Outdoor Escapes at Malhamdale

Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day


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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace


  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
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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.

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From £359.00 - 3 to 7 nights


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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Our Outdoor Escapes are an ideal way to end the working week. Enjoy a few days away, or a longer holiday, with people on the same wavelength as you.

During the day you can enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks, a great way to explore the great British countryside - take it easy on our easier walks, or relish the challenge of our longer routes. In the evening relax with likeminded guests, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or relax in the lounge with new-found friends. For those that wish they'll also be informal evening activities on offer; perhaps a team quiz, or talk from a local wildlife ranger.

The huge rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove – once a waterfall to rival Niagara Falls – and the scenic cascades of Gordale Scar, are a snapshot of the wealth of natural wonders nearby. Whether you’re seeking solitude and wilderness or the charm of cobbled streets in the quaint villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, the quiet homely beauty of the Yorkshire Dales will have you hooked.

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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
• 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
• 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
• 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 
• 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


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.
 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.



Saturday: The Dales Way through Wharfedale

The stone bridge at Grassington over the River WharfeFollow the valley of the River Wharfe to picturesque Grassington. Choose between walks through the fields on the valley floor, or gaze down on this scene from the limestone escarpment above. 

Easier Walk: After visiting the unique 12th century Linton church, and Linton village, we follow paths with great views of Wharfedale, passing through Thorpe and Burnsall. Following the Dales Way to picturesque Grassington we pass Linton Falls, the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. Many stiles between Thorpe and Burnsall. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent. 

Medium Walk: After exploring picturesque Linton, we cross Malham Moor and the River Wharfe to Conistone, with views of Kilnsey Crag. After a short, very easy scramble up Conistone Dib (which can be avoided if necessary), we follow the Dales Way to Grassington. 9.5 miles (15.5 km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting at Arncliffe in Littondale we cross Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. We cross the River Wharfe to follow the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington, often described as the ‘capital’ of Upper Wharfedale. 11 miles (18 km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.

Sunday: Ribblesdale and Pen-y-ghent

View of the Ribblehead viaduct with the summit of Pen y Ghent behindThe scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway carves its way through the Yorkshire Dales - the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct is one of its best known features. Our walks explore the valley of Ribblesdale, with the option of ascending Pen-y-ghent, one of the famous Yorkshire three peaks.

Easier Walk: Our route starts southwest of Pen-y-ghent and takes us to the hamlet of Feizor before following tracks and paths to the River Ribble and waterfalls at Stainforth. We follow the river along the Ribble Way to reach the famous railway town of Settle. 6.5 miles (10.5km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent.  

Medium Walk: A lovely circular walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, including a section of the Pennine Way and Ribble Way, and ancient tracks. The day offers magnificent views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Three Peaks, Crummack Dale and the unique limestone pavements of Moughton Scars.
8.5 miles (13.5km) with 950 feet (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Stainforth, our main objective is the ascent of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole and a short, easy scramble. Then the route follows the ridge to Plover Hill, descending over Foxup Moor and crossing Horton Moor to Hull Pot, before joining the Pennine Way to Horton. 10 miles (16km) with 1850 feet (580m) of ascent.

Tuesday: The valley of the River Aire

Canal boat leaving the lock at GargraveEnjoy circular walks from Newfield Hall. Our walks explore the rolling Dales' countryside; one option being to walk beside the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Easier Walk: We walk along quiet lanes to the hamlet of Calton then cross pastures to the River Aire and Airton. We follow an ancient lane south to Bell Busk, ascend fields to the rocky outcrop of Haw Crag, and return to Newfield Hall across Eshton Moor. 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Ascending Eshton Moor on the Pennine Way we reach Friars Head, a 17th century Elizabethan-style house. We continue to the village of Gargrave via the hamlet of Flashby and the towing path of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, before returning on the Pennine Way. 10.5 miles (17km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We walk along quiet lanes to Calton then across undulating pastures to Winterburn Reservoir and its wildfowl. We ascend a bridleway to Weets Top, with extensive views of limestone scenery and peaks in the distance. We descend to Hanlith Bridge and return on the Pennine Way. 12 miles (19km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

Wednesday: Upper Wharfedale and Kettlewell

Walking above KettlewellDiscover delightful Upper Wharfedale - a landscape of unspoilt pastures and timeless villages. Our walks offer a variety of routes to the village of Kettlewell, including the option to ascend Buckden Pike.

Easier Walk: We follow the River Wharfe upstream to Hubberholme and its ancient church, with a 16th century rood screen and furniture by Robert Thompson – ‘the Mouseman of Kilburn’. We then follow the Dales Way downstream to explore the village of Kettlewell. 7.5 miles (12.5 km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent. 

Medium Walk: We ascend Buckden Rake to Cray, then descend Cray Gill to Hubberholme. After ascending the hillside for extensive views down the dale, we descend to Starbotton and follow the Dales Way to Kettlewell. 8.5 miles (14km) with 1,400 feet (440m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We follow the easier route to Hubberholme, then ascend to Scar House, contour round the head of the dale and ascend the summit of Buckden Pike. We then descend to Starbotton and on to Kettlewell. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent.

Thursday: Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove

Group of 4 walkers at Malham CoveVisit the geological wonders of Malhamdale - our walks visit Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn, and the famous Cove. A memorable day of outstanding limestone scenery.

Easier Walk: From Malham we visit Janet’s Foss waterfall and perhaps view the harder walkers climbing Gordale Scar before we ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley. We return to Malham via the Cove. 7 miles (11.5 km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent. 

Medium Walk: From Malham to Janet’s Foss, we view Gordale Scar and ascend Grey Gill, passing through wild country for a fine view of Malham Tarn. We follow the outlet stream to the Watlowes Valley before returning to Malham. Some sections (e.g. limestone at the top of Malham Cove) can be very slippery when wet. 9.5 miles (15.5km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Malham we pass Janet’s Foss before an easy exhilarating scramble up Gordale Scar. We visit the shores of Malham Tarn before travelling west for fine views from Nappa Cross. We descend into Malham via Watlowes and Malham Cove. Short hands-and-feet scramble up Gordale Scar involves crossing the beck; waterproof boots are recommended. 11.5 miles (18.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.

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

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 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).

Train at Skipton station 

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 £10 return, however a place must be reserved 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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

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