3-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £349pp £299pp

Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales lies the hidden beauty of the Howgill Fells. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas, all of which can be enjoyed on our Guided Walking holidays.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 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
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

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

HighlightTowards 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 2 - 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. 

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

 

Option 3 - The Calf

Distance: 10½ miles (17.5km) 

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m) 

In SummaryAfter a valley walk along the Rawthey Valley we'll ascend steeply past the Cautley Spout waterfall onto the Howgill Fells. We'll head to The Calf, the highest point of the Howgills, before a glorious descent along the ridge to Sedbergh. 

HighlightThe classic Howgills walk where you'll get to experience this stunning landscape and soak up the views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. 

 


Option 1 - Lune Valley

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryStarting high in the fells beside Barbon Beck we'll descend to the Lune Valley below and visit the villages of Barbon and Casterton on the way to Kirkby Lonsdale. 

HighlightThe walk ends in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where you can explore the speciality shops, pubs and tearooms. 

 

Option 2 - Casterton Fell

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryWalk from Barbon in the Lune Valley over Hogs Hill and Casterton Fell to Kirkby Lonsdale. 

Highlight: We'll approach Kirkby Lonsdale over the Devil's Bridge where the fine river and fell views inspired Turner’s painting and prompted John Ruskin to describe the scenery as some of the loveliest in Europe.   

 

Option 3 - Middleton Fell

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 2,200 feet (660m) 

In SummaryWalk over the long grassy ridge of Middleton Fell on our walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley to Sedbergh. 

HighlightEnjoy great views over the Lune Valley to the Howgill Fell and the Lake District Mountains as we enjoy this peaceful upland scenery.

 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Dales Way

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In SummaryA delightful walk alongside the River Lune following the Dales Way. We'll then cross the fields to Brigflatts church and Sedbergh. 

HighlightDiscover the attractive and tranquil scenery of the Lune Valley. Our walk ends back in Sedbergh where you might like to visit one of the historic pubs or explore the town's celebrated bookshops. 

 

Option 2 - Above the Lune Valley

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In SummaryWalk above the Lune Valley, visiting Fox's Pulpit and Lily Mere lake. Having descended to the River Lune we'll return along the Dales Way through the fields to Sedbergh. 

HighlightFox's Pulpit is a rocky outcrop where George Fox, the founder of the Quakers preached. From here there's a beautiful view across the valley to the Howgill Fells. 

 

Option 3 - Howgill Traverse

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m) 

In SummaryA fantastic north to south traverse across the Howgill Fells. Walking high in the hills for most of the day we'll follow the undulating ridge over Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, then continue onwards along the ridge to Sedbergh. 

HighlightThe Calf is the highest point in the Howgills and enjoys a great view over the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains. 

 


Option 1 - The Upper Eden Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

In SummaryFollow 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. 

HighlightThe Mallerstang Valley is home to a colony of red squirrels. If you're lucky you may get to spot one of these illusive creatures. 

 

Option 2 - Lady Anne's Way

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryDescend 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. 

HighlightOur walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England's most scenic line. 

 

Option 3 - Mallerstang Edge

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In SummaryA high-level traverse along Mallerstang Edge including the tops of High Seat and High Pike Hill. Our walk takes us from Aisgill to Kirkby Stephen. 

HighlightExpect some wild and track-less terrain, but also great views over the green Eden Valley. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - A Pennine Journey

Distance: 5 miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In Summary: We walk through fields, and cross the River Belah, before following the Wainwright conceived trail 'A Pennine Journey' to the village of Winton where we stop for Lunch. In the afternoon we use another stretch of the trail to reach the market town of Kirkby Stephen.

Highlight: Kirkby Stephen - a traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops.

 

Option 2 - 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.

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

 

Option 3 - Mallerstang Edge

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: A high-level traverse along Mallerstang Edge including the tops of High Seat and High Pike Hill. Our walk takes us from Aisgill to Kirkby Stephen.

Highlight: Expect some wild and track-less terrain, but also great views over the green Eden Valley.

 


Option 1 - Dales Way

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In Summary: A delightful walk alongside the River Lune following the Dales Way. We'll then cross the fields to Brigflatts church and Sedbergh.

Highlight: Discover the attractive and tranquil scenery of the Lune Valley. Our walk ends back in Sedbergh where you might like to visit one of the historic pubs or explore the town's celebrated bookshops.

 

Option 2 - Above the Lune Valley

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent:1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Walk above the Lune Valley, visiting Fox's Pulpit and Lily Mere lake. Having descended to the River Lune we'll return along the Dales Way through the fields to Sedbergh.

Highlight: Fox's Pulpit is a rocky outcrop where George Fox, the founder of the Quakers preached. From here there's a beautiful view across the valley to the Howgill Fells.

 

Option 3 - Howgill Traverse

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent:2,150 feet (660m)

In Summary: A fantastic north to south traverse across the Howgill Fells. Walking high in the hills for most of the day we'll follow the undulating ridge over Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, then continue onwards along the ridge to Sedbergh.

Highlight: The Calf is the highest point in the Howgills and enjoys a great view over the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Keld and Muker

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m)

In SummaryDiscover 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. 

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

 

Option 2 - Upper Swaledale

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

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

HighlightThe upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages. 

 

Option 3 - Great Shunner Fell

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m) 

In SummaryCross the hills from Wensleydale to Swaledale. Our highest point is the summit of Great Shunner Fell, from where we descend following the Pennine Way to the village of Muker. 

HighlightChoose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view over the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District fells in the distance. 

 


Option 1 - Along Dentdale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 500 feet (140m) 

In SummaryFollow 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 ascent over the hill to Sedbergh. 

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

 

Option 2 - Aye Gill Pike

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In SummaryWalk 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. 

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

 

Option 3 - Whernside

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryAscend from Dentdale onto the lofty summit of Whernside. We descend by Deepdale and follow the River Dee into Dent.  

HighlightWhernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks with excellent views of the Pennines, the Lake District and the Ribblehead Viaduct.

 

 


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.

 

Rooms

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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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, 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Thorns Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours, from twice baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle to Lancashire black pudding and Cumbrian rump of lamb.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
13 Mar - 16 Mar
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

3 nights from £349pp £299pp

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