Herriot Way

Herriot Way Route

This is our suggested Herriot Way route. Click on Itineraries and Prices for various route options.

Day 1: Travel to the town of Hawes, the highest market town in England at 850 feet above sea level. Visit the Wensleydale Creamery on arrival and sample this famous and delicious cheese!

Day 2: Hawes to Keld (13 miles / 21 km)
Your first day on the Herriot Way takes you up and over the third highest summit in the Yorkshire Dales, Great Shunner Fell. The ascent is straightforward and not steep, and on a clear day the views from the top are remarkable.

From Great Shunner Fell it’s downhill all the way to the charming village of Thwaite, where you may wish to find refreshments in one of its tearooms. From here, it is three miles to the small village of Keld, your destination for this evening.

Day 3: Keld to Reeth (13 miles / 21 km)
This morning you will share the path with the Pennine Way and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast. Walk in the footsteps of the lead miners who used to work on these desolate moors. Take the high road and climb past the ruin of the eccentrically named Crackpot Hall, enjoying the surrounding views of Swaledale.

There is an alternative low level route today but most walkers prefer the higher level option.

Day 4:
Reeth to Aysgarth (13 miles / 21 km)
Today takes another pleasant and undulating stroll through picturesque valleys, with an opportunity to visit the impressive ruin of Bolton Castle.

Day 5:
Aysgarth to Hawes (13 miles / 21 km)
Visit the spectacular triple-drop falls at Aysgarth.  Then follow the banks of the River Ure towards the delightful village of Askrigg. There are many stiles to be surmounted on this final day.

You then reach Hardraw Force, England’s highest single-drop waterfall at 98 feet. Access is available for a small fee to the Green Dragon Inn. The waterfall has been visited by many poets and notable figures over the years, and more recently by Kevin Costner during the filming of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Your walk continues on the well-signposted Pennine Way until you return to where your walk started at Hawes.