The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of 79 miles in the north of England, with a good choice of accommodation available in bunkhouses and hostels along the route. The Way runs from Ilkley in Yorkshire, following paths through the Yorkshire Dales and the foothills of the South Lake District. Finishing in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the Lake Distrtict. It follows many riverside paths passing through villages where accommodation is available. The Dales Way offers a rural route with scenic views.
Accommodation on the Dales Way
Spring Croft, Moor Lane, Grassington, BD23 5BD
Grassington Bunkhouse is less than a kilometre from the route of the Dales Way- the perfect stop off!
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Kilnsey, North Yorkshire. BD23 5PT
Nestling in the Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale Lodge offers luxury, hotel quality, accommodation to groups of 6-20 in 8 comfortable twin rooms and a further 4 bed family room (2 x bunks).
Groups of friends, families and corporates will enjoy the stunning location and the top quality facilities. With the famous Kilnsey Crag close by, the beautiful market town of Skipton a short drive away, the Dales Way on the doorstep and fishing, golf and pony trekking nearby there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.
Kettlewell Rd, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire, BD23 5PT
Skirfare Barn, with its stunning backdrop of Upper Wharfedale & Littondale, nestles in the Yorkshire Dales with the climbers’ challenge, Kilnsey Crag, on the doorstep. The area is famous for walking & cycling with many footpaths, including the Dales Way, close by. At nearby Kilnsey you can book day fishing & food at The Kilnsey Park, or bar snacks at The Tennant Arms Hotel. Pony & Llama trekking & many other activities are also nearby. The barn provides warm, comfortable accommodation for walking, cycling, friends or family groups.
Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU
The multi award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value home-made meals & local beer in the large dining room. There’s a cosy lounge with woodburner, a lovely garden, self-catering kitchen & big bike shed! Sleeps up to 42 in 11 bedrooms. Great walking and cycling routes on the doorstep
Middle Lane, Kettlewell, Skipton, BD23 5QX
In the village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Wharfeside house provides self-catering accommodation for groups. It has a well equipped kitchen with Aga and fridge freezer, showers with male and female toilets, a large communal space, drying area and large indoor bike/equipment store. Onsite parking for 4 vehicles.
Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HB
Situated in Horton in Ribblesdale, the 3 Peaks Bunkbarns are perfect for walking on the Pennine Way and the 3 Peaks.The main barn has 4 rooms each sleeping up to 8. The second barn has 4 rooms each sleeping up to 6, with en-suite shower rooms. Both have a kitchen/dining room.
The Old Shippon, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire. BD24 0JE
Hawks Barn offers luxury accommodation for up to 6 people on the edge of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With easy access to an astounding number of walking, cycling and mountain biking routes, be sure to book well in advance. The Dales Way, The Dales Highway, The Pennine Way, The Pennine Journey and The Pennine Bridleway all pass close by. Base yourself at the barn to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks or plan to stop-over while you follow The Great North Trail or the Land's End to John o'Groats walking and cycling routes. With fully made-up beds, a drying room, a secure bike shed and the option of being catered for...it really is the perfect place for adventurers to stay.
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Hawes Road, Chapel le Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, The Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 26. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms & a drying room with washing machine. Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AX
Broadrake Bunkbarn offers direct access to the Three Peaks Challenge Walk which can be started from the door. It is an ideal stopover on the Pennine Journey or Dales High Way. This popular accommodation for 20 has an upstairs open-plan living space with excellent self-catering & communal facilities. Perfect for extended family reunions, cyclists, cavers and dark sky enthusiasts. Individuals, couples and small groups welcome mid-week.
Burtersett Road, Hawes, North Yorks, DL8 3NP
Situated in the market town of Hawes in Wensleydale, Chapel Gallery Bunkhouse offers comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests. Book a bed in a dorm, a private room (sleeps 5) or the whole bunkhouse.With The Pennine Way on the doorstep, and easy access to footpaths, bridleways as well as the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks, the bunkhouse is perfect for walkers, cyclists and runners.
Station Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3HZ
Low Mill Outdoor Centre, a not-for-profit charity, lies on the edge of the pretty village of Askrigg in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.With good access to many walks, cycle routes, rivers, climbs and caves it is the perfect base for all types of groups; schools, clubs and friend & family get-togethers.
Murthwaite, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LP
Stay Howgills, a converted stone barn in Ravonstonedale in the rugged Cumbrian Hills. The Barn sleeps 14 in 4 rooms, and the Bothy sleeps 2. Superbly equipped and well heated, guests are sure of a cosy, comfortable stay. Situated down a long farm track with stunning views, perfect for walkers and cyclists. Wainwright’s Pennine Journey passes by and the Pennine Bridleway is close.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9EN
A short drive from Kendal, Dacres Stable Camping Barn is on the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park. On a gated road away from the main A6 it is a perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Eden Valley. Great too for mountain biking, walking, & cycling on quiet tracks and lanes. The camping barn sleeps up to 8 on a sole use, self-catering basis.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel is situated close to Kendal’s town centre. It is available for exclusive hire only and provides comfortable and affordable accommodation for groups of outdoor enthusiasts, friends, and family.Kendal Hostel provides your group with 40 beds in eleven bedrooms, well-equipped self-catering facilities, a large comfy lounge with log burner, secure bike storage, and a drying room. At the gateway to the Lake District National Park, close to the Dales Way and LEJOG.
Kentmere, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JP
You’ll find Maggs Howe Camping Barn in the quiet, unspoilt valley of Kentmere. It’s a ramblers’ paradise with woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional farms & the fells covered with Wainwright walks.There is plenty to do including biking, riding & fishing, as well as quiet enjoyment. Maggs Howe provides B&B in 3 farmhouse rooms and a camping barn (BYO sleeping bag). Breakfast (£8) and suppers (from £14) are available with notice. Dogs need prior permission.
The Dales Way
The Dales Way runs from Ilkley in Yorkshire, following paths through the Yorkshire Dales and the foothills of the South Lake District. Finishing in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. There are hostels and bunkhouses along or near the route, which provide great value accommodation for walkers. The Dales Way guide by Colin Speakman is available from
Skyware and the route is shown on the LDWA website. A detailed account of the route can be found on the Walking Englishman’s website. Photo was taken by Howgills Barn, which provides a welcome for walkers in Sedbergh
The Dales Way is a long distance footpath of 79 miles in the north of England. It follows many riverside paths and offers a rural route with scenic views from urban West Yorkshire to the Lake District.
Accommodation on the route
Grassington Bunkbarn for groups is within a km of the route in Grassington and in nearby Kilnsey, Skirfare Barn (also for groups), is about 2km off the route. Kettlewell Hostel is right on the route in Kettlewell and welcomes individual walkers and groups.
A cosy bunk barn sitting room
Broadrake Barn, 4km off route welcomes individual walkers and groups.
Further along in Sedbergh, the Dalesway passes the doorstep of Howgills Barn which welcomes all walkers.
Howgills Barn on the Dales Way
As the walk reaches the Lake District accommodation is available 4km off the path at Dacres Stable, 4km off the path at Kendal Hostel (currently closed), and 2km off the path at the Lakes District Backpackers in Windermere.
Tips from experienced walkers
There is a train service from Burneside (on the route) to Windermere and Kendal, so Kendal Hostel (currently closed) can be used for the last two nights’ accommodation, to save on carrying luggage on the last day.