Christmas & New Year Walking at Malhamdale

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace
  • Twixmas & New Year


  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

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.

More about difficulty levels

From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and New Year celebrations
  • 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’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

In pictures...


HF Holidays' Newfield Hall in Malhamdale

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

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation 
•  En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
•  Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 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 
• 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


All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of Malhamdale fruit board an option with your HF dinner

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

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.



Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks programme

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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km)

Christmas – Festive Guided Walking

Friday 23 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.

Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

Today’s walks centre on picturesque Settle, first chartered in 1249, the starting point of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The easier walk starts from Langcliffe before heading north to Stainforth. It returns to Settle via the banks of the River Ribble. The medium walk includes paths up onto the higher fells to pass Victoria Caves before the steep descent back to the starting point. The harder walk has the same highlights, but also a long and hilly loop out to visit the hidden village of Feizor.

Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We’ll build up an appetite on today’s circular walks which visit the attractive and historic villages of Calton and Airton, and take in sections of the Pennine Way. After Airton, the easier walk tracks south to the hamlet of Bell Busk dominated by a seven-arch railway viaduct over the river, before moving on to the rocky outcrop of Haw Crag and back to Newfield Hall. The medium and harder walks leave Kirkby Malham and Airton till the end, choosing to follow the long ridge of Calton Moor up to the superb viewpoint of Weets Top (1,358 feet), continuing to Malham village itself and then following routes of varying length back along the Aire Valley.

When you return to Newfield Hall there'll be presents under the tres for everyone. Our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.

Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

Our walks are circular from Clapham, a traditional village, with all three groups passing through the Ingleborough Estate. Some walks have the opportunity to look at Trow Gill and the pothole of Gaping Gill, large enough to contain York Minster! The apex of the easier and medium walks is Gaping Gill itself, the medium taking in part of  Crummackdale to get there. Then it’s down to Thwaite Lane and through the tunnels built to screen “ordinary” people from the residents of the nearby hall. The harder plans to tackle  the gradual ascent of Ingleborough, weather permitting, out and back to Clapham via Gaping Gill.

Twixmas – Festive Guided Walking

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Beautiful Wharfedale has many jewels, and we’ll all have the chance to see The Strid, where the river runs fast through a narrow ravine. We finish at the village of Bolton Abbey, dominated by Bolton Priory, a ruined Augustinian foundation, though the abbey church remains. The easier walk descends at the start to near Appletreewick and then ascends to open country on good tracks before making its way to the River Wharfe. The medium walk goes over Embsay Moor with great views of Upper and Lower Barden reservoirs while the harder walk tackles Barden Fell and Simon's seat.

Thursday 29 December 2016

Circular walks from Malham village today enjoy the sights of the famous Cove, the impressive Gordale Scar (conditions allowing) and Janet’s Foss waterfall depending on your walks choice. The easier walk goes north to Malham Tarn, Malham  Cove and returns past Gordale Scar and  Janet’s Foss waterfall. The medium follows a similar route in reverse and includes a descent of Malham cove itself. The harder walk, conditions allowing, takes in all these features with the scramble up Gordale Scar and loops west to Nappa Cross for a longer walk.

New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Friday 30 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.

Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

After exploring picturesque Linton, the easier and medium follow different routes to reach the delightful village of Grassington. One of the highlights for the easier walk is Linton Falls, the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe, while the medium enjoys views of the impressive Kilnsey Crag. The harder starts at Arncliffe in Littondale, crosses Old Cote Moor, then reaches Grassington too via Kettlewell; all superb walks. 

Saturday 1 January 2017

We’ll see in the New Year on circular walks which visit the attractive villages of Calton and Airton, and take in sections of the Pennine Way. The easier walk goes north to Airton before tracking back South to Bell Busk, then moves up onto the rocky outcrop of Haw Crag  before returning to Newfield Hall. The medium and harder routes leave Kirkby Malham and Airton till the end of the walk, following the long ridge of Calton Moor up to the viewpoint of Weets Top (1,358 feet),continuing to Malham village and then back along the Aire Valley.

Sunday 2 January 2017

Circular walks from Malham village today enjoy the sights of the famous Cove, the impressive Gordale Scar (conditions allowing) and Janet’s Foss waterfall depending on your walks choice. The easier walk goes north to Malham Tarn, Malham  Cove and returns past Gordale Scar and  Janet’s Foss waterfall. The medium follows a similar route in reverse and includes a descent of Malham cove itself. The harder walk, conditions allowing, takes in all these features with the scramble up Gordale Scar and loops west to Nappa Cross for a longer walk.

Local area

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:

Two walkers beneath Malham CoveMalham Cove
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.



Stone entrance to Skipton CastleSkipton
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.




Exterior of Bronte Parsonage in HaworthBrontë Parsonage
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.



Black steam locomotive hauling trainKeighley 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.


Appleby stationSettle 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.


Ruins of Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
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.

Brimham Rocks
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall.

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.

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.

Lightwater Valley
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.

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
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. or




Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler


Travel to Malhamdale

Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Skipton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Skipton station 

Use an HF transfer

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.


Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.


Driving to us

By car:

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.


 Travel by plane

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 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 for train times.

 Quantas Boeing 747


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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2017 MDXFW - Festive Walking - Malhamdale 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 MDXFW - Festive Walking - Malhamdale 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 MDXFW - Festive Walking - Malhamdale 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 MDXFW - Festive Walking - Malhamdale 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 MDXFW - Festive Walking - Malhamdale 4 £645.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


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