 54.003754). There are 2 gates on the bridleway in front of the track, neither of which can be opened, and we had to climb one of them. This is totally unacceptable - a bridleway should be useable by horse riders, but they would have been prevented from continuing beyond this point because of the blocked gates.

Crossing the track we were then confronted by a heavy metal double gate which was very difficult to open, and close - surely not in the best interests of the farmer, especially as there was a very long train of cattle walking past. Going on from there, there are no waymarks, the correct route is not clear, and it is very boggy in places, with open dykes having broken banks cross cutting the path, making progress both difficult and dangerous. There was also a large bull in the next field but one which we had to cross. The bull was placid, but there was no warning sign which would have been advisable. Section 59 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 bans the keeping of bulls in fields crossed by a right of way, unless they are under the age of 10 months or not of a recognised dairy breed, provided they're accompanied by cows or heifers (young female cows). Recognised dairy breeds are Ayrshire, British Friesian, British Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry, but I do not know which breed this bull was.

The blue-topped posts which mark the route help, but there aren't many and can be difficult to spot - e.g. one was lying in the bracken. Progressing past Sharp Haw, the bridleway forks - one path going to the top of Sharp Haw, the other heading SE, but again, no signage. The Dales Highway forum web page reveals that some of the problems I am reporting were also in existence in Autumn 2015 - it seems not much has been done since. I have reported this to Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Something very special

From: Mark Farrar   
Date: 17 Aug 2016

For our first holiday for 24 years without children we decided to walk the DHW, (24th July-1st August). It was wonderful!

Being born and bred in Eccleshill in Bradford, living in Otley for my teenage years, this is a part of the world (up to Settle) I know very well. However, having lived in Norfolk for 30 years I had forgotten how beautiful it is.

Apart from around the honeypots of Malham and Ilkley we saw hardly anyone all day on our walks. Great stuff! We only met one other person doing the DHW itself, a woman from London, who told us you had kindly met her in Saltaire railway station at the start of her walk. Sadly, she gave up after a couple of days. I am not surprised as she was carrying everything. We could not have managed that.

Your guide books were excellent, we hardly ever needed our OS maps, let alone a compass. Thank you. You should be very proud of what you have created.

It is something very special. But please do not let it become too popular!!!


From: Janet and Derek   
Date: 12 Apr 2016

We have just finished walking the Dales High Way. It was a brilliant route and the guide book was excellent, probably the most accurate we have used in many decades of walking. Also, it was a good idea to have a guide book and a separate, larger, companion book. (I do wish other guide book writers would take up this idea!)

Many thanks.

Dales High Way Badge

From: Brian Foster  
Date: 8 Jan 2016

I’ve done quite a few nation trails; my first was the Cumbria Way many years ago. This was followed by the Coast to Coast which I finished on my 60th Birthday. More recently and locally I’ve done the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path followed by the Rutland Round. In October 2015 I did the Herriot Way and, as I was born and brought up in Harrogate, I just had to do the Dales High Way which took me through some of my favourite walking areas in God’s own county.

Brian's Badges

Whilst I got my completion certificate for the Dales High Way from the TIC in Appleby and signed the C2C finishers book in the Bay Hotel; I felt that I needed a more longer lasting and permanent memento to mark the completion of these trails. I’m sure that there are some providers of merchandise for a few of these trails but rather than trawling the internet, I thought that I’d try the DIY approach which would at least ensure that I got what I wanted at a sensible price. My first thought was some form of embroidered badge that I could sew onto my rucksack but since I’m not very good with a needle and thread, I thought that a metal pin badge might be an easier option. A quick search on the internet brought up http://www.createabadge.co.uk/ .

At that time, I only had a picture of the waymarker for the Rutland Round so thought that I’d get a couple of badges made up; one for me and one for the friend who did the walk with me and provided the second car, making this walk possible. I was so pleased with the badges that Createabadge produced that my thoughts then turned to getting a few more made to mark the trails that I’d walked over the years. I downloaded a waymarker image for the C2C and then asked Chris if she would allow me to use her waymarker for the Dales High Way. She very readily agreed and sent me an image that I could use. In return, I promised to send her a sample badge. I think that the results are quite impressive as you can see for yourself from the following picture.

For anyone that might be interested in doing something similar for themselves, I can thoroughly recommend Creatabadge who made these up for me within a few days of submitting my order. The 55mm badges cost me £1 each with a postal charge of £3.99. This is a standard charge irrespective of the number of badges ordered. My goal now is to find suitable images for the other trails that I’ve done and to then complete my set of badges.

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A Dales High Way & the Yorkshire Three Peaks - 2018

Discover - Penyghent

 The 3 peaks formed the main event, but the appetizer was the Malham area and the dessert the Howgill Fells. That’s a sumptuous 3 courses!

The Dorset Rambler

Backpacking the Dales High Way - 2018

The Dorset Rambler

This was such an awesome walk which I made in the hottest weather imaginable, and not a drop of rain on the way!

Dales High Way - The Return

The Wandering Wayfarer returns to A Dales High Way for the second time - 2016

Dales High Way - the Return

I will also be using some of the alternative routes which have either evolved since the walk was formulated or are bad weather options from the official guide book.

Walking the blog

Charles Hawes walks his own variation - A High Dales Hike - 2014

Charles Hawes Walking the blog

Whilst walking one day we found a flyer that referred to The Dales High Way, which sounded exactly what we were after.  


Trailwalker is backpacking along A Dales High Way - 2014

Trailwalker at Hirst Locks

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Dales High Way plus...

Kevin Downes entertaining account of his extended Dales High Way walk - 2014

Kevin Downe, Dales High Way Plus 2014

I have been tempted by the sirens' call of the recently completed (Yorkshire) Dales High Way.

Rich Running

The Dales High Way or the Yorkshire 3 days, February 2013

Rich Running - the Dales High Way or the Yorkshire 3 days

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a most enjoyable 3 days running on The Dales Highway.

A Dales High Way 2012

Read Bridget & David's blog and see their video here

The Dales High Way 

Steffi and I have just walked the fantastic Dales High Way for our 4th Wedding Anniversary, May 2012

Steefi & Steve walk A Dales High Way

If you have half an hour to burn, take a look at this video diary that my wife and I knocked up...

The Dales High Way Walk

I intend to walk the basic route but may vary it slightly to fit in with using public transport

Another long distance walk as I find the time

I'm starting yet another long distance walk, which I will do in stages as I find time to walk it.

Another Summer Stroll

Diary of a long distance walk - The Dales High Way July 2011

Another Summer Stroll

We basked like two seals in the warm sunshine and gentle breeze.

Dales High Way Walk

Dales High Way Walk 2011 by Gregg

Gregg and Chris

I have just finished nine days of walking about the Lake District and have selected the Dales High Way to finish off my "grand walkabout" of the lakes and dales.


Appleby to Saltaire - 2011

A Dales High Way Backwards

We're walking the route backwards in three chunks...

Postcard from Timperley

A Dales High Way - June 2011

Postcard from Timperley

Another day, another trip.


The High Way and the River
A walk on the Dales High Way & the Teesdale Way - 2011

The High Way and the River - Blisstocracy 2011

So I decided that instead Friday 29th April was going to be Poly Styrene Day. OH BONDAGE - UP YOURS!

Swaledale Outdoor Club

Dales High Way, 10th-17th May 2011

Swaledale Outdoor Group

I am sure many tales will be told of the walk...

Matt Bye

The Dales Highway 2010

The Dales Highway 2010 - Matt Bye

As one of our walks every year, me and my Grandad walked The Dales Highway and also raised money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Heart Unit.

Travels with Midge

Dales Highway 2010

Dales Highway 2010 - Man & Dog, Travels with Midge.

Having enjoyed the Dales way in April 2009 I heard about the Dales High Way and decided to give that a try.

Helen Billingham

Walking the Dales Highway 2010

Walking the Dales Highway 2010 - Helen Billingham

Bye bye the Dales Highway – thanks for the memories, we’ll miss you.


M&G go for a walk - Dales High Way

M&G go for a walk - Dales High Way photos

And so it was that the two of us strode out of Ilkley train station this morning, after an early start, to walk a chunk of the Dales High Way.