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3-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Holiday

A view of the river Rawthey , Uldale, near Sedbergh. Yorkshire Dales National Park
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £389pp £339pp

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 at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • 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.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Option 1 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: Explore 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. 

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

Option 2 - Over the Howgills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (580m)

In summary: 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. 

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

Option 3 - The Calf

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

In summary: After 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. 

Highlight: The 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 - 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.

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 - 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: 650 feet (200m) 

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 - Rawthey Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: Explore 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. 

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

Option 2 - Crook and Winder

Distance: 6 miles (9km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In summary: Ascending Settlebeck Gill behind Thorns Hall we take a contouring route to the subsidiary top of Crook. We then continue to the summit of Winder, followed by a well tracked descent and return to the House.

Highlight: Capped with a trig point Winder is iconic from a Sedbergh perspective, and is included in Sedbergh School cross country runs.

Option 3 - Middleton Fell

Distance:  10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In summary: The Dales Way takes us into Dentdale before ascending to Combe Top on the long ridge of Middleton Fell. We return by good paths over the open fell to reach Sedbergh.

Highlight: The climb up to Combe Top should offer dramatic views of Combe Scar.

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 - Smardale Gill

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummaryHead over Smardale Fell to Smardale Hall, then along the valley side and across the viaduct back to Ravenstonedale. 

HighlightThe valley of Smardale Gill is an unexpected delight crowned by the majestic viaduct of the old Darlington to Tebay railway.

Option 2 - Potts Valley & Smardale

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryA circular walk heading into Potts valley to Crosby Garrett returning via Smardale Gill walking past the impressive grade 2 listed viaduct.

HighlightSmardale Gill is a National Nature Reserve; a classic limestone habitat that is rich with butterflies, wild flowers and birds. 

Option 3 - Wild Boar Fell

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In SummaryAscend to the high moorland summits of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell, before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale. 

HighlightThis is a real 'away from it all' walk through beautiful upland scenery.

Option 1 - Dowbiggin and Hebblethwaite

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: We start by walking on the banks of the Rivers Rawthey & Clough, and then by good paths to Hebblethwaite Hall. The it is back to Straight Bridge and over the fields to Thorns Hall.

Highlight: Great riverside walking and a descent into Hebblethwaite Hall Gill.

Option 2 - River Rawthey (North)

Distance:  8 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1065 feet (325m)

In summary: The walk heads NE up the Rawthey Valley, before crossing the river and the lower slopes of West Baugh Fell. The return is across Hebblethwaite Hall Gill and Straight Bridge to Thorns Hall.

Highlight: Great views of Baugh Fell and The Howgills.

Option 3 - White Fell Head and the Calf

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: The west side of the Howgills are accessed in part along the Lune Valley Roman Road. A steep ascent follows to White Fell Head & The Calf, with an interesting return via Crook.

Highlight: A day which should heighten the appreciation of the Howgills.

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.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

We are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. Swimming pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


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

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

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


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

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

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Thorns Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


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

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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