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Hills & Dales of Yorkshire

Coverdale, Wensleydale & Swaledale
Verdant slopes criss-crossed by drystone walls, impressive castles, dramatic waterfalls… This self-guided walking holiday leads you into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and includes luggage transfers between your four atmospheric bases – Middleham, Aysgarth, Reeth and Richmond.
Hills & Dales of Yorkshire. 6 nights
Hills & Dales of Yorkshire. 6 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Wensleydale and Swaledale are two of its prettiest valleys, each boasting a fast-flowing river, imposing castle ruins, traditional stone villages and authentic market towns. Our walking holiday explores both of these spectacular dales, taking you from historic Middleham – whose ruined 12th-century castle was once the favourite home of King Richard III – to Richmond, an ancient market town known as the 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales'.
En route, you walk past the famous waterfalls of the River Ure and see the mighty castles which stand guard over this rich landscape of heather-clad moors, traditional stone villages and verdant slopes criss-crossed with drystone walls.


We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    You should always be prepared for wet weather, whichever month you are travelling.
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  • Arrival in Middleham
    Night 1: at Lindmar House (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Middleham: 13.5km (8.5 miles), 4hrs
    This wonderful introductory walk begins by the impressive ruins of Middleham’s 12th-century castle, the former favourite home of King Richard III, and hence dubbed the ‘Windsor of the North’. After taking time to explore the castle, continue to the site of its predecessor on William’s Hill, before descending into Coverdale to cross the River Cover via Hullo Bridge. Here, you follow the river along the dale to the village of East Witton, where the houses are set along the sides of a large wide green, and the Blue Lion makes a perfect place to stop for a coffee or lunch break. You head back down to the river to cross Cover Bridge (there's a fine country pub here, too), just before the river enters the Ure. After passing the village of Spennithorne, you return to Middleham via a fine crenellated bridge over the Ure.
    Circular walk from Middleham: 13.5km
    Middleham Castle
  • Middleham to Aysgarth: 15km (9.5 miles), 5hrs
    Leaving Middleham behind, you head out across the racehorse training gallops with commanding views over the River Ure and the pretty village of Wensley with Castle Bolton in the far distance. You soon begin to descend through meadows and woodland towards the river, passing through the pretty village of West Witton, where you can choose to stop for lunch at one of the village pubs. On reaching the river, you follow its meandering banks to Aysgarth, passing the famous three-step falls on your way to The George & Dragon Inn or Cornlee Guest House.
    Middleham to Aysgarth: 15km
    River Ure on the route from Middleham to Aysgarth
  • Aysgarth to Reeth: 17.5km (11 miles), 6hrs
    After a last look at Aysgarth’s tumbling falls, you rise towards the looming presence of Castle Bolton, one-time prison of Mary, Queen of Scots. This impressive structure was built by Sir Richard le Scrope in the 12th century and is still owned by the same family who live nearby. From the castle, you continue your steady ascent up onto heather-and-bracken-clad Harkerside Moor, with far-reaching views into Swaledale as you start your equally long and steady descent towards the traditional market town of Reeth for a night at the Arkleside Guesthouse.
    Aysgarth to Reeth: 17.5km
    Reeth Village
  • Reeth to Richmond: 18.5km (11.5 miles), 5hrs
    Reeth is the halfway point on the Coast-to-Coast walk and you now join this well-waymarked route for part of the way to Richmond. The day begins on easy paths beside the River Swale to Marrick Abbey and the village of Marske and then up through woodland to Applegarth. Here, you drop down to the banks of the Swale once more for a delightful riverside stroll towards Richmond, under the watchful eye of the castle standing high above the handsome three-arch stone bridge. After a final steep ascent into the town, your last two nights are spent in the centrally located Frenchgate Guesthouse.
    Reeth to Richmond: 18.5km
    The river path along the Swale on the route from Reeth to Richmond
  • Circular walk from Richmond: 14km (9 miles), 4.5hrs
    You may wish to spend your day here exploring Richmond and its castle. However, we suggest you enjoy a final circuit into the countryside. You begin by following the River Swale to the impressive riverside ruins of Easby Abbey, before wandering over rolling hills to Gilling West in time for lunch at one of the village’s two pubs. Your return takes you past Aske Hall, an elegant Georgian country house, with parkland attributed to Capability Brown. It is not open to the public but you get fine views of the front façade as the path passes the ornamental lake.
    Circular walk from Richmond: 14km
    Walking route around Richmond


You stay in a mixture of small guesthouses and welcoming country inns. Due to availability, we offer a choice of accommodation in Aysgarth, as shown below. You will be informed of the exact accommodation reserved (along with any price implication) when we confirm your holiday to you.

We offer an upgrade option in Middleham. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.

Options to extend or shorten your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 02 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day except Tuesday or Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    2 - 30 Apr 2020 £595 £280
    1 May - 30 Sep 2020 £630 £290
    1 - 25 Oct 2020 £595 £280
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Please note: this holiday is not available to children under 12 years, nor are dogs permitted on Inntravel holidays

    Included travel: transfer Richmond-Middleham (if driving)

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Lindmar House, Middleham
    Superior double (no twins): 02 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £7

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    The Frenchgate Guesthouse, Richmond (B&B) Double room Single room
    02 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £68 £118
  • 6 nights, staying in The Priory (1 dinner)

    1 April - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    2 - 30 April £635 £320
    1 May - 30 September £670 £330
    1 - 25 October £635 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65
  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - via Darlington

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Darlington station to hotel (0h45) £36 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Darlington station (0h45) £14 flexible

    Connecting travel options - via Northallerton

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Northallerton station to hotel (0h45) £14 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Northallerton station (0h45) £20 flexible
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 1 dinner
    3 picnics
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer back to first accommodation to pick up car

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many walking holidays in the UK for customers living in the USA, Canada, Australia and beyond.

    If you've never travelled with us before, it's worth reading the web pages which explain how we can cater for customers who live outside the UK. The main thing to bear in mind is that our tour operator's licence doesn't allow us to book flights that originate outside the UK, and nor are we able to book rail travel in the UK, so we can't make travel arrangements for you, other than pre-arranging taxis between the local railway station and the accommodation – see the ‘prices & travel options’ section for the options available.

    As regards entry requirements, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. Our essential travel information page provides links to websites where you can find out about the applicable requirements, along with general official travel advice.
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • We are happy to take bookings for families of teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved, but please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.

    At the request of some of the accommodation providers on this holiday, we are unable to accept bookings for children aged under 12.
  • Unfortunately not. The Inntravel team includes many dog owners, but the extra considerations – such as whether taxi firms accept dogs for transfers to the start of walks, whether routes cross private land on which dogs are not allowed, and proximity to a vet’s – would add another layer of complexity to what are already quite complex holidays.
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