YORKSHIRE is truly a place to breathe in the extraordinary natural beauty of the British countryside and rub shoulders with thousands of years of history.
This year The Wayfarers’ Yorkshire Walk coincides with the 60 th anniversary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Windswept and wild or tranquil and pastoral, stone-built villages sit amid traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich pasture meadows.
Yellowstone in the United States was the world’s first National Park, created in 1870 when the government saw the need to protect wilderness areas from exploitation and make them available for everyone to enjoy.
It took the British a while to catch up and the Dales National Park was designated in 1954 in recognition of its breathtaking natural beauty, the diversity of its wildlife habitats, its rich cultural heritage and its fantastic opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Covering some 680 square miles, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a living, working environment and is home to 20,000 people. It contains 903 miles of footpaths, 384 miles of bridleways and 5,400 miles of drystone walls.
Walk highlights will take The Wayfarers’ guests on unforgettable hikes from ancient forests to ruined castles and bustling market towns via cascading waterfalls and roads built by Roman invaders.
- Visit the magnificent Castle Bolton where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned
- Follow the Pennine Way to see England’s longest single drop waterfall
- Visit charming unspoiled villages and haunted ruins
- Sup a pint of ale in TV vet James Herriot’s favorite watering hole
As part of the celebrations for the Dales National Park 60 th anniversary there are two signed copies of a lavishly illustrated book to be won in The Wayfarers’ competition. To be
in with a chance of winning author Colin Speakman’s evocative tribute ‘The Yorkshire Dales National Park – A Celebration of 60 years’, visit The Wayfarers Walking Vacations Facebook page by the end of June at http://a.pgtb.me/cW7M91
Yorkshire – the Fells and Dales of James Herriot country. June 8-14 and September 7-13, 2014. Walk level 2. Nine to 12 miles walking per day through countryside, woodland, valleys and well-defined moorland paths. Six nights all-inclusive price: US$3,995 a person based on two sharing. More information: http://bit.ly/1nrMZdv
Coast to Coast – across the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to the sea. May 31-June 7, September 13-20 and October 4-11, 2014. Walk level 5. 12 to 15 miles walking per day on well laid-out pathways with some brisk hills. Seven nights all-inclusive price in US$4,295 a person, based on two sharing. More information http://bit.ly/1kRnVsT
USA, and a barging/walk combination in Burgundy, France.
Wayfarers Walks offer exclusive entrees into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. Price per person is all-inclusive from Day One: including all transfers, hotel accommodation, full board plus twice daily snacks, wine with dinner, tips, entrance tickets, maps and postcards.
The Wayfarers is a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com , dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and supporting local economies.
The Wayfarers Walk Away Guide explains the benefits and practicalities of walking vacations and is guaranteed to inspire new walkers. Available free of charge at http://www.thewayfarers.com/walkawayguide