Southern Yorkshire Dales Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Yorkshire Dales on foot

Code: MDBEW

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

More about difficulty levels

From £335.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Yorkshire Dales. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Renowned for its warm welcomes and wonderful walks, the Yorkshire Dales will charm you with its choice of landscapes. Whether you’re seeking solitude and wilderness or the charm of cobbled streets in the quaint villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, the quiet homely beauty of the Yorkshire Dales will have you hooked.

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Newfield Hall in Malhamdale

Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.

Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Ballroom
  • Multi-purpose activity room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Heated indoor swimming pool 
  • Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of Malhamdale fruit board an option with your HF dinnerAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

More details on Malhamdale accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Yorkshire Dales. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Malham Cove

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Bolton Abbey

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Walkers at Sedbergh

 Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Through Ribblesdale to Settle

Available on: 20 Jul 2019

Option 1: Ribble Valley Wander

Dales High Way - Packhorse Bridge at Stainforth built in 1675

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: Visit the fascinating Hoffman brick kilns then walk below the limestone crags of Stainforth Scar. We visit the dramatic Stainforth Force before enjoying the pleasant riverside path back to the picturesque town of Settle.

Don’t miss: The Hoffman Kiln, an industrial scale lime kiln which was constructed for the Craven Lime Company in 1873.

Option 2: Ribblesdale 

Stainforth Force waterfall

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the attractive village of Langcliffe before heading north to Catrigg Force and the villlage of Stainforth. We shall visit the Hoffman lime kiln and follow the River Ribble past Stainforth Force to Settle.

Don’t miss: Settle is a picturesque market town, first chartered in 1249 and famous for the Settle-Carlisle railway.

Option 3: Above Settle 

None

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from Settle visits the Hoffman lime kiln near Stainforth. We then ascend to Catrigg Force and walk across the higher moorland fells, before returning to Settle.  

Don’t miss: Catrigg Force waterfall is a real hidden gem, situated in a deep wooded ravine.


Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove

Available on: 21 Jul 2019

Option 1: Janet's Foss & Malham   

Two walkers att Malham CoveDistance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: We leave Malham and cross National Trust land to Janet's Foss. A gentle walk takes us up to the magnificent  Malham Cove, before walking back to Malham.

Don’t miss: Malham cove is truly spectacular. Look out for peregrine falcons nesting on the cliffs, and the river emerging from the base of the cove.

Option 2: Around Malham                             

Group of 4 walkers at Malham Cove

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: See the key sights of Malham including Janet's Foss waterfall and Goredale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove.

Don’t miss: A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.

Option 3: Malham Moor                                 

None

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk via Janet’s Foss waterfall to view Gordale Scar before heading onto Malham Moor. We reach a high point at Nappa Cross and complete our circular walk in Malham village. 

Don’t miss: Step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale.


Airton and the River Aire

Available on: 23 Jul 2019

Option 1: Introduction to Malhamdale 

MD Swaledale sheep and lamb

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (80m)

The walk in a nutshell: We explore the pleasant lanes and footpaths of Malhamdale, following a section of the Pennine Way beside the River Aire and passing the 18th century Airton Mill.

Don’t miss: Airton mill was used for the manufacture of 'Dettol' during the Second World War.

Option 2: Kirkby Malham & the River Aire

View over Kirkby Malham village

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our circular walk from Newfield Hall takes us to historic Airton village before continuing along the valley to Kirkby Malham. In the afternoon we'll return along the Pennine Way beside the River Aire.

Don’t miss: Discover plenty of historical interest including an 18th Century watermill, the 'Cathedral of the Dales’ at Kirkby Malham and the curious story of a watery grave! 

Option 3: Malham & River Aire

View of Malhamdale from the Cove

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the beautiful countryside of the Aire Valley as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham.

Don’t miss: Enjoy views of Malham Cove, and walk past Aire Head Spring where the river resurges from underground.


Wharfedale and Bolton Abbey

Available on: 24 Jul 2019

Option 1: Barden Tower to Bolton Abbey

Barden Tower Yorkshire

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Barden Tower we follow the Dales Way over fields to reach the River Wharfe.  We follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey

Don’t miss: Barden Tower was one of six hunting lodges and the principle seat of administration for Barden hunting forest. Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord, rebuilt the hunting lodge in the late 15th century and made it his principle residence. 

Option 2: Beside the Wharfe

The ruins of Bolton Abbey

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along Wharfedale from Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey. Our route never strays far from the river and passes Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge, and The Strid.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends beneath the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century Augutinian monastery.

Option 3: Trollers Gill & River Wharfe

River Wharfe at The Strid

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey. 

Don’t miss: The Strid is a dramatic stretch of the river where the channel is forced into a narrow chasm. The name supposedly derives from being able to 'stride' across. Please don't try this - it's wider than it looks!


Clapham, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough

Available on: 25 Jul 2019

Option 1: Clapham Beck and Ingleborough Cave 

Inside Ingleborough CaveDistance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: We walk from the traditional Dales village of Clapham, passing through the Ingleborough Estate, to Ingleborough Cave. We then cross the beck and return to the village where there will be time to enjoy coffee and cake in the village.  

Don’t miss: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Option 2: Gaping Gill

Entrance to Ingleborough Cave

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, to Ingleborough Cave,and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill.

Don’t miss: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Option 3: Norber

Gaping Gill pot hole

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Clapham we head for Norber and onto Thwaite Scars, with views of the Crummackdale, this walk peaks at Gaping Gill. We return through the Ingleborough estate and passed Ingleborough Cave before returning to the village of Clapham.

Don’t miss: The boulder field of glacial erratics at Norber, plus the impressive Gaping Gill. 

Local area

Discover the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.

Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.

During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Two walkers beneath Malham CoveMalham Cove
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.

 

 

Stone entrance to Skipton CastleSkipton
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

 

 

 

Exterior of Bronte Parsonage in HaworthBrontë Parsonage
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk

 

 

Black steam locomotive hauling trainKeighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk

 

Appleby stationSettle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

 

Ruins of Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.

 

 

White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk

Brimham Rocks
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

Harrogate
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.

Lightwater Valley
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

 

 

 

Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler

Travel

Travel to Malhamdale

Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Skipton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. pre-booked taxis cost approx £15 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.

From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to  London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
19 Jul 2019 MDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Malhamdale 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
19 Jul 2019 MDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Malhamdale 7 £879.00 £879.00 Book Now
22 Jul 2019 MDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Malhamdale 4 £529.00 £529.00 Book Now

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