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7-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2

Enjoy a week in the Western Yorkshire Dales for a perfect mix of short, guided walks (3-5 ½ miles) combined with time spent sightseeing. There are walks to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the fells and the many rivers and waterfalls in the area. Among them is Cautley Spout - the highest single drop waterfall in England – and the Aysgarth falls on the River Dee. A visit to Farfield Mill gives a glimpse into the wool industry which thrived here in Victorian times while the Wensleydale creamery gives the perfect excuse to try some of its famous cheese. If it’s a classic Dales village you are after, you can’t go far wrong in Muker; this tiny settlement ticks all the stereotype boxes with small slate-roofed cottages made from local stone. There are visits to both Bolton Castle and Sizergh Castle with time to wander their lovely gardens. A walk along the Scout Scar escarpment rewards with far-reaching views while a ride on the Settle-Carlisle railway provides a different way of enjoying the landscape.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the medieval Sizergh Castle
  • See England's highest single drop waterfall
  • Take a ride on the Settle-Carlisle rail line & walk along the River Dee
  • Explore the 14th century Bolton Castle
  • Walk through Wensleydale to the Aysgarth falls

What’s included

  • From 01 January 2022, all admission fees to places of interest (including National Trust and English Heritage sites) are included in the price
  • All transport to and from walks and places of interest
  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays Leader

 

Trip Notes

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Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: From the Cross Keys Temperance House we've the opportunity to view England's highest single drop waterfall - Cautley Spout. For those with extra energy, there's the option to follow the path up alongside the fall, before returning to begin our walk along the fell side to the arts and heritage centre - Farfield Mill. The four floors of this Victorian wool mill are home to local artists and craftsmen, often offering demonstrations. From here we take a short walk along the River Rawthey, to Sedbergh.


Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Our exploration of Swaledale takes us on a scenic walk dotted with waterfalls. The first we pass are Aygill Force and Wain Wath Force, we then follow the River Swale below the summit of Kisdon to Muker, a small village on the site of a settlement which dates back to the Bronze Age and attracted Viking settlers. Our transport then takes us to the pretty market town of Hawes, at the head of Wensleydale, where we can sample the famous Wensleydale cheese at the creamery, visit the rope works or the National Park Visitor Centre, or while away some time in its tempting tea shops. 


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


Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 250ft (80m) 

In Summary: Our first stop is the impressive feat of engineering - the Ribblehead Viaduct. We've time to explore the area, the station and its museum before hopping aboard the Settle-Carlisle line, taking the train to Dent Head. From here we join the Dales Way and follow waterfall after waterfall along the River Dee to the cobbled streets and whitewashed houses of Dent. Plenty of time to explore the heritage centre and learn of Dent's 'Terrible knitters' or to take a well-earned break in the Sun Inn.


Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 150 feet (45m) 

In Summary: We begin at Bolton Castle, a massive fortress built in 1397. This impressive setting has pleasant gardens, falconry and a tearoom. We walk from the castle through the broad valley of Wensleydale to Aysgarth Falls, which we can view by a short walk alongside a deeply wooded section of the River Ure.


Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 100 feet (30m)

In Summary: Our walk today provides some spectacular scenery, including far-reaching views south to Arnside and Morecambe Bay. We ascend gently above the beautiful Lyth Valley and walk along the broad escarpment of Scout Scar and on to the medieval stately home of Sizergh Castle, with its gorgeous gardens.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Thorns Hall

Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.

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.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.

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 Thorns 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.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Thorns 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

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
2022
20 May - 27 May 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,109 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

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