Western Yorkshire Dales Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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Hills & moorland
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.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Yorkshire Dales - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
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
|All 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.
Just 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.
Due to the layout and the age of Thorns Hall, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility.
- 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
Discover the Yorkshire Dales & Howgills on Foot on Foot
Explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and Howgill Fells on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - including gentle walks along the green valleys, as well as opportunities to climb to the summits of Ingleborough, Whernside and the Howgill Fells. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.
- Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
- We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Thorns Hall
Mallerstang - myths and legends
Available on: 2 Nov 2019
Option 1: A Pennine Journey
Distance: 5 miles (7½km)
Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk through fields, and cross the River Belah, before following the Wainwright conceived trail 'A Pennine Journey' to the village of Winton where we stop for Lunch. In the afternoon we use another stretch of the trail to reach the market town of Kirkby Stephen.
Don’t miss: Kirkby Stephen - a traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops.
Option 2: Lady Anne's Way
Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)
The walk in a nutshell: Descend through the Mallerstang Valley from Aisgill to Kirkby Stephen. We'll follow Lady Anne's Way along the valley side, then alongside the River Eden to Pendragon Castle and Stenkrith Falls.
Don’t miss: Our walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England's most scenic line.
Option 3: Mallerstang Edge
Distance: 10 miles (16½km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: A high-level traverse along Mallerstang Edge including the tops of High Seat and High Pike Hill. Our walk takes us from Aisgill to Kirkby Stephen.
Don’t miss: Expect some wild and track-less terrain, but also great views over the green Eden Valley.
The Howgills Fells and Lune Valley
Available on: 3 Nov 2019
Option 1: Dales Way
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: A delightful walk alongside the River Lune following the Dales Way. We'll then cross the fields to Brigflatts church and Sedbergh.
Don’t miss: Discover the attractive and tranquil scenery of the Lune Valley. Our walk ends back in Sedbergh where you might like to visit one of the historic pubs or explore the town's celebrated bookshops.
Option 2: Above the Lune Valley
Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk above the Lune Valley, visiting Fox's Pulpit and Lily Mere lake. Having descended to the River Lune we'll return along the Dales Way through the fields to Sedbergh.
Don’t miss: Fox's Pulpit is a rocky outcrop where George Fox, the founder of the Quakers preached. From here there's a beautiful view across the valley to the Howgill Fells.
Option 3: Howgill Traverse
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fantastic north to south traverse across the Howgill Fells. Walking high in the hills for most of the day we'll follow the undulating ridge over Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, then continue onwards along the ridge to Sedbergh.
Don’t miss: The Calf is the highest point in the Howgills and enjoys a great view over the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains.
Wensleydale and Wild Boar Fell
Available on: 5 Nov 2019
Option 1: Wensleydale highlights
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We'll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop in England at 100ft (small cost to view).
Don’t miss: Akrigg is a quintessential Dales village that found fame as the location of TV’s All Creatures Great and Small.
Option 2: Semer Water
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: Explore the rolling hills to the south of Wensleydale. Our route visits Semer Water, Yorkshire’s only true natural lake, then climbs over the ridge to Hawes
Don’t miss: The walk ends in Hawes where you can sample the valley's most famous product - delicious Wensleydale cheese.
Option 3: Wild Boar Fell
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
The walk in a nutshell: Ascend to the high moorland summits of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell, before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale.
Don’t miss: This is a real 'away from it all' walk through beautiful upland scenery.
Available on: 6 Nov 2019
Option 1: Keld and Muker
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the delightful upper reaches of Swaledale. We'll follow the valley from Thwaite to Keld, returning past the waterfall of East Gill Force and the centuries-old lead mine at Crackpot Hall.
Don’t miss: The small villages of Keld and Muker have a timeless quality with their traditional farms and historic churches.
Option 2: Upper Swaledale
Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)
Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk over Black Hill between Thwaite and Keld, then follow the upper Swale valley to Muker, finishing along a spectacular terrace above the river.
Don’t miss: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.
Option 3: Great Shunner Fell
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)
The walk in a nutshell: Cross the hills from Wensleydale to Swaledale. Our highest point is the summit of Great Shunner Fell, from where we descend following the Pennine Way to the village of Muker.
Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view over the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District fells in the distance.
Smardale, Green Bell and Ravenstonedale
Available on: 7 Nov 2019
Option 1: Smardale Gill
Distance: To be confirmed
Total ascent: To be confirmed
The walk in a nutshell: We start our walk at Crosby Garrett and follow Smardale Gill, passing the old viaduct before finishing at the village of Ravenstonedale
Don’t miss: The valley of Smardale Gill is an unexpected delight crowned by the majestic viaduct of the old Darlington to Tebay railway.
Option 2: Smardale Circuit
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: A circuit of the hills above Smardale. Our outward route takes us over Nettle Hill to the village of Crosby Garrett, before crossing the river and returning over Smardale Fell to Ravenstonedale.
Don’t miss: Smardale Gill is a National Nature Reserve; a classic limestone habitat that is rich with butterflies, wild flowers and birds.
Option 3: North East Howgills
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)
The walk in a nutshell: A south to north traverse of the Howgill Fells. After a steep ascent to the summit of Yarlside we'll take in the summits of Green Bell and Randy Gill Top before a lovely ridgetop descent to Ravenstonedale.
Don’t miss: A classic walk over the long grassy ridge of the Howgill Fells.
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:
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
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
Settle 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 & Small. www.wensleydale.co.uk
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
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 to Thorns Hall
Our address is: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE
The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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 £18 return, but a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 020 8732 1220.
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 £27 for a 4 seat taxi 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.
Leave the M6 at junction 37 and follow the A684 eat for 5 miles to Sedbergh. On reaching Sedbergh follow the road round 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 car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
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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|1 Nov 2019||SDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Sedbergh||3||£339.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||SDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Sedbergh||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||SDSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Sedbergh||4||£435.00||£395.00||Book Now|