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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Dales High Way for 3rd time

From: Mags
Date: 24 July 2021

Hi - completed walk in reverse - Appleby to Saltaire - on 19th July so a very warm walk.  We stayed b and bs for accommodation, which had been arranged by Brigantes, together with luggage transportation.  An excellent service.

It was lovely to see D of E participants out on the fells.

First time we have walked the Howgills without mist - great views.  The only adjustments we made to the walk were a) walked round Ingleborough via Selside and b) caught the bus from Skipton to Ilkley after walking from Cracoe to Skipton.  Both alterations were rational risk assessments considering our age and the heat/humidity.  The third adjustment was to take The Pennine Bridleway from Stainforth to Malham - just to add variety this being our third time.

We may have walked the High Way 3 times, but each time has been a different route and under differing conditions.

Agree with previous walker about cattle near reservoir - able to avoid by skirting the path and the path at Dent - rocky, tree roots but unable to see footing as very overgrown.

Another enjoyable week in the countryside.

Thank you again for devising this walk.

Chris replies: Well done, it's certainly been hot conditions for walking. It's lovely to read about people personalising the route with variations to suit themselves and the conditions.

It's my fault...

From: Gerard Whittle
Date: 18 July 2021

Hi - Just completed a version of the highway over 4+ days.  A limited window meant rapid progress was essential!

I used the guidebook as my sole guide.  Mistake!  As clearly stated, OS maps are essential!  I'd checked and compared before setting off and all looked okay... but ultimately I was often frustrated!  I did not do some of the high stuff - age and current fitness played a part!

I did however come across a number of gems that added to my enjoyment of the walk:

Level grass camping spot on Roman road near woodland before Skipton

Tea Wagon in layby at Gordale Scar

Knights Stainforth Campsite

Feizor Cafe

Crummack Dale - Limestone Dale, Limestone pavement and access to PWB with 2 ways to Ingleborough.  (Selside and the additional diversion has nothing to commend it unless Ribblehead and beyond are your option.)

Fat Lamb Inn, above Ravenstonedale, did the best burger ever! (Came from Cross Keys - Whilst taking low-level route due to mist.  Completely missed the normal path! Probably whilst directing walkers from Temperance Inn car park!) 

Greyhound Pub, Great Asby (see below)

Bad bits:

Very few!

Trail running shoes mean wet feet!

Cattle on the path from Hetton at the head of the reservoir.  (Cows, calves, bulls and bullocks! )

Riverside paths around Dent and Great Asby are overgrown.  After rain - or even early morning- full wets are a must.

Day 1: Travelling to Norwich station dropped glasses - frame damaged, lens out - for a walk that demands attention to the view!  08.55 Train cancelled.  Arrive at Saltaire 14.15.  Camped above Skipton on Roman Road - highly recommended.  (Originally intention before Sharp Haw also looks good.)

Day 2: Stayed at Knights Stainforth Hall campsite.  Backpackers will always be accommodated without needing to book. (£7).  Meals and bar on site.

Day 3: Stayed in Dent - Laneside Campsite.  (£10) Loads of families and 3 motorbike groups... no issues.  Met young ladies doing LEJOG and teenage cyclists doing JOGLE.

Day 4: Greyhound Bunkhouse, Great Asby.  Attached to the pub... I thought that there was a site - it in Little Asby!  An amazing find!  (£20) I had sole occupancy as well as good food in the pub.

Day 5: 8 miles to the station and a long journey home... 10.05 from Appleby, Norwich 20.15, Home 21.00

Would I recommend it?  Not as is.  Would I do it again? Yes, with different adjustments. (And maybe slower...)  I love ridge walking - get high and stay high!  I understand the rationale of the original walk;  people living locally and planning a linear walk.  There are climbs I see as pointless - Addingham Moorside and out of Addingham, then Sharp Haw,  Tedious paths  - Hetton to Gordale Scar, the Selside link, Great Asby to Appleby.

Tony replies: Wow, that's quite a pace, especially carrying camping gear. We would normally suggest at least a week, but sometimes you have no choice. You definately need an OS map if you are going to vary the route. I didn't know about the bunkhouse at the Three Greyhounds at Great Asby - that's very useful to know. Well done, and many thanks for the feedback.

Incorrect topic on forum: Week long parking at Saltaire 19 Aug 2018

From: Annemieke
Date: 2 September 2020


I am about to start my Dales Highway and was looking for a place to park my car. I phoned the nr mentioned in the topic from 19 Aug (Week long parking at Saltaire) to arrange my parking for the week.

It turns out that this service no longer exists. At that car park on the corner of Carline Street and Victoria Road, you can no longer park your car for a week for £15. You can park your car there, but you have to pay via RingGo and pay the normal tariff.

IIs it possible to place a note on the forum to rectify this parking topic? Many thanks in advance.

Kind regards, Annemieke

New charging service at Caroline St car park

Chris & Tony reply:- Hi Annemieke, many thanks for letting us know about this, as we were unaware of the change, which came into force a fortnight ago.

You would now need to book using the RingGo App and pay the full rate for the week, or by phoning them if you don't have a smartphone. The charges are £5 per day, so that will cost £35 for the week! I understand the App is failrly easy to use, and you can book for the duration, and you can add time later if and when needed..

Wild Camp

From: Jacob
Date: 16 August 2020

Bivvy shot

Me and a friend wild-camped the Dales High Way over a period of eight days, nine nights. This allowed for a moderate pace with time to stop and enjoy the view, take pictures and find decent camp sites, and also to start the long return journey to south England early in the morning. We very roughly followed the 8 day itinerary in the guide, obviously stopping well short of the villages or towns mentioned.

This was true wild camping – leaving no trace, lightning no fires, staying out of sight of buildings. Setting up late and leaving early. We used bivvy bags, and also a tarp once or twice. We met a few others doing the same route, but none doing it like us.

A few key things that might be helpful to others doing a low-impact through-hike

 - We stocked up at shops in Skipton, Settle and Sedbergh, carrying enough food for 2-3 days from each one. While it's hardly ultralight camping food, at our moderate pace the extra weight was fine. Pockets of ready-cooked lentils and cous cous, peanut butter and pittas etc were all easy enough to find. The worst we had to do was get some cans of beans at Settle. Again, this isn't the Cape Wrath Trail so no real problem there. (List of shops plus distances between them here). We marked each major shop in the route guide (possibly something to consider adding to future guides?) Dent also has a small shop that is not readily Google-able, but it has limited stock and I wouldn't rely on it.

 - Settle has camping gas available at both the outdoors shop and Practically Everything. Settle in general had everything we needed – a Boots, a Co-op, an outdoors shop, a cafe – in a small area on or just by the route.

- The moorland and fells tended to have freshwater becks; the limestone areas tended to have springs near the lower reaches. Check your OS Map. We ran everything that looked safe through a Sawyer Micro water filter (very slow but reliable!) to be sure and came to no harm. Occasionally we stocked up on water lower down for a more discreet and breezier (=few midges) campsite higher up.


 - We found the OS maps OL2 and OL19 indispensable for navigation, finding places to camp and water sources. (Obviously this misses a significant part of the beginning of the route!) If you're used to map reading you may find it easier than following written descriptions. The waymarking is helpful, but it's impossible to rely on it.

- While midges generally weren't a problem, don't camp on the lower reaches of moorland unless you want to risk Highlands-level midge hell! We got totally eaten alive one night.

- Beware of lightning and read up on it. Check the weather forecast. There are huge wide areas throughout the route where you can easily be the tallest thing around (especially in the Howgill Fells and on the huge limestone pavements), and being caught walking or in a shelter when lightning is striking nearby can be much more unnerving and objectively dangerous than you think.

- You can do this vegan; Cafe Sopra in Settle cooked me up a delicious vegan breakfast on request; we also stopped at Steep&Filter in Skipton. Otherwise I found enough in the shops en-route.

- Walk the Ingleborough area on a weekday to dodge most of the three peaks crowds

We did camp at the High Laning campsite in Dent for one night; their washing and drying facilities were invaluable for giving us fresh stuff for the final legs. Get some 20p, 50p, & £1 coins.

Thanks for your work assembling this beautiful trail; you get a real sense of the trail unfolding into new and wondrous landscapes. It kept everything feeling fresh and new.

Many thanks, Jacob.

Missing Path

From: Mary Hockaday
Date: 10 August 2020

A friend and I greatly enjoyed the Dales High Way a couple of weeks ago, via Brigantes. We did Ilkely to Appleby in six days walking, stupendous.

The route guide was excellent and indispensable. But I thought I'd pass on the one problem we had, on p.28 of the 2013 edition (but no different in the more recent edition which my friend had). After Crummack we climbed up to the brow and turned right – box 3. But for love nor money we could not find the major left fork  in box 4. We went back and forth between Long Scar and the PBW waymark. We saw the crumbled wall but no unmarked 'easy, clear, dry track' was to be found.  In the end we went on and up to Ingleborough via the alternative route via Sulber Pot.

I hope this may be useful. Meanwhile, thank you for establishing such a wonderful route, it's a wonderful mixture of everything the Dales has to offer. 

Chris & Tony reply:- Hi Mary, Very glad to hear you had a good time on the trail.

With regards to the "missing path", you will not be surprised that quite a few people have found this spot tricky, mainly because there are numerous crossing tracks and little signage.

I can assure you that the "missing track" does exist (see photo attached). If you come up from Crummack along the Dales High Way track, you reach the crossing bridleway (called Long Lane, part of the Pennine Bridleway) by a Pennine Bridleway (PBW) marker post. Turning right, after 200 metres or so, there is a 2nd PWB marker post and the Dales High Way track forks off left here. It is actually an old turbary road (peat-cutters road).

If you continue instead along Long Lane you eventually pass a 3rd PWB post at a point where another track from Crummack joins Long Lane. This forks off from the Dales High Way track just above Crummack. Is it possible you might have followed this one? Easily done.

Missing path, - DHW above Crummack

None-the-less, you did exactly the right thing and joined the track which runs up from Horton towards Ingleborough (the Yorkshire Three Peaks route) and got back on A Dales High Way, so well done!

The PBW marker posts are the only signage at this point, and these have a habit of disappearing on occasion, so can't be relied upon. That's why we've added the GPS references to these points in the latest edition of the Route Guide.

Many thanks for letting us know about this.

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.

UPDATE Aug 2020: This Info is now out of date. Please see Forum item of Aug 2020 for latest information on car parks.

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

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Dales High Way


Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland over 6 days, 2020.


I can't really think of any other trail that I have done that has been as visually impactive for it's entire length.  

Backpacking Adventure

Backpacking A Dales High Way - 2019

Dave Goodman

In this video I backpack with my father along the Dales Highway.  

Fills Wild Walks

Wild camping on A Dales High Way 2019

Fills Wild Walks

A beautiful walk across the Yorkshire dales, from Saltaire to Appleby-in-Westmorland, 90 miles in 7 days.
See Phil's pal Rich "The Wanderer"'s version here.   


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

 I had plans – best laid and all that…

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 here 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!

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.

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.