7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Family Walking Adventure

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 3 & 4
from £969pp

Discover a land of moors and dales where drystone walls line tranquil lanes between picturesque villages. Limestone is a dominant feature both above ground in the form of limestone pavements and below ground with enormous caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Walks reach impressive natural features including the huge pothole of Gaping Gill, the imposing cliffs of Malham Cove and the rock chasm of Troller's Gill. There’s the option to take on the challenge of reaching the top of Pen-y-Ghent (2,280 feet) or Simon’s Seat (1,590 feet) for fabulous views over Wharfedale. Walk alongside fastflowing rivers, explore Ingleborough Cave and wander through the cobbled streets of Grassington. Exploring here is the most exciting geography lesson the kids will have ever had!

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT NEWFIELD HALL

  • Play pooh sticks
  • Play fun games such as Bag Beetle
  • Play hide and seek in the woods
  • Make friends with Geoffrey the donkey

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Visit Skipton and its castle
  • Ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • Visit Haworth – home of the Brontë sisters
  • Bolton Abbey
  • Barden Tower

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • Max guests in house: 102
  • Family rooms: 9
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Arrive at Newfield Hall


Option 1 - Burnsall to Grassington

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Our walk begins at the picturesque village of Burnsall on the River Wharfe. Following the river northwards we come to the impressive Linton Falls. A short ascent brings us into the famous Dales village of Grassington with time to enjoy the play area.

Highlight: Take time to enjoy this relaxing riverside walk, with plenty of time to explore Grassington.

 

Option 2 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We'll then follow the Dales Way along the river, past Linton Falls to Grassington.

HighlightExplore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe.

 

Option 3 - Conistone Dib

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In SummaryA horseshoe walk around Wharfedale. We first head up the western side of the valley past the impressive limestone outcrop of Conistone Dib. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Cornistone Dib, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington.

Highlight: Our walk ends in the traditional Yorkshire village of Grassington with its cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms.

 

Option 4 - Wharfedale Escarpment

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In Summary: Starting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. Our path then follows the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, and the Dales Way to Grassington.

Highlight: You'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. Gaze down on the patchwork of fields from the escarpment above.

 


Option 1 - Ingleton Waterfalls

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent:  500 feet (150m)

In Summary:  A circular woodland walk from Ingleton alongside the Rivers Twiss and Doe. We use a trail which, although steep in places, benefits from steps and walkways past spectacular waterfalls.  

Highlight:  Pass a number of stunning waterfalls, the most impressive of which is Thornton Force.

 

Option 2 - Feizor & Ribble Way

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In Summary: Our route takes us past the hamlet of Feizor before following the River Ribble from the dramatic waterfalls at Stainforth. We follow the river along the Ribble Way to reach the town of Settle.

Highlight: A day exploring the tranquil green landscapes of Ribblesdale, with views of Pen-y-ghent and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway.

 

Option 3 - Above Settle

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent:1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Starting from Settle we take the Ribble Way to Stainforth Force Waterfalls. An ascent on the eastern side of the valley takes us to the Jubilee and Victoria Caves before our descent back to Settle.

Highlight: The inner chamber of Victoria cave was discovered in 1837. the year of Victoria's coronation. Take a torch to explore the first easy section.

 

Option 4 - Pen-y-ghent

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In SummaryAscend to the summit of of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole. We then cross Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton.

Highlight: The famous three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside dominate the landscape. There's a great views and a real sense of achievement when you reach the top.

 



Option 1 - Bolton Abbey

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In SummaryA pretty walk starting from Barden Bridge we follow the River Wharfe south to the famous Strid and Bolton Abbey.

Highlight:  We'll finish Bolton Abbey with options to paddle in the water at the stepping stones or play games on the grass.

 

Option 2 - The Strid

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)  

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In Summary: Follow the River Wharfe, passing Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge and The Strid, a fast flowing section of the River Wharfe, to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: A great riverside walk with time to play hide and seek in the woods, or pooh sticks in the river.

 

Option 3 - Trollers Gill & River Wharfe

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In SummaryWalk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: The Strid is a dramatic stretch of the river where the channel is forced into a narrow chasm. The name supposedly derives from being able to 'stride' across. Please don't try this - it's wider than it looks!

 

Option 4 - Simon's Seat

Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk past Trollers Gill before going on high moor to the superb viewpoint of Simon’s Seat. We cross Barden Fell and through the Valley of Desolation to follow the river to Bolton Abbey.

Highlight: The panoramic view from the top of Simon's Seat stretches along Wharfedale - perhaps even as far as the North York Moors on a clear day.

 


Option 1 - Ingleborough Cave

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent:  600 feet (180m)

In Summary: A circular walk from Clapham village. A short steep descent takes us to Ingleborough Cave (payable locally) then on beside the pretty Clapham Beck back to the village play area.

Highlight: The underground tour is a real experience with impressive stalagmites and stalactites.

 

Option 2 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave (payable locally), and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill.

Highlight: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

 

Option 3 - Norber

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Clapham also heads to Gaping Gill via Trow Gill. We then cross open country and traverse a path below Thwaite Scars, with views of Crummackdale. We visit Norber with its boulder field of glacial erratics.

Highlight: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

 

Option 4 - Ingleborough

Distance:11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.

Highlight: The distinctive shape of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, dominates the landscape. There's a great view from the top over the Yorkshire Dales towards the Lake District.

 


Option 1 - Malham Cove

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In SummaryFrom Malham we walk to the pretty Janet’s Foss waterfall. A footpath takes us to the top of the spectacular Malham Cove before returning to Malham village.

Highlight Malham cove is truly spectacular. Look out for peregrine falcons nesting on the cliffs, and the river emerging from the base of the cove.

 

Option 2 - Malham Tarn

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In Summary: Our walk north takes us along lanes and footpaths to view the isolated Malham Tarn, inspiration for the book The Water Babies.  Returning south we visit Malham Cove with the possibility of seeing walkers ascending the famous Gordale Scar.

Highlight: Step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale.

 

Option 3 - Malham Circuit

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: See the key sights of Malham including Janet's Foss waterfall and Gordale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove.

Highlight: A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.

 

Option 4 - Limestone above Malham

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent:  2,100 feet (640m)

In Summary: After passing Janet’s Foss we visit Gordale Scar before heading up on to Malham Moor past Great Close Scar and join the Pennine Way north of Malham Tarn, returning to Malham via the Cove.

Highlight: Waterfalls, rock chasms and magnificent limestone scenery with panoramic views over Malhamdale. 

 


Depart after breakfast


Southern Yorkshire Dales Family Walking Itinerary Map

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
24 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 Itinerary £969 Under 18s Go Free - Call To Book 020 3974 8865 Book Now
14 Aug - 21 Aug 2019 Itinerary £969 Unavailable
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 3

7 nights from £969pp

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