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Trail Facts

Total distance: 78 miles (125 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Maximum daily distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Code: R-DAW2

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


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

Day 2: Ilkley to Buckden. 27 miles (43km)

Day 3: Buckden to Sedbergh. 26 miles (42km)

Day 4: Sedbergh to Bowness-On-Windermere. 25 miles (40km)

Day 5: 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.

Buckden is a village and civil parish worth exploring on a rest day; an attractive jumble of stone cottages perched on the hillside with fantastic views over the River Wharfe. In the centre of the village sits Buckden Palace, a former residence of the bishops of Lincoln between the 12th and 19th centuries and host to a number of Kings of England who have stayed there, making this just one of many interesting local landmarks to visit. Take a gentle recovery jog around the local area and see what you can discover.

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?

  • 4 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


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


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.


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit 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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