The Herriot Way
The Herriot Way is a 4 day, approx 52 mile walk in Swaledale and Wensleydale. Inspired by a walk first described by James Herriot, the famous dales vet. The Herriot Way is a circular walk that traditionally starts and ends in Aysgarth in Wensleydale however as I live in Keld in Swaledale, I wanted to start and finish in my own back yard!
Walking the Herriot Way
Day 1: Keld to Reeth - 12 miles
|Plenty of stiles!|
|Taking a break and taking in the Swaledale scenery.|
Day 2: Reeth to Aysgarth via Castle Bolton - 14 miles
|Dropping over the top into Wensleydale.|
In comparison to the other three days on the Herriot Way the walk from Aysgarth to Hawes is a pleasant ramble taking in several lovely dales villages. Askrigg was the first we came to. Askrigg will be forever immortalised as the village of Darrowby in the original tv series of All Creatures Great & Small, home of the fictitious vet James Herriot. The building that was used as the Farnon & Herriot residence and veterinary practice is still there with the name Skeldale House etched above the front door. The Kings Arms Hotel was used extensively as the Drovers. The walls in the bar proudly display photographs of the stars during filming of this iconic and much loved BBC television series that brought the James Herriot stories and the Yorkshire Dales to millions of front rooms on a Sunday evening in the 1970s and 80s.
The walk from Hawes to Keld over Great Shunner Fell, Yorkshire's third highest mountain, was always going to be the hardest day. We were however blessed with the most glorious weather. It was tough walking as the sun beamed down on the steep slopes but at each break for breath the views behind were breathtaking.