Classic Break at Sedbergh

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  • Rural peace

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Join us at Sedbergh for our Classic Break, rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making it best suited to our long standing guests who have been holidaying with us for years.

During the day, enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. Stretch your legs and appreciate some of Britain's best landscapes.

In the evening relax with like-minded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Thorns Hall in Sedbergh

Thorns Hall established a foundation in Sedbergh in 1535 and it still retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. It's an amazing house to visit all year round with a lush garden and magnificent hills nearby.

 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
• Reception hall
• Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
• Bar 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Upstairs dining room 
• Formal gardens at the front and side of the house

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Sedbergh evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.

More details on Sedbergh accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Sunday: The Howgill Fells & Sedbergh

Option 1: Rawthey Valley

Three walkers

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Towards the end of the walk we'll stop at Fairfield Mill. This lovingly restored Victorian woollen mill that now hosts a cafe and heritage centre.

Option 2: Over the Howgills

View of the Howgill Fells

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to get high onto the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills.

Option 3: The Calf

Rolling green hills of the Howgill Fells

Distance: 10½ miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The classic Howgills walk where you'll get to experience this stunning landscape and soak up the views over the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

 

Monday: Above & Along the River Lune

Option 1: Lune Valley

Devil's Bridge over the River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale

Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting 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.

Don’t miss: The walk ends in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where you can explore the speciality shops, pubs and tearooms.

Option 2: Casterton Fell

Two walkers

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley over Hogs Hill and Casterton Fell to Kirkby Lonsdale.

Don’t miss: 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

Above the Lune Valley

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the long grassy ridge of Middleton Fell on our walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley to Sedbergh.

Don’t miss: Enjoy great views over the Lune Valley to the Howgill Fell and the Lake District Mountains as we enjoy this peaceful upland scenery.

 

Wednesday: Wensleydale & Wild Boar Fell

Option 1: Wensleydale highlights

Hardraw Force waterfall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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).

Don’t miss: Akrigg is a quintessential Dales village that found fame as the location of TV’s All Creatures Great and Small.

Option 2: Semer Water

Bainbridge in Wensleydale

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore 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

Don’t miss: The walk ends in Hawes where you can sample the valley's most famous product - delicious Wensleydale cheese.

Option 3: Wild Boar Fell

Cairns on Wild Boar Fell

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the high moorland summits of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell, before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale.

Don’t miss: This is a real 'away from it all' walk through beautiful upland scenery.

 

Thursday: Upper Swaledale

Option 1: Keld and Muker

Green fields and hills of Swaledale

Distance: 7 miles (11½km

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The small villages of Keld and Muker have a timeless quality with their traditional farms and historic churches.

Option 2: Upper Swaledale

View over Swaledale

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

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

Don’t miss: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.

Option 3: Great Shunner Fell

Summit of Great Shunner Fell

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross 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.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view over the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District fells in the distance.

 

Friday: Dentdale

Option 1: Along Dentdale

Bridge at Dent

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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 2: Aye Gill Pike

Green valley of Dentdale

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the panoramic views over Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells as you descend from Aye Gill Pike.

Option 3: Whernside

Walker on the summit of Whernside

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from Dentdale onto the lofty summit of Whernside. We descend by Deepdale and follow the River Dee into Dent. 

Don’t miss: Whernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks with excellent views of the Pennines, the Lake District and the Ribblehead Viaduct.

Local area

Discover the Lakes and Dales

Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops and a good range of pubs and cafés. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.

During your visit to Thorns Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Sizergh Castle
Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh Castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays. Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

Appleby stationSettle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

Hawes & Wensleydale
A 30 minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the setting for All Creatures Great & Smallwww.wensleydale.co.uk

Kendal
The market town of Kendal, about 20 minutes' drive from Thorns Hall has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is also worth a visit. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

Steamer on WindermereLake District
A 40 minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors centre at Brockhole. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or www.brockhole.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Sedbergh

Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.15pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is only £10 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £23 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road to the right into Finkle Street (avoiding the main street), then almost immediately turn left at a small roundabout into Back Lane. At the next mini-roundabout bear left onto the A683 following signs to Kirkby Stephen. Thorns Hall is a further 100 yards along the road on the left. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Sedbergh using our transfer or by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Dates & Prices

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