Western Yorkshire Dales Pub Walks Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Walks with a theme
Walking Grade: 2
from £365pp £325pp

Fantastic walks rewarded with a pub lunch en route and the chance to sample local ale at the end of the day. These are all cracking walks, but just as importantly, they stop off at historic and characterful pubs, so you can sample the local culture, cuisine and a pint or two too. This holiday has been devised by HF Holidays leader Steve Lumb-Evans.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic walks taking in some of the best Yorkshire Dales scenery
  • Sample some of the famous Yorkshire Dales hospitality as you enjoy local pub lunches (lunch included in holiday price) and sample a pint or two of the local brew at the end of your walks
  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Relax in the comfort & charm of historic Thorns Hall

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Great walking in the company of an experienced HF Holidays walk leader
  • Our country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying rooming for your boots and kit.

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.

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Starting from the village of Thwaite, we cross fields and farmland to the hamlet of Angram before ascending onto the shoulder of Kisdon Hill and following the route of the river Swale, enjoying the views along Swaledale and the surrounding hills before descending to the village of Muker. We lunch at the Farmers Arms before strolling back along the banks of the river Swale to Thwaite and the Kearton Hotel for a well-deserved drink.

Pub trivia:

The Farmers Arms is a ‘proper’ Dales pub – well kept ales and good, hearty home cooking – no frills – very much a Yorkshire pub! Enjoy a tasty pint of Old Peculier and the escape from technology – there’s no TV/jukebox and you’ll get the eye if you’re on your phone!

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

Starting out from our accommodation at Thorns Hall we walk along the river Rawthey and then up onto the open moorland of Frostrow Fells to admire the views of Dentdale and the Howgills before descending into the village of Dent. We have lunch in the Sun Inn and afterwards have time to explore the village of Dent.

Then we can sample a tipple or two in the George and Dragon – while this pub doesn’t have the character of the the Sun Inn, it dishes out pints of Dent brewery’s own beer. Try a pint of T’owd Tup!

Pub trivia:

The Sun Inn is a lovely white-painted, very traditional-looking pub at the top of the village and has been left untouched inside, so no juke boxes, games machines etc. Try the local Kirkby Lonsdale brewery beers from just over the fell.

Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home. 

Thorns Hall

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

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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

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