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Trail Facts

Total distance: 78 miles (125 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Code: R-DAW4

Grade: Easy
Season: 24th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ilkley
End of holiday: Bowness-On-Windermere


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Ilkley where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Ilkley to Grassington. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 3: Grassington to Oughtershaw(T). 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 4: Oughtershaw(T) to Dent. 15 miles (24km)

Day 5: Dent to Patton Bridge. 16 miles (26km)

Day 6: Patton Bridge to Bowness-On-Windermere. 13 miles (21km)

Day 7: Depart from Bowness-On-Windermere after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

Taking an extra night is the perfect way to extend your trail running holiday and give yourself extra time to relax and explore the Yorkshire Dales, as there is plenty to discover and enjoy at each location along the trail.

Grassington is a delightful village with traditional cottages, pubs and shops surrounding a cobbled market square, making it a very popular choice for a rest day. The village's longest-serving outdoor clothing and equipment shop, The Mountaineer, is perfect if you need to replenish your running kit, otherwise feel free to explore Grassington's many little alleyways and hidden gems while you relax and prepare for your next stint out on the trail.

Dent is also worth considering for a rest day. This lovely village complements the surrounding dales wonderfully, with its narrow cobbled streets, quaint shops and ancient church to explore. As well as this, Dent is well-known for its annual music and beer festival at the end of June, and nearby in Cowgill is the independent Dent microbrewery, meaning this area is great for enjoying a locally-produced drink in one of its traditional inns.

At the end of the trail, Bowness-on-Windermere provides a perfect base from which to explore the southern Lake District after completing your running holiday. By spending an extra day in this sprawling tourist town, you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the various sights and attractions on offer. In particular, Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the main centres of outdoor activities in the UK and boasts a wide variety of activity options, including sailing, kayaking and other water sports out on the lake. With such a variety of things to do, a stay in Bowness-on-Windermere will ensure your holiday finishes on a high note.


What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports for the start of the trail are Leeds-Bradford and Manchester.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Ilkley) and close to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Windermere) at Windermere.

From London - There are train routes from London Kings Cross to the start of the trail (Ilkley). There are train routes from Windermere (near the end of the trail) to London Euston.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The most convenient way to return to the start of the trail (Ilkley) is via train from Windermere railway station to Ilkley.

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