Georgygirl

Not sure whether you have been or still planning

As we were going to have a week in the lakes after the dalesway we drove to Kendal, left car in hotel and our luggage carriers took us to the start at Ilkley

as you will have seen from previous link The Buck Inn at Buckden was terrible when we stayed in June, things may have changed but there are a few cheaper B+B nearby

We also stayed at The Manor House in Burnsall, good room, although we didn't eat there we were told the evening meal is worth the money. Pub nearby and the B+B take care of your wet gear.

Station Inn, Ribble Head. OK if you are stuck for other places to stay.

Dalesman Inn, Sedbergh. Great room and food

From here we went to Burneside but stayed a few miles down the road in Kendal from where we completed the last day getting out of Bowness as quickly as possible returning to Kendal for a night of pampering, massage and pedicure before heading off into the lakes.

Hotel in Kendal, Castle Green Hotel. wasn't cheap but cannot recommend enough, great staff, food, pool, spa