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5-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holiday

Quaint old stone barns surrounded by dry stone walls enclosing green fields on the gently rolling hills in Swaledale in the …
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £589pp £524pp

We are all well-versed in ‘leaving no trace’ but now we invite you to join us in taking it to the next level with our new Tread Lightly walks. We have pulled together a series of spectacular walks which do not use transport, reducing our carbon footprint while still exploring the best landscapes that the Western Yorkshire Dales have to offer. You will still enjoy the choice of three top-quality walks of different grades as well as the warm welcome of a HF country house, all with the added peace of mind that you are doing your part in protecting our incredible British countryside. Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales lies the hidden beauty of the Howgill Fells. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas, all of which can be enjoyed on our Guided Walking holidays.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy breath-taking walks from the doors of our country house
  • Visit Farfield Mill, a lovingly restored Victorian woollen mill
  • Explore the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills
  • Discover the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where you can explore the speciality shops, pubs and tearooms

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 4 days guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: Explore the green valleys around Sedbergh on this circular walk. We'll head through the fields onto the lower slopes of the Howgills, then return beside the River Rawthey. 

Highlight: Towards the end of the walk we'll stop at Farfield Mill. This lovingly restored Victorian woollen mill that now hosts a heritage centre.

Option 2 - Over the Howgills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (580m)

In summary: This circular walk from Sedbergh ascends to the summit of Arant Haw in the Howgill Fells. We then descend over the Nab to join the Dales Way and return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 

Highlight: An opportunity to get high onto the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills. 

Option 3 - The Calf

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

In summary: After a valley walk along the Rawthey Valley we'll ascend steeply past the Cautley Spout waterfall onto the Howgill Fells. We'll head to The Calf, the highest point of the Howgills, before a glorious descent along the ridge to Sedbergh. 

Highlight: The classic Howgills walk where you'll get to experience this stunning landscape and soak up the views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. 

Option 1 - Lune Valley

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryStarting high in the fells beside Barbon Beck we'll descend to the Lune Valley below and visit the villages of Barbon and Casterton on the way to Kirkby Lonsdale. 

HighlightThe walk ends in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where you can explore the speciality shops, pubs and tearooms. 


Option 2 - Casterton Fell

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryWalk from Barbon in the Lune Valley over Hogs Hill and Casterton Fell to Kirkby Lonsdale. 

Highlight: We'll approach Kirkby Lonsdale over the Devil's Bridge where the fine river and fell views inspired Turner’s painting and prompted John Ruskin to describe the scenery as some of the loveliest in Europe.   


Option 3 - Middleton Fell

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 2,200 feet (660m) 

In SummaryWalk over the long grassy ridge of Middleton Fell on our walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley to Sedbergh. 

HighlightEnjoy great views over the Lune Valley to the Howgill Fell and the Lake District Mountains as we enjoy this peaceful upland scenery.



Option 1 - Keld and Muker

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In SummaryDiscover the delightful upper reaches of Swaledale. We'll follow the valley from Thwaite to Keld, returning past the waterfall of East Gill Force and the centuries-old lead mine at Crackpot Hall. 

HighlightThe small villages of Keld and Muker have a timeless quality with their traditional farms and historic churches. 


Option 2 - Upper Swaledale

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In SummaryWalk over Black Hill between Thwaite and Keld, then follow the upper Swale valley to Muker, finishing along a spectacular terrace above the river. 

HighlightThe upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages. 


Option 3 - Great Shunner Fell

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m) 

In SummaryCross the hills from Wensleydale to Swaledale. Our highest point is the summit of Great Shunner Fell, from where we descend following the Pennine Way to the village of Muker. 

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view over the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District fells in the distance. 


Option 1 - Along Dentdale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In SummaryFollow the Dales Way along Dentdale from the village of Dent to Sedbergh. Our route follows the River Dee for most of the day before a gentle ascent over the hill to Sedbergh. 

HighlightWe'll explore the small village of Dent, peacefully situated at the head of the valley, and discover the story of its 'terrible knitters.' 


Option 2 - Aye Gill Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In SummaryWalk high on the moors above above Dentdale to Rise Hill and Aye Gill Pike. Our route then descends gradually along the grassy ridge to Sedbergh. 

HighlightEnjoy the panoramic views over Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells as you descend from Aye Gill Pike.


Option 3 - Whernside

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryAscend from Dentdale onto the lofty summit of Whernside. We descend by Deepdale and follow the River Dee into Dent.  

HighlightWhernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks with excellent views of the Pennines, the Lake District and the Ribblehead Viaduct.



Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 

Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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24 May - 29 May 2021
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Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
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