6-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Gentle Walking Holiday

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Duration: 6 nights

Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales lies the hidden beauty of the Howgills Fells. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the charming Western Yorkshire Dales and the hidden beauty of the Howgills Fells
  • Discover the high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas
  • Let your leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy the evenings in our country house where you can relax and re-live the days adventures

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; 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Option 1 - Beside the River Rawthey

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

Descent: 500 feet (160m) 

In SummaryA circular walk along the River Rawthey and around field paths with great views and past the arts and heritage craft centre at Farfield Mill. 

HighlightsThe big views easily obtained across to the Howgills from the hills we skirt above the river Rawthey basin.

Option 2 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

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

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


Option 3 - Over the Howgills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In SummaryThis 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. 

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


Option 1 - Cotter Force to Hawes

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

In SummaryA wander around the dales taking in two beautiful and contrasting waterfalls before finishing in the market town of Hawes. 

HighlightsThe single spout of Hardraw Force pouring out of a fissure in the Limestone is an impressive sight. 


Option 2 - Wensleydale Highlights

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We'll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop in England at 100ft (small cost to view). 

Highlights: Askrigg is a quintessential Dales village that found fame as the location of TV’s All Creatures Great and Small. 


Option 3 - Semer Water

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In SummaryExplore the rolling hills to the south of Wensleydale. Our route visits Semer Water, Yorkshire’s only true natural lake, then climbs over the ridge to Hawes.

Highlights: The walk ends in Hawes where you can sample the valley's most famous product - delicious Wensleydale cheese. 


Discover more about Thorns Hall and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 

Option 1 - Wain Wath Force

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (120m) 

In Summary: From wain wath force, we follow the River Swale below the summit of Kisdon to Muker, a small village on the site of a settlement dating back to Viking times. 

HighlightsExploring the quaint village of Muker with an art gallery, craft shop as well as a pub and tea rooms. 


Option 2 - Keld and Muker

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In Summary: Discover 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. 

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

Option 3 - Upper Swaledale

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

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

Highlights: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.

Option 1 - Cowgill to Dent along the Dales Way

Distance: 4.2miles (6.7km)

Ascent: 240 feet (75m)

 In Summary: Follow the Dales Way from Cowgill to Dent, with sections of the route following the River Dee

 Highlights: Exploring Dent village

Option 2 - Along Dentdale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In Summary: Follow 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 asecnt over the hill to Sedbergh. 

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

Option 3 - Aye Gill Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In Summary: Walk 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. 

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


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

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