6-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tour
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.
- Explore the market town of Hawes, home of Wensleydale cheese
- Discover the wild Pennine Uplands above Swaledale
- Visit Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum
- Wander through the historic towns of Kirkby Stephen and Appleby
These highlights apply to the 7-night itinerary. Please see the full itinerary for locations specific to this holiday.
- 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
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
We spend time in the attractive market town of Hawes, before driving through Wensleydale to Aysgarth, home of the spectacular Aysgarth Falls. On our return we will visit the tranquil Semer Water before returning to Hawes where you will be able to taste the famous cheese at the Creamery.
We travel over the Pennines to visit the wonderful market town of Barnard Castle. Explore the independent shops or the ruined castle - or enjoy a leisurely walk. The highlight is a visit to the spectacular Bowes Museum, built in the style of a French chateau.
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 many museums. In the afternoon we visit Levens Hall with its world-renowned topiary gardens.
Today we travel to Lancashire and experience prison life at 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.
The morning is spent in the charming village of Dent where we will find out about the ‘Terrible Knitters of Dent’ and Adam Sedgwick, ‘father of Geology’. We then explore the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale and admire Ruskin’s View.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘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, 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Thorns Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours, from twice baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle to Lancashire black pudding and Cumbrian rump of lamb.
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What to Bring
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, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.
Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.
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