Rambles with a Sketchbook in the Western Yorkshire Dales

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Interests: Art Holidays

Create your own artistic impressions as we walk through some of the Yorkshire Dales' most inspirational landscapes. We’ll walk up to 4 miles (6½ km) each day, sketching scenes along our journey. Your sketches may be the finished result or used as a source for further painting or drawing.

Holiday Highlights

  • Gentle rambles of up to 4 miles with plenty of stops for sketching
  • A variety of inspirational landscapes from rugged dales to quaint market towns
  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of sketching in a group

 

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • Loan of wooden A3 art boards
  • All transport to and from locations on your holiday

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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.

 

Rooms

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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.

Facilities

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. Food at Thorns Hall is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Thorns Hall

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Getting to Thorns Hall

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Essential Information

  • Sketchbooks – good cartridge paper (e.g.150gm), size of your choice. For example, A4 (or square versions), spiral bound back. You could also bring a panorama shaped sketchbook.
  • 2B & 4B pencils and a watersoluble graphite pencil, sharpener & eraser
  • bulldog clips or large elastic bands
  • a sketching pen
  • Small watercolour set & brushes
  • Refillable brushpens for water
  • Tiny spray bottle
  • Small water bottle
  • A rucksack to carry the materials
  • A foam seat pad or lightweight stool that you can easily carry
  • Protection against sun, weather & insects!

Optional items:

  • a set of Caran D’Ache Neocolour water-soluble pastels, or a set of water-soluble crayons (e.g.Derwent Inktense)
  • Watercolour markers, water soluble coloured pencils.
  • Any other lightweight materials you like to use e.g. pastels
  • A camera

Lightweight wooden A3 painting boards are available for guest loan at the Country House

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Interests:
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