Experience the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and Howgill Fells. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.
When you meet the Barefoot Shepherdess. Let us introduce you to Alison O’Neill, working shepherd, author and designer, who will lead an exploration of a hidden corner of the Dales to uncover the drama of places like Cautley Spout. As you walk up the rough moraine to the base of this almost 200m drop waterfall, you’ll be amazed by what you discover – if this landscape was in the Lakes the place would be overrun but here it is crowd-free and little-known. As you carry on down the valley, Alison will share stories of her cultural heritage, farming and how it has shaped our landscape for an incredible insight.
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- 2 days guided walking
- Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
- Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
- The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
- Any transport to and from the walks
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
Join us at our Thorns Hall Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll into Sedbergh to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.
Option 1 - Wensleydale Highlights
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In Summary: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We'll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England at 100ft (payable locally).
Highlight: Time to explore the pretty market town of Hawes and to sample some of its famous Wensleydale cheese.
Option 2 - Semer Water
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: Explore the rolling hills to the south of Wensleydale. Our route visits Semer Water, Yorkshire’s only true natural lake, then climbs over the ridge to Hawes.
Highlight: Putting your feet up and enjoying real Yorkshire hospitality and a well deserved pint in our much loved haunt - the Crown.
Option 3 - Wild Boar Fell
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)
In Summary: Climb up onto the high moorland summit of Wild Boar Fell via Uldale Gill before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: This is a real 'away from it all' walk through beautiful upland scenery, with a fantastic pub at the end of the day.
The Howgill Fells are a real hidden gem - miles of peaceful, green hills waiting to be explored.
Option 1 - Strolls with the Shepherdess
Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)
In Summary: From the quirky Cross Keys Temperance House we're greeted with scenes of Cautley Spout waterfall, before a riverside walk takes us to Farfield Mill and on to Sedbergh.
Highlight: Local stories and histories as you walk - you'll be accompanied by hill farmer, designer and author - Alison O'Neill, the Shepherdess.
Option 2 - On Top of the Howgills
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In Summary: This circular walk from Sedbergh ascends to the summit of Arant Haw in the Howgill Fells. We then descend over the Nab to join the Dales Way and return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey.
Highlight: The chance for a local insight into one of the true hidden gems of the area - Brigflatts.
Option 3 - Black Force & the Howgills
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 2,350 feet (720m)
In Summary: Carlin Gill takes us up and past one of the most spectacular high-drop waterfalls - Black Force, before we head onto the Calf - the highest point in the Howgills.
Highlight: The chance to get off the beaten track and enjoy having this stunning landscape all to yourself.
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a half-day guided walk around Sedbergh.
In Summary: Explore the green valleys around Sedbergh on this circular walk. We'll head through the fields onto the lower slopes, then return beside the River Rawthey.
Highlight: Our walk ends back in Sedbergh where you may like to take lunch in one of the town's pubs, or explore the celebrated second-hand bookshops before your journey home.
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)
Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.
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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.
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 Thorns Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours, from twice baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle to Lancashire black pudding and Cumbrian rump of lamb.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- 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)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent,
- Sun hat,
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.
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