3-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Vibrant Evening Sunset At Twistleton Scar In North Yorkshire, UK.
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £399pp £339pp

Renowned for its warm welcomes and wonderful walks, the Yorkshire Dales will charm you with its choice of landscapes. Whether you’re seeking solitude and wilderness or the charm of cobbled streets in quaint villages, the quiet homely beauty of the Yorkshire Dales will have you hooked.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied landscape of the Southern Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Experience this beautiful national park at a very gentle pace with plenty of time to admire your surroundings
  • Admire green valleys and waterfalls on riverside strolls 
  • Marvel at the wild landscape of unbroken heather moorland and limestone pavement
  • Explore quaint villages and experience the warm Yorkshire hospitality at its best 
  • Let our experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England's most beautiful walking areas

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Eshton Moor and Haw Crag

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In summary: This circular walk explores the Pennine Way south before going over Eshton Moor to Haw Crag then rejoining the Pennine Way to return to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Good views of all the local area and the opportunity to  climb Haw Crag (677 feet), which you can see from the house. 

 

Option 2 - The Pennine Way

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: This circular walk follows the Pennine Way south to Gargrave. From here we follow an old green lane to reach Haw Crag.

Highlight: An opportunity to climb Haw Crag (677 feet), which you can see from the house.

Option 3 - Gargrave and Haw Crag

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: Our circular walk takes us south of Newfield Hall through undulating scenery to the village of Gargrave. We follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, before returning via an old Green Lane.

Highlight: A pleasant stroll by Eshton Beck and along the canal towpath where we will see Gargrave Locks. 


Option 1 - Calton and Airton

Distance: 3.5 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In Summary: The walk today follows quiet lanes to the old hamlet of Calton before taking a delightful track down to join the Pennine Way heading north. After visiting the 17th century village of Airton, we will return via the Pennine Way to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Discover the 17th century quaker village of Airton.

Option 2 - Kirkby Malham and River Aire

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Newfield Hall takes us to historic Airton village, before continuing along the valley to Kirkby Malham. In the afternoon we’ll return along the Pennine Way beside the River Aire. 

Highlight: Discover plenty of historical interest including an 18th century watermill, the Cathedral of the Dales’ at Kirkby Malham and the curious story of a watery grave.

Option 3 - Malham and the River Aire

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m)

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside of Malhamdale as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham.

Highlight: Enjoy views of Malham Cove and walk past Aire Head where the river resurges from underground.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Along the Wharfe to Grassington

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary We follow the Dales Way along the beautiful River Wharfe first to Linton Falls, then to picturesque Grassington where there will be plenty of time to explore or relax in one of the many tea shops.  

Highlight: Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe.  

 

Option 2 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In Summary : Walk from the pretty village of Linton through the tranquil countryside of Wharfedale to the village of Hebden. We then continue along the Dales Way, past Linton Falls to picturesque Grassington.

Highlight : There is ample time to explore the cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms of Grassington; a traditional Yorkshire village. 

 

Option 3 - Villages of Wharfedale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In SummaryEnjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We then take the Dales Way before continuing our walk past Linton Falls to Grassington.

Highlight: Explore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. 

 


Option 1 - Clapham Beck and Ingleborough Cave

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary We walk from the traditional Dales village of Clapham, passing through the Ingleborough Estate, to Ingleborough Cave. We then cross the beck and return to the village where there will be time to enjoy coffee and cake in the village.   

Highlight : We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites. 

 

Option 2 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In Summary Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, to Ingleborough Cave,and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill. 

Highlight Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster. 

 

Option 3 - Norber

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

 In Summary From Clapham we head for Norber and onto Thwaite Scars, with views of the Crummackdale, this walk peaks at Gaping Gill. We return through the Ingleborough estate and passed Ingleborough Cave before returning to the village of Clapham. 

Highlight The boulder field of glacial erratics at Norber, plus the impressive Gaping Gill. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted Courtyard rooms, which have been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.

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 and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.

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 Newfield Hall is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to locally sourced river trout, served with wild garlic oil and sautéed samphire, enjoy Yorkshire lamb three ways or try the Yorkshire tea and smoked Wensleydale souffle with wild mushrooms. Cap it all with a trio of Yorkshire parkin, Yorkshire pudding and Yorvdale dairy ice cream for a feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Newfield Hall

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • 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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
28 May - 31 May
3 Gentle Walk £419 £389 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
25 Jun - 28 Jun
3 Gentle Walk £419 £389 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
01 Oct - 04 Oct
3 Gentle Walk £399 £339 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
15 Oct - 18 Oct
3 Gentle Walk £399 £339 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

3 nights from £399pp £339pp

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