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Covering two national parks (the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District), the Dales Way is a great walk and an excellent way of experiencing some of the fantastic scenery England has to offer.
The Dales of Yorkshire have been work in progress formed over millions of years, with most of the limestone valleys existing today etched out of the land during the last period of glacial activity which ended ten thousand years ago. Along with the Cotswolds and Cornwall, The Yorkshire Dales and the neighbouring Lake District are excellent showcases to remind the world how spectacular the landscape of England truly is. The tour begins in Ilkley, a spa town in West Yorkshire, taking you on an enchanting 84 mile walk up to the shores of Windermere in the Lake District. On the trip you’ll be staying in a specially chosen selection of lovely 3 and 4 star country houses, inns and B&Bs.
This tour is a celebration of nature and British culture. There’s seemingly no end to the variety of the ground you’ll cover on your way up to the lakes, from lush meadows lined with stone walls to roaring rivers cutting through steep limestone valleys - it’s no surprise that the Dales Way is a popular walking route in England. Although very heavily geared toward cashing in on the tourism which comes its way, Bowness-on-Windermere couldn’t make a more pleasant end-point to the tour. Touching the shores of England’s largest lake, the multitude of quirky stores, excellent eateries and lake excursions mean you could probably kill an entire day in the town. The famed British hospitality also shines through in the numerous inns and B&Bs which make up your accommodation for the week. The classic country pub is an institution in England - after a long day in the fresh air, make sure you take half an hour out to ’quaff an ale’ at the bar!
Although the days are long, you’re likely to end the day feeling invigorated and energised after a day out in the fresh air! Standard walking equipment will be required of course, the basics of which are good walking footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and a day bag. your main luggage will be transferred to your next stop during each day but it is asked that you keep this luggage to one 15kg case per person.
While England is famed for its green landscapes, it’s also famed for its lousy weather - keep an eye on the forecast before planning your trip! The summer months, particularly August and September, tend to be good months for walking trips.
The tour guides adhere to strict responsible tourism policies, so you can sleep easy knowing that your explorations are being conducted in an environmentally friendly way.
We select specialist operators who are experienced, qualified and most importantly passionate about what they do. Your enquiry will be passed straight through to the experts who will be able to give you the best advice.