Western Yorkshire Dales Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the Yorkshire Dales at your own pace

Code: SDPOA

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £235.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Thorns Hall in Sedbergh

Thorns Hall established a foundation in Sedbergh in 1535 and it still retains its historic charm with wood-panelled rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. It's an amazing house to visit all year round with a lush garden and magnificent hills nearby.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Full board, including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • Reception hall
  • Two lounges, with wood panelling and open fires
  • Bar 
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Upstairs dining room
  • Formal gardens at the front and side of the house

Dining

An example of Sedbergh evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.

More details on Sedbergh accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Self-Guided Walks

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Thorns Hall - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Try the quiet country lanes of Dentdale by bike, browse Sedbergh's numerous book shops, or take a ride on the Settle to Carlisle railway. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Sedbergh you can enjoy the following recommended routes:  

Aysgarth Falls waterfallsLaid back walks 

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier 

Our easiest routes, allowing 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  Sample route - Exploring Sedbergh

Smardale Viaduct - 2 miles

Aysgarth Falls - 3 miles

Kirkby Stephen & The Viaducts - 3 miles

Beside the River Rothay - 4 miles

Along the river to Brigflatts church - 4 miles

Wensleydale & Hardraw Force - 4 miles


Old railway viaduct spanning Smardale Gill valleyLeg stretcher walks 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy HF Holidays walks level 3 medium 

Some longer walks on valley paths, plus a few of the easier lower fells. Experience a 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


Rolling green hills of the Howgill FellsFull on walks 

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard 

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  Sample route - Cautley Spout and the Calf

Local area

Discover the Lakes and Dales

Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops and a good range of pubs and cafés. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.

During your visit to Thorns Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Sizergh Castle
Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh Castle is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays. Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes' drive from Sedbergh. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

Appleby stationSettle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

Hawes & Wensleydale
A 30 minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the setting for All Creatures Great & Smallwww.wensleydale.co.uk

Kendal
The market town of Kendal, about 20 minutes' drive from Thorns Hall has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is also worth a visit. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

Steamer on WindermereLake District
A 40 minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors centre at Brockhole. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk or www.brockhole.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Sedbergh

Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates between Oxenholme railway station and Thorns Hall every Saturday and Tuesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). The pickup is at 4.30pm from Oxenholme station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Oxenholme station by 10.00am. The transfer is  £15 return, but a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £23 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road to the right into Finkle Street (avoiding the main street), then almost immediately turn left at a small roundabout into Back Lane. At the next mini-roundabout bear left onto the A683 following signs to Kirkby Stephen. Thorns Hall is a further 100 yards along the road on the left. Look out for our sign. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Oxenholme - this is straightforward journey - allow 1½ hours to Oxenholme. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Oxenholme station you can complete the journey to Sedbergh using our transfer or by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4 hours to reach Oxenholme. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Oxenholme takes 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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11 Mar 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £345.00 £270.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
15 Mar 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £625.00 £500.00 Save £125 off pp - Special Early Booking Spring OFFER Book Now
15 Mar 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £285.00 £235.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
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29 Mar 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £689.00 £589.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Spring OFFER Book Now
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22 Jun 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £319.00 £284.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
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9 Jul 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £449.00 £399.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
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17 Aug 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £759.00 £659.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking August OFFER Book Now
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24 Aug 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £759.00 £659.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking August OFFER Book Now
27 Aug 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £449.00 £399.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
31 Aug 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £319.00 £284.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
31 Aug 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £759.00 £659.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking August OFFER Book Now
3 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £449.00 £399.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
17 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £319.00 £284.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now
20 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £759.00 £684.00 Save £75 off pp - Special Early Booking September OFFER Book Now
23 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £449.00 £399.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
27 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £689.00 £619.00 Save £70 off pp - Special Early Booking September OFFER Book Now
27 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £299.00 £259.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
30 Sep 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £409.00 £344.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now
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11 Oct 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £689.00 £589.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Autumn OFFER Book Now
14 Oct 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £409.00 £344.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 7 £625.00 £525.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking Autumn OFFER Book Now
28 Oct 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £345.00 £280.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now
1 Nov 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 3 £285.00 £245.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
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4 Nov 2019 SDPOA - Self-guided Walking - Sedbergh 4 £345.00 £280.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now

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We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them. 

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