Sign Post Herriot Way
walking Swaledale
Stopping in Reeth
Holding the Gate Yorkshire Dales
Hiking to Hawes Yorkshire Dales
Country Inn Yorkshire Dales
Fish and Chips
Aysgarth Falls
Bolton Castle

James Herriot Way

Walk the Landscapes of All Creatures Great and Small - Yorkshire Dales Inn-to-Inn

Trip Details

Location England
Length 8 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Small Inns
Group size 5 - 12
May 30, 2024 - Jun 06, 2024
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

In the early 1950s, Alf Wight took his son on a circle ramble through the Yorkshire Dales countryside. They walked the fields and fells of two of the most quintessentially beautiful valleys in Yorkshire, the Swaledale, and Wensleydale, staying in youth hostels along the way. 

Alf Wight is more famously known by his pen name James Herriot. His semi-autobiographical books, including All Creatures Great and Small, based on his experiences as a veterinarian in Yorkshire from the 1940s – 1970s, became wildly popular and later adapted into well-known films and TV series. 

Reminiscent of the walk Alf Wight took with his son, the James Herriot Way is now a 52-mile route, not only through the areas where Wight most loved to walk but to our favorite corner of Yorkshire Dales. Staying largely within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, our 8-day trip connects our favorite inns with our favorite walks. Starting and ending in the market town of Richmond, this is a route of meandering rivers, tumbling waterfalls, high windy moorlands and rolling green farm fields checkered with endless stonewalls. Medieval castles, stalwart stone barns, and quiet country villages punctuate these landscapes that have been worked and walked for ages. Add to the mix full English breakfasts, cheese and pickle sandwiches, fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding and you have the makings of a classic Yorkshire ramble!


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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, there is a forced single charge of $350.


  • Group transfers to and from the Manchester Airport
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (Full English)
  • All dinners
  • All group transfers on buses and vans as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!


Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of a personal nature.


This hike has luggage transfer each day. You will only need to carry a small day pack with the clothing and accessories you will need for the day. We recommend that you keep your luggage to a size that you can easily manage yourself, given our accommodations may have narrow hallways and no elevator. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in a physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.


Most evenings will be spent in or near small villages or hamlets. The hotels and country inns along this route are some of our favorites. They are all comfortable and welcoming and full of the ambiance of local culture and tradition. All rooms will be double occupancy with private bathrooms. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels and inns. Lunches are picnic-style along the trail, with the occasional stop at a pub or tea room.


It is easiest to fly to Manchester, England. However, there are frequent trains from London; just be sure to allow for extra travel time.


Manchester airport at 11:00 am on Day 1 for a group transfer to our hotel in Richmond.


Group transfer to the Manchester Airport. We will arrive at the airport at about 11:00 am.


Unlike our trips in the Alps, our James Herriot Way involves more distance than it does elevation gain and loss, yet each day provides good solid hiking and ends at comfortable accommodations. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, which this route travels through, protects its unique landscape, ecosystem and heritage giving the small villages en route retain a feeling of timelessness. This is a classic walk across some of the beautiful and iconic landscapes of England, perfect for every hiker who would appreciate good solid walking through tranquil countryside.  


If you would like to register or would like to receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to provide a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into our guided trips in England experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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“The area was so green and bucolic, and the small towns were so charming with their inviting pubs and winding cobblestone streets.  We couldn’t get enough of the idyllic small hamlets tucked into rolling green hills covered with sheep.”

Sarah T.

“Past super trips with Distant Journeys made this a no brainer!  Past guides, past accommodations, past locations meant it was just a question of the right distances per day and the right location.  This one offered both.”

Andy F., MA