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A Wander through Wensleydale

Classic Yorkshire Dales scenery
 
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Wensleydale offers scenery typical of this magnificent national park, and makes a great choice for a short walking break. The self-guided routes take you past a formidable castle and several waterfalls, and there’s also the option to ride on the Settle-Carlisle railway.
A Wander through Wensleydale. 4 nights
A Wander through Wensleydale. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking break in the Yorkshire Dales

Synonymous with its mild, crumbly cheese, Wensleydale offers everything you would expect of the Yorkshire Dales, and more – besides the traditional stone villages, the verdant hills criss-crossed with drystone walls, and the wide-open views, there’s an impressive 12th-century castle and several mesmerising waterfalls.
With landscapes such as these, it goes without saying that the walking is scenic and rewarding, yet it is not overly demanding. A real highlight is the time that you spend in Sedbusk – not only is the Stone House Hotel a wonderful place to stay, but you also have the chance to enjoy an outing on the iconic Settle-Carlisle railway, a memorable finale.
 
 
Images courtesy of Andrew's Walks (© AW)
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on 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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 5 6 8 10 13 16 17 17 15 12 8 6
    mm 124 99 87 77 78 83 86 98 78 104 102 125
  • Arrival in Aysgarth
    Night 1: at the Aysgarth Falls Hotel (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.
  • Choice of walks from Aysgarth: 12 or 12.5km (7.5 or 8 miles)

    Bolton Castle: 12.5km (8 miles), 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 270m
    You will probably have wandered down to Aysgarth’s famous three-step falls as soon as you arrived yesterday, but in case you didn’t, this walk starts out past the tumbling falls before rising towards the looming presence of Bolton Castle, one-time prison of Mary, Queen of Scots. From the 12th-century castle, you continue across green, open countryside so typical of the Dales then, after crossing a stream, descend once more back towards Aysgarth.

    Cauldron Falls & Penhill Preceptory: 12km (7.5 miles), 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 375m
    This route passes through the delightful little village of West Burton (twice), home to Cauldron Falls, a popular beauty spot once sketched by Turner. From here you steadily ascend up the valley side and around to the site of Penhill Preceptory, once a Knights Templar monastery, before climbing again to traverse the high moorside above West Burton. There are some fairly challenging climbs and a steep descent on this route, but they are worth it for the views on a clear day.
    Bolton Castle
    Cauldron Falls
    Bolton Castle: 12.5km
    Cauldron Falls and Penhill Preceptory: 12km
  • Aysgarth to Sedbusk: 15.5km (9.5 miles), 5.5hrs; ascent 260m/descent 215m
    Today’s route follows the Herriot Way, named after the famous Yorkshire vet (whose real name was Alf Wight). The River Ure is your companion for much of the route as you head westwards through Wensleydale, passing through the typical stone-built village of Askrigg (where many scenes from the 1980s series of All Creatures Great and Small were filmed) and its waterfalls. Your destination is Sedbusk and the Stone House Hotel.
    En route to Sedbusk
    Aysgarth to Sedbusk: 15.5km
  • Choice of walks from Sedbusk: 10 or 12km (6 or 7.5 miles)

    The Settle-Carlisle Railway & a walk on the Craven Fault: 10km (6 miles), 4hrs; ascent/descent 340m
    After a short bus journey to Garsdale railway station, you enjoy a ride on the Settle-Carlisle railway, perhaps the most scenic railway in England. One of the highlights of the route is the crossing of the Ribblehead Viaduct, a 400-metre-long structure which rises more than 30 metres above the valley floor, and boasts no fewer than 24 arches. Once in Settle, we recommend exploring this interesting market town, and following our walk up and around the surrounding limestone hills with their caves and waterfalls. (Pay locally for all bus and rail journeys)

    Hawes & waterfalls: 12km (7.5 miles), 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 205m
    This gentle route from the door of your hotel starts with a visit to Hardraw Force – England’s largest single-drop waterfall. From here, you follow the Pennine Way across verdant pastureland to Hawes, a quintessential Dales market town that is home not only to the Dales Countryside Museum but also to the Wensleydale Creamery. Rather than heading straight back to Sedbusk, our route continues south-westwards to one final attraction, Aysgill Force.
    Craven Fault walk
    En route to Hawes
    Craven Fault: 10km
    Hawes and waterfalls: 12km
 

Accommodation

You stay in two welcoming country hotels.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 March 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Mar - 11 Apr 2022 £595 £165
    12 - 16 Apr 2022 £645 £215
    17 - 30 Apr 2022 £595 £165
    1 May - 30 Sep 2022 £645 £215
    1 - 27 Oct 2022 £595 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £45
    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, and any connecting travel detailed below.

    Included travel: transfer Sedbusk-Aysgarth (if driving)

    Please note: dogs are not permitted on Inntravel holidays

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Aysgarth Falls Hotel, Near Aysgarth
    Deluxe double: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £28
    Superior double: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £14
    Stone House Hotel, Sedbusk
    'Conservatory': 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £26
    'Courtyard' double: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £32
    'Four poster' double: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £32
    Superior: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £22

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

    Aysgarth Falls Hotel, Near Aysgarth (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 30 Apr 2022 £70 £115
    01 May - 30 Sep 2022 £82 £142
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £70 £115
    Stone House Hotel, Sedbusk (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Oct 2022 £150 £182
  • 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 Northallerton

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    taxi Northallerton station to hotel (0h45) £40 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Northallerton station (1h) £44 flexible

    Connecting travel options - via Oxenholme

    Outward route Price per person Latest train
    arrival time
    not recommended on outward route
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest train
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Oxenholme station (0h50) £38 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 picnic
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer to collect car
 
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FAQs

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.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • 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, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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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 A to B, 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, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many 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’ section for the options available.

    For practical information about travelling to the UK, see the 'what do I need to know about travelling to England, Scotland and Wales?' question.
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
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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 a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. 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.
  • 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.
  • As a minimum, you will need a passport to enter the UK; requirements vary according to your nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. You’ll need to check requirements on the website of your own country’s government or that of the British government. Our essential travel information page provides links to websites where you can find out about the applicable requirements, along with general official travel advice.
     
    English is the most widely spoken of several official languages; in Wales, for example, Welsh has equal status. The currency is the British pound (Scotland issues its own bank notes, but Bank of England notes can be used in Scotland and vice versa). The UK follows Greenwich Mean Time during autumn and winter, but switches to British Summer Time (GMT + 1) from late March until late October.
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