7-Night Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Malham Cove Yorkshire Dales National Park England UK popular visitor attraction
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4

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 and 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 - 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 - Malhamdale Highlights

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: We walk through the villages of Airton and Kirkby Malham, enjoying stunning scenery before descending into Malham village. From here we visit the iconic Janet’s Foss and Malham Cove, before returning alongside the River Aire.

Highlight: Discover more about the fascinating geology of Malhamdale from the Famous Limestone Pavement and the classic limestone landscapes above Malham.


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. 

 


Discover more about Newfield Hall and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Otterburn Beck

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us across fields to Kirk Syke and along lanes to the small village of Otterburn before returning via Bell Busk to Newfield Hall.

Highlight: Discover the hidden history of Otterburn, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Option 2 - Otterburn and Wenningber

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: After crossing the fields to Kirk Syke, this walk heads north along the old Green Lane of Kirk Syke Lane before visiting Otterburn. Another Green lane takes us on a loop round Wenningber Hill, before before returning to Newfield Hall via Kendal Hill.

Highlight: The history of Otterburn and the ‘perfect green drumlin’ of Wenningber Hill.

Option 3 - Crayke and Hellifield Moor

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: After starting our walk the same way as option 2 as far as the quarries, we head off to Orms Gill Green where there is an HF Pathways plantation. After crossing Crayke Moor to reach Langber Lane we head for Otterburn over Hellifield Moor and round Wenningber Hill, before ascending Kendal Hill and returning through Bell Busk. 

Highlight: Superb views all round from Hellifield Moor and a glimpse of Ingleborough.


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. 


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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, 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. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. 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.

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 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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘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.

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

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

Essentials

  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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