Southern Yorkshire Dales Spring & Winter Walking Holiday

Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season


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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.

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From £294.00 - 3 to 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Always available and helpful, always with a smile, the staff ‘nail it’. It was a very special weekend.

Paul Steel: The Bald Hiker travel blogger

Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Yorkshire Dales - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

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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.


'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


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.


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


Discover the Yorkshire Dales on Foot

Explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - including gentle walks along the green valleys of Wharfedale and Ribblesdale, as well as opportunities to climb to the summits of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
  • We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Newfield Hall

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

Malham Moor, Tarn & Cove - 2019 Walks

Available on: 5 Nov 2019, 12 Nov 2019, 19 Nov 2019, 26 Nov 2019

Option 1: Malham Cove

Rock ampitheatre of Malham Cove

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Visit Janet’s Foss waterfall the impressive Gordale Scar before returning to Malham. Our afternoon walk takes in Malham Cove and the Watlowes dry river valley.

Don’t miss: Explore the geological wonders of Malhamdale and its textbook collection of limestone pavements, dry valleys and sinkholes.

Option 2: Exploring Malham

Watlowes dry valley

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our morning walk takes us to Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. After lunch we'll head onto the moorland above the village to view Malham Tarn and the famous Cove.

Don’t miss: The huge natural ampitheatre of Malham Cove is always an impressive sight. Discover the river emerging from the base of the cliff, and watch rock climbers scaling the sheer face.

Option 3: Limestone above Malham

Limestone pavement at Malham Cove

Distance:  miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk via Janet’s Foss waterfall to view Gordale Scar before heading onto Malham Moor. We skirt Malham Tarn before gradually ascending to our high point of the day, Nappa Cross. Descending via the limestone tops of Malham Cove we reach the village of Malham where we end our walk.

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

The Dales Way through Wharfedale - 2019 Walks

Available on: 6 Nov 2019, 13 Nov 2019, 20 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2019

Option 1: Linton to Grassington

Waterfalls at Linton

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the pretty village of Linton through the tranquil countryside of Wharfedale to the village of Hebden. After lunch we'll continue along the Dales Way, past Linton Falls to picturesque Grassington.

Don’t miss: There is ample time to explore the cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms of Grassington; a traditional Yorkshire village. 

Option 2: Villages of Wharfedale

Green scenery around the village of Burnsall

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. Taking the Dales Way, we lunch in Hebden before continuing our walk past Linton Falls to Grassington.

Don’t miss: Explore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. 

Option 3: Wharfedale and the Dales Way

Walking above Kettlewell

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Kettlewell. Our path then follows the Dales Way to Grassington.

Don’t miss: You'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. 

Chapel-le-Dale - 2019 Walks

Available on: 7 Nov 2019, 14 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019, 28 Nov 2019

Option 1: Chapel-le-Dale

Ribblehead viaduct on Settle to Calisle Railway

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting near the impressive 142 year old, 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, our walk leads us through wildly beautiful landscape between the mountains of Ingleborough and Whernside.

Don’t miss: Lunch is at the remote Old Hill Inn, an ancient and cosy former drover’s inn nestling above the tiny village of Chapel-le-Dale. The pub was much favoured by Winston Churchill when he was hunting and shooting in the area.

Option 2: Beneath Ingleborough

Walkers below Whernside

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy wide views over upper Ribblesdale as we walk via Great Douk Cave to the Old Hill Inn. In the afternoon we cross the lower slopes of Whernside to Ribblehead viaduct.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the open limestone scenery in an area abounding with features of geological interest between the famed Yorkshire ‘three peaks’ of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Option 3: Pen-Y-Ghent

Cotswold scenery

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the summit of of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole. We then follow the ridge to Plover Hill, then continue along the Pennine Way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Don’t miss: The famous three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside dominate the landscape. There's a great views and a real sense of achievement when you reach the top.

Airton & the River Aire - 2019 Walks

Available on: 9 Nov 2019, 16 Nov 2019, 23 Nov 2019

Option 1: Beside the River Aire

View over Kirkby Malham village

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

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. After lunch 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 2: Exploring Malhamdale

Victoria Inn at Kirkby Malham

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

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.

Option 3: Weets Top

Countryside abpve Malham

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: We leave Newfield Hall and follow Foss Gill, before heading across Calton Moor to reach the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend to Malham, before returning alongside the River Aire via Kirkby Malham..   

Don’t miss: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale as you gaze down from Weets Top over Gordale Scar and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.

Upper Wharfedale and Kettlewell - 2019 Walks

Available on: 10 Nov 2019, 17 Nov 2019, 24 Nov 2019

Option 1: Upper Wharfedale

Kettlewell church

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the River Wharfe upstream to Hubberholme and its ancient church. We then follow the Dales Way along the valley to Kettlewell, walking beside the River Wharfe for much of our journey.

Don’t miss: Go mouse hunting at Hubbberholme church! There's at least 20 wooden carvings to find on the 16th Century furniture.

Option 2: Views along Wharfedale

Walking above KettlewellDistance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk around the head of Wharfedale passing Buckden Rake, Cray Gill and Hubberholme church. We then head south along the valley to Kettlewell, following an elevated path with extensive views down the dale.

Don’t miss: Discover delightful Upper Wharfedale - a landscape of unspoilt pastures and timeless villages. 

Option 3: Buckden Pike

Summit of Buckden Pike


Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk around the head of Wharfedale, then ascend onto the moors above to the summit of Buckden Pike. Having descended we'll follow the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe for the last couple of miles to Kettlewell.

Don’t miss: The views from the top are breathtaking the panorama stretches from Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent to the west to the Cleveland hills in the east.

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.




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.



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.


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.


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.

Brimham Rocks
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall.

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.

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.

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. or




Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler


Travel to Newfield Hall

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station.  For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

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 railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton railway station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.

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 £14 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.

There is free parking with the grounds of Newfield Hall.

 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. 

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 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 for train times.


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4 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 4 £435.00 £375.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
8 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Autumn TOP OFFER Book Now
8 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 3 £339.00 £294.00 Save £45 Per Person Book Now
11 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 4 £435.00 £375.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
15 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 3 £339.00 £294.00 Save £45 Per Person Book Now
15 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Autumn TOP OFFER Book Now
18 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 4 £435.00 £375.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
22 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 3 £339.00 £294.00 Save £45 Per Person Book Now
22 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 7 £725.00 £625.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Autumn TOP OFFER Book Now
25 Nov 2019 MDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Malhamdale 4 £435.00 £375.00 Save £60 Per Person Book Now

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