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4-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Family Walking Adventure

Malhamdale Family Holiday
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4
from £609pp £609pp

Discover a land of moors and dales where drystone walls line tranquil lanes between picturesque villages. Limestone is a dominant feature both above ground in the form of limestone pavements and below ground with enormous caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Walks reach impressive natural features including the huge pothole of Gaping Gill, the imposing cliffs of Malham Cove and the rock chasm of Troller's Gill. There’s the option to take on the challenge of reaching the top of Pen-y-Ghent (2,280 feet) or Simon’s Seat (1,590 feet) for fabulous views over Wharfedale. Walk alongside fastflowing rivers, explore Ingleborough Cave and wander through the cobbled streets of Grassington. Exploring here is the most exciting geography lesson the kids will have ever had!

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT NEWFIELD HALL

  • Play pooh sticks
  • Play fun games such as Bag Beetle
  • Play hide and seek in the woods
  • Make friends with Geoffrey the donkey

 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • Max guests in house: 102
  • Family rooms: 9
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Calton

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: After walking along a quiet country lane, we pass Calton Hall and visit the hamlet of Calton. We then have the chance to cross open fields near Cowper Cote with views to the south, before returning to Newfield Hall.  

Highlight: Enjoy fine views and learn of the areas links to Oliver Cromwell.

Option 2 - Calton & Winterburn

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In summary: This circular walk starts by going past Calton Hall, then exploring the hamlet of Calton. Tracks and field paths lead to the Winterburn Reservoir dam, then on through the hamlet of Winterburn. We return to Newfield Hall via field paths and lanes.

Highlight: Learn how the area has connections to Oliver Cromwell, with the fascinating history of Calton Hall.

Option 3 - Winterburn & Resevoir

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent:  1,000 feet (320m)

In summary: After ascending the road to Calton, we follow field paths to the head of Winterburn Reservoir. We cross tracks and fields then pass the hamlet of Winterburn and make our way back along lanes to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Winterburn Reservoir was built to supply the canal with water and is now a good spot to see a range of birds.

Option 4 - Weets Top and Winterburn

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: After passing through the hamlet of Calton, a steady climb leads over moorland to Weets Top. We then drop down over moor on the Dales High Way to Winterburn Reservoir passing near to the hamlet of Winterburn before continuing across field paths and on lanes to return to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Superb views can be had of the Malham Mastiff as well as the surrounding area from the trig point at Weets Top.


Option 1 - Eshton Moor and Haw Crag

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In summary: This circular walk explores the Pennine Way south before going over Eshton Moor to Haw Crag then rejoining the Pennine Way to return to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Good views of all the local area and the opportunity to  climb Haw Crag (677 feet), which you can see from the house. 

 

Option 2 - Otterburn Beck

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us across fields to Kirk Syke and along lanes to the small village of Otterburn before returning via Bell Busk to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Discover the hidden history of Otterburn, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Option 3 - Otterburn and Wenninber

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: After crossing the fields to Kirk Syke, this walk heads north along the old Green Lane of Kirk Syke Lane before visiting Otterburn. Another Green lane takes us on a loop round Wenningber Hill, before before returning to Newfield Hall via Kendal Hill.

Highlight: The history of Otterburn and the ‘perfect green drumlin’ of Wenningber Hill.

Option 4 - Crayke and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: After starting our walk the same way as option 2 as far as the quarries, we head off to Orms Gill Green where there is an HF Pathways plantation. After crossing Crayke Moor to reach Langber Lane we head for Otterburn over Hellifield Moor and round Wenningber Hill, before ascending Kendal Hill and returning through Bell Busk. 

Highlight: Superb views all round from Hellifield Moor and a glimpse of Ingleborough.


Option 1 - Airton and the Pennine Way

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In Summary: We start out north on the Pennine Way, along the banks of the River Aire. After passing an old mill, we have the chance to walk along the old leat and return via fields and farms to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Spend time watching dippers on the River Aire and visit the 17th century village of Airton. 

Option 2 - Kirkby Malham Circular

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In Summary: This circular walk takes us through the village of Calton before joining the Pennine Way t take us to the medieval church at Kirkby Malham. We then cross open countryside to reach the 17th century village of Airton before returning long the River Aira and Pennine Way.  

Highlight: 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 via the Pennine Way

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside as we walk along the Pennine Way through Malhamdale to reach the village of Malham. We return via the villages of Kirkby Malham and Airton.

Highlight: Enjoy views of Malham Cove, and walk past Aire Head Spring where the river resurges from underground.

Option 4 - Malhamdale Classic

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m) 

In Summary: We walk along the Pennine Way enjoying stunning scenery along Malhamdale to arrive in malham Village. From here we take lanes and paths with views of Malham Cove and then return down Watlowes Valley to the top of Malham Cove. We return by Janet's Foss and the River Aire. 

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the Famous Limestone Pavement and view the fabulous limestone pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Burnsall to Grassington

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Our walk begins at the picturesque village of Burnsall on the River Wharfe. Following the river northwards we come to the impressive Linton Falls. A short ascent brings us into the famous Dales village of Grassington with time to enjoy the play area.

Highlight: Take time to enjoy this relaxing riverside walk, with plenty of time to explore Grassington.

 

Option 2 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We'll then follow the Dales Way along the river, past Linton Falls to Grassington.

HighlightExplore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe.

 

Option 3 - Conistone Dib

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In SummaryA horseshoe walk around Wharfedale. We first head up the western side of the valley past the impressive limestone outcrop of Conistone Dib. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Cornistone Dib, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington.

Highlight: Our walk ends in the traditional Yorkshire village of Grassington with its cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms.

 

Option 4 - Wharfedale Escarpment

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In Summary: Starting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. Our path then follows the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, and the Dales Way to Grassington.

Highlight: You'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. Gaze down on the patchwork of fields from the escarpment above.

 


Option 1 - Ingleton Waterfalls

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent:  500 feet (150m)

In Summary:  A circular woodland walk from Ingleton alongside the Rivers Twiss and Doe. We use a trail which, although steep in places, benefits from steps and walkways past spectacular waterfalls.  

Highlight:  Pass a number of stunning waterfalls, the most impressive of which is Thornton Force.

 

Option 2 - Feizor & Ribble Way

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In Summary: Our route takes us past the hamlet of Feizor before following the River Ribble from the dramatic waterfalls at Stainforth. We follow the river along the Ribble Way to reach the town of Settle.

Highlight: A day exploring the tranquil green landscapes of Ribblesdale, with views of Pen-y-ghent and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway.

 

Option 3 - Above Settle

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent:1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Starting from Settle we take the Ribble Way to Stainforth Force Waterfalls. An ascent on the eastern side of the valley takes us to the Jubilee and Victoria Caves before our descent back to Settle.

Highlight: The inner chamber of Victoria cave was discovered in 1837. the year of Victoria's coronation. Take a torch to explore the first easy section.

 

Option 4 - Pen-y-ghent

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In SummaryAscend to the summit of of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole. We then cross Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton.

Highlight: 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.

 


Option 1 - Bolton Abbey

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In SummaryA pretty walk starting from Barden Bridge we follow the River Wharfe south to the famous Strid and Bolton Abbey.

Highlight:  We'll finish Bolton Abbey with options to paddle in the water at the stepping stones or play games on the grass.

 

Option 2 - The Strid

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)  

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In Summary: Follow the River Wharfe, passing Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge and The Strid, a fast flowing section of the River Wharfe, to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: A great riverside walk with time to play hide and seek in the woods, or pooh sticks in the river.

 

Option 3 - Trollers Gill & River Wharfe

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In SummaryWalk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: 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!

 

Option 4 - Simon's Seat

Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk past Trollers Gill before going on high moor to the superb viewpoint of Simon’s Seat. We cross Barden Fell and through the Valley of Desolation to follow the river to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: The panoramic view from the top of Simon's Seat stretches along Wharfedale - perhaps even as far as the North York Moors on a clear day.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the magnificent Dales' landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Malham Cove - 2 miles
  • Bolton Abbey - 2 miles
  • Kirkby Malham - 3 miles
  • Ingleborough Cave - 3 miles
  • Gordale Scar - 4 miles
  • Around Airton - 4 miles

Some longer walks, including some stretches along the Pennine Way. Experience the true flavour of the Yorkshire Dales as you follow these varied routes.

  • Classic Malham circuit - 5 miles
  • Aire Valley & Haw Crag - 5 miles
  • Bolton Abbey & The Strid - 6 miles
  • Gaping Gill - 6 miles
  • Exploring Malhamdale - 7 miles
  • Exploring Wharfedale - 7 miles
  • Malham's Limestone Highlights - 7 miles
  • Ribblesdale & Catrigg Force - 7 miles

For those who enjoy striding out, or reaching the top of famous peaks. The classic summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Great Whernside are among the region's highlights.

  • Great Whernside - 7 miles
  • Along the Pennine Way to Malham - 8 miles
  • Pen-y-Ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale - 7 miles
  • Settle & Scalebar Force - 7 miles
  • Simon's Seat - 9 miles
  • Malham, Gordale & Malham Tarn - 10 miles
  • Buckden Pike Circular - 11 miles
  • Ingleborough & Gaping Gill - 11 miles

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Southern Yorkshire Dales Family Walking Itinerary Map

Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted Courtyard rooms, which have been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Newfield Hall is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to locally sourced river trout, served with wild garlic oil and sautéed samphire, enjoy Yorkshire lamb three ways or try the Yorkshire tea and smoked Wensleydale souffle with wild mushrooms. Cap it all with a trio of Yorkshire parkin, Yorkshire pudding and Yorvdale dairy ice cream for a feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Newfield Hall

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
09 Aug - 13 Aug
4 Guided Family Walks £609 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
23 Aug - 27 Aug
4 Guided Family Walks £609 Available Trip Notes Enquire
25 Oct - 29 Oct
4 Guided Family Walks £609 Available Trip Notes Enquire

Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places per full paying adult. Child price up to 17 years. Sole occupancy charges may apply. Family rooms are subject to availability.

Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1, 2 & 3

4 nights from £609pp £609pp

Under 18s GO FREE

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