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.
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. A detailed account of the route can be found on the Walking Englishman’s 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 Bunk Barn, just over 1 mile from the Dales Way track at Gearstones. Gauber Bunk Barn has 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 duvets and towels can be hired and 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. A self service breakfast basket is also available for a small additional fee.
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
Spring Croft, Moor Lane, Grassington, BD23 5BDWith spectacular views of Wharfedale, Grassington Bunkbarn offers comfortable accommodation for individuals and groups. Featuring a well equipped kitchen and a lounge/games area with Freeview TV, WiFi, good mobile signal & a BBQ area. Walking, cycling, climbing, fishing, horse riding, archaeology, bird watching, geology, botany & golf nearby. There's something for everyone.
High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AFIn the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafés and pubs, 2 minutes from the train & bus station and opposite the TIC and tour offices. Easy access to the National Park by the 555 bus, 25 minute walk to the lake with steamer trips and boat hire and access to the fells from our door. Maps and guides available in this friendly, cosy hostel.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HEKendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone's throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 65 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and FREE WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JFIn the heart of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country right on the route between Pen-y-ghent & Whernside & close to the Dales Way, Dales High Way, Pennine Way & Pennine Bridleway. This warm comfortable bunk barn sleeps up to 13 in three bunk rooms. Living room with cosy wood burner, spacious well equipped kitchen & garden with stunning views. Group bookings only at w/ends. Book by the bed or room Sun-Thurs (not b/hols). Dogs & breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also available.
Kettlewell Rd, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire, BD23 5PTSkirfare 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 5QUThe Rose Award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value homemade meals & local beer in our 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.
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BAHowgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self-catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk into Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub available. Five stars on Trip Advisor from over 100 reviews gives a flavour of the quality of the accommodation.
Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AXBroadrake Bunkbarn offers direct access to the Three Peaks Challenge Walk, The Pennine Journey & The 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. Indivudals, couples and small groups welcome mid-week.
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3ARSituated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 28. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms and 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.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9ENA 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 comfortably sleeps 8 on a sole use, self-catering basis.