4-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Christmas & New Year Walking Holiday

Frosty Yorkshire Winter Landscape
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £685pp

Walk in this hidden-away corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and discover characterful market towns. 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

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • From festive strolls to challenging fells, the Yorkshire Dales await with a warm welcome
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Explore a winter wonderland of hidden gems - the Howgills, pretty Swaledale villages and impressive waterfalls
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Retreat to the cosy wood panelled rooms of charming Thorns Hall
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink, celebrate and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation
  • A full programme of guided walks or activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Activities in the evenings
  • A present on Christmas Day
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Today’s walks start in Dentdale. The easier walk starts just outside the village of Dent, home to a 15th century church and onetime centre of a major knitting industry personified by the ‘terrible knitters of Dent’. It then follows the Dales Way along the river Dee back to Thorns Hall. The medium walk follows the same route but starts a little further up the valley. The harder walk loops south up Flinter Gill Nature Trail and along Green Lane with extensive views before descending back to the valley and following the same route as the other two walks back to the house.


We can build up an appetite for our dinner with walks starting and finishing at Thorns Hall. The easier walk follows the delightful River Rawthey, in part, along the Dales Way, before returning via the Quaker Meeting House at Brigflatts. The medium walk contours the slopes of local fell Winder with great views over the town, then joins the Dales Way and returns to Sedbergh from the south along the banks of the Rawthey. The harder walk climbs to the top of Arant Haw revealing far reaching views across the Dales, before following a similar route back to the house.


We all finish in the ancient market and social centre of Kirkby Lonsdale, with river and moorland views commended by Ruskin and Turner. The medium walk starts at Blindbeck Bridge, high up on Barbon Beck, and descends through woodland to Barbon village where the easier walk starts. Both walks then follow the same route south through the Lune Valley via Casterton to Kirkby Lonsdale. The harder walk also starts from Barbon, but heads the opposite way up Barbondale, then south over Hoggs Hill and Casterton Fell, before dropping to High Casterton and Kirkby Lonsdale.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Today’s walks start in Dentdale. The easier walk starts just outside the village of Dent, home to a 15th century church and onetime centre of a major knitting industry personified by the ‘terrible knitters of Dent’. It then follows the Dales Way along the river Dee back to Thorns Hall. The medium walk follows the same route but starts a little further up the valley. The harder walk loops south up Flinter Gill Nature Trail and along Green Lane with extensive views before descending back to the valley and following the same route as the other two walks back to the house.


We can welcome in the New Year with walks starting and finishing at Thorns Hall. The easier walk follows the delightful River Rawthey, in part along the Dales Way, before returning via the Quaker Meeting House at Brigflatts. The medium walk contours the slopes of f local fell Winder with great views over the town, then joins the Dales Way and returns to Sedbergh from the south along the banks of the Rawthey. The harder walk climbs to the top of Arant Haw revealing far reaching views across the Dales, before following a similar route back to the house.


We all finish in the ancient market and social centre of Kirkby Lonsdale, with river and moorland views commended by Ruskin and Turner. The medium walk starts at Blindbeck Bridge, high up on Barbon Beck, and descends through woodland to Barbon village where the easier walk starts. Both walks then follow the same route south through the Lune Valley via Casterton to Kirkby Lonsdale. The harder walk also starts from Barbon, but heads the opposite way up Barbondale, then south over Hoggs Hill and Casterton Fell, before dropping to High Casterton and Kirkby Lonsdale.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Thorns Hall

Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.

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, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.

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 Thorns Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours, from twice baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle to Lancashire black pudding and Cumbrian rump of lamb.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Thorns Hall

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What to Bring

“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 and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
23 Dec - 27 Dec
4 Christmas £735 Available Trip Notes Book Now
30 Dec - 03 Jan
4 New Year £685 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2020
23 Dec - 27 Dec
4 Christmas £759 Available Trip Notes Book Now
30 Dec - 03 Jan
4 New Year £709 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £685pp

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