7-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Gentle Walking Holiday

A view of the river Rawthey , Uldale, near Sedbergh. Yorkshire Dales National Park
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £909pp

Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales lies the hidden beauty of the Howgills Fells. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the charming Western Yorkshire Dales and the hidden beauty of the Howgills Fells
  • Discover the high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas
  • Let your leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy the evenings in our country house where you can relax and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking and 1 free day
  • 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 PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Option 1 - Beside the River Rawthey

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

Descent: 500 feet (160m) 

In SummaryA circular walk along the River Rawthey and around field paths with great views and past the arts and heritage craft centre at Farfield Mill. 

HighlightsThe big views easily obtained across to the Howgills from the hills we skirt above the river Rawthey basin.

Option 2 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

In Summary: Explore the green valleys around Sedbergh on this circular walk. We'll head through the fields onto the lower slopes, then return beside the River Rawthey. 

Highlights: Towards the end of the walk we'll stop at Farfield Mill. This lovingly restored Victorian woollen mill that now hosts a cafe and heritage centre. 


Option 3 - Over the Howgills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

In SummaryThis circular walk from Sedbergh ascends to the summit of Arant Haw in the Howgill Fells. We then descend over the Nab to join the Dales Way and return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 

Highlights: An opportunity to get high onto the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills. 


Option 1 - Cotter Force to Hawes

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

In SummaryA wander around the dales taking in two beautiful and contrasting waterfalls before finishing in the market town of Hawes. 

HighlightsThe single spout of Hardraw Force pouring out of a fissure in the Limestone is an impressive sight. 


Option 2 - Wensleydale Highlights

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We'll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop in England at 100ft (small cost to view). 

Highlights: Askrigg is a quintessential Dales village that found fame as the location of TV’s All Creatures Great and Small. 


Option 3 - Semer Water

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In SummaryExplore the rolling hills to the south of Wensleydale. Our route visits Semer Water, Yorkshire’s only true natural lake, then climbs over the ridge to Hawes.

Highlights: The walk ends in Hawes where you can sample the valley's most famous product - delicious Wensleydale cheese. 


Discover more about Thorns Hall and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 

Option 1 - Wain Wath Force

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (120m) 

In Summary: From wain wath force, we follow the River Swale below the summit of Kisdon to Muker, a small village on the site of a settlement dating back to Viking times. 

HighlightsExploring the quaint village of Muker with an art gallery, craft shop as well as a pub and tea rooms. 


Option 2 - Keld and Muker

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In Summary: Discover the delightful upper reaches of Swaledale. We'll follow the valley from Thwaite to Keld, returning past the waterfall of East Gill Force and the centuries-old lead mine at Crackpot Hall. 

Highlights: The small villages of Keld and Muker have a timeless quality with their traditional farms and historic churches.

Option 3 - Upper Swaledale

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In Summary: Walk over Black Hill between Thwaite and Keld, then follow the upper Swale valley to Muker, finishing along a spectacular terrace above the river. 

Highlights: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.

Option 1 - Cowgill to Dent along the Dales Way

Distance: 4.2miles (6.7km)

Ascent: 240 feet (75m)

 In Summary: Follow the Dales Way from Cowgill to Dent, with sections of the route following the River Dee

 Highlights: Exploring Dent village

Option 2 - Along Dentdale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In Summary: Follow the Dales Way along Dentdale from the village of Dent to Sedbergh. Our route follows the River Dee for most of the day before a gentle asecnt over the hill to Sedbergh. 

Highlights: We'll explore the small village of Dent, peacefully situated at the head of the valley, and discover the story of its 'terrible knitters'.

Option 3 - Aye Gill Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In Summary: Walk high on the moors above above Dentdale to Rise Hill and Aye Gill Pike. Our route then descends gradually along the grassy ridge to Sedbergh. 

Highlights: Enjoy the panoramic views over Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells as you descend from Aye Gill Pike. 


Option 1 - Kirkby Stephen & the Viaducts

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In SummaryAn exploration of this Cumbrian Market town and the viaducts that surround.  

HighlightsThe impressive Podgill viaduct, an impressive Victorian engineering feat. 


Option 2 - The Upper Eden Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In Summary: Follow the Upper Eden valley to the market town of Kirkby Stephen. We'll pass the ruins of Pendragon Castle, which according to legend was built by Uther Pendragon, King Arthur's father. 

Highlights: The Mallerstang Valley is home to a colony of red squirels. If you're lucky you may get to spot these illusive creatures. 


Option 3 - Lady Anne's Way

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)  

In Summary: Descend through the Mallerstang Valley from Aisgill to Kirkby Stephen. We'll follow Lady Anne's Way along the valley side, then alongside the River Eden to Pendragon Castle and Stenkrith Falls. 

Highlights: Our walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England's most scenic line.



Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Thorns Hall

Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.



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

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.

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. Food at Thorns Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Thorns Hall

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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10 Jun - 17 Jun 2022
7 Gentle Walk £1,015 Trip Notes Book Now
08 Jul - 15 Jul 2022
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12 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
7 Gentle Walk £1,015 Trip Notes Book Now
09 Sep - 16 Sep 2022
7 Gentle Walk £1,015 Trip Notes Book Now
07 Oct - 14 Oct 2022
7 Gentle Walk £909 Trip Notes Book Now
7 nights
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
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7 nights from £909pp

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