4-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tour

Gorgeous golden light as the sun sets behind the Ribblehead Viaduct with rocks in foreground.
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours

Get under the skin of the local area with visits to picturesque market towns, museums and historical attractions. Taste Wensleydale cheese at the creamery, travel over the Pennines to Barnard Castle and enjoy a guided tour of Kendal.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the fantastic topiary at Levens Hall
  • Learn about the 'Terrible Knitters of Dent'
  • Experience prison life at historic Lancaster Castle 
  • Visit the thriving market town of Kendal

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage. 

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.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Today we travel to Lancashire and experience prison life with a tour of Lancaster Castle. We will enjoy glorious views of Morecambe Bay from our lunch stop at the Ashton Memorial before heading to Leighton Hall, home to the Gillow family of furniture-makers. We will be able to relax on the furniture while discovering more about the history of the family.


We will spend the morning in the thriving market town of Kendal where you can enjoy a guided tour of the town or discover more about the area in one of the town's museums. In the afternoon we visit Levens Hall with its world-renowned topiary gardens.


The morning is spent in the town of Kirkby Lonsdale, where we can walk to Ruskin's View which inspired JMW Turner's painting as well as Ruskin himself. In the afternoon we will travel to the White Scar Caves, taking a tour through the maze of tunnels. Later, we'll round off our holiday with a visit to the charming village of Dent where we will find out about the ‘Terrible Knitters of Dent’ and Adam Sedgwick, ‘father of Geology’. 


Enjoy a leisurely 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.

 

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

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera and drinks (at least 1 litre) during the day.

Please note: For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage.

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Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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