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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
from £809pp £694pp

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 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 - 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 the trig point on Haw Crag before descending back to Newfield Hall.

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

Option 2 - Gargrave and 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 where we follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, before returning via an old green lane and Haw Crag.

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

Option 3 - Gargrave and Canal Locks

Distance: 13.5 miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: This walk follows a similar route as option 2 and continues south west of Gargrave along the canal to Priest Holme Changeline Bridge, and then returning along the Pennine Way to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: An opportunity to view several locks on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and enjoy great views to the north of Gargrave.

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 Malhamdale valley to Kirkby Malham. In the afternoon we will 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 River Aire

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

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 Highlights

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: We walk through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham, enjoying stunning scenery before descending into Malham village. From here we visit the iconic Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove, before returning alongside the River Aire.

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the Famous Limestone Pavement and 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 - Otterburn Beck

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

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. The village took its name from the beck, “the stream of the otter”, which runs through the middle of the village.

Option 2 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 2 - Winterburn & Reservoir

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent:  1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: After taking lanes through Calton village, tracks and field paths lead us to the lane past the hamlet of Winterburn. From a high moorland path, we glimpse Winterburn Reservoir below before descending to cross Hetton Common Beck and returning by field paths and lanes.

Highlight: Built to supply water to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Winterburn Reservoir is now a good spot to look for a range of birds.

Option 3 - 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 - Kirkby Malham Circular

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In Summary: This circular walk through the village of Calton before joining the Pennine Way to take us to the medieval church at Kirkby Malham. We then cross open countryside to reach the 17th Century village of Airton before returning along the River Aire 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 2 - Malham via the Pennine Way

Distance:  10.5 miles (15km)

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 & Airton. 

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

Option 3 - Malhamdale Classic

Distance: 13½ miles (21.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m) 

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 via Water Sinks with views of Malham Cove before descending to iconic Janet's Foss. We return south along the Pennine Way. 

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. 

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 reopen in the wake of the latest 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.

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. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. 

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. Swimming pools at Abingworth Hall, Chy Morvah, Holnicote House, Longmynd House and Newfield Hall will reopen on 17 May. Others, including at Alltshellach, Freshwater Bay House, Nythfa House and West Lulworth House will aim to reopen on 21 June.

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


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.


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.


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.


  • 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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
04 Mar - 11 Mar 2022
7 Tread Lightly £809 £694 Save £115 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
7 nights
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

7 nights from £809pp £694pp

UK 2022: Save up to £115 pp

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