Southern Yorkshire Dales Pub Walks Holiday
Sample some of the famous Yorkshire Dales hospitality
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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.
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 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, and will be led by HF Holidays leader Steve Lumb-Evans.
- 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
- 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
Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.
Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.
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.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- 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
Malham Tarn to Litton via Arncliffe
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, to 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/11.5km with 500 feet/150m of ascent
The Falcon was the original Woolpack in ITV’s TV programme – 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.
Bolton Abbey to Burnsall via Appletreewick
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/12.5km, 500 feet/150m of ascent
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.
Buckden circular via Hubberholme
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/190m of ascent
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.
Discover the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.
Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.
During your visit to the Newfield Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.
White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler
Travel to Newfield Hall
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station. 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 every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton railway station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £14 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.
From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.
From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.
There is free parking with the grounds of Newfield Hall.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.