Family Walking Adventure at Malhamdale
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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.
Under 11s GO FREE on all our 2018 UK Family Adventures
Newfield Hall, an imposing stone mansion set in two acres of grounds with indoor pool, is an ideal location for family walking holidays in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Discover the amazing limestone pavement above Malham Cove, scramble up Gordale Scar, or take on the challenge of climbing Pen-y-ghent, one of the famous “Three Peaks”.
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a 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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining room
|• 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
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- 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
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to more challenging hill walks that will appeal to active teenagers.
Option 1: Burnsall to Grassington
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Explore 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)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Sunday: Settle & Ribblesdale or Pen-y-Ghent
Option 1: Ingleton Waterfalls
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Tuesday: Lower Wharfedale
Option 1: Bolton Abbey
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: A pretty walk starting from Barden Bridge we follow the River Wharfe south to the famous Strid and Bolton Abbey.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Wednesday: Clapham & Ingleborough
Option 1: Ingleborough Cave
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.
Don’t miss: 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.
Thursday: Around Malham
Option 1: Malham Cove
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: From 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.
Option 4: Gordale Scar
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: After passing Janet’s Foss we reach today’s highlight – an exhilarating easy scramble up Gordale Scar to reach open ground with excellent views. We continue past Great Close Scar and join the Pennine Way north of Malham Tarn, returning to Malham via the Cove.
Don’t miss: We'll guide you up the dramatic rock chasm of Gordale Scar; a short scramble.
Family friendly: 2018 holidays KIDS GO FREE if booked by 29 December 2017. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount
- Choice: choose from up to 4 guided walks each walking day
- Expert leaders: our friendly leaders are the cornerstone of these guided holidays and will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
Terrain & transport: Easier and Family Walks are generally on good, well-graded paths. Medium Walks have moderate gradients and some steeper sections. Harder Walks are over high moorland to rugged summits. Some walks include ladder stiles.
On some days the walks start or finish at Newfield Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Newfield Hall: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
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 £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days 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.
Dates & Prices
|30 Jul 2018||MDFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Malhamdale||4||£559.00||Book Now|
|29 Oct 2018||MDFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Malhamdale||4||£559.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2019||MDFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Malhamdale||7||£929.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2019||MDFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Malhamdale||3||£419.00||Book Now|
|19 Aug 2019||MDFAM - Family Walking Adventure - Malhamdale||4||£579.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person