The Dales High Way Guided Trail

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Duration: 10 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,359pp £1,309pp

The Dales High Way is a 90-mile glorious walk over the high-level countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. It begins at the Victorian model village of Saltaire and follows ancient drovers’ ways, packhorse tracks, and green lanes to the historic market town of Appleby in Westmorland. Highlights include the famous Rombald’s Moor with its Neolithic rock carvings, the dramatic scars, gorges and cliffs of Malhamdale, the Stainforth waterfalls along the River Ribble where in autumn salmon can be seen leaping, lonely Crummackdale, an ascent of Ingleborough one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks and the one people call the most beautiful, the green, tranquil valley of Dentdale, a six mile marvellous ridge walk traversing the Howgill Fells, the picturesque Sunbiggin tarn and the marvellous limestone pavement of Great Asby Scar.

Holiday Highlights

  • 90-mile glorious walk from the Victorian model village of Saltaire to the market town of Appleby
  • Follow drovers' ways, packhorse tracks and green lanes
  • Rich and varied wildlife
  • Ascend Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire's Three Peaks

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
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.


Commencing the 90-mile journey at the Victorian model village of Saltaire gives us the perfect opportunity to visit the iconic building Salt's Mill, a conversion of a textile mill into an Art Gallery containing works by David Hockney, cafes, and exhibitions. We then start the Dales High Way by crossing the River Aire and ascending gently to the high heather-clad Rombald's Moor which lies between Airedale and Wharfedale. It is made up of three local moors, the most famous of which, and our destination today, is Ilkley Moor. Continuing on good paths and just before we reach the highest point for today at Lanshaw Lad, we pass the stone circle known as the Twelve Apostles believed to date from the Bronze Age. After passing the Victorian bath house at White Wells we descend to the spa town of Ilkley.

7½ miles (12km) with 1,020 feet (310m) of ascent and 922 feet (281m) of descent.


An impressive long craggy escarpment which dominates Ilkley and the Wharfe valley leads us by the Swastika Stone which has greeted travellers passing this way since the Iron Age, and on towards the Neolithic Piper Crag Stone which juts out above the moor edge. After crossing Addingham High Moor the route drops to join an old Turnpike Road (a toll road from 1755 to 1803 and known locally as the ‘Roman road)’ above Addingham. The route ascends to Skipton Moor with its impressive vista, and then descends into Skipton, a busy market town known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ and which lies in the Aire Gap.

11 miles (17.5km) with 1,400 feet (425m) of ascent and 1,450 feet (440m) of descent.


We ascend out of Skipton up to the small peak of Sharp Haw on grassy terrain. The route descends to the village of Flasby backed by the shapely Flasby hills, and then follows the delightful beckside to the small hamlet of Hetton. Continuing over grassy terrain we ascend to Weets Top, where, on a clear day, the panoramic view is magnificent, and where the dramatic and spectacular change in the landscape of Malhamdale will be obvious. We descend to Gordale House and walk into Malham village by the beautiful waterfall of Janet’s Foss.

13 miles (20.5km) with 1,654 feet (504m) of ascent and 1,654 feet (415m) of descent.


Today our route takes us through some of the UK’s most remarkable limestone scenery. Leaving the village of Malham we quickly arrive at Malham Cove which was cut back and formed by glacial melt waters that poured down the impressive dry valley of Watlowes. We pick our way over the limestone pavement at the top of the Cove and ascend gently through Watlowes dry valley before ascending more steeply to Kirkby Fell. We continue through the limestone scenery via Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave (so named because it was rediscovered on the day of Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837), and by Warrendale Knotts into the lovely Dales market town of Settle. From Settle a fine riverside walk along the banks of the Ribble leads to the waterfalls and the 14th century packhorse bridge at Little Stainforth and ascend into the village of Stainforth.

10 miles (16.5kms) with 1,552 feet (473m) of ascent, and 1,647 feet (502m) of descent.


Our walk-through magnificent limestone scenery continues today as we ascend out of Stainforth on to the limestone plateau to pass Smearset Scar. After dropping into the southern end of the lovely and secluded valley of Crummockdale we ascend once more into a dramatic landscape of broad limestone terraces. Following an old drover’s road, we continue round the southern flank of Simon Fell, through striking limestone pavements, and ascend by an easy but quite lengthy route to the summit of Ingleborough (724m). The rocky summit is vast and offers excellent views all around. We leave the summit by the same way and descend, initially very steeply but then on a paved path, to Chapel le Dale. 11½ miles (18.7kms) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent, and 1,870 feet (570m) of descent.


The entire path today follows an ancient packhorse route, the Craven Way, which comes up from Ingleton. After leaving Chapel le Dale and passing by Bruntscar and Winterscales it is not long before we come to, and pass beneath, the awesome Ribbleshead Viaduct with its 24 arches, although it is a man-made structure it seems to enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. After passing a lonely signal box the path leaves the railway and ascends steeply around Whernside’s northern flank, another delightful section of the walk, to arrive at Wold’s End in Dentdale, where the valley opens below in all its stunning beauty. We continue along Deepdale Beck and the River Dee into the delightful village of Dent with its narrow-cobbled streets, founded by Norse settlers.

10 miles (16kms) with 1,100 feet (335m) of ascent, and 1,600 feet (490m) of descent.


We start our walk in Dent along the riverside for a short distance before ascending over Frostrow, descending to quiet lanes which lead us to Sedbergh. On clear days there are stunning views of the steep-sided rolling hills of the Howgill Fells. With a shorter day today, there will be free time in the afternoon to explore Sedbergh, England’s official Book Town.

5½ miles (8.5Kms) with 570 feet (173m) of ascent, and 610 feet (186m) of descent.


The route now crosses the whole of the Howgill Fell range in a wonderful six-mile-long and a grassy and wide ridge walk. The Howgills are unique in character and with their steep sided velvety folds in a compact group they could not be more different from the earlier limestone scenery. From Sedbergh we ascend via the charming Settlebeck Gill to the rounded tops of Arant Haw, Calders, and The Calf, the highest summit in the Howgills at 676m. On a clear day the views are magnificent with the Yorkshire Three peaks, the Lakeland Fells and the northern Pennines all visible in the distance. From The Calf the route continues along the ridge above Bowderdale and then drops down to the valley and finally on a short section of a country lane we arrive at the small village of Newbiggin on Lune.

11 miles (18kms) with 2,330 feet (710m) of ascent, and 1,940 feet (590m) of descent.


The final stage of the walk has a relaxed, winding down feel to it. It begins by going over Ravenstonedale Moor to reach the isolated and splendid Sunbiggin Tarn, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Then just when you were thinking you had left well behind the limestone scenery; a vast expanse of spectacular limestone pavement opens up before you. This is Great Asby Scar, part of the Orton Fell range which sports some of the finest limestone pavements in the UK outside of the Ingleborough and Malham areas. From the top of the scar the views of the Eden Valley are breathtaking. A steady descent takes us to Great Asby, with the last leg of the walk along a lovely beckside to the picturesque Rutter Mill and its delightful waterfall. The route continues alongside Hoff beck, over the ancient crossing at Bandley Bridge, for a final short ascent to the castle in Appleby, an attractive market town.

12½ miles (20 kms) with 706 feet (215m) of ascent, and 1,085 feet (330m) of descent.



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.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Ballroom
  • Multi-purpose activity room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
  • Mini-golf

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

Your evenings

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.

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
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

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 coach house, which has 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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

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, step in to the walled garden 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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
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Holiday Prices

Date (Start/ End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
10 Apr / 20 Apr 2019 Itinerary £1,359 £1,309 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
09 Oct / 19 Oct 2019 Itinerary £1,359 £1,309 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
10 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
4

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