Family Walking Adventure at Malhamdale
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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.
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 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
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.
Family Walk: From Malham we walk to the pretty Janet’s Foss waterfall. A footpath takes us to the top of the spectacular Malham Cove where we may to see peregrine falcons that nest on the cliff. On our return route we see the river emerging from the base of the Cove. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (10km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in Malham we pass Janet’s Foss to see Gordale Scar before heading onto Malham Moor, the Tarn and Water Sinks. We return on the Pennine Way to Malham via Malham Cove, with time to take refreshment and to look around the village. 8 miles (13km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: After passing Janet’s Foss we reach today’s highlight – an exhilarating easy scramble up Gordale Scar. We continue past Great Close Scar and join the Pennine Way north of Malham Tarn, returning to Malham via the Cove. 10 miles (16km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.
Family Walk: A pretty walk starting from Barden Bridge we follow the River Wharfe south to the famous Strid, a fast flowing river ravine. We finish the walk at Bolton Abbey with options to paddle in the water at the stepping stones or play games on the grass. 4 miles (6.5km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Leaving Appletreewick, we 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. We continue onto Bolton Abbey to perhaps paddle or play games. 6 miles (9.5km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Appletreewick we visit the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill, descending to the River Wharfe near Howgill and following part of the Dales Way through woodlands, past the fast flowing Strid to end at Bolton Abbey. 10 miles (16km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We head to Trollers Gill and High Skyreholme village before going on high moor to the superb viewpoint, Simon’s Seat. We cross Barden Fell and through the Valley of Desolation, then follow the river through the woods and the Strid to Bolton Abbey. 13 miles (21km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.
Clapham & Ingleborough
Family Walk: A circular walk from Clapham village. A short steep descent takes us to Clapham Show Cave where we may pay to view the stalagmites and stalactites. We follow the pretty Clapham Beck back to the village children's play area. 3 miles (5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Today’s circular walk starts in Clapham, a traditional Dales village. We pass through the Ingleborough Estate with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave. We ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pothole of Gaping Gill, with its 365 foot drop. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Our circular walk follows the easier route to Gaping 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. 7 miles (11km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Clapham to Sulber, then a gradual ascent of Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire’s famous “Three Peaks”. We return to Clapham via Gaping Gill and the Ingleborough Estate. 11 miles (17.5km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
Settle & Ribblesdale or Pen-Y-Ghent
Family Walk: From the village of Stainforth we walk to the impressive waterfalls. Continuing across open limestone country, we arrive at the village of Feizor for lunch. A short walk then takes us to our finish at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre to see the birds of prey. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m).
Easier Walk: Our route takes us past the hamlet of Feizor before following the River Ribble and waterfalls at Stainforth. We follow the river along the Ribble Way to reach the town of Settle. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: 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. 8 miles (13km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Horton-in-Ribblesdale our main objective is the ascent of Pen-yghent, via Churn Milk Hole and a short, easy scramble. Then the route descends crossing Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.
Family Walk: 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. 3 miles (5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: After visiting the unique 12th century Linton church, we follow paths with great views of Wharfedale, passing through Thorpe and Burnsall. Following the Dales Way to picturesque Grassington we pass Linton Falls, the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. 6 miles (9.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Leaving the village of Threshfield, we cross Malham Moor and the river Wharfe to Conistone, with views of Kilnsey Crag. From Conistone village, we ascend the fellside to join the Dales Way to Grassington. 10 miles (16km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting at Arncliffe in Littondale we cross Old Cote Moor into Wharfedale. We cross the River Wharfe to follow the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.
Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 31 December 2016. 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
- Activity leader: back at Newfield Hall, our activity leader will organise games and activities which could include rounders, treasure hunts or crafts
- 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: In the late afternoons and evenings our activity leader will be involved in organising a range of activities. These could include a game of rounders on the lawn, a treasure hunt, or crafts.
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.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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.
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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