Grassy hills, limestone crags, timeless villages. Come and explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Join us on a sociable guided walking weekend as we discover the Yorkshire Dales. With valley trails and hills right next door, this is the perfect place to base ourselves.
The rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales are one of the most famous English landscapes. Deep valleys, moorland spilling off hills, and the ancient remnants of sheep and cattle farming – stone walls, ancient market towns, and grassy meadows. And of course the odd tea room and pub for us to refresh ourselves in after all that fresh air!
Heart of the Yorkshire Dales Dates:
- Friday 31st of May – Sunday 2nd June
In a nutshell:
- Explore the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales on two guided walks.
- Relax in the comfy hostel during the afternoons and evenings, and soak up the Yorkshire atmosphere.
- Enjoy the fantastic scenery, from woodlands to rolling hills, to the ancient dry-stone walls of the cattle and sheep farmers.
- Get to know a friendly group of fellow walkers, and soak up the local atmosphere.
The evening is yours to meet your fellow walkers, relax in the hostel or head out to the local pub, relax with a cup of tea in the lounge, or just chat away the evening!
After breakfast you’ll have the chance to make packed lunches before heading out on today’s walk. Our leaders will decide on the walk considering what the weather is doing, and will choose a walk the whole group will enjoy. Some options we’ll be considering are:
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. We’ll head up it straight from the hostel, steadily climbing until the whole Park is laid out before us. Descending to the north, we’ll head back to Kettlewell along Wharfedale, allowing you to see the valley from the riverside and admire the fields and woodlands that are typical of this part of England.
Littondale – An easier walk option would be head out from Arncliffe in the next valley, following tracks that take us along the side of the dramatic Cowside Beck towards Malham Tarn. We’d return along another path that stays in the moors but doesn’t have any steep ascents – the perfect chance to see the area and get a feeling for the limestone terrain we’re at the heart of. At the end we’ll wander back up Littondale to where we started.
After breakfast we’ll head out on a half-day walk, lasting for 3-4 hours and aiming to finish at a pub where we can have a final meal before heading off home. The walk for the day is likely to be one of the following:
Grassington – Further down Wharfedale lies the village of Grassington, a classic dales village surrounded by limestone scars. We’ll head out on a wander on one of the many paths leading through the rolling uplands, passing ancient field systems and gazing out at the view down Wharfedale. We’ll have plenty of time to imagine what life must have been like up here thousands of years ago, before returning to Grassington through the pretty Grass Wood.
Great Whernside – If we have the chance to head out on another big walk, we can head up the hill rising right above Kettlewell, Great Whernside, which stands at over 700m. The path is steep in places and heads straight up out of the village, giving us fantastic views back down. Once on the summit, we can take one of several different path options to return to the valley.
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:
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – 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, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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.
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.
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.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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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
“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
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