7-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tour

Bolton Castle
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £949pp £879pp

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

  • Visit the market town of Hawes, home of Wensleydale cheese
  • Discover the wild Pennine Uplands above Swaledale
  • Visit Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum
  • Explore the twisting tunnels of White Scar Caves

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 good-quality coach transport

Trip Notes

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On our first day together, we'll spend time in Aysgarth, home of the spectacular Aysgarth Falls, before continuing to the attractive market town of Hawes. Here we'll be able to taste the famous cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery, see the Ropemakers at work and learn more about the Dales way of life.


We travel over the Pennines today to visit the wonderful market town of Barnard Castle. We can explore the independent shops, 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 château.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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 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. 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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Thorns Hall

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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.

David Smith

David Smith is a secondary school history teacher in London who has thoroughly enjoyed leading innumerable groups for HF Holidays for over 20 years and the great company he has always enjoyed with guests, along with the copious amounts of laughter shared, keeps him coming back for more. Having led holidays all over Britain, he derives great pleasure from introducing guests to the various delights of the locations visited, both well-known and hidden. Art, architecture, natural beauty, culinary delights- the differences evident in the various parts of our wonderful country make each location an exciting prospect.

Dave Weatherley

Dave has travelled extensively all over the world and is an experienced HF Holidays’ leader. He has been leading our holidays since 1997, including those in Mallorca. He lives in the Lake District and has a passion for Mallorcan culture and food. Dave is looking forward to meeting you and showing you this delightful region.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2021
31 Jul - 07 Aug
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28 Aug - 04 Sep
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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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