Leaving Cray, expect a steep climb up to Stakes Moss via some good paths as you head towards the little village of Askrigg. This picturesque village like many others was featured in both of the old and new "All Creatures Great and Small" TV adaptations. In the original, the Kings Head pub was the fictional Drover Arms pub in Darrowby and in the 2020 remake, the front of Skeldale House is the vet's surgery!
Leaving Askrigg you follow the Herriots Way path that climbs gently through lush fields high above the river - with great views towards the Upper Wharfedale and Wensleydale valleys! As you approach the turn-off to Hawes, you can detour slightly here to visit England's largest single drop waterfall at Hardraw (if you wish). The walk ends today at The White Hart Inn, in Hawes, a recently refurbished Pub that is the perfect place for post-walk drinks with a cracking traditional cellar. If you have time, in the evening, we also recommend visiting the famed Wensleydale Creamery, home to the extremely tasty Wensleydale Cheese.
Rest stopsThe King's Arms Hotel
The Bake-Well Market Place
Sykes House Tea Room & Village Store
The White Hart Inn
Herriot's In Hawes
Yorkshire Dales Brewery Company
Corn Mill Tea Room
Rose & Crown Hotel
The Victoria Arms
Cocketts Hotel - 1668 Restaurant
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.
There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock. Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.
For any river crossing - there are always normally stepping stones or an obvious way to cross - be careful when crossing as it can be very slippery.
The paths can sometimes be tricky to follow in open featureless sections, especially in very bad weather (especially fog). Make sure to stay on the correct trail by concentrating carefully on your GPS tracks and maps.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Atlas by Harvey Maps. 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.
1. No regular bus service that runs from Cray to Askrigg.
2. The Little White Bus - Wensleydale Voyager route goes from Askrigg/Bainbridge to Hawes. In some cases, you may be required to pre-book seats in advance. Check: https://www.littlewhitebus.co.uk/timetables/ or call 01969 422050 for more info.
Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.dalesbus.org/ for the most update to date information.
For a more user-friendly experience to find when the next bus is due then visit www.traveline.info.
Local Taxi Services
Dales Cab Company (Cray Area): +44 (0) 7515 868 788
James Peacock Private Hire (Askrigg Area): +44 (0) 1756 792 233
Anydale Private Hire (Hawes Area): +44 (0) 1969 667 725
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly in the Dales so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these 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.
You walk through various towns and villages today so there should be plenty of options for food and drink stops - please however always ensure you have plenty of water and emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) with you at all times. Please also ensure you check in advance of Pubs/cafes and shops opening hours on the day you are due to walk, in Yorkshire opening hours are varied and they can be closed on certain days of the week (walking post-Covid19 lockdown restrictions means their opening hours could be even more erratic, so please check to avoid disappointment).
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