Western Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing holiday
Uncover the delights of the Western Yorkshire Dales
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take time to discover the area's landscape and heritage with the perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits. Admire the waterfalls at Aysgarth in Wensleydale, discover Viking history in beautiful Swaledale, explore the market town of Hawes, and visit Sizergh Castle.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- 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
Walk 1: Farfield Mill and views of Cautley Spout
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 woollen mill are home to local artists and craftsmen, often offering demonstrations. From here we take a short walk along the River Rawthey, to Sedbergh. 5 miles (8½km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Walk 2: Swaledale and Hawes
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 dating back to Viking times. 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. 5½ miles (8½km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Walk 3: Scout Scar and Sizergh Castle
Our walk today provides some spectacular views, including far-reaching ones south to Arnside and Morecambe Bay. We ascend gently from a car park 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. 3 miles (5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent
Walk 4: Bolton Castle and Aysgarth Falls
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. 4 miles(6½km) with 150 feet (45m) of ascent.
Walk 5: Settle-Carlisle railway, Dales Way and Dent
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. 5 miles (8km) with 250ft (80m) of ascent.
Short Breaks - 2018
- 3-night holidays feature walks 4 & 5
- 4-night holidays feature walks 1, 2 & 3
Short Breaks - 2019
- 3-night holidays feature walks 1 & 2
- 4-night holidays feature walks 3, 4 & 5
- Walking is mainly on good paths with some occasional steep sections and uneven ground. Walks are up to 5½ miles (8½km) with up to 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card.
- The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently
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:
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
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
Settle 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 & Small. www.wensleydale.co.uk
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
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 to Thorns Hall
Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE
The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Tuesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.30pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is £18 return, but a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 020 8732 1220.
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 £27 for a 4 seat taxi 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.
Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 eat for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road round 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 car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
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.
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Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|22 Jun 2019||SDWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Sedbergh||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|10 Aug 2019||SDWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Sedbergh||3||£375.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|13 Aug 2019||SDWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Sedbergh||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
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