Guided Walking for Solos at Malhamdale
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Hills & moorland
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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. 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.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining room
|• 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
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ 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.
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.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Group A: Through Ribblesdale to Settle
Easier Walk: We explore the attractive village of Langcliffe before heading north to Catrigg Force and descending into Stainforth. After visiting the 1873 Hoffman lime kiln we follow the River Ribble into Settle, a picturesque market town first chartered in 1249 and famous for the Settle-Carlisle railway. 7 miles (11.5 km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: A circular walk from Settle, we cover the same route as the Easier Walk but in reverse visiting the Hoffman lime kiln before ascending to Catrigg Force, the higher fells and returning to Settle. 9 miles (14 km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: In addition to the highlights of the Medium and Easier Walks, we also have a hilly loop to visit the hidden village of Feizor, a route often walked by Elgar during visits to Settle. 11.5 miles (19km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Group B: Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove
Easier Walk: From Malham we walk north to Malham Tarn, with splendid views down the Watlowes Valley. We continue to Water Sinks and Tarn Foot, to the top of Malham Cove and return past Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall. 7 miles (11.5 km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in Malham we pass Janet’s Foss to see Gordale Scar before heading onto Malham Moor and Water Sinks. Our highest point of the day is Nappa Cross before we return to Malham via Malham Cove. 10 miles (16km) with 1,850 feet (560m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: 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. Short hands-and-feet scramble up Gordale Scar involves crossing the beck; waterproof walking boots are recommended. 11.5 miles (19km) with 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent.
Group C: Airton and the River Aire
Easier Walk: We follow lanes and field paths to Airton and Warber Hill, with magnificent views over Malham. We descend to Kirkby Malham to visit its 15th century church – ‘the Cathedral of the Dales’ – and return to Newfield Hall along the Pennine Way and River Aire. 6.5 miles (10.5km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: After Calton and Airton we visit Kirkby Malham with its 15th century church – ‘the Cathedral of the Dales’. We then follow field paths to Malham and the River Aire before returning on the Pennine Way. 9 miles (15 km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We walk to Calton and then ascend the moor to the superb viewpoint of Weets Top. We descend Hanlith Moor and follow the River Aire to Malham, before returning alongside the River Aire via Kirkby Malham. 13 miles (21km) with 1,750 feet (540m) of ascent.
Group D: Wharfedale, Simon’s Seat and Bolton Abbey
Easier Walk: Leaving Appletreewick, we follow the River Wharfe, passing Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge and The Strid, a dangerous fast flowing river in a narrow ravine.
We finish at the village of Bolton Abbey, dominated by the 12th century priory ruins. 7 miles (11km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Appletreewick we visit the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill, descending to the River Wharfe near Howgill and following part of the Dales Way past The Strid to end at Bolton Abbey.
10 miles (16.5km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We head to Trollers Gill and High Skyreholme village before going on high moor to the superb viewpoint, Simon’s Seat. We cross Barden Fell and through the Valley of Desolation to follow the river to Bolton Abbey. 11.5 miles (18 km) 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.
Group E: Clapham, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough
Easier Walk: Today’s circular walk starts in Clapham, a traditional Dales village. We pass through the Ingleborough Estate – with an optional guided tour of Ingleborough Cave – and ascend the limestone gorge of Trow Gill to reach the pothole of Gaping Gill, with its 365 foot drop. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow the easier route to Gaping Gill, then cross open country and traverse a path below Thwaite Scars, with views of Crummackdale. We visit Norber with its boulder field of glacial erratics – deposits from the last Ice Age. One short section of exposure above Crummackdale. 7.5 miles (12km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Clapham to Sulber, then a gradual ascent of Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. We return to Clapham via Gaping Gill and the Ingleborough Estate. 10.5 miles (17.5km) with 2,100 feet (640m) of ascent.
2017 Walking Programmes
7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Monday (unless otherwise stated)
Walks A-E: Fri 17 Feb
5 night holidays: 4 days of walking
Walks C,D,E,B: Sun 26 Nov
4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks C,D,E: Mon 20 Feb (Solos)
3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks A,B: Fri 17 Feb
Terrain and transport
Easier Walks are generally on good, well-graded paths. Medium Walks have moderate gradients and some steeper sections. Harder Walks are over high moorland to rugged summits. On some days the walks start or finish at Newfield Hall; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
In the evenings
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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 Malhamdale
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The nearest train station is at Skipton. 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 every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £10 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
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 £15 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.
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. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.
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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|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|18 Sep 2017||MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
|26 Nov 2017||MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale||5||£425.00||£395.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person