7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Solos Holidays
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £745pp £595pp

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 like minded company and a great selection of walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Discover the awesome Malham Cove and beautiful Bolton Abbey, or head for the summits of Ingleborough and Simon's Seat.

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 in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 - 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 SummarySee 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: 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 2 - Malham Moor

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m) 

In SummaryWalk 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 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. 

 



Option 1 - Kirkby Malham & the River Aire

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryOur 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. 

HighlightDiscover 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 the Aire Valley as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham. 

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

 

Option 3 - Exploring Malhamdale

Distance: 13 miles (21km) 

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m) 

In SummaryA longer circuit of the valley that first ascends the moor to the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend to Malham, before returning alongside the River Aire via Kirkby Malham. 

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 - Beside the Wharfe

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

In SummaryWalk along Wharfedale from Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey. Our route never strays far from the river and passes Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge, and The Strid. 

HighlightOur walk ends beneath the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century Augutinian monastery. 

 

Option 2 - Trollers Gill & River Wharfe

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) 

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m) 

In SummaryWalk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey.  

HighlightThe Strid is a dramatic stretch of the river where the channel is forced into a narrow chasm. The name supposedly derives from being able to 'stride' across. Please don't try this - it's wider than it looks! 

 

Option 3 - Simon's Seat

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km) 

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In SummaryWalk past Trollers Gill before going on high moor to the superb viewpoint of Simon’s Seat. We cross Barden Fell and through the Valley of Desolation to follow the river to Bolton Abbey. 

HighlightThe panoramic view from the top of Simon's Seat stretches along Wharfedale - perhaps even as far as the North York Moors on a clear day. 

 


Option 1 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

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

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

 

Option 2 - Norber

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In SummaryThrough a boulder field of glacial erratics at Norber and onto Thwaite Scars, with views of the Crummackdale, this walk peaks at Gaping Gill. We return through the Ingleborough estate. 

HighlightGaping 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: 10½ miles (17.5km) 

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. 

HighlightThe 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. 


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 - 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: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (400m) 

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: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m) 

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.

 



Option 1 - Beside the River Aire

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Our circular walk from Newfield Hall takes us to historic Airton village before continuing along the valley to Kirkby Malham. We will 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 - Exploring Malhamdale

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In Summary: Discover the beautiful countryside of the Aire Valley 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 Spring where the river resurges from underground.

 

Option 3 - Weets Top

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In Summary: We leave Newfield Hall and follow Foss Gill, before heading across Calton Moor to reach the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend to Malham, before returning alongside the River Aire via Kirkby Malham..   

Highlight: Discover 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 - Linton to Grassington

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Walk from the pretty village of Linton through the tranquil countryside of Wharfedale to the village of Hebden. We then continue along the Dales Way, past Linton Falls to picturesque Grassington.

Highlight: There is ample time to explore the cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms of Grassington; a traditional Yorkshire village. 

 

Option 2 - Villages of Wharfedale

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We then take the Dales Way before continuing our walk past Linton Falls to Grassington.

Highlight: Explore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. 

 

Option 3 - Wharfedale and the Dales Way

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In Summary: A wonderful horseshoe walk around Wharfedale. We first head up the western side of the valley past the impressive limestone outcrop of Conistone Dib. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery with a short scramble up Cornistone 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 - Gaping Gill

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

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,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)

Ascent: 600 feet (200m)

In Summary: Through a boulder field of glacial erratics at Norber and onto Thwaite Scars, with views of the Crummackdale, this walk peaks at Gaping Gill. We return through the Ingleborough estate.

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: 10½ (17.5km)

Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m) 

In Summary: Walk 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 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.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Ballroom
  • Multi-purpose activity room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
  • Mini-golf

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

  • Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

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 coach house, which has 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, 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, 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.

Accessibility

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • 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.
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Holiday Prices

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2020
28 Feb - 06 Mar Version 2 £745 £595 Save £150 Per Person Book Now
19 Jun - 26 Jun Version 1 £915 £840 Save £75 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Solos Holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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