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Wilderness Walking

Highlights of Northern England

Next Trip: 23rd - 2nd May 2024 Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Region: The Lake District;The Peak District;Yorkshire
Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
Accommodation: Luxury
Max Group Size: 8
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Join an expert Wilderness guide on a walking trip that winds through the stunning northerly folds of the English countryside. Explore the unique limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, discover the pastoral nature of the Lake District National Park and immerse yourself in the romantic scenery of the Peak District. With no need to worry about directions, join your guide on beautiful hikes on this highlights tour of Northern England. Over ten days, walk through verdant valleys, around tranquil lakes, and along ridgelines gilded in syrupy sunshine.

With days unfolding at the perfect pace, enjoy leisurely lunches at wholesome cafes and mellow afternoons exploring fascinating ruins, historic estates and idyllic villages which brim with rural charm. Chat with your knowledgeable guide about the local wildlife as you listen for curlew and oystercatchers, look for dippers and herons, and spot the soft, dark-eyed faces of roe deer as they step silently through ancient woodland.

Relax each evening in bespoke accommodation, each carefully chosen for their comfortable rooms, lovely staff, and locally-sourced seasonal menus. With every aspect of your guided walking holiday taken care of, discover the stunning views and evocative landscapes which inspired some of our best-loved writers like William Wordsworth, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters.

Trip Highlights

  • Spend time hiking in some of England's most beautiful National Parks.
  • Visit Dove Cottage, once the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise across Ullswater, basking in the spectacular views of the Lake District fells.
  • Tour the spectacular Chatsworth House, one of the finest stately homes in Derbyshire.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Yorkshire

Meet your Wilderness guide in York this morning and enjoy a scenic drive into the beautiful bounds of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit Fountains Abbey – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of England’s largest and best-preserved Cistercian monasteries. Explore the fascinating ruins and wander around the garden’s elegant ornamental lakes, canals, and temples. After lunch, transfer to the pretty village of Malham. Here, tucked away in the quiet centre, you’ll find your bespoke hotel. Originally established in 1705 as a yeoman’s cottage, it’s now a peaceful and welcoming retreat. (L, D)

Walk details: 5 km/3 miles | 50 m/165 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours

Day 2 – Gordale Scar and Malham Cove

Head straight out of your hotel door this morning to explore the magnificent landscape of the Dales. Walk out to Gordale Scar, a hidden, atmospheric ravine, passing the lovely waterfall, Janet’s Foss, along the way. Later, arrive at Malham Cove, a spectacular limestone cliff formed during the last Ice Age. Return to your hotel later this afternoon and relax in the sunshine before enjoying dinner in the bright, airy dining room. With much of the restaurant’s produce being grown or sourced locally, you only need to turn your head to spot the cattle grazing contentedly on the hillsides beyond. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8 km/5 miles | 200 m/655 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours

Day 3 – Exploring Grassington

After a relaxed breakfast, head out for a lovely morning ramble. Begin in Grassington, a pretty market town, and wind your way up onto the hillside. Stroll through Grass Wood, enjoying the sweeping views, and return along the banks of the River Wharfe. As you walk, look out for the limestone pavements, and as you make your way through Grass Wood (a Nature Reserve run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust), listen out for the secretive woodcock and noisy chaffinches that make this broad-leafed woodland home. Enjoy some time in Grassington this afternoon, perhaps nosing around the shops and popping into the folk museum before returning to your hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 9 km/5.5 miles | 180 m/590 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours

Day 4 – To the Lake District

Leave the Yorkshire Dales behind today and travel northwest to the Lake District National Park. Stop in the charming village of Clapham for a morning walk along the way. As sheep graze quietly in fields bordered by drystone walls, wind your way to the Norber Erratics: large silurian rocks which sit astride limestone pedestals. Afterwards, enjoy lunch before continuing your journey along the shores of Lake Windermere to arrive in Elterwater. Enjoy a circular hike that meanders along Great Langdale Beck’s banks and back beneath the rocky crags of Lingmoor Fell. Settle into your boutique hotel this evening with time to relax before dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 11 km/7 miles | 350 m/1,150 ft ascent | approx. 5 hours

Day 5 – Visiting Grasmere and Dove Cottage

This morning join your guide to head into Grasmere, undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in the Lakes. Enjoy a visit to Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808. Step back in time as you explore the tranquil rooms, still full of the late poet’s possessions. Afterwards, head out for a mellow circular walk, soaking up the stunning views that stretch across Rydal Water, Grasmere Lake and the steep surrounding fells. Arrive back in the village and spend some time strolling along the narrow streets, popping into artisan shops and perhaps picking up some famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Enjoy some free time this evening, choosing to do just as you please. (B, L)

Walk details: 10 km/6 miles | 200 m/655 ft ascent | approx. 5 hours

Day 6 – Ullswater Cruise and a Walk to Glenridding

Enjoy a boat cruise across Ullswater this morning, a beautiful lake carved out by a long-extinct glacier and flanked by fells rich in prehistoric remains. Relax on deck as you glide across the shimmering water, listening to the insightful crew’s commentary on the area’s fascinating history. Disembark at Howtown, a hamlet on the eastern shores, and enjoy a beautiful walk along the lakeshore back to Glenridding. As a long, grey heron flies elegantly across the sky, enjoy chatting with your guide as you walk, identifying birds and stopping for snacks and photos. Return to your hotel, and as the hazy sunset fades across the fells, enjoy a relaxed drink before dinner. (B, L, D)

Walk details:
11 km/7 miles | 330 m/1, 085 ft ascent | approx. 5 hours

Day 7 – Travel to the Peaks

Depart the Lake District this morning and travel back south to the Peak District National Park’s sweeping moors and wind-carved gritstone. Along the way, stop in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) and enjoy a hike with your guide. Cross perfectly placed stepping stones over the river, ribbon your way below limestone crags, and enjoy the cracking views across the pastoral valley. After your stroll, enjoy a traditional pub lunch and sample a couple of the local ales. Continue your adventure this afternoon, arriving in the Peak District and settling into your elegant country house hotel. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 6.5 km/4 miles | 200 m/655 ft ascent | approx. 3 hours

Day 8 – Lathkill Dale and Bakewell Pudding

After breakfast, enjoy a morning spent hiking through Lathkill Dale – one of the most beautiful Derbyshire Dales in the region. Joined by your guide, make your way below limestone cliffs and along the banks of the River Lathkill. Keep your eyes out for dippers: a short-tailed, plump bird which feed on mayfly nymphs, caddisfly larvae and small fish such as minnows. After your walk, a short drive will take you to Bakewell, a small town on the River Wye and best known for its unique Bakewell pudding. Enjoy an afternoon enveloped in the delicious aroma of buttery pastry as you enjoy assembling and taste-testing these delightful desserts. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 7 km/4.5 miles | 160 m/525 ft ascent | approx. 3 hours

Day 9 – Chatsworth House

Today, head out to visit the spectacular Chatsworth House, one of the finest stately homes in Derbyshire and home to one of Europe’s most significant private art collections. Thought to be the inspiration behind Jane Austen’s Pemberley, the house was used in the 2005 film adaption of Pride and Prejudice. After a fantastic morning exploring, take time to enjoy the grounds, which include a 105-acre garden and a 1,822-acre park. Chat with your guide as you wander through the beautiful estate and enjoy the picturesque views. Return to your hotel this evening with time to freshen up before dinner. The final night of your adventure will undoubtedly deserve some celebration, so enjoy an aperitif before settling down for a lovely long meal of good food in good company. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 5 km/3 miles | 45 m/150 ft ascent | approx. 3 hours

Day 10 – Hiking Stanage Edge and Depart

After enjoying a cup or two of freshly brewed coffee, head out for your final brilliant day of hiking. Begin your walk by wandering through the limestone village of Hathersage before making your way up onto the gritstone heights of Stanage Edge. From here, the views across Hope Valley are stunning. The fields form a gold and green patchwork tapestry, broken by dark green clusters of old woodland and wilder, heathery hillsides. On your return, enjoy lunch in Hathersage before transferring to York this afternoon. Your guide will drop you at the railway station where you can catch a train to London, Edinburgh or onwards towards your next adventure. (B, L)

Walk details: 6.5 km/4 miles | 210 m/670 ft ascent | approx. 3 hours

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Highlights of Northern England

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Trip Details

Accommodation Read More

On this trip, we stay in three luxurious hotels – spending 3 nights in the Yorkshire Dales, 3 nights in the Lake District and 3 nights in the Peak District.

In the Yorkshire Dales, we stay in the beautiful village of Malham in a perfect location next to the stream flowing from the base of the iconic Malham Cove. In the Lake District, we stay in a country house on the edge of the bustling town of Ambleside and in the Peak District, we finish our trip in a 17th-century manor house in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Single Rooms

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers. However, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £975 is charged.

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meals Read More

On this trip, all meals are included, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 10, except for dinner on day 5. Included dinners are three courses as standard.

Day 5 will be a free evening, your guide will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations, and then they’ll take the evening off.

Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness England trips, and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation in welcoming hotels and inns, with breakfast each day.
  • All meals during the trip, except for dinner on day 5, including trail snacks (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness England Guide throughout.
  • All transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in York.
  • All activities and entry fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Trip Grading Read More

Green Graded Walking Holidays

Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

Travel Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness England Guide at York Railway Station at 9:30am on Day 1 of your trip. The meeting place will be at the bottom of the stairs, under the gold clock (on the ATM side).

The trip will conclude at York Railway Station at 4:30pm on the final day of the trip.

York Railway Station is on the East Coast mainline with regular direct trains from London, Edinburgh and Manchester, usually including direct morning services arriving in time to meet the trip. York is also a beautiful, historic city to spend some time in pre or post trip.

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Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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Difficulty Grades Explained

Green Graded Walking Holidays
Green graded walking holidays are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km but there may be the odd slightly longer day. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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Our holidays reviewed
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I selected this tour because it provided the opportunity to combine a holiday in Scotland with an opportunity to also explore the Yorkshire Dales and Lakes. It was a very well designed tour, providing a good variety of landscapes and walking challenges. Staying two or more nights in each area allowed us to adjust the walking itinerary to allow for the changing weather conditions. Our guide Dave, the accommodation, food and additional touring experiences all combined to provide a wonderful experience. Cant wait to come back!

Katharine Tighe
Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
Reviewed on 09/10/2018

Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 716 reviews

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