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7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Holiday

A path leading to PenyGhent, in the Yorkshire Dales.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £809pp

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
  • 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 - Kirkby Malham and River Aire

Distance: 6.5 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 2 - Malham and River Aire

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside of Malhamdale 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 where the river resurges from underground.

Option 3 - Exploring Malhamdale

Distance: 13 miles (21km) 

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m) 

In Summary: From Newfield Hall pass through the village of Calton before ascending the open moorland of Calton Moor to reach the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend to Malham before exploring the western flanks of Malhamdale, including Kirkby Malham village, and returning by the River Aire.

HighlightDiscover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale as you gaze down from Weets Top over Gordale Scar and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham. 

 


Option 1 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave (payable locally), and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill.

Highlight: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Option 2 - Norber

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Clapham also heads to Gaping Gill via Trow Gill. We then cross open country and traverse a path below Thwaite Scars, with views of Crummackdale. We visit Norber with its boulder field of glacial erratics.

Highlight: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Option 3 - Ingleborough

Distance:11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.

Highlight: The distinctive shape of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, dominates the landscape. There's a great view from the top over the Yorkshire Dales towards the Lake District.


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


Option 1 - 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 2 - Otterburn and Wenningber

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 3 - Crayke and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: After starting our walk the same way as option 2 as far as the quarries, we head off to Orms Gill Green where there is an HF Pathways plantation. After crossing Crayke Moor to reach Langber Lane we head for Otterburn over Hellifield Moor and round Wenningber Hill, before ascending Kendal Hill and returning through Bell Busk. 

Highlight: Superb views all round from Hellifield Moor and a glimpse of Ingleborough.


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)

Total ascent:1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Starting from Settle we take the Ribble Way to Stainforth Force Waterfalls. An ascent on the eastern side of the valley takes us to the Jubilee and Victoria Caves before our descent back to Settle.

Highlight: The inner chamber of Victoria cave was discovered in 1837. the year of Victoria's coronation. Take a torch to explore the first easy section.

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 Summary: We 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 - Gordale and Malham Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m) 

In Summary: A classic walk from Malham that leads to the beautiful sights of Janet’s Foss and magnificent Gordale Scar before heading north over moorland, past the top of Malham Cove, to reach Malham Tarn. The return route provides stunning views of limestone countryside before descending by a green lane to reach the bottom of Malham Cove.

Highlight: The pretty woodland waterfall of Janet’s Foss, the collapsed cave system of Gordale Scar from the last Ice Age, and the serene Malham Tarn, that is surrounded by pervious limestone.

Option 3 - Malham Tarn and Pennine Way

Distance: 12 miles (20.km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (500m) 

In SummaryAfter 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. 

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.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


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 & 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 & 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 - Feizor & Ribble Way

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In Summary: Our route takes us past the hamlet of Feizor before following the River Ribble from the dramatic waterfalls at Stainforth. We follow the river along the Ribble Way to reach the town of Settle.

Highlight: A day exploring the tranquil green landscapes of Ribblesdale, with views of Pen-y-ghent and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway.

Option 2 - Views of the Three Peaks

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In SummaryA lovely circular walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale following the Pennine Way and Ribble Way. The day offers magnificent views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Three Peaks, and the unique limestone pavements of Moughton Scars.  

HighlightThe scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway carves its way through the Yorkshire Dales - the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct is one of its best known features.

Option 3 - Pen-y-ghent

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In SummaryAscend to the summit of of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole. We then cross Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton.

Highlight: The famous three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside dominate the landscape. There's a great views and a real sense of achievement when you reach the top.


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


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 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 2 - 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 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.


Option 1 - Linton and 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 where we will see amazing views of Kilnsey Crag. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Conistone Dib, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington.

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

Option 3 - Rylstone Ridge

Distance: 12 miles (19km) 

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In SummaryFrom the delightful village of Linton, we pass the villages of Cracoe and Rylstone before ascending to the Rylstone-Cracoe ridge for fine views towards Malhamdale. The descent from the ridge takes in Thorpe and Linton Falls, before completing the walk in Grassington.

HighlightA close-up view of Rylstone Cross and Cracoe Obelisk on the ridge above Newfield Hall.


Option 1 - Malham Highlights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In Summary: See 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: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m)

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 in Malham village. 

Highlight: The huge natural amphitheatre 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.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Kirkby Malham and River Aire

Distance: 6.5 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 2 - Malham & River Aire

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m) 

In SummaryDiscover the beautiful countryside of Malhamdale as we explore the valley and visit the villages of Airton, Kirkby Malham and Malham, before returning by the Pennine Way beside the River Aire. 

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

Option 3 - Weets Top

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (350m) 

In SummaryFrom Newfield Hall pass through the village of Calton before ascending the open moorland of Calton Moor to reach the superb viewpoint of Weets Top.  We descend to Malham before returning alongside the River Aire via the villages of Kirkby Malham and Airton.

HighlightDiscover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale as you gaze down from Weets Top over Gordale Scar and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


Option 1 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave (payable locally), and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill.

Highlight: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Option 2 - Norber

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Clapham also heads to Gaping Gill via Trow Gill. We then cross open country and traverse a path below Thwaite Scars, with views of Crummackdale. We visit Norber with its boulder field of glacial erratics.

Highlight: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Option 3 - Ingleborough

Distance:11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.

Highlight: The distinctive shape of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, dominates the landscape. There's a great view from the top over the Yorkshire Dales towards the Lake District.


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


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 & 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 & the Pennine Way

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We head southeast down lanes and over fields via Eshton village and the hamlet of Flasby to reach the Leeds - Liverpool Canal.  The towpath leas us into Gargrave village.  There is an option (2 miles) of taking a lane west to Priest Holme Bridge to complete a loop back to Gargrave along the canal.  The return is by the Pennine Way over field paths past Haw Crag.

Highlight: A pleasant stroll through the countryside around Flasby village and along the canal towpath where we will see several Locks.


Option 1 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 6 miles (9km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming village of Thorpe. 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 - Linton and 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 3 - 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 where we will see amazing views of Kilnsey Crag. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Conistone Dib, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington.

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


Option 1 - Malham Highlights

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In Summary: See 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: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m)

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 in Malham village. 

Highlight: The huge natural amphitheatre 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 - Limestone above Malham

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In Summary: Walk via Janet’s Foss waterfall and then ascend up onto Malham Moor. We skirt Malham Tarn before gradually ascending to our high point of the day, Nappa Cross. Descending via the limestone tops of Malham Cove we reach the village of Malham where we end our walk.

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.


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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - 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 2 - Otterburn and Wenningber

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 3 - Crayke and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: After starting our walk the same way as option 2 as far as the quarries, we head off to Orms Gill Green where there is an HF Pathways plantation. After crossing Crayke Moor to reach Langber Lane we head for Otterburn over Hellifield Moor and round Wenningber Hill, before ascending Kendal Hill and returning through Bell Busk. 

Highlight: Superb views all round from Hellifield Moor and a glimpse of Ingleborough.


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)

Total ascent:1,200 feet (380m)

In Summary: Starting from Settle we take the Ribble Way to Stainforth Force Waterfalls. An ascent on the eastern side of the valley takes us to the Jubilee and Victoria Caves before our descent back to Settle.

Highlight: The inner chamber of Victoria cave was discovered in 1837. the year of Victoria's coronation. Take a torch to explore the first easy section.

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 Summary: We 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 - Gordale and Malham Cove

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m) 

In Summary: A classic walk from Malham that leads to the beautiful sights of Janet’s Foss and magnificent Gordale Scar before heading north over moorland, past the top of Malham Cove, to reach Malham Tarn. The return route provides stunning views of limestone countryside before descending by a green lane to reach the bottom of Malham Cove.

Highlight: The pretty woodland waterfall of Janet’s Foss, the collapsed cave system of Gordale Scar from the last Ice Age, and the serene Malham Tarn, that is surrounded by pervious limestone.

Option 3 - Malham Tarn and Pennine Way

Distance: 12 miles (20.km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (500m) 

In SummaryAfter 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. 

HighlightA truly memorable day as we step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale. 


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


Option 1 - Kirkby Malham and River Aire

Distance: 6.5 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 2 - Malham and River Aire

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside of Malhamdale 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 where the river resurges from underground.

Option 3 - Exploring Malhamdale

Distance: 13 miles (21km) 

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m) 

In Summary: From Newfield Hall pass through the village of Calton before ascending the open moorland of Calton Moor to reach the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend to Malham before exploring the western flanks of Malhamdale, including Kirkby Malham village, and returning by the River Aire.

HighlightDiscover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale as you gaze down from Weets Top over Gordale Scar and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham. 

 


Option 1 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent:  1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Today’s circular walk starts in  the traditional Dales village of Clapham. Pass through the Ingleborough Estate, with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave (payable locally), and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill.

Highlight: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Option 2 - Norber

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Clapham also heads to Gaping Gill via Trow Gill. We then cross open country and traverse a path below Thwaite Scars, with views of Crummackdale. We visit Norber with its boulder field of glacial erratics.

Highlight: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Option 3 - Ingleborough

Distance:11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

In SummaryWalk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.

Highlight: The distinctive shape of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, dominates the landscape. There's a great view from the top over the Yorkshire Dales towards the Lake District.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in southern 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.

 

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘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.

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. Food at Newfield 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.

Accessibility

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

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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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