Southern Yorkshire Dales Mighty Malham Challenge

Gorgeous golden light as the sun sets behind the Ribblehead Viaduct with rocks in foreground.
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Adventure 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

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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 South 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.

At the house

  • 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

Your evenings

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.

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

Rooms

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 coach house, which has 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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Newfield Hall is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to locally sourced river trout, served with wild garlic oil and sautéed samphire, enjoy Yorkshire lamb three ways or try the Yorkshire tea and smoked Wensleydale souffle with wild mushrooms. Cap it all with a trio of Yorkshire parkin, Yorkshire pudding and Yorvdale dairy ice cream for a feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
6

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