Western Yorkshire Dales Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Yorkshire Dales on foot

Code: SDBEW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

More about difficulty levels

From £340.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Yorkshire Dales and Howgills. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

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.

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Thorns Hall in Sedbergh

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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • Reception hall
  • Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
  • Bar 
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Upstairs dining room
  • Formal gardens at the front and side of the house

Dining

An example of Sedbergh evening mealAll 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

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.

More details on Sedbergh accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Yorkshire Dales and Howgills. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Gentle walks at Church Stretton

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Swaledale

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Walkers at Sedbergh

 Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

The Howgill Fells and Sedbergh

Available on: 7 Jul 2019, 4 Aug 2019

Option 1: Along the river Rawthey

Three walkers by a gate

 

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: A Gentle stroll along the rivery Rawthey to Brigflatts before returning to Thorns Hall via field paths.

Don’t miss: The sea of colours abundant in the gently grazed meadows surrounding Sedbergh in the summer months.

Option 2: Rawthey Valley

Three walkers

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

View of the Howgill Fells

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: This 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.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to get high onto the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills.


Wensleydale and Semer Water

Available on: 8 Jul 2019, 5 Aug 2019

Option 1: Cotter Force to Hawes

Hardraw Force waterfall

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: A wander around the dales taking in two beautiful and contrasting waterfalls before finishing in the market town of Hawes.

Don’t miss: The single spout of Hardraw Force pouring out of a fissure in the Limestone is an impressive sight. 

Option 2: Wensleydale Highlights

Green valley of Wensleydale

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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).

Don’t miss: Akrigg is a quintessential Dales village that found fame as the location of TV’s All Creatures Great and Small.

Option 3: Semer Water

River at Hawes

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore 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

Don’t miss: The walk ends in Hawes where you can sample the valley's most famous product - delicious Wensleydale cheese.


Upper Swaledale

Available on: 10 Jul 2019, 7 Aug 2019, 21 Aug 2019, 28 Aug 2019, 4 Sep 2019

Option 1: Wain Wath Force

Swaledale waterfalls

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Exploring the quaint village of Muker with an art gallery, craft shop as well as a pub and tea rooms.

Option 2: Keld and Muker

Crackpot Hall Yorkshire

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The small villages of Keld and Muker have a timeless quality with their traditional farms and historic churches.

Option 3: Upper Swaledale

Views between Keld and Muker

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

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

Don’t miss: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.


Dentdale

Available on: 11 Jul 2019, 8 Aug 2019

Option 1: Beside the River Rawthey

The River Rawthey

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk along the river Rawthey and around field paths with great views and past the arts and heritage craft centre at Farfield Mill.

Don’t miss: The big views easily obtained across to the Howgills from the hills we skirt above the river Rawthey basin.

Option 2: Along Dentdale

Dales High Way - The village of Dent

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Green valley of Dentdale

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the panoramic views over Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells as you descend from Aye Gill Pike.


Mallerstang - myths and legends

Available on: 12 Jul 2019, 9 Aug 2019

Option 1: Kirkby Stephen & the Viaducts

Devil's Bridge

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: To be confirmed

The walk in a nutshell: An exploration of this Cumbrian Market town and the viaducts that surround. 

Don’t miss: The impressive Podgill viaduct, an impressive Victorian engineering feat.

Option 2: The Upper Eden Valley

Pendragon ruins

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Wild landscapes of Mallerstang Edge

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Our walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England's most scenic line.

Local area

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:

Sizergh Castle
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

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
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

 

 

Appleby stationSettle 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 & Smallwww.wensleydale.co.uk

Kendal
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

Steamer on WindermereLake District
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

Travel to Sedbergh

Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Tuesday (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.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
6 Jul 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £375.00 £340.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
6 Jul 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Summer OFFER Book Now
9 Jul 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
3 Aug 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £375.00 £340.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
3 Aug 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £879.00 £779.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Summer OFFER Book Now
6 Aug 2019 SDBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now

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