St Alkelda’s Way – Giggleswick to Middleham – 33 miles, 3 days. Walk through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, following a Roman pathway that St Alkelda must have taken on her journeys between Middleham and Giggleswick in the late 9th – early 10th-century. Part of the walk is hilly, but most of it is less strenuous.
St Alkelda is a local 9th or early 10th century Yorkshire Dales saint who is closely associated with two ancient and lovely churches with Anglo-Saxon origins, the church of St Mary and St Alkelda, at Middleham in Wensleydale, and St Alkelda, Giggleswick in Ribblesdale. Alkelda is remembered in these two localities as a saintly lady famous for her use of nearby holy wells for the baptism of converts and for her martyrdom at the hands of Danish women.