Herriot Way


Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 440.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Hawes
> Distance: 52 miles (84 km)
> Duration: 4 to 5 days according to choice
> Availability: Any Start Date from March to October
> Grading: Moderate
> Not way-marked but easy to follow with our route notes, Guidebook & Maps

Herriot Way Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of local hero, James Herriot, and visit his favourite beauty spots
  • The delightful Northern Yorkshire Dales, in particular Wensleydale and Swaledale
  • Visit England’s highest single-drop waterfall, and the spectacular triple-drop waterfalls at Aysgarth
  • Explore charming Yorkshire villages such as Hawes, Askrigg, Thwaite and Keld
  • Enjoy the spectacular view from Great Shunner Fell, the Yorkshire Dales’ third highest mountain
  • Visit the home of Wensleydale Cheese
  • Enjoy the fine hospitality of the Yorkshire Dales 

The Herriot Way is based on a walk taken by James Herriot, the pseudonym for Alf Wight and his son. Alf was a British veterinary surgeon and a writer, and is best known for writing what later became the well-known TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

The 52 miles / 84 km Herriot Way explores some of Herriot’s favourite locations in Wensleydale and Swaledale, passing through famous waterfalls, charming villages and wonderful rolling scenery.

The circular route begins and ends in the small town of Hawes, best known for its production of Wensleydale Cheese. It meanders its way past Hardraw Force, England’s highest single-drop waterfall, before following the River Ure towards Aysgarth.

The Way takes you along old lead miners' tracks, with breathtaking views of Swaledale. Strolling over heather moors, enjoying pretty hamlets and soaking up the Yorkshire Dales, this walk is gentle, straightforward and pleasing. 

During these unpredictable times we all want complete peace of mind when booking a holiday, so we're offering flexible postponement up to 3 weeks before the start of your trip at no expense to you. See our Book With Confidence page for more details.