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Aysgarth to Hawes

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  • The Aysgarth Falls
    / The Aysgarth Falls
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  • / Hardraw Falls
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  • / The pretty village of Hawes
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A gentle walk through green meadows and lush fields to Hawes. 
easy
Distance 18.5 km
5:00 h
121 m
108 m
298 m
190 m
Your first day's walk on the Herriot Way leads you out of Aysgarth to follow the River Ure through green meadows and along an old railway track to the little village of Askrigg. This picturesque village was where "All Creatures Great and Small" was filmed and you can see the front of Skeldale House which featured as the vets surgery. Climb gently through lush fields high above the river to another famous waterfall at Hardraw, and then finally on to Hawes. This charming Yorkshire town is the highest market town in England and a lovely place to stop for the evening. If you have time, it is also well worth visiting Wensleydale Creamery, home to the extremely tasty Wensleydale Cheese.

Author’s recommendation

Make sure you fit in time today to visit the Wensleydale Creamery, one of Yorkshire's top attractions! 
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Author
Laura Paterson
Update: April 22, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
298 m
Lowest point
190 m

Rest stops

The King's Arms Hotel
The Bake-Well Market Place
Sykes House Tea Room & Village Store
The White Hart Inn
The Crown
Caffe Curva
The Chippie
Aysgarth Falls Hotel
The Mill Race Teashop
Hamilton's Tea Room
The George & Dragon Inn
Cocketts Hotel - 1668 Restaurant

Safety information

Route

There are a few stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you. 

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the OS Explorer Map OL30 - Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central Area. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app. 

 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and tearoom stops.  Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.  

Transport

1. The Little White Bus runs between Aysgarth and Hawes 3 times a day - https://www.littlewhitebus.co.uk/timetables/ 

 

Start

Aysgarth (224 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SE 00388 88450
DD
54.291676, -1.995530
DMS
54°17'30.0"N 1°59'43.9"W
UTM
30U 565380 6016439
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Destination

Hawes

Turn-by-turn directions

To help you follow the route with confidence  we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  You will also receive a Herriot's Way Guidebook to assist you.

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SE 00388 88450
DD
54.291676, -1.995530
DMS
54°17'30.0"N 1°59'43.9"W
UTM
30U 565380 6016439
w3w 
///handsets.currently.expectant
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles will be a big advantage on some  ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
18.5 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
121 m
Descent
108 m
Highest point
298 m
Lowest point
190 m

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