The Dales Way
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The Dales Way was one of the earliest "unofficial" long distance routes. For most of its 79 miles it shuns the craggy tops and summit ridges to keep to the valley bottoms. It is, in essence, a riverside route linking existing rights of way to cross the Yorkshire Dales in a south-east to north-west direction. It connects the urban fringe of Ilkley to the shores of Windermere by way of Wharfedale, Dentdale and Eastern Lakeland. Wildlife is rich and varied: rivers provide habitat for a wide range of birds and the Wharfe is noted for its trout, often seen leaping out of the water on summer days.
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately Country House. With excellent accommodation and facilities it is also our most popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.
Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra charge.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Newfield Hall is one of our largest Country Houses, and the grand entrance hall and main staircase is one of the most striking features.
There are two lounges and a bar which provide comfortable spaces for relaxation. The new dining room and adjacent ballroom are both very attractive and can be used for larger functions.
A multi-purpose activity room can either be used as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. There is also a range of board games and books.
Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.
The heated indoor swimming pool is very popular with our guests.
Newfield Hall has extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales. Outside there is a walled garden and putting green.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- On arrival there is a long driveway with one speed bump on entering a large car park, with a lower level parking area sloping at approx. 20 degrees up to main parking area
- The surface of the car park is tarmac, with marked parking bays
- The House fronts directly onto the car park
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- Main entrance has 2 steps, each step being 15cm high and a short porch (with one step of 15cm high), which leads to the front door, (3¾ft wide)
- There is a permanent wheelchair ramp (5¼ft wide) to the left hand side of the entrance way, providing access to the porch. A temporary ramp can then be provided to allow access in through the front door
- After entering the house, all the facilities are available without encountering any further steps
- The flooring is tile / short pile carpet
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- All internal doors are fire doors and they are all 97cm wide (except where separate measurements have been given)
- The minimum width of the corridor is 10½ft
- The staircase to the upper bedrooms is 5ft wide. In total there are 29 steps, each being 6 inches high
Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
There are two large lounges with wooden fire doors. Short pile carpet flooring and good lighting throughout. The size of the lounges:
- Whernside lounge 17ft x 23ft
- Inglebrough lounge 30ft x 20ft
- Pen-y-Ghent room 29ft x 18ft
- There is one public toilet on the ground floor available from the entrance hall with no steps
- Toilet seat height is 41cm, the basin is 82cm high with no underspace and with 2 taps
- There are 2 toilets in the swimming pool changing rooms, again with no steps
Dining room & bar
- From the entrance hall, there is a 320 cm wide corridor leading to the dining room. Door width 92cm
- There are no steps to the dining room
- Seats and tables are movable. The tables are round with 4 legs. Each table is 76cm high
- All meals served are with waitress service.
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- Indoor swimming pool and the changing rooms are directly off the function room, accessed from the entrance hall down a corridor, which is 3ft 2 inches wide.
- The floor in the changing room is tiled
- Access to the shower in the changing room is over a step of 7cm in height
- The width of the door to the pool is 87cm
- Within the pool area, there is 1 alarm, a rescue hook and 2 life buoys
- The size of the pool is 16ft x 25ft
- Room 15 has been specifically designed for wheelchair users.
- This room is off the main entrance hall on the ground floor, approximately 12m from the permanent ramp
- Access is through two doors, each 90cm wide
- One double bed and one single bed. Both beds are 60cm high
- Available floor space is 2m x 2m
- All bedding is non feather and the flooring is short pile carpet
- All furniture is easily movable
- Bathroom door width is 90cm, level entry
- Toilet height is 45cm with 1 vertical hand rail and 1 pull down horizontal hand rail
- Level entry shower, designed for wheelchair users. Support rail and pull down shower seat, which is 50cm high and 32cm x 32cm in seat area
- Basin height is 73cm with underspace
- Available floor space in the bathroom is 2m x 2m
- The rest of the rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
- The rooms are located either in the main house or in the tastefully converted coach houses, both on the ground floor and the first floor
- All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, most with shower. A few rooms have a bath
Grounds and gardens
- There is well lit access to the patio area through double doors from the dining room / function room with no steps
- Ramp from the patio to gain access to the grounds
- Garden is level in most parts, with a few steps. Mainly grass with plenty of wooden seats
- 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
llkley to Burnsall
Commencing its 79-mile journey at the 17th-century bridge in Ilkley, the Dales Way follows the Wharfe to skirt the village of Addingham. Beneath Beamsley Beacon the Way reaches Farfield Hall. A stretch of road leads to Bolton Bridge and the Yorkshire Dales National Park is entered as Bolton Priory comes into view. The river becomes a narrow torrent at the Strid, beyond which the path reaches another attractive 17th-century bridge at Barden. It then continues along to Howgill, below Appletreewick and on to the delightful village of Burnsall. Distance: 13 miles (20km), with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Burnsall to Buckden
Passing a limestone escarpment at Loup Scar, the path stays close to the river to reach Grassington, the principal settlement of Upper Wharfedale. The Way then parts company with the river as it ascends above the valley floor. Scenic Wharfedale stretches before us as we continue towards the quaint village of Kettlewell. Keeping close to the floor of the valley once more, the Way continues past Starbotton to Buckden. Distance: 14 miles (22.5km), with 1,400 feet (430m) of ascent.
Buckden to Gearstones
The going gets tougher on today’s walk. The start is easy enough as the river is followed along Langstrothdale to Hubberholme, Yockenthwaite and Deepdale before we join a metalled road for a short distance to Oughtershaw. From here the track changes to a moorland path which climbs to join the Pennine Way for a short stretch beyond Cam Houses. At over 1,600 feet, this wild moorland is the highest point of the walk. However, the Way soon descends to the main road above Gearstones where we meet our coach. Distance: 13 miles (20km), with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Gearstones to Sedbergh
Today we sample the delights of Dentdale, access to which is gained by passing through a viaduct on the Carlisle to Settle railway. Largely following riverside paths by the Dee, the unspoilt village of Dent is reached. The Way continues to Dillicar and joins an ancient bridleway to Millthrop with magnificent views over Sedbergh to the fells beyond. Distance: 14 miles (23km), with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Sedbergh to the A6
Beyond Sedbergh the Dales Way crosses the A683 and proceeds to join the River Lune which it follows to Crook of Lune. Leaving the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the path then crosses the M6 motorway and the main west coast railway line to meander through pastoral countryside to Patton Bridge, passing Black Moss and Skelsmergh Tarns, and emerging on the A6 just south of Garth Row. Distance: 14 miles (22km), with 1,350 feet (400m) of ascent.
A6 to Bowness
The final stage is a fitting climax to the walk. Burneside is soon reached and the path follows the River Kent to Cowan Head and Hagg Foot and some craggy embankments must be negotiated before Staveley is reached. Now in the Lake District National Park, the Dales Way makes its way by tracks and lanes to Fell Plain before climbing to Crag House and Outrun Nook. Shortly the panorama of Windermere and the Lakeland Fells comes into view as we head to Bowness. Distance: 11 miles (18km), with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.
Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.
White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler
Travel to Malhamdale
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The nearest train station is at Skipton. 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).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £10 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. pre-booked taxis cost approx £15 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.
From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
3 Oct 2016, 7:47 p.m.
The food was fantastic.
Only down side was the weather!
3 Oct 2016, 11:09 a.m.
2 Aug 2016, 12:35 p.m.
I live in the United States and I received all needed information and support in a timely manner.
The leader was excellent and more importantly my fellow hikers were a great group.
1 Aug 2016, 2:57 p.m.
9 Jul 2016, 7:35 p.m.
Very well organised including the detail of sorting out a taxi from Malhamdale to Skipton on the day of departure.
I was on the Dales Way at Malhamdale. June 24 to July 1. Everything went according to plan on the walk itself and the H F Leader for the week was an absolute star.
6 Jul 2016, 4:49 p.m.
The main meals could be better Most evenings no vegetables with the main course. this was a common comment from other guests as well.
Excellent leader Howard Matthewson
6 Jul 2016, 11:05 a.m.
Lovely accommodation and lovely food. However as HF is affiliated to the Coeliac society I had expected more variety in GF food. Disappointed not to be offered a gluten free scone at the welcome tea.
Wonderful scenery and a great guide. However the walk should be split between two houses -Newfield Hall and Sedbergh. The 1-1.5 hour journey each way on the latter part of the week left us with too little walking time. Breaks were curtailed and sometimes missed and it was a huge rush to get back in time for the coach and dinner.
5 Jul 2016, 6:38 p.m.
Service was excellent. My only very minor complaint relates to the fact that guests are instructed to put outgoing mail into the postbox on the porch. But this mail is not picked up daily and postcards sit there indefinitely.
the holiday was excellent. However, I suggest that the Dales Way holiday might be improved by using both Malhamdale and Sedbergh as bases, which could greatly reduce the amount of time spent on buses.
4 Jul 2016, 11:25 a.m.
We were on a tight schedule but the management was very inflexible re breakfast times. They weren't prepared to allow us an early breakfast and only once was dinner postponed - by 15 minutes.
Also, when there was a power the staff coped well by producing sandwiches but I, as a vegetarian, would have liked the plates to have been labelled (very hard in dim light to see what the sandwiches contained) and no one thought to make any cheese sandwiches which would have been ideal for a veggie.
HF have a house at Sedbergh. The Dales Way goes through Sedbergh but HF insist on basing the walk at Malhamdale without using the Sedbergh house. This results in rushing the walk because of the schedule to return to Malhamdale. To rub salt in to the wound, one day finished at Sedbergh, instead of staying there we had an hour's drive to Malhamdale - RIDICULOUS!
Thank you for your feedback.
I do hope that, overall, you enjoyed your holiday with HF.
However I am sorry to read that you were disappointed with certain aspects. We do have set times for breakfast and dinner, however, wherever possible, we do try to accommodate guests who need to leave early or arrive later than other guests. Our managers are usually very helpful and I will ensure that they are aware of your comments so this can be improved on.
With regards to accommodation used for the Dales Way, the decision has been made for operational reasons. This may be looked at again in the future, but certainly for now we are unable to use Sedbergh. I can understand this is a cause of frustration but I would like to assure you that we do try to plan our holidays as efficiently as we can to make it enjoyable for you.
I do hope we will be able to welcome you on another HF holiday in the future.
Assuring you of our best intentions at all times.
Customer Relations Manager
31 May 2016, 2:19 p.m.
The company was efficient and the service good. All staff were friendly and helpful.
The holiday was the Dales way, not guided walking Malhamdale. The holiday was overall very enjoyable and well organised.
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|5 May 2017||MDLDD - Dales Way Complete Trail - Malhamdale||7||£849.00||£849.00||Book Now|
|2 Jun 2017||MDLDD - Dales Way Complete Trail - Malhamdale||7||£849.00||£809.00||Book Now|
|14 Jul 2017||MDLDD - Dales Way Complete Trail - Malhamdale||7||£849.00||£849.00||Book Now|
|1 Sep 2017||MDLDD - Dales Way Complete Trail - Malhamdale||7||£849.00||£819.00||Book Now|
|22 Sep 2017||MDLDD - Dales Way Complete Trail - Malhamdale||7||£849.00||£819.00||Book Now|
- 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
- All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
- Social activities in the evening
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person