7 to 9 nights
80 mls (km)
Northern England
Easy to Moderate
Apr to Sep

Experience the wonderful walking area of the Yorkshire Dales

  • Bolton Priory, one of the impressive old ecclesiastical ruins en-route including Fountain Abbey
  • The impressive Lake Windermere
  • The charming cobbled street village of Dent
  • You'll cross two National Parks - The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District
  • Walk a classic English landscape, most famously depicted by the Brontë sisters
  • Scenic riverside walks, particularly following the River Wharf towards Ribblehead
  • Classic British country pubs along the way

A Great Introduction to Long-Distance Walking with The Dales Way

Your Dales Way walk begins at the 'Old Bridge' in the stone town of Ilkley, from where the Dales Way follows mostly river tracks, starting at the River Wharfe and leading to its source on Cam Fell at 1700ft.

The Augustinian Bolton Priory is a memorable site along the early stages of the Dales Way walk, with the captivating villages of Burnsall, Buckden, Grassington, Kettlewell following soon afterwards as the trail moves on through the limestone landscapes of Upper Wharfedale. Beyond Cam Fell are some of the most rugged parts of the Pennine moors.

The trail continues along the River Dee through the cobbled streets of the delightful village of Dent, and on to the old market town of Sedbergh, between the slopes of the Howgill Fells. Here you move away from the Yorkshire Dales and on towards the mountains of the Lake District, standing at the edge of the horizon, ending your walk on the edge of Lake Windermere's famous waters.

To book a holiday hiking long distance paths in England, call us today with your wishes and requirements. We'd be delighted to talk to you about a walking holiday, as well as find you the right itinerary for walking the Dales Way.

Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.

Dales Way walking map
Our Dales Way Walking Holidays take you from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere

walk that takes you over rivers and moorland with views over the Howgills, and walking south to north - ending in the lakes is a particularly scenic finish to the journey. While starting the route, the river Wharfe is at your side through farmland and field, as well as busier sections of the path as your route meets the ruins of Bolton priory and Bardon tower. You'll find old stone bridges as you make your way across the rivers that intersect the path to Bowness, in a landscape scattered with ruins and impressive structures (such as the Lune viaduct).

There are few major hills to climb for a walk with such memorable and impressive views. It's also quite an easy route to follow, and well way-marked in most places - but not to the extent where you won't need the assistance of a map & route guides. Trail maintenance has also come leaps and bounds in recent years, with many fallen way-mark posts now reinstated.

Our Dales Way Itineraries

  • Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere
    Distance: 80 miles (128.5km)
    8 Nights, 7 Days
    from £905 pp
    DW1 ~ Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere ~ 8 / 7 classic
    Day 1:Arrival day
    Day 2:Ilkley to Barden Bridge9.5 miles/15.2km
    Day 3:Barden Bridge to Grassington7 miles/15km
    Day 4:Grassington to Hubbleholme11.7 miles/18.7km
    Day 5:Hubberholme to Stonehouse15 miles/24km
    Day 6:Stonehouse to Sedbergh exit10.5 miles/16.8km
    Day 7:Sedbergh to Garth Row exit14 miles/22.6km
    Day 8:Garth Row to Bowness-on-Windermere11.5 miles/18.4km
    Day 9:Departure day

    or ask us a question
    What's Included:
    7 walking days
    8 nights accommodation
    8 breakfasts
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £770 pp
    DW2 ~ Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere ~ 7 / 6 classic
    Day 1:Arrival day
    Day 2:Ilkley to Burnsall13 miles/20.8km
    Day 3:Burnsall to Hubberholme15.5 miles/25km
    Day 4:Hubberholme to Stonehouse15 miles/24km
    Day 5:Stonehouse to Sedbergh exit10.5 miles/16.8km
    Day 6:Sedbergh to Burneside15.5 miles/25km
    Day 7:Burneside to Bowness-on-Windermere10 miles/16 km
    Day 8:Departure day

    or ask us a question
    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 nights accommodation
    7 breakfasts
    9 Nights, 8 Days
    from £1025 pp
    DW3 ~ Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere ~ 9 / 8 classic
    Day 1:Arrive Ilkley
    Day 2:Ilkley to Barden Bridge9.5 mls (15.3 km)
    Day 3:Barden Bridge To Grassington7 mls (11.3 km)
    Day 4:Grassington to Buckden9.5 mls (153 km)
    Day 5:Buckden to Outershaw6 mls (9.7 km)
    Day 6:Oughtershaw to Stonehouse10.5 mls (16.9 km)
    Day 7:Stonehouse to Sedbergh exit10.5 mls (16.9 km)
    Day 8:Sedbergh exit to Patton Bridge14.0 mls (22.5 km)
    Day 9:Patton Bridge to Bowness on Windermere11.5 mls (18.5 km)
    Day 10:Depart Bowness-on-Windermere

    or ask us a question
    What's Included:
    8 walking days
    9 nights accommodation
    9 breakfasts
    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path that form a part of our standard package
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide and mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions and route notes, lunch and dinner information, restaurant recommendations and holiday planning details

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Dales Way holidays are available to walk April to September.

    Our advice is to take this walk between spring, and the start of winter (April-September) - at other times of year, you run the risk of making slow progress along an indistinct trail due to thick snow. October can be booked on request.


    Railway stations are located in Ilkley and Windermere.  The train from Windermere to Ilkley takes approx 3½ to 3¾ hours www.nationalrail.co.uk     

    Car parking 

    Option 1: free on road parking outside The Riverside Hotel, Ilkley, close to the start of the Dales Way

    Option 2: £5 per night in car park of Riverside Hotel, Ilkley (residents only)

    Option 3:

    free of charge at Kirby Malham (base of the luggage transfer company) and then £230.00 (for up to four passengers) for the transportation to Ilkley and then back from Bowness on Windermere (date dependant).


    Bowness on Windermere to Windermere - prices available upon request.

    Bowness on Windermere to Ilkley - prices available upon request.

    Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    Dales Way Client Reviews

    4.9/5 based on 16 reviews
    All went as scheduled. Good service, responsive to needs. Enjoyed the ability to travel after long lockdown.
    - September 2021
    Dales Way is maily fields, sheep, farms … B&Bs and the off pub. It was a lovely mix. Efficint bag carriage. Good detail in walk plans. It was great to get away into the countryside. Have only walked with Celtic Trails.
    - June 2021
    This was our first walk. Excellent service. Everything went very smoothly and we will definitely use Celtic Trails again. We woke up each morning with a spring in our step and felt great when we completed this holiday.
    - June 2021
    Everything went smoothly and our accommodation was mostly excellent.
    - September 2019
    We have walked with you before and you have met our expectations again.
    - September 2018
    All B&B accommodation was excellent. Friendly and welcoming, with great breakfasts. We also loved the scenery, the people, the wildlife, the peace and the tranquillity.
    - September 2018
    I most enjoyed the scenery and the old buildings.
    - August 2018
    I am a past customer and you have met my expectations again.
    - July 2018
    A scenic, not too challenging walk with comfortable B&Bs. Thank you - we enjoyed ourselves.
    - July 2018
    Personal service and excellent standard of accommodation throughout.
    - June 2018
    Compared to other walking companies, Celtic Trails offers more personal service and an excellent standard of accommodation throughout.
    - June 2018
    This is possibly the best walk we've done - amazing views, wildlife and the unexpected, amazing weather. It was also relatively easy walking.
    - May 2018
    Heard of Celtic Trails via word of mouth and you didn't disappoint. I would certainly walk with you again.
    - May 2017
    Your wonderful organisation of the trip, excellent accommodation meant I could relax and enjoy my walk - even walking alone.
    - April 2017
    It is always a highlight of a holiday doing a long distance walk. This walk was superb, no disappointments, every day was a privilege. Thank you so much once again for your superb organising. Until next time!
    - June 2015
    Our experience was fantastic, one of the marvellous and memorable holidays we've had. We're already thinking about our next walk with you.
    - July 2013
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