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4-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £469pp £419pp

Renowned for its warm welcomes and wonderful walks, the Yorkshire Dales will charm you with its choice of landscapes. The huge rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove – once a waterfall to rival Niagara Falls – and the scenic cascades of Gordale Scar, are a snapshot of the wealth of natural wonders nearby. 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
  • Enjoy magnificent views from impressive summits
  • 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 - Kirkby Malham & the River Aire

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryOur 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. 

HighlightDiscover 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 2 - Malham & River Aire

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m) 

In SummaryDiscover the beautiful countryside of the Aire Valley as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham. 

HighlightEnjoy views of Malham Cove, and walk past Aire Head Spring where the river resurges from underground. 

 

Option 3 - Malhamdale Highlights

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: We walk through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham, enjoying stunning scenery before descending into Malham village. From here we visit the iconic Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove, before returning alongside the River Aire.

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the Famous Limestone Pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


Option 1 - Ribblesdale

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In SummaryExplore the attractive village of Langcliffe before heading north to Catrigg Force and the villlage of Stainforth. We shall visit the Hoffman lime kiln and follow the River Ribble past Stainforth Force to Settle. 

HighlightSettle is a picturesque market town, first chartered in 1249 and famous for the Settle-Carlisle railway.  

Option 2 - Above Settle

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m) 

In SummaryA circular walk from Settle visits the Hoffman lime kiln near Stainforth. We then ascend to Catrigg Force and walk across the higher moorland fells, before returning to Settle.   

HighlightCatrigg Force waterfall is a real hidden gem, situated in a deep wooded ravine. 

 

Option 3 - Ribblesdale Circuit

Distance: 11½ miles (19km) 

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m) 

In SummaryA longer circuit of Ribblesdale from Settle. We first explore the west side of the valley as we cross the hills to the hamlet of Feizor. We return via the Hoffman lime kilns and Catrigg Force. 

HighlightEnjoy views of Ingleborough as we explore this quintessential Dales' landscape. 

 


Option 1 - Around Malham

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m) 

In SummaryWe ascend gradually up to Malham Tarn and return to Malham via the impressive Gordale Scar and beautiful Janet's Foss waterfall. 

Highlight: The huge natural ampitheatre of Malham Cove is always an impressive sight.

 

Option 2 - Moor above Malham

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m) 

In SummaryWalk via Janet’s Foss waterfall to view Gordale Scar before heading onto the moor. We walk as far as the shores of Malham Tarn before descending via the Cove 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.

 

Option 3 - Gordale & Malham Tarn

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km) 

Ascent: 1,900 feet (600m) 

In Summary: After passing Janet’s Foss waterfall, we visit Gordale Scar before heading up on to Malham Moor with views of limestone pavements. We continue past Great Close Scar and join the Pennine Way north of Malham Tarn, returning to Malham via the Cove. 

Highlight: A truly memorable day as we 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. 


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


Option 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - Gargrave and Canal Locks

Distance: 13.5 miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: This walk follows a similar route as option 2 and continues south west of Gargrave along the canal to Priest Holme Changeline Bridge, and then returning along the Pennine Way to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: An opportunity to view several locks on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and enjoy great views to the north of Gargrave.


Option 1 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In SummaryEnjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We'll then follow the Dales Way along the river, past Linton Falls to Grassington. 

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

 

Option 2 - Conistone Dib

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryA horseshoe walk around Wharfedale. We first head up the western side of the valley past the impressive limestone outcrop of Conistone Dib. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Cornistone Dib, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington. 

HighlightOur walk ends in the traditional Yorkshire village of Grassington with its cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms. 

 

Option 3 - Wharfedale Escarpment

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m) 

In SummaryStarting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. Our path then follows the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, and the Dales Way to Grassington. 

HighlightYou'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. Gaze down on the patchwork of fields from the escarpment above. 

 


Option 1 - Malham Cove Highlights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummarySee the key sights of Malham including Janet’s Foss waterfall and Gordale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove. 

Highlight: Explore the geological wonders of Malhamdale and its textbook collection of limestone pavements, dry valleys and sinkholes.

 

Option 2 - Malham Tarn

Distance:  miles (15.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (480m)

In SummaryWalk 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 in Malham village. 

Highlight: The huge natural ampitheatre of Malham Cove is always an impressive sight. Discover the river emerging from the base of the cliff, and watch rock climbers scaling the sheer face.

 

Option 3 - Gordale & Nappa Cross

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m) 

In SummaryAfter visiting Janet’s Fosses and Gordale Scar, we ascend to the shores of Malham Tarn before travelling west for fine views from Nappa Cross and then descend into Malham via Watlowes and Malham Cove. 

HighlightA truly memorable day as we 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. 


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


Option 1 - Kirkby Malham Circular

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (200m) 

In Summary: This circular walk through the village of Calton before joining the Pennine Way to take us to the medieval church at Kirkby Malham. We then cross open countryside to reach the 17th Century village of Airton before returning along the River Aire 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 2 - Malham via the Pennine Way

Distance:  10.5 miles (15km)

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 & Airton. 

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

Option 3 - Malhamdale Classic

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m) 

In Summary: We walk along the Pennine Way enjoying stunning scenery along Malhamdale to arrive in malham Village. From here we take lanes and paths with views of Malham Cove and then return down Watlowes Valley to the top of Malham Cove. We return by Janet's Foss and the River Aire. 

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the Famous Limestone Pavement and view the fabulous limestone pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


Option 1 - 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 the trig point on Haw Crag before descending back to Newfield Hall.

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

Option 2 - 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 where we follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, before returning via an old green lane and Haw Crag.

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

Option 3 - Gargrave and Canal Locks

Distance: 13.5 miles (22km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: This walk follows a similar route as option 2 and continues south west of Gargrave along the canal to Priest Holme Changeline Bridge, and then returning along the Pennine Way to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: An opportunity to view several locks on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and enjoy great views to the north of Gargrave.


Option 1 - Calton & 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 field paths lead to the Winterburn Reservoir dam, then on through the hamlet of Winterburn. We return to Newfield Hall via field paths and lanes.

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

Option 2 - Winterburn & Reservoir

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent:  1,050 feet (300m)

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 3 - Weets Top and Winterburn

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: After passing through the hamlet of Calton, a steady climb leads over moorland to Weets Top. We then drop down over moor on the Dales High Way to Winterburn Reservoir passing near to the hamlet of Winterburn before continuing across field paths and on lanes to return to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Superb views can be had of the Malham Mastiff as well as the surrounding area from the trig point at Weets Top.


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 May to September. 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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Essential Information

“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: £30 per person.

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