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 is also our most 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.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra charge.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Newfield Hall is one of our largest Country Houses, and the grand entrance hall and main staircase is one of the most striking features.
There are two lounges and a bar which provide comfortable spaces for relaxation. The new dining room and adjacent ballroom are both very attractive and can be used for larger functions.
A multi-purpose activity room can either be used as a painting studio, or as a games room with table tennis. There is also a range of board games and books.
Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.
The heated indoor swimming pool is very popular with our guests.
Newfield Hall has 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 all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- On arrival there is a long driveway with one speed bump on entering a large car park, with a lower level parking area sloping at approx. 20 degrees up to main parking area
- The surface of the car park is tarmac, with marked parking bays
- The House fronts directly onto the car park
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main entrance & reception
- Main entrance has 2 steps, each step being 15cm high and a short porch (with one step of 15cm high), which leads to the front door, (3¾ft wide)
- There is a permanent wheelchair ramp (5¼ft wide) to the left hand side of the entrance way, providing access to the porch. A temporary ramp can then be provided to allow access in through the front door
- After entering the house, all the facilities are available without encountering any further steps
- The flooring is tile / short pile carpet
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- All internal doors are fire doors and they are all 97cm wide (except where separate measurements have been given)
- The minimum width of the corridor is 10½ft
- The staircase to the upper bedrooms is 5ft wide. In total there are 29 steps, each being 6 inches high
Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
There are two large lounges with wooden fire doors. Short pile carpet flooring and good lighting throughout. The size of the lounges:
- Whernside lounge 17ft x 23ft
- Inglebrough lounge 30ft x 20ft
- Pen-y-Ghent room 29ft x 18ft
- There is one public toilet on the ground floor available from the entrance hall with no steps
- Toilet seat height is 41cm, the basin is 82cm high with no underspace and with 2 taps
- There are 2 toilets in the swimming pool changing rooms, again with no steps
Dining room & bar
- From the entrance hall, there is a 320 cm wide corridor leading to the dining room. Door width 92cm
- There are no steps to the dining room
- Seats and tables are movable. The tables are round with 4 legs. Each table is 76cm high
- All meals served are with waitress service.
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- Indoor swimming pool and the changing rooms are directly off the function room, accessed from the entrance hall down a corridor, which is 3ft 2 inches wide.
- The floor in the changing room is tiled
- Access to the shower in the changing room is over a step of 7cm in height
- The width of the door to the pool is 87cm
- Within the pool area, there is 1 alarm, a rescue hook and 2 life buoys
- The size of the pool is 16ft x 25ft
- Room 15 has been specifically designed for wheelchair users.
- This room is off the main entrance hall on the ground floor, approximately 12m from the permanent ramp
- Access is through two doors, each 90cm wide
- One double bed and one single bed. Both beds are 60cm high
- Available floor space is 2m x 2m
- All bedding is non feather and the flooring is short pile carpet
- All furniture is easily movable
- Bathroom door width is 90cm, level entry
- Toilet height is 45cm with 1 vertical hand rail and 1 pull down horizontal hand rail
- Level entry shower, designed for wheelchair users. Support rail and pull down shower seat, which is 50cm high and 32cm x 32cm in seat area
- Basin height is 73cm with underspace
- Available floor space in the bathroom is 2m x 2m
- The rest of the rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles
- The rooms are located either in the main house or in the tastefully converted coach houses, both on the ground floor and the first floor
- All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, most with shower. A few rooms have a bath
Grounds and gardens
- There is well lit access to the patio area through double doors from the dining room / function room with no steps
- Ramp from the patio to gain access to the grounds
- Garden is level in most parts, with a few steps. Mainly grass with plenty of wooden seats
- 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
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.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
27 Feb 2017, 9:24 a.m.
VERY GOOD stay-Large +clean+well equipped room.EXCELLENT walk leaders who managed the difficult balance of leading without appearing to do so ! They adapted very well to the threat of severely adverse weather conditions(Doris).
Food was tasty and well presented(Too much as usual, I am NOT complaining...).
ALL staff were friendly and helpful.
(See previous entries,on previous page )
24 Feb 2017, 6:31 a.m.
A most excellent. HF at its best. Dancing Sunday night to round off the weekend. Blessed with good weather and of course Malhamdale is a most beautiful house in a great location.
Excellent . A top weekend. HF is doing something right if they can get 40 Walkers to a weekend in February in the middle of nowhere ! Folks from all over including Northern Ireland, USA & Canada. A younger group too. Good to hear folks had been in the bar until midnight & those staying all week actively planning good walks for the day off.
23 Feb 2017, 7:28 p.m.
Excellent holiday - please can we have more solo holidays
Excellent holiday would recommend
23 Feb 2017, 2:11 p.m.
It was very good I really enjoyed it, the walk I did apart from all the mud ha, the pack up was really good apart from the sandwiches which were really disappointing, most people commented on the poor sandwiches which was ashame, as when I have been before they are really fresh and done nicely.
Room was comfortable and large and clean, shower was ok but leaked a bit, evening entertainment was good and the last night dancing was great fun.
Good Value for your money really impressed with the 2nd discount I got.
23 Feb 2017, 11:32 a.m.
This was my first holiday with HF. I was impressed with the organisation of the weekend. Newfield Hall was an ideal venue, providing excellent staff, comfortable rooms, lounging areas and boot-washing/gear-drying areas. The food was very good and tasty, and I appreciated being catered for as a vegan. The four HF guides were competent and worked hard, including providing evening activities for those who wanted to participate.
(Just make sure all walkers and all guides know the bus departure times.)
A small discount was offered for this holiday, and it was very good value.
23 Feb 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Great location. Good company amongst fellow solos.
Disappointed by the pack lunches. Both in the choices and the quantity made available.
Experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders.
23 Feb 2017, 7:13 a.m.
Had a lovely holiday.
Enjoyed everything very much.
23 Feb 2017, 5:21 a.m.
Awkward to use web site. This was a 'Solo' holiday and was difficult to find. I wanted to book walking for a particular weekend - there is no facility to find holidays by date. This particular holiday doesn't appear under 'guided walking' which I would have expected. HF service, however, was excellent as always.
The walks and leaders were excellent as I've come to expect from many holidays with HF. Good evening entertainment and was good to see dancing making a return. Food was a mixed bag. For 2017 the emphasis for lunch is on local food. Loved the pies and home-made cakes, but there is no longer a range of salad items and no energy bars. Premixed trail mix terrible. Evening meals were a mix of excellent (roast beef) and rather bland (HF appears to be afraid of making a decent curry with some actual flavour, and garlic mushrooms should perhaps contain some garlic!!)..
16 Sep 2016, 6:53 a.m.
Great company, better booking service but still poor website.
Great walks and food
13 Sep 2016, 2:42 p.m.
A very good company to book for a Guided Walking holiday.
Most enjoyable holiday - excellent House with lovely atmosphere and lovely food. Choice of walks all very good.
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Dates & Prices
|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||£425.00||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