Outdoor Escapes at Malhamdale

Guided Walking for guests escaping the working day

Code: MDBOE

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
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Difficulty indicator

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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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 a 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.

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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

 

Saturday: The Dales Way through Wharfedale

Option 1: Linton to Grassington

Green scenery around the village of Burnsall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy great views of Wharfedale as you walk from Linton through the charming villages of Thorpe and Burnsall. We'll then follow the Dales Way along the river, past Linton Falls to Grassington.

Don’t miss: Explore the unique 12th Century church in Linton and look out for Linton Falls - the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe. 

Option 2: Kilnsey Crag

The stone bridge at Grassington over the River Wharfe

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: A horseshoe walk around Wharfedale. We first head up the western side of the valley past the impressive limestone outcrop of Kilnsey Crag. After crossing the river walk through more rugged scenery, then follow the Dales Way to Grassington.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends in the traditional Yorkshire village of Grassington with its cobbled streets, shops and tea rooms.

Option 3: Wharfedale Escarpment

MD Swaledale sheep and lamb

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting at Arncliffe in remote Littondale we'll walk over Old Cote Moor to Starbotton in Wharfedale. Our path then follows the limestone escarpment to Kettlewell, and the Dales Way to Grassington.

Don’t miss: You'll get to savour the beauty of Wharfedale on this walk through quintessential Dales countryside. Gaze down on the patchwork of fields from the escarpment above.

 

Sunday: Ribblesdale and Pen-y-ghent

Option 1: Along Ribbblesdale

Rolling countryside of Ribblesdale

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our route starts southwest of Pen-y-ghent and takes us over the rolling hills to the hamlet of Feizor. Later in the day we'll follow the riverside path beside the River Ribble past the waterfalls at Stainforth to the market town of Settle. 

Don’t miss: A day eploring the tranquil green landscapes of Ribblesdale, with views of Pen-y-ghent and the famous Settle to Carlisle railway.

Option 2: Ribblehead viaduct

View of the Ribblehead viaduct with the summit of Pen y Ghent behind

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: A lovely circular walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale following the Pennine Way and Ribble Way. The day offers magnificent views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Three Peaks, and the unique limestone pavements of Moughton Scars. 

Don’t miss: The scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway carves its way through the Yorkshire Dales - the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct is one of its best known features. 

Option 3: Pen-y-ghent

The summit of Pen y Ghent

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the summit of of Pen-y-ghent, via Churn Milk Hole. We then follow the ridge to Plover Hill, then continue along the Pennine Way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Don’t miss: The famous three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside dominate the landscape. There's a great views and a real sense of achievement when you reach the top.

 

Monday: A day to explore independently

There's plenty to enjoy locally. You may enjoy one of these options, or see the other suggestions on the 'local area' tab.

Skipton

Entrance to Skipto Castle

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.

York

York Minster

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.

Self-guided walks

Discovery Point with self-guided route notes

Our Discovery Point at Newfield Hall contains a wealth of recommended walking routes. Detailed route notes include route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

 

Tuesday: The valley of the River Aire

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.

 

Wednesday: Upper Wharfedale and Kettlewell

Option 1: Upper Wharfedale

Kettlewell church

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the River Wharfe upstream to Hubberholme and its ancient church. We then follow the Dales Way along the valley to Kettlewell, walking beside the River Wharfe for much of our journey.

Don’t miss: Go mouse hunting at Hubbberholme church! There's at least 20 wooden carvings to find on the 16th Century furniture.

Option 2: Views along Wharfedale

Walking above Kettlewell

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk around the head of Wharfedale passing Buckden Rake, Cray Gill and Hubberholme church. We then head south along the valley to Kettlewell, following an elevated path with extensive views down the dale.

Don’t miss: Discover delightful Upper Wharfedale - a landscape of unspoilt pastures and timeless villages. 

Option 3: Buckden Pike

Summit of Buckden Pike

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk around the head of Wharfedale, then ascend onto the moors above to the summit of Buckden Pike. Having descended we'll follow the Dales Way alongside the River Wharfe for the last couple of miles to Kettlewell.

Don’t miss: The views from the top are breathtaking the panorama stretches from Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent to the west to the Cleveland hills in the east.

 

Thursday: Malham Moor, Tarn and Cove

Option 1: Malham highlights

Janets Foss waterfall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: See the key sights of Malham including Janet’s Foss waterfall and Gordale Scar. We ascend gradually up the Watlowes dry river valley and return to Malham via the Cove.

Don’t miss: Explore the geological wonders of Malhamdale and its textbook collection of limestone pavements, dry valleys and sinkholes.

Option 2: Malham Tarn

Two walkers att Malham Cove

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk via Janet’s Foss to view Gordale Scar. We then ascend Grey Gill, passing through wild country for a fine view of Malham Tarn, and return via the Watlowes Valley to Malham.

Don’t miss: The huge natural ampitheatre of Malham Cove is always an impressive sight. Discover the river emerging from the base of the cliff, and watch rock climbers scaling the sheer face.

Option 3: Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: Tackle the easy but exhilarating scramble up Gordale Scar. We visit the shores of Malham Tarn before travelling west for fine views from Nappa Cross before descending into Malham via Watlowes and Malham Cove. 

Don’t miss: The scramble up the rock chasm of Gordale Scar is particularly dramatic - our guides we'll show you the way up this impressive natural obstacle.

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 £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.

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