The Herriot Way
Total distance covered; 57 miles (91kms)
5 days walking, based in Hawes
Hawes, our base for The Herriot Way, is a bustling market town located in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Herriot Way runs through the middle of the town.
Hawes is home to the Wensleydale cheese and a world-famous rope manufacturers and the Tuesday market draws in both locals and visitors. Hawes has a number of inns and restaurants offering food in the evenings. It also has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in Hawes is outside the National Park Visitor Centre.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Hawes and the adjoining village of Gayle, including hotels, guesthouses, self-catering cottages and a Youth Hostel. Details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Hawes, whose contact details are as follows:
Hawes National Park Visitor Centre, Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT
Telephone: 01969 666210
How to reach Hawes by public transport, The nearest railway station to Hawes is Garsdale Head (six miles distant) on the Settle to Carlisle line. There are local buses (Harrogate & District "Little White Bus' service No. 855) from Garsdale to Hawes.
Although Garsdale is the nearest station it is not always the most convenient, particularly if there is any engineering work on the Settle to Carlisle line. Another station to consider is Northallerton (36 miles distant) as there is a regular bus service (Dales & District service No. 156/157) between Northallerton station and Hawes.
General information on the Wensleydale area, and on the Herriot Way, can be found on the following websites:
Holiday Options 2022
Day 1: Hawes to Aysgarth 12 miles (19kms)
Day 2: Aysgarth to Grinton 13 miles (21kms)
Day 3: Grinton to Gunnerside 12 miles (19kms)
Day 4: Gunnerside to Thwaite 10 miles (16kms)
Day 5: Thwaite to Hawes 10 miles (16kms)
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