Lady Anne's Way


Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 540.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Skipton / Penrith
> Distance: 100 miles (160 km)
> Duration: 5 to 9 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

Lady Anne's Way Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of one of the 17th century’s most dedicated women
  • Retrace the remarkable life of Lady Anne Clifford, from the place of her birth at Skipton Castle, to the place of her death at Brougham Castle
  • Meander your way through Wharfedale and Wensleydale in the lovely Yorkshire Dales
  • Spend time in charming villages and market towns, such as Grassington, Kettlewell, Hawes and Kirkby Stephen
  • Explore many castles and churches on your way, lovingly restored by Lady Anne
  • Visit Penrith in the heart of Cumbria, and truly a hidden gem

The Lady Anne’s Way is a fitting tribute to a woman who devoted her life to the restoration of castles, churches and monuments, and whose philanthropy knew no bounds.  

Walk in the footsteps of Lady Anne Clifford, born in 1590 at Skipton Castle, the third and only surviving child of the 3rd Earl of Cumberland, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Having failed to inherit her father’s estate upon his death, Lady Anne spent the next 38 years of her life fighting for control of it. She succeeded in 1643 and begun her loving restoration and philanthropic work.

The 100 mile / 160 km Lady Anne’s Way takes you from south to north on a route well-travelled by Lady Anne. Take the opportunity to visit the castles that meant so much to her.

The trail begins in the small town of Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales,’ and meanders its way through Wharfedale and Wensleydale, through the rugged Mallerstrang and finally the tranquil Eden Valley. The Trail ends in Penrith, located on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park.

The Lady Anne’s Way offers some fine country walking and is generally level with very few steep climbs and can be covered over a leisurely period of between five to nine days. 

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.