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Dales Way – Stage 1 – Wharfedale – 2 Nights

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Dales Way – Stage 1 – Wharfedale – 2 Nights

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TOTAL £999

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The magnificent Dales Way is 126km (78.5 miles) of urban landscape unfolding into the amazing scenery of Wharfedale, the Yorkshire Dales and arriving at the shores of the largest lake in England, Windermere.

Stage One traverses Wharfedale, arguably the most appealing of the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the popular spa town of Ilkley and following the River Wharf past Bolton Abbey/Priory before arriving in Burnsall.  The trail between Burnsall and Buckden is full of delights, including Loup Scar, Linton Falls, Grassington and Conistone Pie.  This itinerary is a great adventure in the Yorkshire Dales that can fit comfortably in a long weekend!

Quick Facts

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • 2 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr on call assistance during your walk if necessary
  • Approx. 27 miles (43km) and 2390ft (730m) of ascent
  • Road, moorland footpaths and bridleways.

About & Details

The Dales Way was established in the 1960’s, offering a wonderful walk which starts in the vibrant town of Ilkley and takes you through the valleys of the Dales and into Cumbria, arriving at the scenic Lake Windermere – linking two major national parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

Stage One traverses Wharfedale, arguably the most appealing of the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the popular spa town of Ilkley and following the River Wharf past Bolton Abbey/Priory before arriving in Burnsall.  The trail between Burnsall and Buckden is full of delights, including Loup Scar, Linton Falls, Grassington and Conistone Pie.  This itinerary is a great adventure in the Yorkshire Dales that can fit comfortably in a long weekend.

This is a great walk for a first time middle- to long-distance walker as it is well signposted, and you are never too far from civilisation.  Adverse weather can  be a challenge over exposed ground, however with the correct gear and preparation, this is an experience not to be missed!

Spring, with air of a new beginning and autumn with the palette of colour, are great times to take the trip.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage and transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.


  • 2 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Routes from the north & west: M6, A65.

By public transport: 
The closest train station is Ilkley, which allows passengers to connect from Leeds and Bradford (via Shipley). You can connect to mainline services from Leeds or York, via a couple of changes.

By air: The nearest airport is Manchester.

Getting Away

By road: Routes along the B6160, to Skipton, then the A59 to the M6 in the west or the A1M in the East.

By public transport: The closest train station is Ilkley, which allows passengers to connect from Leeds and Bradford (via Shipley). You can connect to mainline services from Leeds or York, via a couple of changes.

By air: The nearest airport is Manchester.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.


Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.


If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at the end of the trail, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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  • Day 1 - Arrive in Ilkley

    Arrive at your overnight accommodation in Ilkley.

  • Day 2 – llkley to Burnsall

    Your walk starts at the Old Bridge over the River Warfe. Walk through Ilkley Park, following the river, past the Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. You will soon rejoin the path alongside the river, which remains your companion, passing the Addingham Suspension Bridge. Just after the impressive ruins of Bolton Abbey, you cross the River Wharfe via a footbridge – although stepping stones are available for the brave! You will pass through the unique Strid Wood with the option to visit the Strid Gorge with its abundance of birdlife. Barden Bridge becomes the next attraction before following the River Warfe into Burnsall.

    13 miles (21km) and 1033ft (315m) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Burnsall to Buckden

    Today starts with a meander along the river before passing through the village of Grassington and heading out over the moors, with the high point being Conistone Pie, a rocky topknot, with the most amazing views of Kilnsey Crag and beyond! Take the back lane that links Conistone to Kettlewell. From Kettlewell, follow the path, sometimes with and sometimes away from the River Wharfe, bypassing Starbotton, a settlement dating back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. Just below Birks Wood, look for the path that takes you back to the river and into Buckden.

    Well done, you’ve completed your adventure along the Dales Way, time to celebrate! The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.

    14 miles (22km) and 1360ft (415m) of ascent


Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking

The Route

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
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  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
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