Southern Yorkshire Dales Pub Walks Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Walks with a theme
Walking Grade: 2

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.

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 your holiday price) and sample a pint or two of the local brew at the end of your walks
  • Enjoy a traditional farmhouse lunch in what was the Woolpack, in the original Emmerdale Farm TV series

Trip Notes

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Starting at Malham Tarn we climb up onto the moorland behind Middle House from where we follow the ancient path used by monks to reach their grazing lands in Littondale, then reach the village of Arncliffe. We will eat lunch at the Falcon before taking a leisurely stroll alongside the river Skirfare to the quiet village of Litton and a warm welcome in the Queens Arms.

At the end of the walk, get cozy at the fireside at the Queens Arms, or sit outside in the garden and enjoy the sunshine. Try one of the local guest ales, maybe a pint of Ilkley’s Wharfedale, or the Queen’s own Best Bitter. This is a CAMRA approved pub with some cracking pints.

7 miles (11½km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent

Pub trivia:

The Falcon was the original Woolpack in ITV’s Emmerdale. It’s a very traditional Dales pub, with great beers and food. The beer is still served from a jug! Try the award winning Timothy Taylors.

Starting at the iconic Bolton Abbey, we follow the Dales way alongside the river Wharfe through woodland passing the famous ‘Strid’ and then on through fields and meadows to the village of Appletreewick. We have lunch in the Craven Arms before descending back to the river Wharfe and taking a leisurely walk along the river bank to the village of Burnsall where we pop into the Red Lion, perched next to the river with views across the village green.

The Red Lion is our final stop of the day - the cellars are said to be inhabited by a mischievous ghost who finds it amusing to turn off the beer taps and icemaker!

8 miles (12½km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Pub trivia:

Look out for the bizarre range of weapons on display at the Craven Arms – they hail from the battle of Flodden. The pub has recently reconstructed its own Cruck barn, with a heather thatched roof, and was once a 16th century farmhouse, starting its life as a pub when the farmers began to supplement their income by serving ale through their kitchen window.

Starting at the village of Buckden we follow the Roman road to the hamlet of Cray from where we follow the limestone ridge into Langstrothdale, and then Yokenthwaite, taking in the views of Wharfedale and Langstrothdale as we go. From Yokenthwaite we walk back along Langstrothdale through hay meadows next to the bubbling river Wharfe, and to the village of Hubberholme where we’ll lunch at the historic Dales Inn, the George. After lunch we’ve a short stroll along the river Wharfe back to Buckden and a well-deserved drink in the Buck Inn.

7 miles/11km with 600 feet/200m of ascent

Pub trivia:

The George is a very traditional pub, a bit quirky though in the fact that it used to be the vicarage as well as the pub! The pub has been recognised in the British Pie Awards for the last three years running – hungry yet!?! It’s also home to a great pint or two – try the Blacksheep brewery or one of the other local rivals.

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted Courtyard rooms, which have been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.

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 and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.

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 Newfield Hall is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to locally sourced river trout, served with wild garlic oil and sautéed samphire, enjoy Yorkshire lamb three ways or try the Yorkshire tea and smoked Wensleydale souffle with wild mushrooms. Cap it all with a trio of Yorkshire parkin, Yorkshire pudding and Yorvdale dairy ice cream for a feast of regional flavours.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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