Christmas Walking at Sedbergh
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Hills & moorland
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Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charm of the Yorkshire Dales, lies the hidden beauty of the Howgills, some of Wainwright's favourite fells. Mellow green valleys meet the untamed Pennines and Cumbrian Fells. Walk in this hidden-away corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and discover characterful market towns.
- Retreat to the cosy wood panelled rooms of charming Thorns Hall
- Explore a winter wonderland of hidden gems - the Howgills, pretty Swaledale villages and impressive waterfalls
- From festive strolls to challenging fells, the Yorkshire Dales await with a warm welcome
- 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
Dating from 1535, the small manor house of Thorns Hall retains its historic charm with wood-panelled public rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside.
Thorns Hall has 25 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the cottages across the courtyard.
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 for an extra £8 per night.
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 £5 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.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board, with all meals included between evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure.
There is a welcoming reception hall plus two cosy lounges, with wood panelling and open fires, one of which also contains the bar. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books. Upstairs, the dining room is light and airy with exposed wooden beams.
At the front and side of the house is a formal garden which makes a pleasant spot to relax after your walks or activities.
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 about local wildlife 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.
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.
Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- 2 disabled bays in the cobbled courtyard, 20 yards from the rear entrance
- There is parking available for 24 cars in the main car park. The car park is lit during the hours of darkness
- The car park surface is gravel and the entrance to the house is via gravel path, which is 25 yards long (to the main entrance)
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the rear entrance and assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- The main entrance has 7 steps, each step is 20cm high, 150cm wide with hand rails. The main entrance has double doors, 128cm wide by 168cm high
- A second door leads into the entrance hall. This door is 92cm wide by 204cm high
- The rear entrance has double doors, 197cm high by 153cm wide. There is an interior door of 202cm high by 88cm wide. There are 4 steps into the entrance hall, each step being between 16-22cm high
- The entrance hall measures 6.1m x 6.2m and has parquet flooring.
- The hall is well lit by wall lights and a large window
- There is no actual reception desk as the manager's office is situated off the entrance hall
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The main staircase leads off from the entrance hall
- The staircase is U-shaped and consists of three sets of stairs. The first set of stairs has 6 steps to a landing of 1.2m x 1.1m. The second set of stairs has 5 steps to a landing of 1.2m x 1.1m. The final set of stairs has 6 steps to the main landing of 2.4m x 3.5m
- The stairs are 28cm deep, 16cm high and 120cm wide
- There is a handrail on the left hand side up the entire staircase
- The staircase is well lit. All stairs and corridors are carpeted
Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- The main lounge and bar are on the ground floor. The bar is entered from the entrance hall through a wooden fire door, which is 75cm wide
- The lounge is through another wooden fire door (75cm wide) and a single step of 13cm high, 60cm high.
- The size of the lounge is approx 20 x 10 ft.
- The lounge / bar area is well lit, it has a short-pile carpet and the furniture is easily movable
- There is a public toilet on the ground floor off the main lounge
- Access is via 4 steps. Each step is 23cm high, 30cm deep and 99cm wide. There is a handrail on the right for the first three steps and a fire door (73cm wide) on the
- top of the steps
- The size of the toilet is 1m x 1.6m, with free space of 1m x 0.9m. Toilet seat height is 51cm
- The hand basin is 80cm high and it is rounded at the front
- The entrance door to the public toilets is 74cm wide and the cubicle door width is 75cm.
Restaurant / dining room
- The dining room is on the second floor
- From the first floor landing there are two flights of stairs. The first flight of stairs has 7 steps, each step being 15cm high, 25cm deep and 100cm wide
- There is a handrail on the right hand side
- At the top of the stairs is a glass fire door, 88cm wide. A second fire door leads to 2 more steps, each step is 17cm high, 28cm deep and 82cm wide
- The final stairs are 92cm wide, 26cm deep and 17cm high. Handrail on the left
- The dining room has round tables, with 4 legs. The tables are 74cm high
- The chairs are straight backed with no arms and the seat is 49cm high
- The room seats 38. The approx room size is 35ft x 20ft
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- Assistance is always available, if required
Bedrooms & sleeping areas
- There are 11 bedrooms in the main house and 13 bedrooms in the annexe in the courtyard
- None of the rooms has been specifically designed for wheelchair users
- Most of the rooms are en-suite. The en-suite rooms have a shower, no baths available
Room 22 (annexe bedroom)
- Room 22 can be accessed straight from the courtyard without any steps
- Access is from the courtyard, the door is 90cm wide
- There are 2 beds, which are 50cm high, but can be raised on request. There is a clear space of minimum 68cm between the furniture and the beds.
- Duvet bedding and the floor is carpeted.
- The shower room is 180cm x 160cm and has a 76cm wide door
- The free floor space is 100cm x 120cm
- The shower is semi-circular and 66cm in diameter, its door opens 40cm wide
- There is a 30cm lip into the shower
- Pedestal hand basin is 78cm high and the toilet seat is 40cm high
- Flooring is non-slip
Grounds and gardens
- Large walled garden with a mixture of shrubs, flower beds and mature trees
- There is a gravel footpath around the whole garden. Seating available
- Uncovered pond and parts of the garden are unlit at night
- 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
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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 10 miles (16km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 11 miles (17.5km)
Christmas – Festive Guided Walking
Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve
Today's walks start in Dentdale. The easier walk starts just outside the village of Dent, home to a 15th century church and one-time 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.
Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day
We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks starting and finishing at Thorns Hall. The Easier 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.
When you return to Thorns Hall there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.
Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day
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.
Wednesday 28 December 2016
After a short coach ride, all walks head back to Thorns Hall by traversing the handsome Howgill Fells. The easier and medium walks follow the attractive Rawthey Valley from Cross Keys and Rawthey Bridge respectively. The harder walk starts from near Garsdale Head and ascends Cautley Holme Beck to the 700ft waterfalls of Cautley Spout and the buttresses of Cautley Crag before returning to Sedbergh.
Thursday 29 December 2016
All today’s walks finish at the charming old market town of Kirkby Stephen with its 13th century church. The easier walk starts at The Thrang in the Mallerstang Valley, and follows a direct line north through the Mallerstang and Eden Valleys, passing the remains of Pendragon Castle, which folklore suggests was built by Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur. The medium walk goes from Aisgill Moor and along Lady Anne’s Way. Once past Hell Gill Bridge and The Thrang, the route to Kirkby Stephen follows the easier walk. The harder walk starts further south and after a gradual ascent reaches Mallerstang Edge, with the ridge path continuing over High Seat and High Pike Hill. We are rewarded with good views along and across the valley before descending through Nateby to Kirkby Stephen.
Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops and a good range of pubs and cafés. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.
During your visit to Thorns Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh Castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays. Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. www.levenshall.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Hawes & Wensleydale
A 30 minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the setting for All Creatures Great & Small. www.wensleydale.co.uk
The market town of Kendal, about 20 minutes' drive from Thorns Hall has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is also worth a visit. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk
A 40 minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors centre at Brockhole. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or www.brockhole.co.uk
Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE.
It just got easier to get to Sedbergh
Our own station transfers: We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.15pm from Oxenholme, the Lake District railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is £5 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
By train: The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. 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).
By taxi: If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £23 per journey. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.
By car: Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road to the right into Finkle Street (avoiding the main street), then almost immediately turn left at a small roundabout into Back Lane. At the next mini-roundabout bear left onto the A683 following signs to Kirkby Stephen. Thorns Hall is a further 100 yards along the road on the left. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
7 Jan 2016, 5:54 p.m.
Most enjoyable, calm post-Christmas holiday.
Very enjoyable post-Christmas pre-New Year holiday with the usual excellent Sedbergh ambience, Most enjoyable meals and good walking.
2 Jan 2016, 10:17 a.m.
No review provided
2 Jan 2016, 10:07 a.m.
Excellent hosts, great food, lovely rooms and lovely staff
Excellent all round short break
30 Dec 2015, 12:50 p.m.
Telephone booking seems more helpful than on-line
Management team present and attentive. Staff pleasant and attentive
30 Dec 2015, 12:40 p.m.
No review provided
We preferred the automatic payment system.
30 Dec 2015, 11:04 a.m.
The staff attitude and the service were up to HF's usual very high standard.
The standard of catering was not as good as expected. Sedbergh, at Christmas has previously been excellent. The food was not always hot.
30 Dec 2015, 8:31 a.m.
No review provided
Well organised with leaders going out of their way to fit the holiday to the guest and conditions.
9 Jan 2015, 11:41 a.m.
It was the New Year Break
9 Jan 2015, 8:46 a.m.
The only difficulty I had, was the lack of an email / letter , with conformation of my booking. I did ring the day before and the 30th December but the line was busy .
The staff and the guides worked particularly hard to make our festive break a success
8 Jan 2015, 7:30 p.m.
All 3 leaders combined to make the New Year break extremely enjoyable.
Plus the house & staff were very good, though would have liked at least one open fire in the hall, bar or lounge.
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Dates & Prices
|27 Dec 2016||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||3||£375.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2017||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||4||£695.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2017||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||7||£969.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2017||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||3||£389.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person