7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Christmas & New Year Walking Holiday

Gateway to Malham Cove
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £1,099pp

Malhamdale in the Southern Yorkshire Dales provides the perfect setting for a festive break. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the comfort of our country house in this beautiful national park
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Let your experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life 
  • Cosy country inns with roaring log fires and famous Yorkshire hospitality to round of many walks
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
  • A celebration dinner with all trimmings on Christmas day and New Year's Eve 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Ribble Valley Wander

Distance: 4.8 miles (7.7km)

Ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In summary: Explore the attractive village of Langcliffe before heading North to visit the Hoffman lime kiln towards the villlage of Stainforth. We will head towards Settle following part of The Dales High Way and passing the reservoir and mill.

Highlight: Spend some time at Hoffman lime kiln before exploring the picturesque market town of Settle.

Option 2 - Ribblesdale

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryExplore the attractive village of Langcliffe before heading north to Catrigg Force and the villlage of Stainforth. We shall visit the Hoffman lime kiln and follow the River Ribble past Stainforth Force to Settle. 

HighlightSettle is a picturesque market town, first chartered in 1249 and famous for the Settle-Carlisle railway.  

Option 3 - Ribblesdale Circuit

Distance: 11½ miles (19km) 

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m) 

In SummaryA longer circuit of Ribblesdale from Settle. We first explore the west side of the valley as we cross the hills to the hamlet of Feizor. We return via the Hoffman lime kilns and Catrigg Force. 

HighlightEnjoy views of Ingleborough as we explore this quintessential Dales' landscape. 

 


Option 1 - Kirk Syke Lane

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In summary: This circular walk explores the Pennine Way south of Newfield Hall before taking a pleasant path which descends to the River Aire. The return follows the old green lane of Kirk Syke. 

Highlight: Good views including looking back over Newfield Hall. 

Option 2 - Otterburn Beck

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In summary: Our walk takes us across fields to Kirk Syke and along lanes to the small village of Otterburn, before returning via Bell Busk to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Discover the hidden history of Otterburn, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village took its name from the beck, “the stream of the otter”, which runs through the middle of the village.

Option 3 - Orms Gill and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 950 feet (290m)

In Summary: A circular walk from the house that will bring us through the village of Otterburn, before ascending up towards Newton Moor Top where there will be panoramic views of the surrounding hills. We then head back passing through the dramatic outcrop of Haw Crag.

Highlight: Superb panoramic views of Warrendale Knotts, Rye Loaf Hill, Kirkby Fell, Weets Top, Cracoe Fell, Sharp Haw, Pendle Hill & Ingleborough from Newton Moor Top.

 


Option 1 - Limestone Experience

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

In Summary: A circular walk around Malham exploring the beautiful sights of Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove.

Highlight: Visiting the pretty woodland waterfall of Janet’s Foss, the stunning gorge of Gordale Scar and the impressive curving amphitheatre of the ‘jewel in the Yorkshire Dales’s crown’, Malham Cove.

Option 2 - Around Malham

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m) 

In Summary: We ascend gradually up to Malham Tarn and return to Malham via the impressive Gordale Scar and beautiful Janet's Foss waterfall. 

Highlight: The huge natural ampitheatre of Malham Cove is always an impressive sight.

Option 3 - Moor above Malham

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m) 

In summary: Walk via Janet's Foss waterfall to view Gordale Scar before heading onto the moor. We walk as far as the shores of Malham Tarn before descending via the famous Cove and complete our circular walk in Malham village. 

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



Option 1 - Barden Tower to Bolton Abbey

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In Summary : From Barden Tower we follow the Dales Way over fields to reach the River Wharfe. We then follow the river past The Strid to the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey. 

Highlight Barden Tower was one of six hunting lodges and the principle seat of administration for Barden hunting forest. Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord, rebuilt the hunting lodge in the late 15th century and made it his principle residence.

 

Option 2 - Beside the Wharfe

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

In SummaryWalk along Wharfedale from Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey. Our route never strays far from the river and passes Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge, and The Strid. 

HighlightOur walk ends beneath the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century Augutinian monastery. 

 

Option 3 - Barden Fell and River Wharfe

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.9km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In Summary: On this walk, we will start by following The Dales Way to Howgill before ascending to the highest point on Barden Fell, Simon’s Seat, followed by following becks and waterfalls until we arrive at the River Wharfe.

Highlight: Fantastic views of Wharfedale, Parceval Hall and Grimwith Reservoir from Simon’s Seat, and even White Horse on Sutton Bank, on a clear day. 


Option 1 - Airton and the Pennine Way

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In Summary: We start out north on the Pennine Way, along the banks of the River Aire. After passing an old mill, we have the chance to walk along the old leat and return via fields and farms to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Spend time watching dippers on the River Aire and visit the 17th century village of Airton. 

Option 2 - Kirkby Malham Circular

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In Summary: This circular walk takes us through the village of Calton before joining the Pennine Way t take us to the medieval church at Kirkby Malham. We then cross open countryside to reach the 17th century village of Airton before returning by lanes and fields.  

Highlight: Discover plenty of historical interest including an 18th century watermill, the Cathedral of the Dales’ at Kirkby Malham and the curious story of a watery grave.

Option 3 - Malhamdale via the Pennine Way

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In summary: This route initially takes a similar route to Option 2, then after Kirkby Malham Village we follow the Pennine way towards Malham before visiting the iconic Janet’s Foss & Malham Cove. We return through Malham Village and return south along the Pennine Way.

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the famous limestone pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 Courtyard rooms, which have 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 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, 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, 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 or view the accessibility information online for Newfield 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

  • 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)

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
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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
2021
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2021
7 Christmas £1,099 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2022
7 Christmas £1,209 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

7 nights from £1,099pp

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