Guided Walking at Sedbergh
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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, all of which can be enjoyed on our Guided Walking holidays.
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.
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|• Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
• Reception hall
• Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
|• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Upstairs dining room
• Formal gardens at the front and side of the house
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√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the Yorkshire Dale on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
F: The Howgill Fells and the Lune Valley
Available on: 21 May 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 30 Sep 2017, 14 Oct 2017, 4 Nov 2017
Explore the landscape north of Sedbergh. Our walks head into the Lune Valley, with the option of ascending onto the Howgill Fells.
Easier Walk: A delightful walk alongside the River Lune using part of the Dales Way north of Sedbergh, returning to Thorns Hall across fields and paths via Brigflatts and Birks. 7 miles (11.5km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We first visit Fox’s Pulpit, a rocky outcrop where George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, preached. With views towards Lily Mere and Killington Reservoir, we return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 9.5 miles (15.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Bowderdale we take an undulating ridge over Westfell and Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, the highest point in the Howgills. We return to Sedbergh along the ridge spanning Calders, Arant Haw and Settlebeck Gill. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2, 150 feet (660m) of ascent.
G: Mallerstang - myths and legends
Available on: 22 May 2017, 3 Jul 2017, 17 Jul 2017, 21 Aug 2017, 11 Sep 2017, 18 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 15 Oct 2017, 5 Nov 2017
Today's walks explore the Mallerstang Valley, following the Settle to Carlisle Railway to the small town of Kirkby Stephen. Either opt for a low-level walk that passes Pendragon Castle, or higher-level routes that head onto the hills above.
Easier Walk: Starting at the Thrang we enjoy walking in the Mallerstang and Eden valleys to finish at the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights include Pendragon Castle, Lammerside Castle and Wharton Hall. 7 miles (11.5km) with 500 feet (140m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walking from Aisgill Moor along Lady Anne’s Way, we’ll pass Hell Gill Bridge and the Thrang on the way to Kirkby Stephen. 10 miles (16.5km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Following a bridleway from Shaw Paddock to Hell Gill Bridge we ascend gradually onto Mallerstang Edge and over High Seat and High Pike Hill with fabulous views. We descend to Nateby and Kirkby Stephen. 10 miles (16.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
H: Dufton, High Cup Nick and Appleby
Available on: 23 May 2017, 18 Jun 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 7 Nov 2017
High Cup Nick is an immense 'U-shaped' valley carved into the slopes of the North Pennines. Our walks explore the Eden Valley around the town of Appleby, with the option of around the rim of this impressive natural feature.
Easier Walk: Our route starts in the lovely village of Dufton and follows the magical Dufton Ghyll through old sandstone quarries before crossing a series of fields. Turning southwards, we then cross rich pastures to Flakebridge Wood and beyond. A good view may be expected of High Cup Nick, before we arrive in the bustling town of Appleby. 7miles (11.5km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Dufton we start along Dufton Ghyll before joining the Pennine Way to the west of Dufton Pike. A smaller path around Dufton Pike returning to the outskirts of Dufton. We then continue across farmland to join the easier route which takes us through Flakebridge Woods and on to Appleby. 10 miles (16.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We follow the Pennine Way eastwards from Dufton, ascending steadily to emerge beside High Cup Nick. This astonishing geological feature was formed by the volcanic Whin Sill rock intruding between limestone layers 350 million years ago. Our route takes us around the rim of this deep cut valley before a descent to Trundale Gill and back to Dufton via Dufton Ghyll. 9.5 miles (15km) with 1,850 feet (560m) of ascent.
I: Smardale, Green Bell and Ravenstonedale
Available on: 25 May 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 8 Nov 2017
Explore the landscapes on the northern edge of the Howgill Fells. The Easier and Medium walks heads to the hidden gem of Smardale Gill, whilst the Harder walkers enjoy a high-level traverse of the Howgills.
Easier Walk: Starting from Ravenstonedale we go over Smardale Fell to Smardale Hall. The return to Ravenstonedale is along a track-bed of the old Darlington to Tebay railway line and through a nature reserve. 7 miles (11.5km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: On leaving Ravenstonedale we take a route over Nettle Hill to Crosby Garrett, continuing via Smardale Hall and Smardale Bridge to reach Ravenstonedale. 9 miles (15km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting from the Cross Keys Inn we make a stiff unrelenting ascent of Yarlside, then on over the wild tops of Kensgriff, Green Bell and Randy Gill Top. Initially the descent follows a high grassy shoulder, before some field crossings and arrival in Ravenstonedale. 9.5miles (15km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent.
J: Ingleborough, limestone scars and waterfalls
Available on: 26 May 2017, 20 Jun 2017, 7 Jul 2017, 21 Jul 2017, 25 Aug 2017, 15 Sep 2017, 22 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 9 Nov 2017
Discover the classic limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Highlights include the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and the summit of Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire 'three peaks'.
Easier Walk: We take a short walk to view the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle Carlisle railway, before our transport drops us at Ingleton for a circular woodland walk alongside the Rivers Twiss and Doe. We use a trail which, although steep in places, benefits from steps and walkways past spectacular waterfalls. 6 miles (10km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from Ribblehead Station we pass under the viaduct before traversing the magnificent limestone pavements of Twisleton Scars and along the River Doe into Ingleton. 8 miles (13km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: After a possible short detour to Ribblehead Viaduct we pass through Ingleborough Nature Reserve and start a steep ascent of Park Fell, to then pass Simon Fell en route to Ingleborough summit. An initially steep descent passes Crina Bottom to reach Fell Lane and on into Ingleton. 7.5 miles (12.5km) with 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent.
A: The Howgill Fells and Sedbergh
Available on: 28 May 2017, 11 Jun 2017, 25 Jun 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 13 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017
Enjoy a choice of circular walks from Sedbergh. Our Easier walk stays in the Rawthey Valley, whilst the Medium and Harder routes head onto the Howgill Fells that rise behind the town.
Easier Walk: Initially following the banks of the River Rawthey to Millthrop, we then divert across country to Danny Bridge and Farfield Mill before we return to Sedbergh. There is an option to extend the walk along the Sedgwick Geological Trail. 7 miles (11.5km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We will loop over Arant Haw, then descend over the Nab to join the Dales Way and return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Heading north along the lower slopes of the Howgills we ascend beside Cautley Holme Beck to the 700ft waterfalls of Cautley Spout and the buttresses of Cautley Crag. The path then leads to The Calf – the highest point of the Howgills – before returning to Sedbergh. 10.5 miles (17.5km) with 2,750 feet (840m) of ascent.
B: Above and along the River Lune
Available on: 29 May 2017, 12 Jun 2017, 26 Jun 2017, 10 Jul 2017, 14 Aug 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 25 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017
Today's walks explore the valley of the River Lune, finishing at the attractive market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.
Easier Walk: High up on Barbon Beck we begin a descent through woodland to Barbon village with its 17th century inn. Then on to Casterton to finish in the ancient market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. 7.5 miles (11.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at Barbon we’ll head for Blindbeck Bridge and south over Hogs Hill and Casterton Fell into Kirkby Lonsdale. 9 miles (15km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Barbon village we head northeast on to the ridge of Middleton Fell – high above Barbondale – then over Devil’s Crag, Castle Knott and Calf Top before descending the fellside back to Sedbergh. 10.5 miles (16.5km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent.
C: Wensleydale and Wild Boar Fell
Available on: 30 May 2017, 13 Jun 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 15 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 27 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017
Spend the day in beautiful Wensleydale, a valley famed for its cheese and tranquil rolling scenery. Choose between walks that follow the valley floor, or ascend onto the hills above.
Easier Walk: From Askrigg village (where TV’s All Creatures Great and Small was filmed) we walk to Hardraw Force, the highest single drop in England at 100ft (small cost to view). We follow the Pennine Way into Hawes, home to Wensleydale cheese. 7 miles (11km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk starts from Bainbridge and heads south to Semer Water, Yorkshire’s only true natural lake. From Marsett we climb a ridge above Wensleydale before dropping into Hawes. 8 miles (13km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting near Garsdale Station we pass through the lonely Grisedale valley en route to the wonderful high ground of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell. Our descent utilizes part of the Pennine Bridleway, before crossing a patchwork of fields to arrive in Ravenstonedale. 11 miles (18km) with 1,850 feet (560m) of ascent.
D: Upper Swaledale
Available on: 1 Jun 2017, 15 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 17 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017
The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and timeless sleepy villages. For the more adventurous there's the option to climb to the top of Great Shunner Fell and gaze down on this wonderful landscape.
Easier Walk: This walk includes the villages of Thwaite, Muker and Keld, together with the waterfall of East Gill Force and the centuries-old lead mine at Crackpot Hall. 7 miles (11.5km) with 950 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting from Thwaite we head northwest to reach Black Hill and the upper Swale valley. We follow a beautiful route to Muker, also via Crackpot Hall, and finish along a spectacular terrace above the river. 7.5 miles (12.5km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the remote Moorcock Inn we follow the River Ure down to Thwaite Bridge. Then a short ascent to secretive Cotterdale, before a steady ascent to reach the Pennine Way, which we follow north to the summit of Great Shunner Fell and on towards the village of Muker. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,800 feet (560m) of ascent.
Available on: 2 Jun 2017, 16 Jun 2017, 30 Jun 2017, 14 Jul 2017, 18 Aug 2017, 8 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017
Today's walks centre on the valley of Dentdale. There's the option of an Easier walk through the fields, a Medium walk onto the moors above, or a Harder option that ascends to the top of Whernside.
Easier Walk: Firstly we follow the River Dee along the Dales Way from the village of Dent, before heading north to Millthrop and back to Sedbergh. 7 miles (11km) with 500 feet (140m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Cowgill Church we ascend High Ellershaw Edge and Black Hill Moss, before crossing open moorland over Rise Hill and Aye Gill Pike. We descend enjoying expansive views of the Howgills and Sedbergh to return to Thorns Hall. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Heading up the Craven Way we veer off to Whernside, the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks with excellent views of the Pennines, the Lake District and the Ribblehead Viaduct. We descend by Deepdale and follow the River Dee into Dent. 10.5 miles (16.5km) with 2,100 feet (640m) of ascent.
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:
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
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
Settle 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 & Small. www.wensleydale.co.uk
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
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 to Sedbergh
Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE
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).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.15pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is only £10 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
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.
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.
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.
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|10 Jun 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
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|1 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
|1 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||7||£819.00||£759.00||Book Now|
|5 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£289.00||Book Now|
|8 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
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|12 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£259.00||Book Now|
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|19 Jul 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£259.00||Book Now|
|16 Aug 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|19 Aug 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
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|23 Aug 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|6 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|16 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
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|20 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|23 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
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|26 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£309.00||Book Now|
|29 Sep 2017||SDBOB - Guided Walking - Sedbergh||3||£359.00||£299.00||Book Now|
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