Southern Yorkshire Dales Mighty Malham Challenge

Gorgeous golden light as the sun sets behind the Ribblehead Viaduct with rocks in foreground.
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Challenge Walks
Walking Grade: 6

One almighty long distance walking challenge awaits, taking on sections of some the Yorkshire Dales most famous trails on a mega leg stretcher from the charming Dales market town of Sedbergh to our country house accommodation at Newfield Hall. The challenge takes two days walking and includes some superb sections of the Dales, Ribble and Pennine Way long distance trails, plus the ascent of Pen-y-ghent – one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Stride out on sections of the Yorkshire Dales most famous trails
  • Take on Pen-y-ghent (the hill of the winds), one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks
  • Tick off just under 40 miles of superb Dales scenery in just one weekend
  • Marvel at the wild landscape of unbroken heather moorland and limestone pavement
  • Time back at our luxurious country house to relax each evening

What’s included

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and evening activities
  • Great walking: enjoy superb walks accompanied by an experienced leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy the comforts of our Newfield Hall. Relax and enjoy the views from the garden, or soak away any aches in the indoor swimming pool

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea when you can meet your leader and get ready for the challenge ahead.


Distance: 19 miles (30.5km)

Total Ascent: 2,800 feet (860m)

We’re straight into our challenge - a (very) early morning start with a transfer to the HF Country House at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, for bacon butties and cuppas before we set off at pace. We begin by heading out to join the Dales Way as it winds its way gradually uphill along the peaceful riverbanks of Dentdale. We continue our climb onto Great Wold and Craven Wold before a gradual descent to Ribblehead and its famous viaduct. Part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks trail then takes us to join the Ribble Way and eventually a section of the Pennine Way, before we reach our destination today – Horton in Ribblesdale. It will be a long day as we’ve got plenty of miles to cover – it’s then into the minibus and back to the comfort of Newfield Hall to rest and refuel for our second leg of the challenge.



Distance: 17½ miles (28km)

Total Ascent: 2,450 feet (760m)

The Pennine Way packs a punch first thing today, as we head for our high point of the holiday – Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks. We then follow the Pennine Way for the rest of the day, passing through classic Yorkshire Dales scenery - Malham Tarn, England’s highest freshwater lake, and the dramatic Malham Cove (once a waterfall to rival the size of Niagara Falls), before continuing through the pretty villages of Malham and Airton, to reach Newfield Hall where we can celebrate completing the almighty Malham challenge.


Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home. 

Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in southern 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.



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.


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. Food at Newfield Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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