Southern Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tour

Malhamdale

Code: MDHCR

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Rural peace
From £374.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Spectacular scenery, limestone pavements, awe-inspiring views, Dales villages, waterfalls and ruined abbeys all create a lasting impression of this hidden gem of the English countryside.

The impressive limestone gorge of Gordale Scar and nearby Malham Cove show how dramatic the area can be, while more serene surroundings can be found in delightful Grassington and Malham or the spectacular World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey.

Explore the 17th century manor house, East Riddlesden Hall and the bustling market town of Settle.

Our Discover Tour really get you into the heart of the countryside in the Yorkshire Dales.

Holiday highlights

  • World Heritage Site of Saltaire Mills
  • The impressive limestone gorge of Gordale Scar and nearby Malham Cove
  • The bustling market town of Settle
  • Delightful Dales villages including Grassington & Malham
  • The spectacular World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey 
  • Optional short strolls of up to 1½ miles

Price includes

  • 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
  • Admission cost for the Embsay railway

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Newfield Hall in Malhamdale

Retaining its 19th century grandeur Newfield Hall is our most stately country house. With excellent accommodation and facilities, it's a popular location for walking and leisure activity holidays.

Newfield Hall has 48 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.

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

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Ballroom
  • Multi-purpose activity room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Heated indoor swimming pool 
  • Extensive gardens with views of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Outside there is a walled garden and putting green
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of Malhamdale fruit board an option with your HF dinnerAll 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

Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.

More details on Malhamdale 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
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

For maximum flexibility, most admissions are not included, except for the Embsay railway; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £10 per day for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Our May itinerary is 6 nights - the June, July and September itineraries are 7 nights.

May 2019 itinerary

Arrival day

You're welcome check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Ilkley & Harewood House

Reliving our past as we discover one of the finest collections of toys in the country at Ilkley Toy Museum. In the afternoon we'll visit Harewood House, an 18th century treasure house of England and the setting for Thomas Chippendale's largest ever commission.

Malham & Settle

We’ll visit the bustling market town of Settle, then explore the magnificent limestone scenery on our doorstep – walking within the gorge of Gordale Scar and viewing Malham Cove and the surrounding area.

3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

3-night holiday: Arrival day

You're welcome check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

The ruins of Bolton Abbey

 Embsay train & Bolton priory

Take a nostalgic short steam train ride to the Wharfe Valley, and then explore further upstream. Options include a delightful walk along good trails within the woodland nature reserve of The Strid, or Bolton Abbey priory church with its superb stained glass designed by Pugin. We’ll end the day visiting some typical Wharfedale hamlets and villages such as Grassington.

Saltaire & East Riddlesden Hall

Let's explore the village of Saltaire, the first of our World Heritage Sites. We'll enjoy a guided tour followed by time to explore Sales Mill, which includes a gallery of work by David Hockney. In the afternoon we discover East Riddlesden Hall, home to a 17th century cloth merchant. 

Depart after breakfast

June, July & September 2019 itineraries

Arrival day

You're welcome check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Ilkley & Harewood House

Reliving our past as we discover one of the finest collections of toys in the country at Ilkley Toy Museum. In the afternoon we'll visit Harewood House, an 18th century treasure house of England and the setting for Thomas Chippendale's largest ever commission. It is fitting to visit in 2018, the tricentenary of his birth when the house will host special exhibitions showcasing this nationally important collection.

Malham & Settle

We’ll visit  the bustling market town of Settle, then explore the magnificent limestone scenery on our doorstep – walking within the gorge of Gordale Scar and viewing Malham Cove and the surrounding area.

7-night holiday: Free day

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. A free day for you to explore the local area using the Discovery Point or relax in the Country House.

3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

4-night holiday: Arrival day

You're welcome check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Embsay train & Bolton priory

The ruins of Bolton AbbeyTake a nostalgic short steam train ride to the Wharfe Valley, and then explore further upstream. Options include a delightful walk along good trails within the woodland nature reserve of The Strid, or Bolton Abbey priory church with its superb stained glass designed by Pugin. We’ll end the day visiting some typical Wharfedale hamlets and villages such as Grassington.

Saltaire & East Riddlesden Hall

Let's explore the village of Saltaire, the first of our World Heritage Sites. We'll enjoy a guided tour followed by time to explore Sales Mill, which includes a gallery of work by David Hockney. In the afternoon we discover East Riddlesden Hall, home to a 17th century cloth merchant. 

Fountains Abbey

Lake and parkland at Studley RoyalA spectacular finish to the week, visiting the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey, and the water gardens of Studley Royal. From its beginnings in 1132, Fountains became one of the largest, wealthiest and most prestigious Cistercian abbeys in England. A visit to Pateley Bridge, with perhaps an opportunity for last-minute shopping, rounds off the holiday.

Depart after breakfast

Local area

Discover the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills.

Newfield Hall sits in rolling open countryside. The nearest village with facilities is Gargrave where there is a pub and shop. The market town of Skipton is about seven miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of facilities including supermarkets, shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafes.

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

Two walkers beneath Malham CoveMalham Cove
Just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is the dramatic Malham Cove, just one of the iconic limestone sights of the Yorkshire Dales. If you are not visiting the cove as part of your holiday, it's well worth making the short walk from the village.

 

 

Stone entrance to Skipton CastleSkipton
The market town of Skipton, about 20 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall is a vibrant place to visit. Dominating the the town is its well-preserved medieval castle. www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

 

 

 

Exterior of Bronte Parsonage in HaworthBrontë Parsonage
Visit the parsonage in Haworth, the home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth is around 45 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.bronte.org.uk

 

 

Black steam locomotive hauling trainKeighley and Worth Valley Railway
This preserved steam railway runs from the centre of Keighley to Oxenhope via the ‘Brontë’ village of Haworth. The line is still well-known as the setting for the 1970 film ‘the Railway Children’ and boasts an impressive selection of steam locomotives. Keighley station is around 35 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall. www.kwvr.co.uk

 

Appleby stationSettle to Carlisle Railway
Ride England’s most scenic railway through the Yorkshire Dales from Hellifield or Settle station. Heading north over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle. www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

 

Ruins of Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
This impressive World Heritage Site contains the dramatic ruins of Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country. There is an exhibition of life in the medieval Abbey. Adjacent to the abbey is Studley Royal water garden – England’s most spectacular Georgian water garden.

 

 

White Scar Cave
Located near the village of Ingleton, about 40 minutes' drive from Newfield Hall, White Scar is Britain’s longest show cave. The underground tour reveals spectacular caverns, waterfalls and stalactites. www.whitescarcave.co.uk

Brimham Rocks
See the curious formations of Brimham Rocks above the valley of Nidderdale; around an hour's drive from Newfield Hall. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

RHS Harlow Carr Garden
Situated near Harrogate, about 50 minutes' from Newfield Hall, are the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Harlow Carr. The gardens have been planted to suit the challenging growing conditions of the north. Wander and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

Harrogate
The spa town of Harrogate has fabulous shopping, fine cuisine and glorious gardens. Visit the Turkish baths & health spa, Royal pump room and museum, Valley gardens and Betty’s tearooms.

Lightwater Valley
Set in 175 acres of parkland near Ripon, just over an hour's drive away, Lightwater Valley has big thrill rides including the ‘Ultimate’, the longest rollercoaster in Europe. The park has over 40 rides and is fantastic fun for all the family. www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Blue Mallard locomotive at National Railway MuseumYork
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1½ hours' drive from Newfield Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

 

 

 

Fountains Abbey image ©National Trust ImagesAndrew Butler

Travel

Travel to Malhamdale

Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Skipton. 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 every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. pre-booked taxis cost approx £15 per journey. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

From the south, follow the A65 from Skipton to Gargrave. Leave the A65 by Eshton Road, signposted to Malham and pass Eshton Hall on the right. Newfield Hall is approx 2½ miles further on, on the right and before the village of Airton. Look out for our sign.

From the north, exit the M6 at junction 36 and take the A65 towards Skipton. In Coniston Cold village take a sharp left into a narrow road between houses, signposted to St Peters Church and Bell Busk and Malham. Pass under a railway viaduct, then after a mile bear right over a small bridge. After a further mile turn right at the junction, cross the narrow bridge then shortly after turn left through the gateway onto the drive of Newfield Hall. Look out for our sign.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

There is a local airport at Leeds/Bradford which is served by European flights. From here take the aiport bus to Leeds station, then on by train to Skipton. Alternatively a pre-booked taxi direct to Newfield Hall would cost around £60.

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are direct trains every hour from the airport to Skipton with one change at Leeds. Allow 2 hours to Skipton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 4½ hours to reach Skipton. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to  London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Skipton (1 change at Leeds) - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Leaders

Sharon Kivity

Sharon (pronounced Sharòn) Kivity has worked as a tour leader for many years. She is passionate about travel and feels privileged to be able to share her enthusiasm with her guests. As well as delving into history and architecture, Sharon loves to pick up quirky facts about the places she leads in, including local legends, ghost stories, poems or recipes!

Sharon has a first class humanities degree and subsequently gained a Masters. She loves the arts and for many years, in parallel to her career in tourism, managed several arts festivals, including one dedicated to theatre and another to chamber music.

When not leading groups in the UK and further afield, Sharon is usually found cooking for family and friends…then working it off by jogging and long walks.

Alan D Winfield

Alan Winfield has been leading tours for HF Holidays since 1990. He leads Discovery Tours in the UK, and Walking holidays in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. He also leads City Breaks in Italy. A Yorkshireman by birth and upbringing, he now lives in Cambridge. Alan is a retired teacher and university lecturer and his other passion is amateur theatre where he has taken roles in musicals for over 50 years.

Alan was a brilliant guide and leader whose social skills and expertise made the holiday very enjoyable indeed.

Phil Laverack

A dedicated traveller, Phil researches all his holidays with enthusiasm and dedication. He has trekked all over the world for cancer and children's charities and has a love of the countryside born out of his childhood within the boundaries of the North Yorkshire National Park. History has always been a fascination for him. As a guide Phil hopes the guests on his tours will leave having had a pleasurable and memorable experience and been part of a happy team that really did “discover”.

Took us to some small interesting local features as well as the more obvious tourist attractions. He had researched the area well and had planned and organised very lovely venues for lunch!

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28 May 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 6 £779.00 £709.00 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
28 May 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
31 May 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
28 Jun 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 7 £915.00 £840.00 Save £75 Per Person Book Now
28 Jun 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
1 Jul 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
19 Jul 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
19 Jul 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 7 £915.00 £840.00 Save £75 Per Person Book Now
22 Jul 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
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16 Sep 2019 MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now

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