4-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, England
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £539pp £464pp

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

What’s included

  • 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

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 - Kirk Syke Lane

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In summary: This circular walk explores the Pennine Way south of Newfield Hall before taking a pleasant path which descends to the River Aire. The return follows the old green lane of Kirk Syke. 

Highlight: Good views including looking back over Newfield Hall. 

Option 2 - Otterburn Beck

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us across fields to Kirk Syke and along lanes to the small village of Otterburn before returning via Bell Busk to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Discover the hidden history of Otterburn, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Option 3 - Otterburn and Wenninber

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: After crossing the fields to Kirk Syke, this walk heads north along the old Green Lane of Kirk Syke Lane before visiting Otterburn. Another Green lane takes us on a loop round Wenningber Hill, before before returning to Newfield Hall via Kendal Hill.

Highlight: The history of Otterburn and the ‘perfect green drumlin’ of Wenningber Hill.


Option 1 - Calton

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: After walking along a quiet country lane, we pass Calton Hall and visit the hamlet of Calton. We then have the chance to cross open fields near Cowper Cote with views to the south, before returning to Newfield Hall.  

Highlight: Enjoy fine views and learn of the areas links to Oliver Cromwell.

Option 2 - Calton and Winterburn

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In summary: This circular walk starts by going past Calton Hall, then exploring the hamlet of Calton. Tracks and fields paths lead to the hamlet of Winterburn. We return to Newfield Hall via field paths and lanes.

Highlights: Learn how the area has connections to Oliver Cromwell, with the fascinating history of Calton Hall.

Option 3 - Winterburn & Resevoir

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent:  1,000 feet (320m)

In summary: After ascending the road to Calton, we follow field paths to the head of Winterburn Reservoir. We cross tracks and fields then pass the hamlet of Winterburn and make our way back along lanes to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Winterburn Reservoir was built to supply the canal with water and is now a good spot to see a range of birds.


Option 1 - Airton and the Pennine Way

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In Summary: We start out north on the Pennine Way, along the banks of the River Aire. After passing an old mill, we have the chance to walk along the old leat and return via fields and farms to Newfield Hall. 

Highlight: Spend time watching dippers on the River Aire and visit the 17th century village of Airton. 

Option 2 - Kirkby Malham Circular

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In Summary: This circular walk takes us through the village of Calton before joining the Pennine Way t take us to the medieval church at Kirkby Malham. We then cross open countryside to reach the 17th century village of Airton before returning long the River Aira and Pennine Way.  

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 via the Pennine Way

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside as we walk along the Pennine Way through Malhamdale to reach the village of Malham. We return via the villages of Kirkby Malham and Airton.

Highlight: Enjoy views of Malham Cove, and walk past Aire Head Spring 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 - 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. 


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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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.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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 - 01 Jun
4 Gentle Walk £575 £535 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
31 May - 04 Jun
4 Gentle Walk £575 £535 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
28 Jun - 02 Jul
4 Gentle Walk £575 £535 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
04 Oct - 08 Oct
4 Gentle Walk £539 £464 Save £75 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
18 Oct - 22 Oct
4 Gentle Walk £539 £464 Save £75 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £539pp £464pp

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