Southern Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tour
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Hills & moorland
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.
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
- Optional short strolls of up to 1½ miles
- 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
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.
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.
Newfield Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has a bedroom specifically designed for wheelchair access.
- 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
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 with 5 days of touring (no free day). All other departures are 7 nights with 1 free 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.
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.
Skipton Castle & Bolton priory
Visit Skipton Castle - at over 900 years old, it's one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. Then we'll discover the Wharfe Valley with 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.
A 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
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:
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.
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
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
Keighley 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
Settle 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
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
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
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.
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
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 to Newfield Hall
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station. 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 every Friday and Monday between Skipton station and Newfield Hall. The pickup is at 4.10pm from Skipton railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Skipton railway station by 9.35am. This transfer costs just £12 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
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 £14 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.
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.
There is free parking with the grounds of Newfield Hall.
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.
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.
Alan Winfield - Discovery Tour Leader
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.
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 Jun 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||3||£389.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|28 Jun 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||7||£915.00||£855.00||Book Now|
|1 Jul 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
|19 Jul 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||7||£915.00||£855.00||Book Now|
|19 Jul 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
|22 Jul 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||4||£549.00||£524.00||Book Now|
|13 Sep 2019||MDHCR - Discovery Tour - Malhamdale||3||£389.00||£374.00||Book Now|
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