Dales High Way

The 90 mile Dales High Way is a gem of a walk beginning on the gritstone moors between Saltaire and Skipton in West Yorkshire and tracing a clever and predominantly high level route across the limestone country of Malhamdale, along the River Ribble and over Ingleborough to Dentdale, before crossing the starkly beautiful Howgill Fells to reach the Pennine hill town of Appleby in Cumbria.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Route Options

Walking the Dales High Way in 6 stages is a good option for anyone used to long distance trail walking. This itinerary gives an average day of around 12 - 15 miles with two longer days of 18 miles at the start.

Arrive at Saltaire / Shipley and check in.
Day 1 Saltaire / Shipley to Skipton 18 miles
Day 2 Skipton to Settle 18½ miles
Day 3 Settle to Chapel-le-Dale 14½ miles
Day 4 Chapel-le-Dale to Sedbergh 15½ miles
Day 5 Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune 11 miles
Day 6 Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby 12½ miles
Depart Appleby

Walking the Dales High Way over 7 days gives a more consistent daily mileage (splitting the first two long stages over 3 days).

Arrive at Saltaire / Shipley and check in.
Day 1 Saltaire / Shipley to Addingham 12 miles
Day 2 Addingham to Hetton / Cracoe 13 miles
Day 3 Hetton / Cracoe to Settle 12 miles
Day 4 Settle to Chapel-le-Dale 14½ miles
Day 5 Chapel-le-Dale to Sedbergh 15½ miles
Day 6 Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune 11 miles
Day 7 Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby 12½ miles
Depart Appleby

This is our recommended option, walking the Dales High Way over 8 days. With an overnight stay in Malham and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sights and the villages and market towns along the route, this itinerary will suit most walkers.

Arrive at Saltaire / Shipley and check in.
Day 1 Saltaire / Shipley to Ilkley 7½ miles
Day 2 Ilkley to Skipton 11½ miles
Day 3 Skipton to Malham 13 miles
Day 4 Malham to Stainforth 10½ miles Day 5 Stainforth to Chapel-le-Dale 12 miles
Day 6 Chapel-le-Dale to Sedbergh 15½ miles
Day 7 Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune 11 miles
Day 8 Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby 12½ miles
Depart Appleby

This option is similar to our recommended 8 day option with an overnight stay in Malham, but also splits the longest (15 mile) remaining stage, between Chapel-le-Dale and Sedbergh, over two days. This itinerary is perfect for those whose pace is leisurely or who want to maximise their time in the beautiful landscapes and in the villages and market towns through which the Dales High Way passes.

Arrive at Saltaire / Shipley and check in.
Day 1 Saltaire / Shipley to Ilkley 7½ miles
Day 2 Ilkley to Skipton 11½ miles
Day 3 Skipton to Malham 13 miles
Day 4 Malham to Stainforth 10½ miles Day 5 Stainforth to Chapel-le-Dale 12 miles
Day 6 Chapel-le-Dale to Dent 7½ miles
Day 7 Dent to Sedbergh 8½ miles
Day 8 Sedbergh to Newbiggin-on-Lune 11 miles
Day 9 Newbiggin-on-Lune to Appleby 12½ miles
Depart Appleby

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

SHIPLEY: There are frequent trains to Shipley via Leeds from London (Kings Cross) taking under 3 hours, from Manchester (1¼ hours), and from Glasgow via Carlisle (4½ hours).

RETURN from APPLEBY: The best and most pleasant way to return to Shipley is directly from Appleby on the Settle to Carlisle line, England's most picturesque train journey. This takes approximately 1¾ hours. Alternatively the train to Carlisle takes approximately 45 minutes if travelling to the North and Scotland.

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Dales High Way map
The Dales High Way is a challenging high level walk, more strenuous than the Dales Way. During the 90 mile route you will accumulate almost 14,000 feet of ascent! Although the Dales High Way will be most attractive to experienced long distance walkers, there are low level alternatives to the highest sections and so the route can be considered by most walkers. The Dales High Way splits naturally into 6 stages. Experienced long distance walkers would probably be comfortable with completing the walk over 6 days but the first two stages are quite long at around 18 miles each. All the stages can be split further to give an easier challenge or simply more time to explore the dramatic landscapes through which the Dales High Way passes.