The Devonshire Hotel, one of two award-winning inns with rooms at Grassington along The Ales Trail
The Ales Way – Wharfedale’s own Ale Trail takes in 15 of Yorkshire’s finest inns, most of which are easily reached along the Pride of the Dales bus service. Order a pint of Wharfedale Best, Blonde or Black in any of the 15 pubs on the trail and receive a special stamp. If you collect 10 stamps you’ll receive a free Ales Way T-Shirt, plus your name will be entered into the ‘Hall of Fame’ and appear on The Ales Way website. If you visit all 15 of the inns you’ll be the lucky recipient of a souvenir box set with two bottles of beer and a branded pint glass.
The Ales Way – Route & Inns along Wharfedale’s Ale Trail
The route of Wharfedale’s new Ales Way will stretch from Ben Rhydding to Hubberholme, and will include the home of the Wharfedale Brewery, The Flying Duck in Ilkley. Amongst the 15 inns are some of Yorkshire’s most iconic pubs including The Craven Arms at Appletreewick near Skipton, The Devonshire Hotel at Grassington and The George Inn at Hubberholme, a gem of an old inn overlooking the river Wharfe with mullioned windows, flagged floors and stone walls. Visit The Ales Way website for a full list of all 15 real ale gems many of which offer accommodation.
Use Pride of the Dales Bus Services
Pride of the Dales bus services pass all but two of the pubs along The Ale Trail and they operate from Monday to Saturday between Ilkley, Skipton and Grassington, and from here on to Buckden via a circular route between Grassington and Hebden. The two inns not featuring directly along the bus route are easily reached by other means. The award-winning Wheatley Arms is within walking distance (around 15 minutes) of Ben Rhydding station and The George Inn at Hubberholme is about a 20 minute gentle walk along the Dales Way from Buckden which is a stop off point on the bus service route.
Where to Stay
Stay in one of the inns along the Ales Way - many of these award-winners feature in-house accommodation. Or if you're dipping into the Ales Way on your Yorkshire Dales holiday browse and book from our selection below featuring a superb choice of Yorkshire Dales cottages and B&Bs around top spots along the Ale Trail including Buckden, Appletreewick, Grassington, Kettlewell and Hubberholme.
Yorkshire Dales Ale Trail Links
Accommodation in Grassington
(0.4 miles from the centre of Grassington)
Per person per night B&B
Rating from 61 reviews
Winter warmer breaks 3 nights only £85 per person
Yorkshire Dales farmhouse B&B, 10 minutes' walk from Grassington centre. Lounge with open fire, riverside garden, WiFi, free fishing & parking.
(1.5 miles from the centre of Grassington)
Double Room, per night B&B.
Rating from 88 reviews
Country barn B&B in the Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for couples who enjoy walking and cycling. Two double rooms. Tasty breakfasts. Evening meals. Free parking, Wi-Fi and bike storage.
(0.1 miles from the centre of Grassington)
per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4
Grassington cottage gem in the heart of the village with 2 bedrooms, a country cottage style kitchen, parking and shed storage. Ideal for festivals & Tour De France route. Sleeps 4
Accommodation in Ilkley
(5.1 miles from the centre of Ilkley)
Per week (seasonal) Sleeping 2
Rating from 6 reviews
Affordable luxury 200 year old cottages near Otley & Harrogate on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Cosy log fires, private gardens, catering service and parking. Free Wi-Fi
(0.2 miles from the centre of Ilkley)
Prices charged on a per single
Rating from 197 reviews
The Dalesway is situated right in the heart of the pretty spa town of Ilkley. It offers a bar and restaurant.
(0.4 miles from the centre of Ilkley)
Per Week (Seasonal) sleeps 6
Rating from 5 reviews
Gold Award-winning 4 Star cottage in Ilkley on the edge of Ilkley Moor ideal for families with 3 bedrooms & a fenced garden. Leisure facilities, Wi-Fi service, dog friendly.
Accommodation in Skipton
(0.9 miles from the centre of Skipton)
Per room, per night
Rating from 178 reviews
Newly refurbished Skipton hotel with ensuite double & family guest rooms. Free Car Parking, 30 minutes of initial free Wi-Fi, nearby food outlets. Family friendly. Pets accepted.
(2.2 miles from the centre of Skipton)
Per person per night (2 sharing)
Rating from 14 reviews
Beautiful Yorkshire Bed & Breakfast, close to many walks & cycle rides in Skipton, known for breeding & training sheep dogs. Free parking and WIFI. Locally sourced breakfast.
(0.4 miles from the centre of Skipton)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
Grade II listed cottage / Four poster bed
Accommodation near Buckden - North Yorkshire
(3.5 miles from the centre of Buckden - North Yorkshire)
Per week (sleeps 4)
An idyllic Yorkshire self catering holiday cottage in Kettlewell situated in the heart of the village in the magnificent Yorkshire Dales. Pets welcome. Sleeps up to 4 people
(2.9 miles from the centre of Buckden - North Yorkshire)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2
Contemporary cottage on the Yorkshire Dales with four poster bedroom, luxury bathroom with double-ended bath, fitted kitchen and shared use of indoor pool. Pet friendly.
(3.3 miles from the centre of Buckden - North Yorkshire)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
Ideal for walking from the door, cycling and touring the Dales