Sun 3rd July 2022
- Thu 7th July 2022
4 nights/4 days walking
To wander in Wensleydale famous for cheese and local ales and of course for wonderful walks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Spend evenings relaxing in the cosy women run Wheatsheaf Arms sharing stories of the day. A chance to discover a less visited area for a short early summer break.
Dates: Sunday July 3rd to Thursday July 7th 4 nights/4 days of walking as we will do walks on arrival and departure days timings permitting for everyone
Guide: Bridget Turnbull
Walking Grade: 2 Goats with walks of 7 to 15.5kms over rolling hills and valleys. Always a steady pace.
Base: The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby, Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales
Price: £814 per person for a fully inclusive holiday. Included:
- Ensuite Bed and Breakfast
- Packed lunches for walking days
- 3 course dinner at The Wheatsheaf Inn every night.
- Experienced guiding
- Travel to The Wheatsheaf Inn
Our first time at this women-owned traditional hotel in Wensleydale renowned for its comfort and personalised service. Everyone has had such a tough time during Covid restrictions and we are so please to be able to support this woman run business.
The Aysgarth Falls are close by along with fabulous walks amongst hills and dales. A treat for a midsummer revival break.
This is a holiday away from it all in the charming old village of Carperby. We are staying in an Inn run by two sisters – an Inn that James Herriot and his wife stayed in on their honeymoon. It is very quiet and a great place to relax.You can walk directly from the door to the Aysgarth Falls and wander for miles through woods and across high moorland fells.
The location gives us a variety of great walking opportunities along the valley and on the open moors with excellent views guaranteed. Of course weather changes and we adapt walks accordingly. We plan to visit local waterfalls as well as the nearby Castle Bolton. Also, other villages in Wensleydale such as pretty Bainbridge and Aysgarth, with its James Herriott associations as well as the market town of Hawes with its famous Wensleydale Cheese visitor centre.
Above all it’s the walking under an open sky travelling across a little changed landscape. We may also wander along the Cam High Road – an old Roman road – and get to Semer Water, one of Yorkshire’s prettiest lakes set high amongst the rolling hills.
This is a holiday for a small group of women who are keen to explore all that Wensleydale has to offer and spend time together in a cosy local Inn.
Your guide will meet you on arrival and be with you throughout your holiday.
Our wonderful walks may change depending on the weather and at the discretion of our guide.
We will be out for most of the day and walking at a steady pace giving us chance to really savour the Dales landscape. The walks may be altered in length or terrain depending on the group. Most walking will be on footpaths and tracks.
Day 1 Arrival – Sunday Carperby
Approx 2.5 kms 1.5 miles
A short stroll in the late afternoon around Carperby to get our bearings and stretch our legs after travelling.
Day 2 Monday Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton
Approx 12 kms 7.5 miles
This orientation walk showcases several faces of the Wensleydale valley. Starting from our hotel we explore the series of waterfalls at Aysgarth Falls on the River Ure set in woodland. Striking out over farmland we head for the dominant 14th century Castle Bolton. We return along an old track running along the hillside giving us sweeping views of the dale.
Day 3 Tuesday Hawes and Hardraw Falls
Approx 7 kms 4.4 miles
Hawes is a traditional Wensleydale farming town and today is market day. We walk from Hawes to Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England. This is a shorter walking day to give you ample time to visit Hawes, see the livestock auction market in action or visit the Wensleydale Creamery and the Dales Countryside Museum.
Day 4 Wednesday Bainbridge and Semer Water
Approx 15.5 kms 9.6 miles
We leave the pretty village of Bainbridge and follow the River Bain up to Semer Water, the largest natural lake in Yorkshire. Climbing up onto the open fells we pick up the Cam High Road, an old Roman road, taking us back to the Roman fort at Virosidum in Bainbridge where there are cafes and hotels.
Day 5 Thursday Departure – Woodhall and High Force
Approx 11 kms 6.8 miles
We bid our farewell to Carperby walking west along the historic track of Oxclose Road to the village of Woodhall. Our return hugs the River Ure and we pass our final waterfall at High Force. We aim to return to our hotel by 2pm taking memories of the beautiful Dales with us. Departure in the afternoon.