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Boots & Beer Walking Weekender - Yorkshire Dales

9th - 11th September 2022
Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

We’re back at Hawes…. where the Boots and Beer Walking Festival began 20 years ago! This lovely small market town is situated right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, encircled by heather-clad fells, limestone scars, a myriad of drystone walls, pretty villages and spectacular waterfalls. This really is fantastic walking country, and the pubs are great too! Hawes is also the ‘home’ of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese (a visit to the creamery is a must) and boasts one of the country’s last working ropemakers.

The Fountain Hotel is family-run pub in the heart of Hawes, with a fine range of local ales.

Mark Reid has written several books about the Yorkshire Dales, including The Inn Way... to the Yorkshire Dales, and so knows the surrounding fells, hills and dales like the back of his hand.

Walking Weekender based from: Fountain Hotel, Hawes
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Evening entertainment

Friday evening (9pm) - Meet at the Fountain Hotel for our 'icebreaker' pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.

Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening - you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.

Saturday evening (7:45pm) - Meal at the Fountain Hotel (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.

Weekend Walks

There will be a choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Graeme Tiffany (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening 'icebreaker', where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.

Saturday (9:30am) - choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the dales, fells, hills and moors of Wensleydale. Routes may include the villages of Sedbusk, Hardraw, Gayle, Burtersett and Bainbridge, as well as the fells of Drumaldrace, Yorburgh, Dodd Fell and Stags Fell. We may visit the glacial lake of Semer Water and the side-valleys of Raydale, Cotterdale and Sleddale, not to mention the waterfalls of Hardraw Force, Aysgill Force and Cotter Force – there’s so much to see! Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.

Sunday (10am)
- choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with lower level valley and hills routes. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!

Choice of walks: We will offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a 'full day' from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a 'half day' from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer 'longer' or 'shorter' routes after lunch.

Hawes facilities & accommodation

How to get to Hawes
Hawes is situated along the A684 between Sedbergh and Leyburn in the heart of Wensleydale. The nearest train station is at Garsdale Head (bus service).

Hawes offers plenty of facilities including four pubs, hotels, several B&Bs, Youth Hostel, various shops, cafes and restaurants, fish & chip shop, small supermarket, Wensleydale Creamery and a National Park Information Centre. 

For accommodation suggestions, please visit our TeamWalking website


ONLY £80 per person for the Walking Weekender

What's included
  • Friday Night 'icebreaker' evening at the pub

  • Choice of guided walks on Saturday and Sunday

  • Walks guided by qualified & knowledgeable Mountain Leaders

  • Saturday evening Pub QuIz Night

  • Use of our Outdoor Gear if required

  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward Scheme more info

  • Goodie Bag

  • Boots & Beer technical T-shirt (new colour each year!) 

Please provide your own travel, food and accommodation for the weekend, as well as your own walking boots. Over 18s only - Walking Weekenders are designed for adults. Discount vouchers issued at the weekend.

Experience & fitness:
  • No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given

  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, fells, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical day's walk across the Yorkshire Dales!

  • We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.

  • We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders.

  • So far, we have taken over 13,500 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.

  • Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.

  • Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Consent Form

The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 8 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 8 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day's walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).