7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holiday for Solos

Limestone cliffs of Malham Cove in North Yorkshire, England on sunny day.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4

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 Southern 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. Renowned for its warm welcomes and wonderful walks, the Yorkshire Dales will charm you with its choice of landscapes. The huge rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove – once a waterfall to rival Niagara Falls – and the scenic cascades of Gordale Scar, are a snapshot of the wealth of natural wonders nearby. Whether you’re seeking solitude and wilderness or the charm of cobbled streets in quaint villages, the quiet homely beauty of the Yorkshire Dales will have you hooked.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy breath-taking walks from the doors of our country house
  • Explore Malhamdale’s fabulous geology, including the famous limestone pavement
  • Experience the superb views from the Malham Mastiff
  • Discover the 'Cathedral of the Dales’ at Kirkby Malham

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 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.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - 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 2 - Otterburn and Wenningber

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 3 - Orms Gill and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 11.5 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1000 feet (300m)

In Summary: This walk ventures west over undulating fields and lanes to the deserted farmhouse and lime kiln at Orms Gill before continuing across open fields to reach Hellifield Moor.  After an opportunity to detour round Wenninger Hill, we pass through Otterburn and over Kendal Hill to Bell Busk.

Highlight: Enjoy the tranquillity of rarely walked paths and the HF Pathways Plantation at Orms Gill Quarry.


Option 1 - Kirkby Malham and River Aire

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: 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. 

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 2 - Malham and the River Aire

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m)

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside of Malhamdale as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham.

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

Option 3 - Malhamdale Views

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1550 feet (460m)

In Summary: Our circular walk takes us through the village of Airton, then after Kirkby Malham we follow the Pennine Way towards Malham before visiting iconic Janet's Foss and Malham Cove. We return south through Malham village past Aire Head and follow the River Aire back to Newfield Hall   

Highlight: An opportunity to view the famous limestone pavements and enjoy the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


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


Option 1 - 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 fields paths lead to the hamlet of Winterburn. We return to Newfield Hall via field paths and lanes.

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

Option 2 - 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 3 - Winterburn Reservoir & Weets Top

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1400 feet (420m)

In Summary: We pass through Calton Village, before following tracks and field paths leading to the edge of Winterburn Reservoir.  From here we gently ascend Dales High Way to Weets Top and then follow the ridge of Calton Moor back to Calton and Newfield Hall.

Highlihgt: Superb views from Weets Top of the Malham Mastiff and the surrounding limestone area.


Option 1 - The Pennine Way

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: This circular walk follows the Pennine Way south to Gargrave. From here we follow an old green lane to reach Haw Crag.

Highlight: An opportunity to climb Haw Crag (677 feet), which you can see from the house.

Option 2 - Gargrave & Haw Crag

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: Our circular walk takes us south of Newfield Hall through undulating scenery to the village of Gargrave. We follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, before returning via an old Green Lane.

Highlight: A pleasant stroll by Eshton Beck and along the canal towpath where we will see Gargrave Locks. 

Option 3 - Gargrave & the Pennine Way

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We head southeast down lanes and over fields via Eshton village and the hamlet of Flasby to reach the Leeds - Liverpool Canal.  The towpath leas us into Gargrave village.  There is an option (2 miles) of taking a lane west to Priest Holme Bridge to complete a loop back to Gargrave along the canal.  The return is by the Pennine Way over field paths past Haw Crag.

Highlight: A pleasant stroll through the countryside around Flasby village and along the canal towpath where we will see several Locks.


Option 1 - Pennine Way to Malham

Distance: 7.5 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: The country lanes to the village of Carlton before descending to the River Aire, following it through then beautiful valley of Malhamdale to reach the village of Malham. After exploring Malham return along the Pennine Way past the villages of Hanlith and Airton.

Highlight: Look for dippers in the River Aire and explore the popular village of Malham.

Option 2 - Malhamdale via the Pennine Way

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 1,380 feet (420m)

In summary: This route initially passes through Calton village before following the River Aire north through Malhamdale to Malham village.  After visiting the bottom of Malham Cove, we ascend steps to explore the limestone pavements above Malham Cove before descending gradually over moorland to reach iconic Janet’s Foss. We return south along to Newfield Hall along the Pennine Way.

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the famous limestone pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.

Option 3 - Malhamdale Classic

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1600 feet (500m) 

In Summary: We walk along the River Aire north enjoying stunning scenery of Malhamdale to arrive in Malham village.  From here we take lanes and paths towards Malham Cove, and after exploring the limestone pavements atop the Cove, descend over moorland paths to visit Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss.  We return south along the Pennine Way.

Highlight: Excellent views of Malham Cove and the opportunity to enjoy classic sights of the area, including Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in southern 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

We appreciate that COVID-19 continues to impact the nations.  The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not always in sync, so measures in our country houses may vary between the nations. We thank all guests for adhering to the measures we have introduced to keep our guests, leaders and team members safe.

You can see our latest FAQs and guarantees at https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-advice 

Ventilation, Physical Distancing Measures and Group Sizes around the Houses

We will keep our public areas well ventilated; for your comfort you might want to pack an extra layer to keep you comfortable.

With the relaxation of physical distancing, we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together.

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available in frequently used public areas for guests and staff use. It is advisable to bring additional hand sanitiser for whilst you are out walking.

We always follow the latest regional government advice, but our one recommendation is don’t forget your face mask! There is no requirement to wear a face covering in communal areas, but you may of course choose to. Some places throughout the UK may still require you to wear a mask even if the government legislation does not. With this in mind we suggest you bring a personal supply of face coverings for the duration of your stay.

Servicing Bedrooms:

At this stage we are not reintroducing our daily room servicing.  Extra tea, coffee, milk, towels and toiletries will be available on request from our team. Bins can be left outside your door for emptying.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Cases 

If a guest has symptoms of COVID-19 then they should inform the house team and immediately self-isolate to minimise any risk of transmission and make arrangements to request a COVID test. If a guest receives a positive test result, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should where possible use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home, they should discuss their circumstances with the House Manager. Additional charges may be levied if a guest needs to self-isolate for longer than their planned holiday.

What can you do to help keep everyone safe?

  • Wear a face mask/covering where required and please bring plenty of face coverings for the duration of your stay
  • Carry/use hand sanitiser
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water when possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid passing round objects such as cameras & phones
  • If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not travel to an HF Holidays House

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior' 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.

Check in:

Check in opens at 4pm for all guests. Guests will be unable to access any of the Country House facilities, including leaving luggage before 4pm.

We are delighted to invite you to enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival. Relax and meet your fellow guests and leaders. 

Check out:

Check out time: 10am

Please note, you will need to settle your bill before departure and payment will only be possible by card.  Gratuities and donations to the Pathway Fund can also be made by card.

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.

Welcome Information

A Welcome Information Pack providing details about the Country House and your holiday will be available in each bedroom. This personal pack of information will detail what to expect during your stay in the house, the menu for the duration of your stay, dinner & picnic lunch order forms and the guest registration form for completion.

Our houses are locked at night-time and accessible with a door code which is available in the Welcome Pack. However, we also recommend making a note of the Duty Manager number on arrival, in case of an emergency or getting locked out.

Evenings

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings to see if you’ve got the knowledge to triumph in the HF Big Pub Quiz!  There will also be another evening of entertainment at the beginning of the week which will vary depending on the house you are visiting.

If there are leaders resident, they will be available to chat to guests about self-guided walks. You can borrow walking route notes and maps from our Discovery Point.

Walks Talks – Guided Walking Information Briefings

Self-Guided guests are always welcome to join our Guided Walking briefings to hear about the local conditions. 

Our leaders will deliver a Guided Walking Information Briefing on each arrival day before and after dinner followed by a group Walks Talk to let guests know about the following day’s walks. Walks Talks are usually before and after dinner prior to each walking day. The information is repeated so you can join whichever time suits you. 

If you are undecided which walk to do, our leaders will be available in the bar or lounge to answer any questions you might have. Our website contains up-to-date information about the walks for each holiday.

Before you leave for your walk your leader will run through a short safety briefing for the day.

Each day, the latest weather forecast will be displayed for all guests to check to ensure appropriate clothing is worn for the walks.

Please note, if you decide to do your own walks, or you are on a self-guided walking holiday, you must complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house.

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. Food at Newfield Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Along with many hospitality business across the UK we are presently experiencing disruption to our food and drink supply chain. COVID continues to limit the ability of suppliers to deliver and the war in Ukraine (along with several other global challenges) is impacting availability of many basic products.  We are working hard to ensure that these challenges do not negatively impact your holiday but ask for your understanding should we need to make last minute changes to dishes or menus.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Newfield Hall

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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.

Essentials

  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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