Walking and pubs amid classic Yorkshire Dales scenery....
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Difficulty Level2 Two
A potted description of the Yorkshire Dales scenery might be rolling, rugged and reet grand, but that would mean leaving out a couple of other essentials – real ales served in characterful pubs and rollicking good food for the ravenous.
If you’re looking for a walking weekend that masterfully manages to capture all those, then ta-dah, read on!
In a nutshell:
- Get that Sound of Music joyous feeling as you walk through wildflower meadows or glance out at the stupendous views after topping one of the hills in the Dales.
- Feel smug when downing a pint of real ale in a pub which seems to have magical powers for drawing walkers in.
- Overcome that challenge of deciding whether you have a slice of Yorkshire Parkin or a massive piece of coffee cake.
Heart of the Yorkshire Dales Dates:
- Friday 9th June – Sunday 11th June 2020 – Postponed due to Covid-19
- Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th July 2021
Arrive in Kettlewell and you’ll feel as though the vet James Herriott will soon be striding out chased by that troublesome pug Tricky Woo!
Okay for those of you of a certain age, you’ll know exactly what we’re going on about. However apologies to younger peeps but we haven’t gone bonkers, it’s just that this Dales village really is just like the 70s TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
Think lovely stone cottages and a sprinkling of good pubs, shops and tearooms surrounded by rolling hills crisscrossed with dry stone walls.
Our base is right in the heart of all this loveliness so you’ll find it easy to slip into weekend walking mode, particularly as you chat to your fellow companions over a pint of beer or a cup of tea.
With our culinary prowess producing a veritable feast that evening there’ll be every chance you’ll feel right at home in the Yorkshire Dales.
After breakfast and with packed lunches made, we make an orderly exit from the hostel with our guides leading two groups – one for those looking for a good stride out in the hills while the other will provide a more peaceful meander. Both walks will make the most of the ever-changing scenery and no doubt include a pub or tearoom, either along the way or at the end.
Here’s a sample of some routes we might take:
Buckden Pike and Wharfedale
Rising above the valley of Wharfedale, Buckden Pike is an excellent hill to take in the views over the Yorkshire Dales and with the added bonus that we can start the walk from the hostel. After a short warm-up stroll through the village the route soon begins to climb and the views open up as we gain height. Once at the top we head along the ridge past the World War II memorial dedicated to the Polish airmen who crashed during a blizzard. From there we start to descend, eventually meeting the River Wharfe for a delightful walk back into Kettlewell.
Shush, Littondale is a bit of a secret so we’ll whisper this walk! We drive a short way to Arncliffe in the next valley. From there we strike out for an easier walk following ancient tracks that take usalong the side of the dramatic Cowside Beck and then back via another moorland path. There are no steep ascents during our day out but the scenery is stunning, dominated by a sweeping limestone valley and a quiet other-worldliness that makes for a rollicking good walk.
How many miles?
While it might feel comforting to know how many miles you’re going to walk during the day on our social weekends, we don’t believe it’s a good way to compare or describe a walk. This is because one mile walked up a steep mountainside like Snowdon will take longer than walking for a mile along a river bank.
This is why we aim to give you more reassurance by describing the type of walking – from gentle wanders with plenty of breaks lasting 4-6 hours right up to harder walks that take 6-9 hours and include steeper hiking.
Rest assured: On the Friday night our professional guides will outline the walking options for the weekend ahead and you’ll have the opportunity to check which one you feel most comfortable doing.
Once both groups are back at the hostel, there’s ample time to make the most the village’s hospitality or simply head out to the garden where there’s a chill-out zone (Yorkshire style) with cushioned seating and meadow views.
In the evening, we masterfully conjure up a meal that will satisfy even the most ravenous of walkers.
Breakfast. Packed. Out the door. You’re a well-honed team by now as we head out for today’s half-day adventures – two groups as before – both finishing at a similar time for a final pub lunch – please note the pub lunch is not included in the price of the trip. Here’s some idea of what we might have up our sleeve:
A short drive from Kettlewell is Grassington, another classic Dales village which is absolutely riddled with footpaths. For this wander we pick up one of the paths which winds its way gently into the surrounding hills before returning via the nature reserve of Grass Wood where you might see Roe Deer. From there we then follow the river bank back to the village.
For the striders there’s a chance to tackle another significant peak, Great Whernside, which stands a lofty 700m above Kettlewell. The path is steep in places and heads straight up out of the village but the views are sufficient reward to keep you going until we reach the summit.
About the area
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Spanning a vast area of the Pennines and the rolling hills and dales of Yorkshire, the National Park is a hugely popular destination for walkers and lovers of countryside. The dales are long valleys, often named after the rivers that run through them. They are dotted with the old stone houses and walls that give this part of England it’s timeless look, with stones often cut straight out of the limestone of the local hills. The peaks and rolling moors are accessible and grassy, with the famous limestone ‘scars’ running along their sides. As well as dozens of walking peaks, the Yorkshire Dales hosts several long-distance trails, including the famous Pennine Way, and it is easy for walkers here to link up hills and valleys for hundreds of great day walks.
Good to know:
The Kettlewell Hostel is an independent hostel in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales Village of Kettlewell. The handsome stone building, which doubles up as the village post office and secondhand bookstore, is a great base to head out from and explore the Yorkshire Dales.
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Skipton
Bus: There is a limited bus service from Skipton train station, number 72 which stops in Kettlewell.
Taxi: A taxi from Skipton Station to Kettlewell is roughly £25.
Parking: There is limited free parking at the hostel. However, there is plenty of parking in the village priced at £2.
We will be organising a group taxi at 5pm and 7pm from Skipton train station. Group taxi’s always cost £10 regardless of the numbers booked. To book your place simply order the group taxi tickets from the Book Now box. Group Taxi’s must be booked at least 7 days in advance.
Read more about Group Taxi’s here…
- A Large Outdoors host to welcome you and organise the weekend.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks, with our fully qualified professional leaders – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday’s Walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal and fruit options and fruit squashes.
Advanced Saver Tickets:
Just like the trains on some trips we offer a limited number of cheaper tickets these are called Advanced Saver tickets. They are always based on a shared room, they are non refundable and cannot be cancelled. However, you can sell them to someone else on a like for like basis. Full payment is required at the time of booking.
Read more about our Early Bird and Advanced Saver Tickets here…
Is this your first trip with Large Outdoors?
If so then please read our blog called “Taking your first steps with Large Outdoors” which has the answers to our most commonly asked questions and concerns for those attending for the first time.
You can read this here….
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Travel during the trip: We do not provide any transport during this trip, we will try as much as possible to walk from the door of the hostel. However, if we do need to drive to the start this is not included and we ask people to consider car sharing.
Walks on Offer: We will always try our best to offer the number of walks as advertised in the itinerary. However, this is only a suggested itinerary and we may offer a different route, number of walks depending on the weather, group sizes etc.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
Halal or Kosher: We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free: Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016