Travel to England
Depart Dublin on your flight to Leeds Bradford Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local expert guide who will accompany you on the coach transfer to your hotel in Skipton. Upon arrival at your hotel you will have a welcome orientation meeting with your local expert walking guide who will brief you on what to expect over the course of your holiday.
Spend the afternoon at leisure in Skipton getting to know your new surroundings. You can take a stroll around the charming town centre and discover its famous 900 year old castle and historic cobbled High Street or enjoy the tranquil atmosphere along the banks of the River Aire.
3 star hotel in Skipton (7 nights)
Today’s walking tour takes you to Janet’s Foss (waterfall), Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove as you head through this famous landscape. Relive a Harry Potter moment and keep an eye out for Peregrine falcons and climbers on the rock face of Malham Cove.
(Length: 15km Height difference: 250m Duration spent walking: 4 – 5 hours)
Haworth & Brontë Country
Follow the footsteps of the Brontë sisters in the wild moors that inspired their writings including a picnic stop at Top Withins, the inspiration for Wuthering Heights and passing the Brontë seat and waterfall. The walk will start from Haworth, passing over Penistone Hill and through moorland scenery before going back via the reservoir to Haworth. There will also be free time in the cobbled streets of Haworth with a chance to visit the Brontë Parsonage, where the Brontë sisters lived.
(Length: 13km Height difference: 200m Duration spent walking: 3.5 to 4.5 hours)
Enjoy a full day and evening at leisure in Skipton. You may chose to do some optional sightseeing or simply relax and rejuvenate. Your local expert guide would be delighted to recommend activities to suit your interests.
Castle Bolton to Askrigg
In the heart of Wensleydale, start today’s walk at the dramatic Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned, continue to Carperby and Aysgarth Falls and then with great views pass on to Askrigg where much of James Herriott was filmed. Enjoy a stop at Ribblehead viaduct on the coach trip as having the opportunity to spend some time at leisure in Askrigg at leisure before heading back to your hotel.
(Length: 15km Height Difference: 200m Duration spent walking: 4 to 5 hours)
Walking through Crummock Dale
Today two walking routes will be offered Both groups will travel to Clapham by coach before dividing for the days’ walk.
The moderate group will walk from Clapham to the nearby village of Austwick before embarking on a climb to the famous Norber Erratics, a series of large boulders left behind from the last ice age. From here the walk will continue to Crummock Dale, a rarely visited dale with isolated farms and small wandering streams before reaching Feizor, a small hamlet located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. After some free time the moderate group will return to the starting point of Clapham where there are cafes, a beautiful church and a pub.
(Length 13km Height difference: 250m Duration spent walking: 4 – 5 hours)
The challenging group will have the opportunity to climb Ingleborough. Standing at 2,372 feet above sea level Ingleborough is the the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and is part of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Starting in the village of Clapham, this walk starts by following the wooded trail of Clapdale, past Ingleborough Cave and in to the imposing cavern of Trow Gill. From here the main climb begins, with a stop made to look in to Gaping Gill, one of the largest and most famous caves in Britain. After Gaping Gill, continue the climbing towards the large summit plateau of Ingleborough. Upon reaching the top, begin the descent down towards the village of Ingleton, completing the circuit through some limestone scenery and back towards the starting point of Clapham.
(Length: 17km Height difference 550m Duration spent walking: 5 - 6 hours)
Buckden to Grassington
Today’s walk will start at the small village of Buckden. From here the walk will go along the embryonic River Wharfe, where you can try catching a glimpse of its resident herons. Walk onwards via the Dales Way towards Kettlewell for a lunch stop before climbing on to the limestone plateau which gives wonderful views of the dramatic landscape. Continue walking along this plateau before reaching the end destination of the day, Grassington, a market town complete with a bustling cobbled market square.
(Length: 18km Height difference: 250m Duration spent walking 5 - 6 hours)
You will have one final morning at leisure in the charming surrounding of Skipton. This is the perfect opportunity to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing. In the early afternoon you will transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, to Leeds Bradford Airport for your return flight home to Dublin