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England: Yorkshire Dales – 3 nights

  • 7 Night Route

    Price: from £945
  • 6 Night Route

    Price: from £920
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £820
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: from £715
  • 3 Night Route

    Price: from £575

From the vale to the peak in God's Own County

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Malham Cove (photo: Phil Simnett)

Malham Cove (photo: Phil Simnett)

Curious sheep on the slopes below Ingleborough

Curious sheep on the slopes below Ingleborough

The rapids of Stainforth Force (photo: Phil Simnett)

The rapids of Stainforth Force (photo: Phil Simnett)

Leaving Kettlewell

Leaving Kettlewell

The Dales town of Settle

The Dales town of Settle

Field barn in the Wharfe valley (photo: Phil Simnett)

Field barn in the Wharfe valley (photo: Phil Simnett)

Ingleborough on the horizon

Ingleborough on the horizon

A clapper bridge at Austwick Beck

A clapper bridge at Austwick Beck

  • 7 Night Route

    Price: from £945
  • 6 Night Route

    Price: from £920
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: from £820
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: from £715
  • 3 Night Route

    Price: from £575
Price: from £575
Nights: 3
Walk: 2¼-6 hr/day

Local contact Shaun was outstanding.. we arrived with a physical issue that my wife was unable to walk long distances. Shaun made it his goal each day to provide updated ideas, including busses, for us to maximize our experiences. Really appreciated.

D Mahler, NJ, USA - July 2023

Shaun touched base upon our arrival. He was very helpful letting us know what the options between the main route and the alternatives would be like. He was particularly concerned for our well-being as bad weather approached on the day we wanted to conquer Ingleborough Peak. Common sense prevailed and we were glad we followed his advice as the day progressed.

Randy & Kay Kolb, Marysville, USA - September 2023

We really appreciated the options we had, whether routes or taking the taxi. We loved that we set our own pace and itinerary (after a fashion). We immediately latched onto the idea of slowing down and walking in the countryside instead of the bustle of the city.

Rebecca Knoll, Maryland, USA - June 2023

We thought the holiday was perfectly planned and we felt very supported. The area was beautiful.

Susan Warwick and Jay Didion, Seattle, USA - June 2023

The walk was great and a wonderful experience to explore the Yorkshire Dales. The accommodation was very good, the maps and walking notes were invaluable.

Philip Taylor, NSW, Australia - May 2023

I really enjoyed the chance to acquaint myself with a part of England that I knew little about previously. The walk course was very well thought out, beginning in the genteel Vale of York, and climbing slowly into the moors, visiting the historical industrial sites en route. Shaun was very engaged, both in looking out for my logistics, and most importantly being a source of local wisdom and culture. I can truly see why Yorkshire people consider their place to be God's own country.

Mark Heinicke, Denver, USA - May 2023

I'm biased having been born within 3 miles of Settle - but the countryside was absolutely outstanding, and Yorkshire folk as friendly and approachable as ever. There is an indefinable feeling to this part of the country which goes so well with a good day's walking, hearty meals and good ale.

My only comment on the downside is that, with hindsight, I am sorry that we hadn't made it a longer trip.

Leonard Cowking, Kingston upon Thames, UK - May 2022

MARVELLOUS Yorkshire Dales walk.

Being back on trail post pandemic was probably part of our overall state of mind, but the route itself, the spring greens in the dales, the sun over the moors, the lambs and calves and bluebells and primroses and wild orchids up high… and the eating, which we earned daily… were all among the best ever.

John Rosenberg, Cambridge, USA - May 2022

I loved the freedom and peace of mind using On Foot gave me. The walks were very well chosen, offering gorgeous views of the Yorkshire Dales, and I especially enjoyed coming across the Monk's Path to crest above Malham Tarn.

It was very reassuring being in communication with Shaun, making sure each day that we were doing anything necessary to adapt to the weather forecast, and knowing he was there if I needed help.

Helen Campbell, Southampton, UK - August 2021

The walk was really well put together and took us to fabulous places that we would never have found. We loved the range of walking on offer from riverside to the high moors. We fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales.

Lesley Fraser, Edinburgh, UK - July 2021

Shaun was excellent - first contact very good but then he was very balanced in how much ongoing contact we needed. Very proactive and helpful on the last day with weather update and guidance.

Beverley Picton, Richmond, UK - July 2021

Shaun was great; as a solo walker, he made sure to call me before I set out, and checked in by text each evening to ensure I made it OK, along with a weather report and brief overview of the next day's walk.

Overall, the holiday was great. In fact I was very impressed with On Foot and the detailed walking pack etc.

Thomas Sutton, Sherbrooke, Canada - June 2019

One of the best. The landscapes are gorgeous - richly green with the jigsaw fields and dry stone walls and the fine old stone farms and villages.

Ripon cathedral (where I listened to a choir practice) and Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey add variety. Fine dining along the way (Clarendon and the Traddock), which was unexpected. Enjoyed meeting and walking with Shaun.

Alan Willis, Ottawa, Canada - September 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as we have on all the On Foot Holidays we've done.

For us the highlights were stuffing ourselves with wild blueberries on the moor before Brimham Rocks, the rocks themselves, and the climbs up onto the moors from Arncliff and Malham. A special word for Gordon the taxi driver - he was great.

Marc Jeffery, Croatia - April 2018

More independent feedback
Self-guided walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales with On Foot Holidays

At a glance

Yorkshire Dales 3-night taster (2 days walking), starting at Malham. See 'Prices' tab for what's included.
Suggested route pairing: Peak District

Dog-friendly (small dogs only owing to ladder stiles!) with some accommodation variation.

How much walking?

Full days: 19-21 km per day, 5-6 hours walking
Using shortening options: 10-14km per day, 2¼-4 hours walking using ride-with-luggage transfers at the start of each day

Max. Grade:

From Malham Cove to Ingleborough

The full route seeks to show walkers the two sides of Yorkshire’s rural heritage, and was designed by local residents and On Foot clients Shaun and Lynda Callaghan. This 3-night taster version starts at Malham, taking you through the market town of Settle to  Austwick village, nestling in the dale below the gaunt massif of Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire’s “three peaks”, and your final challenge.

Stay in country pubs and comfortable B&Bs, upgrading if you wish to a smarter hotel in Austwick, and eat well – this shorter version has some fine dining to supplement the hearty Yorkshire fare that will ensure you do not flag during a couple of potentially long days (though shortening options are available).

Small dogs welcome on this version of the route – supplements payable, and some variation to accommodations.

Walked by On Foot staff: Debbie, Simon and Emma

Consider pairing this route with Peak District (4 hrs by taxi and train) – for more details click here.

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews of this route submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit

ARTICLES: Read an article about On Foot’s holiday in the Yorkshire Dales from The Daily Telegraph newspaper here.

Route Highlights

  • Yorkshire pudding and Gallic flair in quintessential pubs
  • Drystone walls and unspoilt villages
  • The “Cove” and cliff of Malham
  • Settle and the steam railway to Carlisle
  • The ascent of Ingleborough on your final day

This route features the following characteristics and interests: Villages and farms, Dog friendly, Drive to route, Food, History

We Recommend

Extra night in Austwick; eating at French-owned The Gamecock (Austwick), or the famous Traddock in Austwick (also available as upgrade accommodation).

Limestone Country

Geologically speaking this is an important area, as it was the nursery training for the famous English geologists of the 18th and 19th century who in turn laid the foundations for the science of sedimentary geology (compare also our “Dorset” walk).

The limestone pavements around Malham and Ingleborough are fine examples and will challenge the adventurous walker as well (though can be avoided for those who wish to preserve their ankles).

How much Walking?

Full days: 19-21 km per day, 5-6 hours walking
Using shortening options: 10-14km per day, 2¼-4 hours walking using ride-with-luggage transfers at the start of each day

Clear paths in the main, though the signage lapses on occasions and so an understanding of maps, use of compass and close attention to the notes is sometimes needed.  A walk for everyone courtesy of the (taxi) shortening options (see below).

Medium-hard: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 733m (680m-820m) per day.


Medium: CUSs 408m (250m-525m) per day using shortening options where available and/or riding with luggage for part of walk each day (shortening rides included in price).

Acrophobia/vertigo warnings: None.

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops. “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb. See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: May to early October

Other possible months: late April, late October

The best walking is throughout the late spring, summer and early autumn, though be aware that during the summer holidays and weekends the hotels we use can be busy and accommodation less available – do note that our accommodations in Hebden and Malham request two night stays at weekends (except in low season).

Start Dates


Weather Chart



About the Route

Day 1 - Arrive in Malham

After a taxi from either Settle train station or from Austwick (if you have driven to the route), settle in to this pretty village.  If you arrive early enough, you could do all or part of the Malham Circuit, whose delights include the famous top of Malham Cove and Janet's Foss!

Day 2 - Malham to Austwick

Lots to see today, and choices to be made too. First a sustained, but fairly gentle, climb out of Malham with a good view onto the Cove. Then a remote section with fine views opening up into the valley where Settle lies – and a choice: either to include some additional walking (extra 2.3km, CUSs 70m) and a sneak preview of Ingleborough – your final walk’s goal – or take a more direct route along the Dales High Way to Settle, and lunch. In the afternoon you walk alongside the River Ribble – either right next to it, or, for more interest, via a fascinating and extensive, lime kiln. Finally a delightful entrance through the fields into the little village of Austwick. (Medium-hard: 5 hrs walking (allow 6¾ hrs), 20¼ km (12½ miles), CUSs 680m, or ride-with-luggage to Settle, and walk the rest – easy-medium: 2½ hrs walking (allow 3 hrs), 10 km (6½ miles), CUSs 250m)


This could also be a day for a ride-with-luggage into Settle and a trip on the Settle-Carlisle railway line - best when they are running steam trains (needs to be pre-booked and is expensive!), but lovely even when not.  The Ribblehead Viaduct is a classic of Victorian engineering.  Timetables in your Walker's Pack!

Day 3 - The Ingleborough circuit

A fitting climax to your walk. Taking in either the ‘Norber erratics’ or a medieval clapper bridge (or both with diversion) the day takes you up onto a limestone pavement, over Beggar’s Stile and off along a route up the easiest approach to Ingleborough, perhaps the most iconic hill of the Three Peaks range. The return takes you past Gaping Gill sink hole, through Trow Gill gorge and offers Ingleborough Cave as a distraction en route to pretty Clapham village and a final wander through grassy fields back to Austwick, nestling in the landscape. (Hard: 6 hrs walking (allow 8 hrs), 19½ km (12 miles), CUSs 820m, or easier option avoiding Ingleborough itself Medium: 3½ hrs walking (allow 4¾ hrs), 14 km (9 miles), CUSs 450m)


A couple of shorter, lower circuits around Austwick village are also offered, taking in a clapper bridge, and Clapham Village (lunch here seems right!), or just laze at your accommodation with a good book... we recommend an extra night here if you want to do everything!

Depart for home

A taxi is included back to Settle (or Clapham) station for your leavetaking of this quiet and beautiful region of England.

Travel Information


Settle is the nearest station for the 3-night version starting in Malham. Taxi from there to Malham (included)

Nearest railway station:
Start: Settle
Finish: Settle or Clapham

Leave your car at the end of the route in quiet Austwick.  Taxi back to your first night.

The best “local” airport is either Leeds-Bradford or Manchester. Intercontinental flights use Manchester or one of the London airports.

Please contact us for transfer advice in view of the options available.  A final taxi transfer from Settle (usually) to your first accommodation is included, and for a supplement, one from Leeds or Harrogate.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for more detailed transfer information.


Getting to the start of the walk

Transfer times and methods are suggested from Leeds-Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport and London (centre).

Outward: Train to Settle then pre-booked taxi.
Return: Taxi to Settle railway station (included), train to Leeds, then half-hourly bus shuttle to airport OR pre-bookable taxi direct to airport.

Outward: Train to Skipton then pre-booked taxi.
Return: Taxi to Clapham (instead of Settle – small supplement), train to airport via Lancaster (total 2½ hrs) OR pre-bookable taxi direct to airport.

LONDON (centre):
Outward: Train to Settle then pre-booked taxi.
Return: Taxi to Settle (included), train to London via Leeds (total 4 hrs) OR pre-bookable taxi direct to airport.

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

A lovely choice of accommodation, including excellent B&Bs, pubs and two country house hotels (as upgrades/alternatives).

Please note: Walkers bringing dogs may not be able to do all route versions (check the tabs at the top of the screen) or have the same choice of accommodation. Supplements will apply.

Malham – River House (B&B)

Night 1

Malham – River House (B&B)

Great B&B with excellent breakfasts provided by Ann and Alex.

Austwick – Wood View Guest House (B&B)

Night 2 & 3

Austwick – Wood View Guest House (B&B)

Sue and David Dewhirst run a first class B&B right on the green, and only a short walk for dinner at one of two great eateries. Upgrade to one of the de luxe rooms (doubles only) for your final nights.

Austwick – The Traddock (B&B)

Night 2 & 3 (Upgrade)

Austwick – The Traddock (B&B)

Famous country house hotel on the edge of the village with an acclaimed kitchen and some lovely rooms. Good to relax in at the end of your walk.

In Malham our alternatives are:

The Lister Arms (below), the grand old daddy of accommodation, with decent bedrooms and good pub-style food.

Malham - Lister Arms (B&B)  Malham - Lister Arms (B&B)


Beck Hall (below), a friendly riverside hotel close to the village centre, where dogs are always welcome.

  Malham - Beck Hall (B&B)


Price: from £575 for 3 nights

Total 3 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, luggage transfers (and shortening rides if required) between all hotels on walking route; taxis from and to Settle station at the end (or taxi from Austwick at the start if you are driving to the route), full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £145
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £160
Maximum party size: 10


Add Ons

Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK:  £20-£60 (per pack, location dependent)

Taxi from Leeds or Leeds-Bradford Airport to Malham: ask for details
Dogs: Supplements vary dependent on hotel, but allow £10 per night per dog

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Shaun Callaghan

Shaun and his wife Lynda describe themselves as bilingual, speaking both broad Yorkshire and a Yorkshire version of English. They are obviously proud of their Yorkshire roots. A couple of years ago they took early retirement and moved to their favourite walking area of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, living just a few hundred yards outside the National Park boundary and only four miles from the summit of Ingleborough.

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