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The Herriot Way is a 52 mile (84 km) long distance path that runs through some of the best scenery in the Yorkshire Dales; including the world famous Wensleydale and picturesque Swaledale. The guide book describes a clockwise walk starting and finishing in Aysgarth and visiting Hawes, Keld and Reeth.
Along its length the Herriot Way visits beautiful valleys, high, open fells and rolling, heather-clad moorland. The route crosses one of the highest points in Yorkshire, visits historic monuments and passes through a barren industrial wilderness; laid bare through lead mining. Anyone walking the Herriot Way will have had a fantastic introduction to the Yorkshire Dales.
The walk is named after James Herriot; the fictional name given to the real-life veterinary surgeon who lived and worked in the Dales for many years. In life James Herriot was really Alf Wight and the Herriot Way is based on a walking holiday he took with his son Jimmy, around the Youth Hostels of Aysgarth, Grinton and Keld.
Walking the Herriot Way provides a detailed, step-by-step route description and a series of annotated strip maps, as well as a wealth of information to help you plan the walk. After many requests from readers, this latest 4th edition now includes route notes and maps for a low-level alternative between Keld and Reeth, following the beautiful River Swale.
The Guide Book
The paperback guide book has 122 pages, weighs 120g and is 18cm high and 11cm wide, perfect for fitting into a jacket pocket, or the side pocket of a pair of trousers. Digital versions of the Herriot Way guide are also available, in PDF format from the shop on this site, or in Kindle format, direct from the Kindle Store.
The book contains all the information needed to plan and walk the route, including step-by-step route descriptions and detailed facilities guides to all the village along the walk. Each guide includes a full set of annotated Ordnance Survey strip maps in PDF format, so they can be reproduced in full size for easier reading on the path.