3-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Malham tarn looking beautiuful on a summers evening, Malham, Yorkshire, UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £419pp £389pp

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Discover the awesome Malham Cove and the beautiful Ribblesdale Valley.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied landscape of the Southern Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Enjoy magnificent views from the 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

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.

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 - Upper Wharfedale

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Follow the River Wharfe upstream to Hubberholme and its ancient church. We then follow the Dales Way along the valley to Kettlewell, walking beside the River Wharfe for much of our journey.

Highlight: Go mouse hunting at Hubbberholme church! There's at least 20 wooden carvings to find on the 16th Century furniture.


Option 2 - Views along Wharfedale

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (440m) 

In Summary: Walk around the head of Wharfedale passing Buckden Rake, Cray Gill and Hubberholme church. We then head south along the valley to Kettlewell, following an elevated path with extensive views down the dale.

Highlight: Discover delightful Upper Wharfedale - a landscape of unspoilt pastures and timeless villages. 


Option 3 - Buckden Pike

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m) 

In Summary: Walk around the head of Wharfedale, then ascend onto the moors above to the summit of Buckden Pike. Having descended we'll follow the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe for the last couple of miles to Kettlewell.

Highlight: The views from the top are breathtaking the panorama stretches from Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent to the west to the Cleveland hills in the east.


Option 1 - Malham Cove

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In Summary: Visit Janet’s Foss waterfall the impressive Gordale Scar before heading along a section of the Dales High Way to the impressive Malham Cove and the Watlowes dry river valley. We descend back into Malham where there will be time for a drink in one of the pubs or cafes. 

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


Option 2 - Exploring Malham

Distance: 10 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In Summary: Our morning walk takes us to Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar, we then head up onto the Moor to view beautiful Malham Tarn before descending via Watlowes and the famous Cove.

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 - 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. 

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 August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. 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.


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.


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.


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

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What to Bring

“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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
02 Jul - 05 Jul
3 Version 1 £419 £389 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
3 nights
Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

3 nights from £419pp £389pp

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