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Yorkshire Dales and Brontë Country Walking Holiday
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Yorkshire Dales and Brontë Country Walking Holiday

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Discover the spectacular Yorkshire Dales with its stunning scenery and historic villages on this 7-night walking holiday.


You will be based in the charming market town Skipton, the perfect gateway to this magnificent stretch of Northern England. Lace up your hiking boots and discover the wild countryside that was home to the famous Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - and inspired novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The area is also a popular filming location, providing the scenic backdrop for movies like Robin Hood, Calendar Girls and Harry Potter amongst others.


Home to some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, underground caves and gushing waterfalls, as well as traditional farmlands and stone-built villages, the Yorkshire Dales is the ideal holiday destination for the avid walker.


You will have the opportunity to take on the challenge of climbing Ingleborough or walking through Crummock Dale, as well as experiencing walks through Malham, Hatworth, Askrigg & Grassington.

This trip is ideal for moderately experienced walkers, with the daily walking distance being between 13 - 18km.

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles

Holiday highlights

Skipton

The charming market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire is the perfect gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, attracting visitors from all over the country and beyond. Within the village you’ll find its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street.

Bronte Parsonage

Built in 1778, the Parsonage was the lifelong home of the Bronte family and has been open as a museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters since 1928. The museum library contains the world's most comprehensive collection of Brontë manuscripts, letters, early editions of the novels and poetry, and secondary material on the famous family and their work.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high and the top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The cove is home to Peregrine Falcons and Little Owls, and was famously used as a location in the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to England

Morning

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.

Afternoon

At Leisure

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.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Skipton (7 nights)

Day 2 – Malham Explorer

Full Day

Malham Explorer

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)

Day 3 - Haworth & Brontë Country

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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)

Day 4 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

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.

Day 5 – Castle Bolton to Askrigg

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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)

Day 6 - Choice of climbing Ingleborough or walking through Crummock Dale

Full Day

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)

Full Day

Climb Ingleborough

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)

Day 7 - Buckden to Grassington

Full Day

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)

Day 8 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

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

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Rendezvous Hotel 3

The Rendezvous Hotel is a family run hotel on the outskirts of the quaint market town of Skipton. The hotel is located close to the impressive Yorkshire Dales, offering guests the chance to explore over 680 square miles of scenic dales and rustic villages. Guests can dine in... read more read more read more

The Rendezvous Hotel is a family run hotel on the outskirts of the quaint market town of Skipton. The hotel is located close to the impressive Yorkshire Dales, offering guests the chance to explore over 680 square miles of scenic dales and rustic villages. Guests can dine in the canalside Baby Swan restaurant which offers traditional English food or relax in the hotel's swimming pool, sauna, steam room or spa pool. There is also a one mile walk on the towpath of the beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal into the delightful Dales market town of Skipton.

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Rendezvous Hotel
Keighley Road
Skipton BD23 2TA
North Yorkshire
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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