The Herriot Way is a circular route – some 52 miles / 84 km in length – and it runs through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales.
The Herriot Way is based on a walk taken by the well-known veterinarian and writer James Herriot – after whom it is named – who moved to the area in the late 1930s to start a veterinary practice.
This walk passes through a number of the places where James Herriot lived and worked: Wensleydale, famous for its cheese and its waterfalls, Swaledale with its wildflower meadows and its rolling landscape of dry stone walls and barns made from limestone, as well as the thriving market town of Hawes.
The Herriot Way is a circular route so you can choose to start in any location. Our itinerary is described as starting from Aysgarth, in the heart of Wensleydale, and progresses in a clockwise direction. This is the traditional way to walk the Herriot Way and is also how the guidebook describes the route, however, there is no golden rule which states that the route has to be walked in this direction.
We offer two walking holidays covering the full route. The longer itinerary of 5 walking days splits the Aysgarth to Hawes leg at Askrigg to make two shorter days, which allows you to ease yourself into the walk gradually before the next three longer days, and also gives you time to explore the market town of Hawes.
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