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James Herriot Way NEW FOR 2016

To mark the centenary of the beloved James Herriot’s birth, in 2016 we launch a new trip in the Yorkshire Dales: a six-day version of the James Herriot Way. This walking route is considered by many as ‘the best short long-distance walk in the UK’.

 

The Late James Herriot (James Alfred Wight) in the Yorkshire Dales


The 50-mile circular walk is designed to take in some of the countryside that James Alfred Wight, the vet who wrote about his experiences in the Yorkshire Dales under pseudonym James Herriot, was so fond of. Born in Sunderland in 1916, his books featured stories about animals and their owners and became extremely popular in the 1970s-80s. Even spawning a film adaptation and a long-running television series, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’*.

 

Blakesmith Smelt Mine on Sherpa Expedition's James Herriot Way walk

 

Thwaite in the Yorkshire Dales on the James Herriot Way walk with Sherpa Expeditions

 

James Herriot Way NEW FOR 2016

6 days, daily self-guided departures from April to October 

This active holiday is an introduction to long-distance walking in Britain. You walk through the Yorkshire Dales, which have often been coined as ‘God’s Own Country’. Here are some reasons why we believe this trail makes for such a special walking holiday:

  • A beautiful 50-mile circular walk threading its way around the emerald valleys of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Apedale and over the mountains and moorlands in between
  • A bountiful landscape, encompassing sleepy rivers punctuated by jolly cascades and limestone escarpments, fields stocked with sheep and cows 
  • Take in classic English countryside, with high moors that bristle with heather, sedge, bracken and bilberry
  • Discover attractive local villages (small but not sleepy!), bustling with farm and estate workers, tradesmen and walkers
  • Stop at the green edged village of Reeth, whose tea shops and pubs reflect the times when lead mining was the key economic drive to the  area
  • Easily followed paths, often along parts of the longer ‘Pennine Way’ and ‘Coast to Coast’ trails
  • Cosy accommodation throughout, including B&Bs, traditional inns, rural guesthouses and small hotels


View the new James Herriot Way trip here for more information and the exact travel period. 


*The TV series All Creatures Great and Small is said to be getting a remake by HBO. 

Photo of James Herriot, copyright by his son Jim Wight via The Telegraph.

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