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Hawes to Keld

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  • The path up to Great Shunner Fell
    / The path up to Great Shunner Fell
    Photo: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
  • / Kearton Tearooms in Thwaite
    Photo: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
  • / A large cairn near Great Shunner Fell
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The most challenging day of the Herriot Way, including a climb to the summit of Great Shunner Fell. 
Distance 20.1 km
6:00 h
728 m
654 m
712 m
232 m
After enjoying a hearty breakfast, get ready for the most challenging day of the Herriot Way, as you enjoy an energising but straightforward climb to the summit of Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in Yorkshire. A long, steady ascent brings you to the summit shelter, where it is possible to enjoy panoramic views across Yorkshire. Drop down into the tranquil valley of Swaledale filled with pretty wildflowers,  and the village of Thwaite, where a lovely tearoom is a great place to stop for refreshments. Continue through Swaledale to Keld, a typical little Dales village. 

Author’s recommendation

There is nowhere to purchase food or drinks along this stage of the walk. Make sure you bring plenty to see you through the day's walk.
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Laura Paterson
Update: April 22, 2021
Highest point
712 m
Lowest point
232 m

Rest Stop

Keld Lodge
Kearton Tearooms
The White Hart Inn
The Crown
Caffe Curva
Muker Village Store and Tea Shop
Farmers Arms
Cocketts Hotel - 1668 Restaurant

Safety information


There is a brief section leaving Hawes where you will need to walk along the road. Walk on the right-hand side and be mindful of other road users.


If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the OS Explorer OL30 Map - Yorkshire Dales Northern & 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.  


1. There are no regular buses between Hawes and Keld. 

2. Taxi - BD Taxis - 01768 371682


Hawes (237 m)
OS Grid
SD 87267 89872
54.304298, -2.197164
54°18'15.5"N 2°11'49.8"W
30U 552240 6017676



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 Way Guidebook to assist you.



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OS Grid
SD 87267 89872
54.304298, -2.197164
54°18'15.5"N 2°11'49.8"W
30U 552240 6017676
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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 the ascents and descents today. 

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.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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20.1 km
6:00 h
728 m
654 m
Highest point
712 m
Lowest point
232 m


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