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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From: Chris
Date: 29 October 2010

Quite a few people have used the walk to raise funds for charity this year. One example is Matt Bye and his grandad, who walked the route in September and raised £230 for Birmingham Children's Hospital by setting up a fundraising page on Justgiving.com

Mathew's account and beautiful photos can be seen at http://matt.theracingline.net/

Cuddling Hole collapse update

From: Tony 
Date: 9 September 2010

Further to Brian Griffiths report in June of the embankment collapse between Cuddling Hole and Bandley Bridge, near the end of the walk, we went out to take a look last week. The path has been swept away, together with the board walks, leaving a red muddy terrace. When we were there, following a dry, sunny week, it was passable with care, but clearly would not be so after heavy rain (see photos).

Brian's alternative route - backtrack a few metres and follow the inside of the fence up and around, works well, but care is needed as it is steep and the fence has barbed wire.

We asked Brian Gibson, Rights of Way officer for Cumbria County Council, when the path is likely to be repaired. He told us: "The area you have reported is being attended to by Carlisle City Council as part of their Discover Eden project. The boardwalk is going to be removed and replaced by a drainage scheme and new path. It is currently out to consultation with the Environment Agency and Natural England owing to environmental considerations. This consultation should be completed by October and works should start in late October, weather permitting."

Bank collapse near Cuddling Hole

Bank collapse near Cuddling Hole has swept path away.

Just passable in dry weather

Mud is just passable in dry weather.

Boardwalk swept away

Board walks have been swept away.

Possible alternative route

Alternative route - backtrack and follow inside of fence up and across.

Great walk

From: Christine Addison 
Date: 11 July 2010

Four of us, all in our 60s, have just done a Dales Highway using Brigantes for accommodation and baggage transfer. What a fantastic walk!!!! Sounded a great walk from the books and it really was. Each day having its own attractions. We started in very hot weather from Saltaire, had rain over Ingleborough, so didn't actually go to the summit as we wouldn't have seen anything, wonderful views over the Howgills and pleasant sunshine walking into Appleby. Then the return journey by train, seeing the places we walked from a different angle.

Great walk which wouldn't mind doing it again sometime.

Dales highway forum

From: Jackie & Tony 
Date: 8 July 2010

We set off in four days time and really looking forward to following in everyone's recent footsteps. Can't wait to taste the local home cooked food, beer and of course the views. Living in Cambridgeshire is just a bit flat.......will send a report once done.


From: Tony 
Date: 6 July 2010

Some accounts of the walk are beginning to appear on the web. Here's a couple of very different ones I came across:-

Paul & Midge - mananddog - run an extended version of A Dales High Way in 5 days, taking in the Three Peaks along the way: http://mananddog.webs.com/daleshighway2010.htm

Helen and Neil celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, with an extended version starting in Leeds, over 9 days, testing the food along the way: http://daleshighway.wordpress.com/

Any others?

Great walk

From: Peter & Yvonne in York
Date: 29 June 2010

We finished the walk last Friday – a week of lovely weather made it just wonderful. We particularly liked walking over the moors on ancient tracks and the amazing limestone scenery. We left York by train on the previous Friday morning and were back in York by the Friday evening a week later – happy to share our itinerary if it would help anyone. Special recommendation: John & Julie at Scar Close Farmhouse, Feizor – wonderful hosts, a fantastic location and a good place to set off for Ingleborough.

Only one significant comment on the route – Section 7, point 4 (by Flasby Beck) Climb the field ridge …

Notices by the gate ask people to stay close to the beck – so we did and it worked perfectly well.

Thanks to Brian for his warning about the problem with the path between Cudding Hole and Bandley Bridge. Cumbria Highways have logged it as needing repair so it would be good if soon someone was able to report that it has been fixed. After a very dry spell it is just about passable but after rain it would be very tricky/dangerous.

Thanks Tony and Chris for a great walk

It's the best

From: Carol Mclaughlin
Date: 25 June 2010

My friend and I ( mid 50's ladies) have just returned from completing The Dales High Way I have to say in agreeing with previous comments it definitely is the best L.D.W. out there.

Over the years we have walked, The Dalesway, St Cuthberts Way, Lady Anne Way, Cumbrian Way and The Coast to Coast.

Due to the logistics of getting to the start we drove to Addingham Moor, staying at Beck House Farm for 2 nights, highly recommended everything for walkers from own kitchen to washing machine to a fabulous organic breakfast. We used Chris local taxi driver to take us to Saltaire (£20) and walked back to Addingham Moor.

Day 2 we took the Malham bus from Addingham to Malham and walked back to Addingham, repicking the bus at 5pm in Skipton as we had all ready walked the remaining route from Skipton to Addingham. Excellent value at £7-50p.

Day 3 We drove to Horton-In-Ribblesdale, left the car at Broadcroft House B+B, before using public transport back to Malham, we then walked back to H-I-R. Yes, this is off the main route due to virtually no accommodation around Stainforth. This proved much better for us as our accommodation was excellent. In hindsight we should have stayed 2 nights and returned from Ribblehead the following day by train.

Day 4 To day we used the services of our old faithful friend Sherpa Van, as usual we never saw them but our luggage was waiting for us on arrival at our remaining B+B's. Ingleborough today and dropping down to Chapel-Le-Dale staying at Dale House Farm. D.H.F. is a good hours walk off route which after Ingleborough you don't need, how ever should you be able to get a mobile signal they will come out for you, as in the evening they will take and pick up from local pub. Fortunately for us they returned us to the start the following day.

Day 5 Over Whernside into Dent then continued to Sedbergh staying at High Roans. Small room but very pleasant with proprietor very obliging even dried my shorts.

Day 6 Howgills and into Newbiggin staying just outside at Coldbeck House, lovely old house, lots of little extras including home made cake on arrival.

Day 7 Into Appleby before picking train up for a stunning return journey to Horton In Ribblesdale, collect car and drive home.

A marvellous week complimented by good weather, seriously considering walking the route again again next year, would it be the same? Yes, I'm certain.

Thank you for all info and excellent web site.

Come on all who are thinking about it, get it booked, you wont regret it

We're off

From: Helen Billingham
Date: 13 June 2010

We are just about to start the walk from Wednesday this week, with maps and your booklet for guidance. We are starting slighter further south from Leeds, walking along the canal until we pick up the route in Saltaire. If you want to follow us, you can keep an eye on the blog http://daleshighway.wordpress.com or follow us on twitter @helandneil. We would love people to send messages and comment on our progress throughout the route.


Dales Highway

From: brian griffiths
Date: 12 June 2010

Just got back from completing the walk, which we did in 6 days. The scenery is spectacular, but varied. Several days we walked for hours without seeing a soul. Having done the Dalesway and Cumbrian Way over the past 3 years I have to say that this surpasses both, and is certainly challenging. One word of warning : there has been a landslip a mile from Appleby between Cuddling Hole and Bandley Bridge where the booklet P55 says "climb steep wooded bank away from beck". I went up to my knee in soft red mud, and struggled to get out. Backtrack a few metres, and follow the fence up and around the landslip.


Brian Griffiths


From: Martin
Date: 9 June 2010


Looking for some ideas for next year's holidays, having done the Dales Way twice in the last 20 years, I was googling the Dales Way looking for info. But, came across your's and started me thinking, that would be a nice walk to do. I would prefer camping nowadays, cheaper for me. I will probably seek out the campsites on the walk, so I will be ordering your guide book for further info.

Looks a nice walk by the looks of it.

Regards Martin

Accommodation Update

From: Richard Divall
Date: 10 May 2010

Currently arranging accommodation for September 2010 and found the following;
Please note that the Corncrake Guest House at Cracoe is no longer a B & B. Alternative accommodation can be found at the Devonshire Arms at Cracoe.
The telephone number for The Angel Inn at Hetton is 01756 730263. The site is currently showing an incorrect number. 

Tony replies: Thanks for that Richard. Details updated accordingly.

Just returned! 

From: Lyn Parkin 
Date: 20 April 2010 

Four of us (all women aged ?????) have just returned from an absolutely fantastic Dales Highway! What a brilliant walk. We did have great weather, which helped, but the route takes in such varied scenery and interesting places. The small route finder was excellent (we used OS maps as back-up) and the Companion was invaluable for background information. We shall be recommending this walk to everyone we meet!

The detour route to Stainforth

From: Roy Pedlar
Date: 22 March 2010

The section of the Pennine Bridleway from the car park at Stainforth to the lane to Little Stainforth is now accessible and could also be used for the Dales Highway detour route to/from Stainforth. This route avoids crossing the busy Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale road and from the bottom of the car park goes underneath the road alongside the beck to a picnic area. At the top (N) of this field go through the gate and left along a track and then over the Settle and Carlisle railway line. Then go through a gate on the right which is the access to a lane running parallel to the railway which then joins the minor road to Little Stainforth.

regards, Roy.

Pinfold site, Sedbergh

From: Dave
Date: 21 March 2010

Hi, Just to let you know that the Pinfold Caravan site on the edge of Sedbergh (listed in your accommodation section) no longer takes tents at all. This is a bit of a pain for anyone (like us) wishing to camp every night, as the nearest camp site seems to be Holme Open Farm, which is a bit of a diversion... cheers Dave

Tony replies: Thanks for that info Dave. Pinfold told us they have reused the space for tourers due to lack of demand for camping through the recent wet summers. They say they can still take one or two backpackers at a time, but no groups due to lack of space.

Just got started

From: Roger Simpson, Saltaire 
Date: 11 March 2010

The first 7 miles successfully completed, and looking forward to the next 83. A beautiful morning with curlew, lapwing, snipe and oyster catchers returning around Glovershaw. Back home to make tea (not hen pecked or anything!)


Setting the standard

From: John
Date: 16 December 2009

Chris, many thanks for your note of dispatch and for your prompt actions, which resulted in the receipt of my copy of "A Dales High Way" today.

You and Tony have done a fantastic job of producing a unique set of guide books on a truly imaginative journey, and thanks to all your hard work have set the standard for all other would-be guides in future.

I can hardly wait to get started on the journey, meanwhile good luck with any new ventures which you may be planning in the future,

With best wishes, John.

Aug 2009

From: Ange 
Date: 06 September 2009

Fab time on the Dales Highway. Recommend it to all those travellers out there who enjoy a daily challenge. The first two days with my Dad, but the rest alone. Had a fab time.

DHW - 11th-18th July 2009

From: Sue & Dave 
Date: 25 July 2009

Dear Tony & Chris 

Just completed your walk, really enjoyed it. Tearoom at Feizor was excellent even provided a towel to dry my hair! Accommodation; in particular worthy of mention: were Archway Cottage - Ilkley: Croft Gate - Chapel-le-Dale: Apley House - Sedbergh: The Old Vicarage - Ravenstonedale. No problems with route finding, particularly liked the map format.

informative walk website!

From: kevin proctor
Date: 19 July 2009

Really enjoyed reading all the information on this great 90 miles walk, thinking of doing this walk. Enjoyed all the scenic places shown and will be getting a copy of daleshighway book! KEEP UP THE BRILL WEBSITE!

High Level?

From: GeoffC
Date: 30 June 2009

This route is a 'High Level' Dales Way:- Whernside is the highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and there is a perfectly good path over it. Why does the route deliberately avoid it and go along the base?.

Chris replies: There's an optional route over the top of Whernside in the Route Guide, and as we say it's "hard to resist in good weather". The main route follows an ancient pack-horse trail from Chapel-le-Dale into Dentdale called "The Craven Way", passing through Winterscales, under the Viaduct, past Force Gill and up over the northern flank of Whernside, reaching 540 m. 

Overall we have tried to put together a route that is varied, with plenty of interest, rather than just ticking off all the highest points. People are free to adapt it to suit themselves of course, and should do so. Following the Pennine Way from Malham to Horton, for example, would take in Pen-y-ghent as well.

More accommodation in Chapel-le-Dale

From: Simon
Date: June 29, 2009


I would be grateful of a listing on your website.

Dale House Farm http://www.dalehousefarm.com Chapel-le-Dale LA6 3AP 01524 241211 enquiries@dalehousefarm.com 

Farm B&B on alternate route. The closest building to the summit of Ingleborough. Home reared breakfast. Double/Twin/Family room. Dogs by prior arrangement.

See the BBC Look North Report on the Dale House Farm Kune piglets.

Accommodation upgrade please

From: Brenda Boustead
Date: June 21, 2009


I have had quite a lot of very happy walkers who are enjoying your walk.
I intend to start day one myself on Tuesday and hopefully do a day a week to fit in with guests etc.

So thank you for putting my B & B on your list.

I have 4 stars with a silver award and wonder if you could please include that on my description.

We are certainly having more dales high way walkers than coast to coast ones this year so thank you.

Brenda Boustead
Tranna Hill
Newbiggin on Lune

Dales Highway May 2009

From: Roger Yardley
Date: 28 May 2009

Day 1 - Sun 3/5 Saltaire to Skipton 
Day 2 - Sat 9/5 Skipton to Settle
Day 3 - Sun 17/5 Settle to Ribblehead.
Returning to Shipley by train on each occasion.
Day 4 - Sun 24/5 Ribblehead to Sebergh - overnight at Yew Tree Cottage (warm welcome from Anne Jones) Excellent meal at the Dalesman.
Day 5 - Mon 25/5 Sedbergh to Ravenstonedale - overnight at The Old Vicarage (well worth the mile detour - just for the home made cake alone!)
Day 6 - Tues 26/5 Ravenstonedale to Appleby - back to Leeds via Settle/Carlisle.
Best day definitely Howgill Fells - will revisit soon.
Excellent weather, only rained last 2 miles into Settle on day 3. 
Would recommend this walk as either a single outing or in sections using Settle/Carlisle.

TONY REPLIES: Congratulations Roger. You are the first person to go on record as having completed the route since its official launch!

Skipton By-pass

From: Roy from Skipton 
Date: 27 April 2009

A very interesting and different way that I am keen to try, but I think your route out of Skipton should avoid having to cross the busy by-pass. From the south this can be done by taking Short Lee Lane on reaching the by-pass which takes you to the west. On reaching the Skipton - Grassington B6265 road, cross the road and there is a path between the houses that cuts through to the minor road to Stirton. Turn right along this straight section of road which crosses the by-pass by an overbridge and continue to White Hills which is the top of a rise in the road . Just beyond is the old lodge for the Tarn House hotel and turn right along the drive and with a caravan park to your right take a signed footpath to the left which crosses a field to a sunken lane past Tarn House farm and after a short distance to the right joins your documented route which comes in from the right. Much safer!!

Croft Gate bed and breakfast - Chapel le Dale

From: Martin and Jean Carter 
Date: 01 April 2009

After talking to a couple of our guests who were using your book to walk part of the Dales highway we realise that this footpath passes right by our cottage b&b. We are a new, quality bed and breakfast in the little hamlet of Chapel le Dale opposite the church. We offer two double en-suites, cosy log fire in guest sitting room, comfy beds with luxurious bedding, home made bread, complimentary bottle of chilled wine, packed lunches and a warm welcome. We even offer to collect guests from nearby Ribblehead railway station. Our website address if anybody is interested is www.croft-gate.co.uk

The book looks really good and we are going to purchase it for our guest book shelves.

TONY REPLIES: That's excellent news. You've just doubled the b&b accommodation in Chapel-le-Dale.

Great website

From: Dianne Draper
Date: 31 March 2009

Well done Chris and Tony (and Jess the dog) - the website is really clear, I especially like the news section as well.

Feizor refreshments

From: Elaine Knowles
Date: 30 March 2009


TONY REPLIES:  And what a lovely tea room it is. Just the job as you drop from Smearset Scar - pot of tea and toasted teacake can't be beaten! Alas, we didn't have room in the Route Guide to mention all these great refreshment stops, but it gets a glowing reference on the Accommodation web pages, and rest assured it will definitely get a mention in the forthcoming A Dales High Way Companion - published this summer. 

Re: Memory Map

From: Tony
Date: 21 Mar 2009

You can get the route in various downloadable formats from the Long Distance Walkers Association website at http://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?menu_type=S&path_id=8037

You have to be a member, but at just £13 for a year it's well worth it.

Memory Map

From: Mike
Date: 22 Feb 2009

It would be nice if the route could be purchased in a downloadable file format for importing into memory Map. Your own GPS could then be programed with the route and maps printed out.


From: Barbara Manwaring
Date: 10 Feb 2009

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Grogan, 

Love the book. I run St. Mark's Bed and Breakfast in Cautley, Sedbergh with 4 Stars (VisitBritain). 

Even though I am not at one of the designated 'night stops' I have 5 comfortable ensuite bedrooms available -3 twin, 1 family/twin and 1 single, three of the rooms have baths. There is a bus that passes the house - however I am able to collect and return walkers to their finish and start points. Evening meals and packed lunches are available. There are facilities for drying wet clothes and boots.

Walkers can access the house by heading east from Calders via just South of Dummacks and then South to follow the ridge of Fawcett Rigg, and coming off the fell at the access point at Steps End where there is a footbridge across the river Rawthey - there is a short walk south along the A683 to St. Mark's which is almost opposite St. Mark's church.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need more information: www.saintmarks.uk.com

Ramblers review

From: Mark C
Date: 23 Jan 2009

Hi. Saw the write-up in the West Yorkshire Ramblers mag. I look forward to tackling at least part of it. Congratulations too on the website - colourful, well designed and very clear and interesting. I especially like the news stories. Best wishes, Mark

A single base for the entire walk?

From: Tony
Date: 13 Nov 2008

Someone wrote by email to ask where would be a good base for the entire week in order to walk A Dales High Way using public transport. This is a good question, because it can certainly save a lot of money staying in one spot for the week. However, I think it is very difficult given the total distance covered. Certainly the first half of the walk can be done by using the Leeds - Carlisle railway and basing yourself at Skipton or Settle. There are plenty of early trains Southbound to get a good start. This would work fine as far as Ribblehead (using that alternative). After that it's a bit harder, as there is no direct link from Sedbergh or Newbiggin-on-Lune to the railway. There is, though a bus service from Brough calling at Kirkby Stephen, Newbiggin-on-Lune and Sedbergh (564). It is not very frequent so careful timing is required. This would allow a second stage stop over in, say Sedbergh. There is also a bus link to Appleby from Kirkby Stephen. Stopping the week in Appleby might seem, at first glance, an option, but the earliest trains south would mean a late start. Kirkby Stephen might seem another option, but the same problem as Appleby applies and of course Kirkby Stephen rail station is a couple of miles from the town. There is also the question of the cost of all this public transport - would you actually save much?

Glorious booklet.

Date: 12 Nov 2008

I was totally astounded when I saw this booklet. It is so well written, researched and photographed. It will prove to be an invaluable guide for walkers. It therefore must have been done by Chris. Love Karol-An Grogan (Sister).

Your Dales High Way Book

From: Julie
Date: 12 Nov 2008

Your sister Karol made me buy this book!!!!! Good job I like it!

Well Impressed

From: The Walking Englishman
Date: 05 Nov 2008

Dear Tony and Chris, I am truly impressed with the work you have put in to creating a highly original and thoroughly delightful walk - I have walked many parts of your route but not in its entirity. However I would gladly do the walk so watch out for it on the Walking Englishman! By the way, many thanks for the complementary copy. I will be sure to use it. All the best, Mike Brockhurst

Fantastic reviews!!!

From: C&K
Date: 31 Oct 2008

Hi you two, congratulations on the fantastic reviews in the T&A and the very presdigous Dalesmen!!! endless love C&K xx

Re: Dales Highway

From: Chris and Tony
Date: 27 Oct 2008

Best of luck. Let us know how you get on. Chris and Tony

Dales Highway

From: Marge and Tom - Harrogate
Date: 25 Oct 2008

I just saw the article in the Dalesman and am excited to try the walk with my husband with his retirement in mind. We have grown to love this area and can't wait to get those feet moving.

A Dales High Way

From: Stephen Leather
Date: 09 Oct 2008

Love the book, where are my boots! 11 years ago my wife and I walked from our house in Frizinhall, Shipley, to Keld in Swaledale. I think a second dose of medicine is called for! All good wishes, Stephen

Very handy site

From: Terry
Date: 01 Oct 2008

I was on Snowden the weekend of the heaviest rain, and some of my pics look a bit like the ones you have of the Dales - ie very wet! If you fancy a greasy spoon in Leeds after a hard day's walking, you might like to have a gander at my cafes website - www.leedscafe.co.uk/

Thanks for the comments

From: Tony
Date: 30 Sep 2008

Many thanks to all those who posted nice comments about the Book Launch. As some of you know, Chris wasn't able to make it because her mum had died that weekend. However, I'm glad we didn't cancel it altogether and was very heartened by the fantastic turnout and the very good comments afterwards. We also managed to raise a few quid for Saltaire festival as well. Thanks again.

dales high way

From: barry and jane
Date: 29 Sep 2008

Hi we have just walked the first little bit of your booklet up to Addingham and found it very clear and easy to follow. We are now keen to go on to Settle. Thanks and good luck with future

I might even take up walking...

From: sharon
Date: 19 Sep 2008

Well, done to both of you! Thank you for a wonderful evening. It was a beautiful presentation, what a glorious landscape we have on our doorstep. Thanks for reminding me why I love Yorkshire.

Great maps!

From: Sarah and Jim
Date: 19 Sep 2008

We just bought the book on Monday at the talk in Saltaire. Tony really made the talk interesting with his historical and geographical facts along the route. The photos are great, very inspiring and the maps are easy to read. I like the little quote boxes with additional trail information. Can't wait to put on the baby rucksack and try it out.

Launch of a Dales Highway

From: Jane and Barry
Date: 18 Sep 2008

Hiya Tony Chris,just to say Monday night was fab, (jane can see Tony as forum Chair.....much funnier than I could ever be!) The dvd was great, and Barry loved the google earth thing. We are looking forward to doing day 1 in a few weeks time! Huge congrats to you both, and so sorry Chris could not be there to share the moment of glory!

walk launch

From: julia
Date: 18 Sep 2008

Great idea to have a launch so we could have a look at where the walk goes. Even though I've walked a bit in the dales it just shows how we get stuck in our ways and there is more to explore, particulary howgills and up to Appleby. Also pleased to have access to a supply of lovely greeting and post cards!! When I walked the Dales Way, about 20 years ago, it rained all the way ... so, yes, the plastic wallet is a good idea.

Monday evening

From: Matt
Date: 18 Sep 2008

Really enjoyed the evening, fantastic to see so many people at the event, felt like the beginning of something really special. Well done both of you. Can't wait to get my boots on... Well I need to buy some actually, but now I've got a real incentive!

Monday's book launch.

From: kelly
Date: 18 Sep 2008

Congratulations on a very well presented and interesting launch. We arrived at a very pleasant and buzzing half moon cafe mon monday evening to find we were just in time to grab a glass of wine and take our seats. Tony's presentation informed us uf many interesting features we will see along the way, such as the cup and ring and swastika stones. The slide show gave us spectacular views of whats to come when we start our own adventure. The talk also gave us great insight into the ancient history behind some of the landscape covered in the walk, as well as some of the traditional annual events that still take place today. We really enjoyed the video that followed the talk, it gave us a real feeling of what's to come. Well done for a fantastic preview of a dales highway. Now where's them boots!!!

Re: Welcome

From: Janet, Vancouver
Date: 01 Sep 2008

It's on my list for next time I'm in the UK, it looks great.


From: Tony & Chris
Date: 23 Aug 2008

Welcome to A Dales High Way Discussion Forum. You are welcome to leave any comments you have about the website, the route, the walk guide, the accommodation or anything else. Please bear in mind that this is a moderated site and so any offensive material will be removed. Thanks for taking a look.

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