Southern Yorkshire Dales Pub Walks Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Walks with a theme
Walking Grade: 2
from £559pp £519pp

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 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

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 Steve, an experienced HF Holidays walk leader, and the creator of this holiday
  • Our country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying rooming for your boots and kit and an indoor swimming pool

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 in the village of Buckden we follow the River Wharfe through the village of Hubberholme with its interesting church. We then continue along the river through hay meadows next to the bubbling River Wharfe to Yokenthwaite. We follow the limestone ridge with views over Wharfedale to the hamlet of Cray and the White Lion Inn where we will stop for lunch. A short stroll after lunch takes us along Buckden Rake and into Buckden where we can enjoy a well-deserved drink in the Buck Inn.

7 miles/11km with 900 feet/260m of ascent

Pub trivia:

The White Lion, Cray was restored in 2015 to its traditional form with original beams, open log fires and stone flagged floors with true Yorkshire charm. This old drovers’ inn is one of the highest and remotest pubs in Yorkshire and has been a welcome refuge for 400 years. Now a popular halt for walkers it is also home to a great pint or two with hand pulled ales changing regularly.

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.

At the house

  • 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


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

Your evenings

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.

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


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 coach house, which has 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, 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, 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

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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
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Holiday Prices

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