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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Our Dales High Way Walk

From: M and M Waterworth   
Date: 9 Oct 2015

8 days  24 Sept - 1 Oct 2015

Our Route:
Day 1       Saltaire to Ilkley   8.5 miles  Riverside Hotel
Day 2       Ilkley to Skipton   11.5 miles  Napiers Restaurant with Rooms
Day 3       Skipton to Malham   13.5 miles   Youth Hostel Malham
Day 4       Malham to Stainforth   11 miles   Craven Heifer
Day 5       Stainforth to Ribblehead    12 miles   Station Inn
Day 6       Ribblehead to Sedbergh    13.5 miles   Daleslea B&B
Day 7       Sedbergh to Newbiggin    11 miles    Tranna Hill B&B
Day 8       Newbiggin to Appleby    13 miles   Bongate House B&B

What a superb and varied walk!  Each day was different - variety of walking and scenery within each day made for a very interesting 8 days.  A few of the ascents a bit challenging (for us Seniors) but we just took our time!

Discovering The Howgill Fells and the stunning views from our highest point, The Calf.  We were lucky in having clear sunny weather and could see the outline of the Lake District hills in one direction and the Pennines in another - couldn't quite see Morecambe Bay though! 

The limestone pavement and scars around Malham and then again between Stainforth and Ribblehead. 

Route Guide Comments:
An excellent Route Guide.  We had had enough time to study it before the walk and make plans for which routes to take, where there were alternatives.  The detailed directions were very helpful, alongside our OS maps.  The updates from the website are also useful supplements.  The following comments from our experience might be helpful:
Map 7.  Descending from Sharp Haw to Flasby, the correct route isn't clear, is very boggy in places, the bracken was high (as mentioned in the Guide) - the blue-topped posts mentioned in the Updates do help, but there aren't many and you don't always spot them, eg one had been uprooted.
Map 24.  Item 3 - the gate is no longer waymarked.  Items 4 and 5 - some of these gates have been blocked from being opened, so it's necessary to climb over them.

Although the route has some Dales High Way waymarkers, these are intermittent, so don't rely solely on these for navigation!

A Dales High Way Pub Crawl

From: Vinny Whalley  
Date: 20 Sept 2015

Finished my pub crawl on the 18 September.  

I called it a pub crawl because I usually stay in a pub or go to a pub for an evening meal. 

I was looking for a medium range walk to do, as I had already walked the Pennine Way in April this year.

A Dales High Way looked very interesting. I had six day to do it in, so getting to the start early was important to me and I had to start on a Sunday. The first train from were I live, wasn't till 9 AM arrived in Saltaire about noon and to cover the 18 miles to Skipton wasn't going to happen starting that late.

I tried to find some where to park my car and found Just Park.  For £37 for 6 days parking in someones drive. Grosvenor Road just half a mile from Saltaire station. Excellent, I could now come back down on the train and see were I had walk from the train before picking my car up.

A Dales High Way is and excellent walk, I would recommend it to anyone. For me its good medium range walk, just like doing half of the Coast to Coast or part of the Pennine Way.

Remember you don't have to stick to the route, as the website says you can put the Yorkshire Three Peaks in too, like I did.

I alway buy a guide book but never take it with me as they are too big and heavy and I use Harvey map but there isn't one for this walk, I got myself the maps I needed and used the guide book. What an excellent guide book it is, I never needed to refer to my maps at all (but still glad I had them with me just in case) I would say its the best guide book I have had. All the other information you need is on the website, Like accommodation etc.

Thank you Tony and Chris for such a good guide book and most of all for an amazing walk. 

A Wonderful Walk

From: Maria Marcon 
Date: 13 Sept 2015

 My friends and I completed the walk last week in glorious weather. Spectacular isolation was to be found in the Howgills. The limestone pavement in Malhamdale made a great picnic table. Unfortunately we too had a few issues with cows especially those with calves as our dogs use us for shelter which is not helpful. Sadly we did not realise there was a vistors' book in Appleby. A great time was had by all and the guide had an alternative use as in the picture. 

Maria Marcon

Many thanks, Maria.

Dales Highway

From: Ken & Lynn Coulson 
Date: 22 Aug 2015

We completed the Dales Highway last week. What a stunning walk it is. Day after day the country opened up new vistas. We travelled through this beautiful Dales landscape loving the transformation from Gritstone to Limestone and finally the beautiful deep red soil of the Eden. What a sublime walk this is; walking doesn't get much better than this. Thank you, we loved every mile of it.


From: Ian Antill
Date: 15 Aug 2015

Two years later than planned, after two knee operations, Margaret and I finally completed the Dales Highway on July 29th. Glorious walk !

Mostly good weather over the 8 days we took.

Only met people on the same mission as us on the last day, and guess what - they hailed from a village only 2 miles away from us.


Bull Hotel, Sedbergh

From: Barbara Taylor
Date: 21 Jun 2015

Just finishing the Dales Highway which has been very enjoyable but rather wet, windy and misty.

At Sedbergh we stayed at the Bull Hotel, the first room had no TV, the second room no mirror so on complaining to the manager we found out that North Country Inns had not renewed their lease on the Bull Hotel and that the company who owned the hotel had been unable to find another company to take it on.

A manager from another North Country Inn had been put in temporarily for four weeks (we stayed on June 20th) in order to give the owners extra time to lease it out.

The food was good, the hotel sad.

I worry about bookings made from the end of July onwards.

Recent Success!

From: Julian Flewitt
Date: 1 Jun 2015

I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time undertaking the DHW last week. 5 chaps and 2 dogs had good weather (bar the last few hours) and great views all the way.

The guides and signposting were good and little time was lost on the wrong routes. We were all surprised how few people were out generally and specifically on the DHW. There is still much to do in terms of 'spreading the word'. 

We filled in the visitors book in Appleby and had a warm reception from the Tourist Information ladies. We were surprised that so few people had filled in the visitors book since 2013 and that there was no DHW merchandise. Someone is missing a trick!

Please feel free to post this message generally on your website. I have undertaken quite a few long distance walks, I have to say the DHW was rewarding, varied and great in terms of length and challenge. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any doubters! 

Well done to all the organisers and keep up the good work! With thanks - Julian Flewitt.

Setting off next Saturday

From: Kate Gilbert
Date: 17 Apr 2015

With my walking buddy Diane Welch I am setting off on the Dales High Way six-day challenge next Saturday, 25 April. We are both well into our 60s, and though we are pretty fit, we know it's going to be tough at times as well as exciting and spectacular.

I was ill for several years with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), a serious inflammatory disease, and could hardly walk to the end of the road. I'm taking this opportunity to show people with PMR that there is hope, that they can recover and get back to health and fitness. And at the same time I'm raising money for the charity to support sufferers, PMRGCAuk. http://virginmoneygiving.com/team/katedoesthedales

We'll let you know how we get on! Thanks for all the work you have done to promote the route and encourage people like us to take it on,

Regards Kate Gilbert

Start and finish

From: Alby Williams
Date: 25 Feb 2015

Hi, I will be doing the Dales Highway in May, is there an official start and finish to the walk. I've found 2 different starts, the canal but where on the canal, and the 4 lions at the victoria hotel.  As regards the finish is it Appleby castle.

Thanks Alby

Chris replies: The official start is by the lions outside Victoria Hall in Saltaire, and the official finish is at the bottom of Boroughgate, Appleby, by the Moot Hall. Don't forget to nip inside and pick up your certificate! Enjoy the walk.

Superb DHW route and extension 

From: Anne and Ian Brown
Date: 12 Aug 2014

Thanks to Tony and Chris for an excellent pair of guides. It is a really good idea to separate the route finding information (which is very clear on the maps) from the background information (which really adds to the enjoyment).

We enjoyed the Dales High Way immensely and were surprised that so few people seemed to be walking it. Routes like the Cumbria Way are heavily marketted abroad and attract many foreign visitors, but in our opinion the Dales High Way is more attractive, and more easy to follow.

We extended the route by taking an extra day in Settle to climb Pen-y-ghent and visit Hull Pot. At the end, we continued past Appleby to Dufton - a very attractive village beneath the Pennines.

We thoroughly recommend both the Route Guide and the Companion book.  

Cows on the Dales Higway

From: Liz Madge
Date: 25 June 2014


We finished part of the Dales Highway from Chapel le Dale to Appleby last week.  We had excellent weather and we enjoyed it.  However, there were lots of cows in the final section.  There were bulls in one field and also mother and calves.  The poor condition of the ground makes it difficult to get away from them if need be.  I would recommend taking the road route between Great Asby and Appleby.

Thanks, Liz

We're loving our Dales High Way walk

From: Chris
Date: 16 June 2014

I'm really enjoying walking A Dales High Way with the AS Coaches Walking Group from Nidderdale. Led by Amanda Burton and using her coach for transport, we are walking a section on alternate Saturdays. Here we are arriving at Stainforth after a wonderful walk over from Malham.

AS Coaches group at Stainforth

Re: Walking the route on Saturday 17th May

From: Lee Senior
Date: 24 May 2014

Here as promised is a brief rundown on how I went on the walk.

Started 17th May and walked from Saltaire to Skipton
18th May - Skipton to Settle
19th May - Settle to Ribblehead
20th May - Ribblehead to Sedbergh
21st May - Sedbergh to Appleby

Managed to do the 90 miles in five walking days and all the route in glorious sunshine, with not a spot of rain all the way.

I got back home to West Yorkshire via the last train from Appleby on the Wednesday eve (18.56) having walked the 23 miles from Sedbergh - This is probably two days walking in one day!  I left Joss Lane, Sedbergh at 08.31 and arrived in Appleby at 18.05 and my feet were on fire when I arrived at the end!!

I must say since I've got home - it has rained every day! I've been very lucky.

The route is fantastic and a credit to you both. It is well put together and it can't have been a quick process to research it all? The scenery is glorious though and although I knew bits of it from day walks there were many new areas too.

I think the Turner Lane, Addingham diversion is better than the original (I've done that before and knew it was wet on the Millennium Way).

Incidentally, I've kept my timings for this route.  If you would like them - you can certainly have them. I realise 18 miles per day average is going it some and I don't normally flog my feet to death in this fashion! That's one thing about being on your own - it allows you to set your own pace.

I definitely enjoyed the route (my 9th LDP) and I will recommend it.

Many thanks again

Dales Highway - May 2014

From: Aaron Barnes
Date: 18 May 2014

Finished the Dales Highway on Friday in glorious weather.  

Started in Saltaire on the 8th May and have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful route, even if I haven't enjoyed some of the not so wonderful May weather, especially when I was (mostly) staying in a tent! 

Surprisingly, not too many grot spots and a nice varied walk - the route has been so well thought out.

Look out for the blog which I will hopefully get up over the next few weeks.

A bit of good news as well, the pub "New Inn" at Hoff has reopened (Wed 14th May). Although it's close to Appleby it was a very pleasant (and much needed) surprise to find it open.

A special mention to a few places, Conder Farm Campsite in Dent, and Low Greenside Campsite in Ravenstonedale for their wonderful locations, and the Howgills Bunk Barn.  Quite simply one of the finest bunk houses I have ever stayed in.

Thanks again for a wonderful walk.


Walking the route on Saturday 17th May

From: Lee Senior
Date: 4 May 2014

I'm walking the whole 90 miles Dales Highway route starting from Saltaire on Sat 17th May, going as far as Skipton on Day one.

Sunday will be the first train to Skipton then walking to Settle.

Monday - Settle to Ribblehead

Tuesday - Ribblehead to Sedbergh

Wednesday - Sedbergh to either Ravenstonedale or Appleby (depending on the weather)

(Thursday can be used to finish if Weds finishes at Ravenstonedale)

I've been let down by someone who was going to accompany me. So I will be on my own apart from on the Saturday.

If anyone fancies joining me for the whole route, or part of the route, you are more than welcome. There is of course the option of a pint or two at the end of each day!!

I live in West Yorks and will be using the train for the first four days and to return back from Appleby at the end.

My email address is: yorksmale2003@yahoo.co.uk

Many thanks for reading


Muddy fields above Skipton

From: Tony
Date: 5 March 2014

Just walked the section above Skipton today, enjoying the start of Spring. The fields are still quite muddy though, particularly just beyond the golf course, where the farmer has been busy removing an old wall and fence to replace it with a new fence, in the process making a bit of a mess of the footpath, which runs alongside the fence (see picture below).

New fence just past golfcourse above Skipton

I would advise anyone setting out on this section in the near future to make use of the alternative route through Skipton Woods and then alongside the Grassington road to the Craven Heifer pub. The latter is not as interesting, but the going underfoot is good. The first bit through Skipton Woods is lovely, especially at this time of year (see photo below).

Skipton Woods

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