Christmas Walking at Sedbergh
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Hills & moorland
Twixmas & New Year
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.
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
Thorns Hall established a foundation in Sedbergh in 1535 and it still retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. It's an amazing house to visit all year round with a lush garden and magnificent hills nearby.
Choose your room
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
|• Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
• Reception hall
• Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
|• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Upstairs dining room
• Formal gardens at the front and side of the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- 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 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. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 10 miles (16km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 11 miles (17.5km).
Christmas – Festive Guided Walking
24 December 2017 – 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.
25 December 2017 – 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.
26 December 2017 – 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.
28 December 2017
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 also starts from Cross Keys and ascends Cautley Holme Beck to the 700ft waterfalls of Cautley Spout and the buttresses of Cautley Crag before returning to Sedbergh.
29 December 2017
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.
Discover the Lakes and Dales
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
Travel to Sedbergh
Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE
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).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.30pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is £15 return, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £23 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.
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.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Sedbergh using our transfer or by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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|27 Dec 2017||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||3||£389.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2018||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||4||£715.00||Book Now|
|23 Dec 2018||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||7||£989.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2018||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||3||£399.00||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2018||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||7||£919.00||Book Now|
|30 Dec 2018||SDXFW - Festive Walking - Sedbergh||4||£665.00||Book Now|
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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person