4-Night Western Yorkshire Dales Self-Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4
from £375pp £305pp

Enjoy a break in the Yorkshire Dales with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape. Thorns Hall at Sedbergh is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and a peaceful location from which to explore Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions, for exploring the local area
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Try the quiet country lanes of Dentdale by bike
  • Browse Sedbergh's numerous book shops
  • Take a ride on the Settle to Carlisle railway
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Exploring Sedbergh - 2 miles
  • Smardale Viaduct - 2 miles
  • Aysgarth Falls - 3 miles
  • Kirkby Stephen & The Viaducts - 3 miles
  • Beside the River Rawthey - 4 miles
  • Along the river to Brigflatts church - 4 miles
  • Wensleydale & Hardraw Force - 4 miles

Some longer walks on valley paths, plus a few of the easier lower fells. Experience the true flavour of the Dales as you follow these varied routes.

  • Smardale Gill - 7 miles
  • Aysgarth Falls & Castle Bolton - 7 miles
  • Along the Dales Way - 8 miles
  • Sedbergh Circuit - 8 miles

For those who love to stride out. Expect some rougher paths as you head to some of these famous summits, but there are plenty of rewards when you reach the top.

  • The Calf - 8 miles
  • Whernside - 8 miles
  • Ingleborough from Ribblehead - 9 miles
  • Cautley Spout & The Calf - 11 miles

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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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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £319 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2021
08 Mar - 12 Mar
4 Self-Guided £375 £305 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
15 Mar - 19 Mar
4 Self-Guided £375 £300 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
22 Mar - 26 Mar
4 Self-Guided £375 £305 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
29 Mar - 02 Apr
4 Self-Guided £439 £364 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Apr - 09 Apr
4 Self-Guided £439 £369 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
12 Apr - 16 Apr
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19 Apr - 23 Apr
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26 Apr - 30 Apr
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03 May - 07 May
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17 May - 21 May
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24 May - 28 May
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08 Jun - 12 Jun
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15 Jun - 19 Jun
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22 Jun - 26 Jun
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29 Jun - 03 Jul
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06 Jul - 10 Jul
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13 Jul - 17 Jul
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20 Jul - 24 Jul
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27 Jul - 31 Jul
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03 Aug - 07 Aug
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10 Aug - 14 Aug
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17 Aug - 21 Aug
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24 Aug - 28 Aug
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31 Aug - 04 Sep
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07 Sep - 11 Sep
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14 Sep - 18 Sep
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18 Oct - 22 Oct
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25 Oct - 29 Oct
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01 Nov - 05 Nov
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2 & 3

4 nights from £375pp £305pp

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