Southern Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking for Solos Holiday
Join other Solo travellers for guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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 beautiful Bolton Abbey, or head for the summits of Ingleborough and Simon's Seat.
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.
Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- 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
Discover the Yorkshire Dales on Foot
Explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - including gentle walks along the green valleys of Wharfedale and Ribblesdale, as well as opportunities to climb to the summits of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Newfield Hall
Saturday: Through Ribblesdale to Settle
Option 1: Ribblesdale
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore 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.
Don’t miss: Settle is a picturesque market town, first chartered in 1249 and famous for the Settle-Carlisle railway.
Option 2: Above Settle
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: Catrigg 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)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: Enjoy views of Ingleborough as we explore this quintessential Dales' landscape.
Sunday: Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove
Option 1: Around Malham
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: See the key sights of Malham including Janet's Foss waterfall and Goredale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove.
Don’t miss: A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.
Option 2: Malham Moor
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.
Don’t miss: Step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale.
Option 3: Gordale Scar
Distance: 11½ miles (19km)
Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: After passing Janet’s Foss we reach today’s highlight – an exhilarating easy scramble up Gordale Scar to reach open ground with excellent views. We continue past Great Close Scar and join the Pennine Way north of Malham Tarn, returning to Malham via the Cove.
Don’t miss: We'll guide you up the dramatic rock chasm of Gordale Scar; a short scrambble.
Image 2: Credit VisitBritain/Lee Beel
Tuesday: Airton and the River Aire
Option 1: Kirkby Malham & the River Aire
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our 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.
Don’t miss: 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: Malham & River Aire
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the beautiful countryside of the Aire Valley as we explore the valley visiting the villages of Airton, Malham and Kirkby Malham.
Don’t miss: Enjoy views of Malham Cove, and walk past Aire Head Spring where the river resurges from underground.
Option 3: Exploring Malhamdale
Distance: 13 miles (21km)
Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Wednesday: Wharfedale, Simon’s Seat and Bolton Abbey
Option 1: Linton to Grassington
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We'll then follow the Dales Way along the river, past Linton Falls to Grassington.
Don’t miss: Explore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe.
Option 2: Conistone Dib
Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: A 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.
Don’t miss: Our walk ends in the traditional Yorkshire village of Grassington with its cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms.
Option 3: Wharfedale Escarpment
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. Our path then follows the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, and the Dales Way to Grassington.
Don’t miss: You'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. Gaze down on the patchwork of fields from the escarpment above.
Thursday: Clapham, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough
Option 1: Gaping Gill
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: We'll stop for an optional tour of Ingleborough Cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Option 2: Norber
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Clapham, over limestone pavements, to the summit of Ingleborough. Our descent route takes us via Gaping Gill to Clapham.
Don’t miss: 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.
Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.
Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.
White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler
Travel to Newfield Hall
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton railway station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £14 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.
From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.
There is free parking with the grounds of Newfield Hall.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
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|26 Jul 2019||MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale||3||£375.00||£360.00||Book Now|
|26 Jul 2019||MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale||7||£879.00||£779.00||Book Now|
|29 Jul 2019||MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale||4||£529.00||£489.00||Book Now|
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