At 52 miles (84 km) the Herriot Way is normally walked over four days, each of approximately 13 miles (21 km). If you’ve never tried a multi-day walk before, the Herriot Way could be just what you’re looking for.
The path runs through some of the best scenery in the Yorkshire Dales; including the world famous Wensleydale and picturesque Swaledale. Ample accommodation is available at the end of each stage and you’re never far from a pub or tea room, to keep you fuelled along the way.
The Herriot Way was featured in the August 2021 edition of Country Walking – the UK’s best selling walking magazine.
The eight-page spread investigates this “world-class walk in James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales” and descibes how the route is intertwined with the life of Alf Wight, the real-life James Herriot.
As well as describing the walk, the article also provides many insights into the life of the world-famous veterinary surgeon, from his roots, to his life in the Dales and his unlikely first meeting with ‘himself’ (in the shape of Christopher Timothy) in a back street of Reeth.
The magazine is no longer available in the shops, but you can buy a back issue using the link below – make it a lovely companion to the guide book.
Alf Wight worked all across North Yorkshire but the heart of his practice was in the Yorkshire Dales and particularly Swaledale and Wensleydale. These two beautiful valleys form the borders of the Herriot Way.
The original BBC TV series recreated many of the locations from his books in the villages we pass through on the Herriot Way. The route passes through Hawes, Hardraw and Askrigg which were all prime filming locations for “Darrowby” and “Skeldale House” from the series.
“Walking the Herriot Way” is your complete guide to this stunning walk through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Packed full of useful planning information, an accommodation guide and detailed route notes, this pocket sized guide book will see you safely around the 52-mile circular route.
The book really is your walking companion and it fits easily into a jacket pocket or the side pocket of a pair of trousers.
The pocket-sized guide book is 18cm x 11cm, weighs 120g and is designed to make your journey as pleasurable as possible and that means leaving nothing to chance! The book is rigorously researched and that detail permeates each page, whether it’s the facilities available in each village, or who lived and worked in the ruined buildings we pass, right down to the type of gate or finger post that’s coming up!
The book comes with a detailed planning section, including an itinerary planner, public transport and accommodation guide, advice for beginners and so much more!
Our route notes are incredibly detailed and provide step by step guidance along the route. Every gate, every stile and every change of direction is provided, making navigation simple.
The guide is provided with a detailed set of strip maps, with the route highlighted. Maps are provided in a PDF format so they can be printed full size and carried in a weather-proof map case.
A new film, focusing on the scenery, history and people along the Herriot Way was released in 2022, having been delayed from its original production date due to the COVID pandemic. It’s currently only available in the United States, but a UK release is being worked on.
Film-maker Chris Linke and his wife Lorena have long been fans of the James Herriot books and TV Series and hope to share their passion for the walk and for the area with a wider audience through this new project.
A trailer for the film is available, to whet your appetite, and you can find more information on the film’s website, using the button below.
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