Western Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Escapes Holiday
Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Get away from work for a long weekend’s walking and be surprised!
- By the range of guided walks, from a stroll through the green valley of Wensleydale to a circular route on top of the Howgills and harder ascents such as the climb up onto the high moorland summit of Wild Boar Fell, with a fantastic pub at the end of the day.
- By how much you can do in a weekend when your guides know their stuff, from uncovering the highest single drop waterfall in England and Yorkshire’s only true natural lake, to grabbing a drink in the quirky Cross Keys Temperance House.
- By the camaraderie and craic that comes from making discoveries and having adventures in a small group of like-minded people.
Moment of the weekend
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.
Thorns Hall established a foundation in Sedbergh in 1535 and it still retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. It's an amazing house to visit all year round with a lush garden and magnificent hills nearby.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- 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
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
Outdoor Escapes at Sedbergh - 3 night breaks
Available on: 3 May 2019
Day 1: Arrival Day
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.
Day 2: Wensleydale & Wild Boar Fell
Enjoy the choice of three guided walks which explore the beautiful valley of Wensleydale, or the summit of Wild Boar Fell.
Option 1: Wensleydale highlights
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We'll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England at 100ft (small cost to view).
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: This is a real 'away from it all' walk through beautiful upland scenery, with a fantastic pub at the end of the day.
Day 3: Hidden Gems of the Howgills
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 (8½km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: The chance to get off the beaten track and enjoy having this stunning landscape all to yourself.
Day 4: Departure Day & Local Walk
Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a half-day guided walk around Sedbergh.
Option 1: Rawthey Valley
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Discover the Lakes and Dales
Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops and a good range of pubs and cafés. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.
During your visit to Thorns Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh Castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays. Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. www.levenshall.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Hawes & Wensleydale
A 30 minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the setting for All Creatures Great & Small. www.wensleydale.co.uk
The market town of Kendal, about 20 minutes' drive from Thorns Hall has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is also worth a visit. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk
A 40 minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors centre at Brockhole. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or www.brockhole.co.uk
Travel to Thorns Hall
Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE
The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Tuesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.30pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is £18 return, but a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 020 8732 1220.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £27 for a 4 seat taxi per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.
Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 eat for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road round to the right into Finkle Street (avoiding the main street), then almost immediately turn left at a small roundabout into Back Lane. At the next mini-roundabout bear left onto the A683 following signs to Kirkby Stephen. Thorns Hall is a further 100 yards along the road on the left. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Sedbergh using our transfer or by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|3 May 2019||SDBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Sedbergh||3||£375.00||£325.00||Book Now|
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