Guided Walking for Solos at Malhamdale

Yorkshire Dales

Code: MDBOS

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace

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Holiday overview

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.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Newfield Hall in Malhamdale

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

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
•  En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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

Facilities

• 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

An example of Malhamdale fruit board an option with your HF dinner

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Accessibility

Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

More details on Malhamdale accessibility

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

Itinerary

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

      

Airton and the River Aire 

Available: 27 Nov 2017, 11 Sept 2018

Option 1: Airton & Haw Crag

Green hills near Bell busk

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the rolling Dales' countryside around Newfield Hall. Our route takes us to the village of Airton, then along an ancient lane to Bell Busk, before returning over the rocky outcrop of Haw Crag.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to sample the tranquil scenery of the Dales and the charmig village of Airton.

Option 2: Gargrave & Pennine Way

Canal boat leaving the lock at Gargrave

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our circular walk takes us south from Newfield Hall through undulating scenery to the village of Gargrave. We'll follow the Leeds-Liverpool canal, before returning on the Pennine Way.

Don’t miss: We'll pass some grand historic buildings including Friars Head, a 17th century Elizabethan-style house, and the 16th Century Eshton Manor.

Option 3: Weets Top

Countryside abpve Malham

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk across undulating hills to Winterburn Reservoir then on to Weets Top, with its extensive views of Malham's classic limestone scenery. We descend to Hanlith Bridge and return along the Pennine Way beside the river Aire. 

Don’t miss: Winterburn Reservoir was built to supply water to the canal. Its now a good spot to see a range of birdlife.

 

Wharfedale, Simon’s Seat and Bolton Abbey

Available: 28 Nov 2017, 12 Sept 2018

Option 1: Beside the Wharfe

The ruins of Bolton Abbey

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends beneath the iconic ruins of Bolton Abbey, a 12th-century Augutinian monastery.

Option 2: Trollers Gill & The Strid

River Wharfe at The Strid

Distance: 10 miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the limestone gorge of Trollers Gill then descend to the River Wharfe and follow the river past The Strid to Bolton Abbey. 

Don’t miss: The Strid; 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

View of Wharfedale from the descent of Simons Seat

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.

Don’t miss: The 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.

 

Wednesday: Clapham, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough

Available: 29 Nov 2017, 13 Nov 2018

Option 1: Ingleborough Cave

Entrance to Ingleborough Cave

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: Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill pot hole

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend through the Trow Gill gorge to immense pot hole of Gaping Gill. Our return route takes us over the limestone pavement to Thwaite Scars, and  across a boulder field of glacial erratics – deposits from the last Ice Age.

Don’t miss: Gaping Gill is awe-inspiring in its scale. This huge pot hole drops 100 metres the moors into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Option 3: Ingleborough

A walker decending 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.

 

Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove

Available: 30 Nov 2017, 4 Mar 2018, 9 Sept 2018

Option 1: Malham Cove

Group of 4 walkers at Malham Cove

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Malham village to Malham Tarn, with splendid views down the Watlowes Valley. We continue to the top of Malham  Cove and return past Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss waterfall.

Don’t miss: A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery as we visit the geological wonders of Malhamdale.

Option 2: Malham Cove & Moor

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Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Pass Janet’s Foss waterfall and 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. 

Don’t miss: Step onto the limestone pavement atop Malham Cove and soak up the panoramic view ahead over Malhamdale.

Option 3: Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

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

Through Ribblesdale to Settle

Available: 3 Mar 2018, 8 Sept 2018

Option 1: Ribblesdale

Gate in Ribblesdale looking towards Ingleborough

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

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. In the afternoon we visit the Hoffman lime kiln then follow the River Ribble into 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

Group of 4 walkers

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (370m)

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

Catrigg Force waterfall

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.

Local area

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:

Two walkers beneath Malham CoveMalham Cove
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.

 

 

Stone entrance to Skipton CastleSkipton
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

 

 

 

Exterior of Bronte Parsonage in HaworthBrontë Parsonage
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

 

 

Black steam locomotive hauling trainKeighley 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

 

Appleby stationSettle 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

 

Ruins of Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
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

Brimham Rocks
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

Harrogate
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.

Lightwater Valley
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

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
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

Travel to Malhamdale

Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Use an HF transfer

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 £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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
26 Nov 2017 MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale 5 £425.00 £395.00 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
2 Mar 2018 MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale 3 £315.00 £270.00 Save £50 off pp - 3 night March special Book Now
7 Sep 2018 MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale 3 £359.00 £329.00 Save £30 off pp - 3 night Sept special Book Now
7 Sep 2018 MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale 7 £845.00 £765.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £80 Per Person Book Now
10 Sep 2018 MDBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Malhamdale 4 £515.00 £475.00 Save £40 off pp - 4 night Sept special Book Now

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