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.
- 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
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- 3 days guided walking
- Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
- Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
- The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
- Any transport to and from the walks
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.
Option 1 - Introduction to Malhamdale
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Ascent: 300 feet (80m)
In Summary : We explore the pleasant lanes and footpaths of Malhamdale, following a section of the Pennine Way beside the River Aire and passing the 18th century Airton Mill.
Highlight : Airton Mill was used for the manufacture of 'Dettol' during the Second World War.
Option 2 - Kirkby Malham & the River Aire
Distance: 6½ 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 & River Aire
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (340m)
In Summary : Discover the beautiful countryside of the Aire Valley 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 Spring where the river resurges from underground.
Option 1 - Barden Tower to Bolton Abbey
Distance: 4 miles (6km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary : From Barden Tower we follow the Dales Way over fields to reach the River Wharfe. We then follow the river past The Strid to the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey.
Highlight : Barden Tower was one of six hunting lodges and the principle seat of administration for Barden hunting forest. Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord, rebuilt the hunting lodge in the late 15th century and made it his principle residence
Option 2 - Beside the Wharfe
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 550 feet (180m)
In Summary : Walk along Wharfedale from Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey. Our route never strays far from the river and passes Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge, and The Strid.
Highlight : Our walk ends beneath the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century Augutinian monastery.
Option 3 - Trollers Gill & River Wharfe
Distance: 10 miles (16½km)
Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)
In Summary : Walk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey.
Highlight : The Strid is a dramatic stretch of the river where the channel is forced into a narrow chasm. The name supposedly derives from being able to 'stride' across. Please don't try this - it's wider than it looks
Option 1 - Janet's Foss & Malham
Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)
Ascent: 500 feet (150m)
In Summary : First we leave Malham to cross National Trust land and view Janet's Foss. Then a gentle walk takes us up to the magnificent Malham Cove, before walking back into Malham village.
Highlight : Malham Cove is truly spectacular. Look out for peregrine falcons nesting on the cliffs, and the river emerging from the base of the cove.
Option 2 - Around Malham
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)
In Summary : See the key sights of Malham including Janet's Foss waterfall and Goredale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove.
Highlight : A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.
Option 3 - Malham Moor
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In Summary : Walk via Janet’s Foss waterfall to view Gordale Scar before heading onto Malham Moor. We reach a high point at Nappa Cross and complete our circular walk in Malham village.
Highlight : Step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
At the house
- Excellent boot and drying rooms
- Two lounges
- Dining room
- Multi-purpose activity room
- Range of board games and books
- Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
- Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
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.
- Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
- A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
- 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
- Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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, 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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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.
- Waterproof 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)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
- 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
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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