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 friendly accommodation for walkers. The Dales Way guide by Colin Speakman is available from Skyware and the route is shown on the LDWA website.
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.
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.
Further along the route is Gauber Bunkbarn, just over 1 mile from the Dales Way track at Gearstones. Gauber Bunk Barn has fully made up comfy beds, a drying room and welcomes individual walkers and groups. They have found that long distance walking guests travel light and look forward to a quiet night relaxing in the bunk barn. So they offer a grocery service for guests, where you can request items a few days prior to arrival and find them at the barn waiting for you. The barn has self catering facilities ready to for you to prepare a meal and lunch for the following day. Gauber bunk barn are also hoping to provide home cooked meals in the near future.
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.
As the walk reaches the Lake District accommodation is available 4km off the path at at Dacres Stable, 4km off the path at Kendal Hostel and 2km off the path at the Lakes District Backpackers in Windermere.
There is a train service from Burneside (on the route) to Windermere and Kendal, so Lake District Backpackers or Kendal Hostel can be used for the last two nights accommodation, to save carrying luggage on the last day.
Accommodation on the Dales Way
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HEKendal Hostel is a family run hostel set in a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal. The well known Brewery Arts Centre is right in front and the town centre is only a stone's throw away. The gateway to the Lake district Kendal has lots to offer its visitors.
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BAHowgills Barn is beautifully renovated self-catering accommodation with Hot Tub in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see & do and set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. Five minute walk to Sedberghs' pubs & cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome.
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AXBroadrake Bunkbarn, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, offers direct access to the Three Peaks Challenge Walk, Wainwright's Pennine Journey & The Dales Highway. Open-plan living space with excellent self-catering & communal facilities. Perfect for celebrations. Small groups welcome, especially mid-week.
High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AFLake District Backpackers is a friendly, cosy hostel in the heart of the holiday town of Windermere. Access to the fells from the door and close to shops, pubs, tourist info, trains and buses. Walking distance from Windermere Lake with steamer trips and boat hire. Maps and guides available.
Spring Croft, Moor Lane, Grassington, BD23 5BDGrassington Bunkbarn is comfortable self catering group accommodation with spectacular views of Wharfedale. Featuring an outside barbecue area and a large locked bike store. Ideal for walking, cycling, climbing, fishing, horse riding, archaeology, bird watching, geology and botany.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9ENDacres Stable comfortably sleeps 8 in great value self-catering accommodation. A short drive from Kendal on the Eastern edge of the Lake District National Park, the farm is on a gated road remote from busy roads. A great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Lakes and Eden Valley.
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3ARThe Old School Bunkhouse provides self catering group accommodation near Ingleton in Yorkshire Dales limestone country. Situated between Ingleborough and Whernside with superb views. Close to the Three Peaks, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, amazing Waterfalls and the best caves in the UK.
Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QUKettlewell Hostel is a stylish independent youth hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. With lovely walks from the front door including Great Whernside and Buckden Pike or the Dales Way. An easy drive to Hawes, Malham or Skipton and world class cycling on the Tour de France Route of 2014.
Kettlewell Rd, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire, BD23 5PTSkirfare Barn, with its stunning backdrop of Upper Wharfedale & Littondale, nestles in the Yorkshire Dales with Kilnsey Crag on the doorstep. Group accommodation in an area famous for walking & cycling with many paths, including the Dales Way. Warm, comfy accommodation for friends or family groups.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JFGauber Bunk Barn is in Yorkshire's Three Peaks country on the path up Pen Y Ghent, close to the Dales Way and Dales High Way. Nearby is Ingleton with it's lido and waterfalls, Ribblehead Viaduct and the Settle to Carlisle railway. This warm comfortable bunkhouse welcomes cavers,cyclists & families.