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.

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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. 


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.

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Getting to Thorns Hall

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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

4 nights from £685pp

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