Lady Anne's Way

Lady Anne's Way Route

This is our suggested Lady Anne's Way route. Click on Itineraries and Prices for various route options.

Day 1: Travel to the village of Skipton, a country market town at the base of the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton Castle was built after the Norman Conquest and is well worth a visit when you arrive.

Day 2: Skipton to Grassington (15 miles / 24 km)
Your first day on the Lady Anne’s Way involves straightforward walking and fantastic views! Leave Skipton behind and make your way north through the villages of Embsay and Eastby.

Walking alongside the river Wharfe is a delight - this is Yorkshire Dales scenery at its finest. You will arrive in the charming and popular village of Grassington, where there are many cobbled streets and alleys to explore.

Day 3: Grassington to Buckden (12.5 miles / 20 km)
The Lady Anne’s Way heads up towards the fellsides today, but your efforts are rewarded almost instantly. Stunning views unfold before you as you climb gradually up to the highest point at Capplestone Gate. There is much history to soak up, from the limestone to the Iron Age settlements.

The Trail then drops down once more into the delightful village of Kettlewell, before arriving at Buckden, your destination for today.

Day 4:
Buckden to Askrigg (12 miles / 19 km)
The walk begins today with a climb to reach the top of Stake Moss. Once up, the track is in good condition and the views are plentiful.

You will then leave Wharfedale and Wensleydale behind, and pass by Nappa Hall, the former resting place of Lady Anne. The path takes you into Askrigg, famed for its connections with the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

Day 5:
Askrigg to Outhgill (16.5 miles / 26.5 km)
Follow the valley from Askrigg and pass through the market town of Hawes. Stop to sample some delicious Wensleydale cheese as you go! From Hawes you will follow the ‘Lady Anne Highway’, an ancient green lane, up to the fells of Mallerstrang.

The tiny church at Outhgill is one of the many churches restored by Lady Anne.

Day 6:
Outhgill to Church Brough (13 miles / 20.5 km)
The walk continues through the tranquil Eden Valley as you make your way to Church Brough. This medieval village is situated between St Michael’s Church and Brough Castle.

Day 7:
Church Brough to Long Marton (15.5 miles / 25 km)
The penultimate day on the Lady Anne’s Way takes you to the delightful town of Appleby. The town features many historical sites, including the red sandstone almshouses built by Lady Anne, which provide an oasis of peace and tranquillity.

St Lawrence’s Church is a must-visit too, as it is here Lady Anne is buried. The path continues with fine views of the North Pennine hills to the charming village of Long Marton.

Day 8:
Long Marton to Penrith (15.5 miles / 25 km)
Your final day of walking takes you to Penrith, in the heart of Cumbria. There are plenty of unspoilt villages to explore on the way, before some riverside walking takes you to Brougham Castle. This was Lady Anne’s favourite castle and where she spent the last years of her life. She died here in 1676, at the age of 86.

Penrith has many unique shops and all the amenities you will require. Explore the town and celebrate the end of your walk. Take a moment to reflect on the dedication of Lady Anne Clifford in preserving the castles and churches you have seen along the Way.