You head back towards Wensleydale countryside via a gradual climb through the vibrant hay meadows as you make your way to the heather-clad moorlands of Apedale.
Once you have passed Apedale, drop down through lush fields towards the ruins of the magnificent medieval, Bolton Castle, famed for holding the iconic Mary Queen of Scots captive for six months in 1568!
Instead of following the Herriot Way to Aysgarth from the Castle, the Ales and Dales trail takes a slight detour to Carperby, to visit the Wheatsheaf Inn, a cracking pub that's ideally situated for drinks before walking the short country lanes around Aysgarth Falls and onward to your overnight accommodation.
Rest stopsThe Bridge Inn
Stow House B&B
Aysgarth Falls Hotel
The Mill Race Teashop
The Wheatsheaf Inn
The George & Dragon Inn
YHA Grinton Lodge Cafe
Hamilton's Tea Room
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.
There be some sections today on indistinct paths, make sure to stay on the correct trail by concentrating carefully on your Macs App GPS tracks and maps. The Turn-by-Turn section can also provide you with extra tips if you run into any problems.
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.
There is generally no public transport option that runs directly from Reeth to Aysgarth - however, The Little White Bus - Wensleydale Voyager route - you can take a bus from Castle Bolton to the outskirts of Carperby.
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
Ladies Way Taxi Transfers (Reeth Area) +44 (0) 1748 529 000
James Peacock Private Hire (Aysgarth Area): +44 (0) 1756 792 233
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.
A large section of the walk today between Grinton Youth Hostel and Castle Bolton there are no stops for food or drink - it is worth taking a packed lunch with you today as you may end up in Carperby later in the afternoon depending on the weather. please 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).
- 18 Waypoints
- 18 Waypoints