Yorkshire's Three Peaks Challenge
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Enjoy a weekend break summiting the tops of the famous “Three Peaks” of Yorkshire - Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. You have two options to choose from - either tackle the traditional challenge: all three peaks in one day (under 10hrs), or take the slightly more leisurely approach and complete them over two days' walking. We have weekend breaks to cover both options.
- Fabulous views of Ingleborough from the summit of Whernside
- Scenes of the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct and the Settle to Carlisle railway
- Pen-y-ghent (the hill of the winds), the Pennine Way and limestone and shale bands of the Yoredale Series
- The challenge of summiting all three of Yorkshire’s highest peaks in one weekend!
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and evening activities
- Great walking: enjoy superb walks accompanied by an experienced leader
- Accommodation: enjoy the comforts of our Newfield Hall. Relax and enjoy the views from the garden, or soak away any aches in the indoor swimming pool
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.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining room
|• 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
|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.
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
Tackle the Three Peaks over two walking days: 13 July, 31 August departures
Friday: arrival day
From the official start of the Three Peaks challenge route, we make our way from Horton following tracks and fields and climbing to join Pennine Way. Before reaching the summit of Pen-y-Ghent, the ‘hill of the winds’ (2,275ft), we have a steep ascent, crossing the alternating limestone and shale bands of the Yoredale Series. After admiring the views from the top, we begin our descent along the steep grassy slopes of Plover Hill at the northern end of the Pen-y-ghent massif. From here views stretch away westwards into Ribblesdale, with, on a good day, excellent views of both Whernside and Ingelborough. Our walk finishes today at the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, hopefully with time for a stop at the Station Inn. 13 miles (21km) with 2,200ft (660m) of ascent and descent.
Sunday: Whernside & Ingelborough
Our walk up the highest of the Three Peaks begins at Ribblehead Railway Station where a small visitor centre gives information about the Settle−Carlisle railway. We look at Ribblehead Viaduct and remains of the navvies’ township and industrial workings of the 1870s when the mammoth construction works of the railway took place. We walk beside the Settle-Carlisle railway for short while, before beginning our ascent, taking us to Whernside ridge (2,415 feet). Once on the ridge a gentle gradient leads to the summit trig point and impressive stone shelter. Fingers crossed, we’ll have excellent views across to Ingleborough and can trace the route of the railway on its journey from Horton to Dent.
A steep, rocky section of steps takes us down to the road, from where we begin our next ascent – Ingelborough. After crossing farm fields, a steady stepped ascent takes us to the summit plateau of Ingelborough. The last pull up onto the top is a steep one. On the summit you’ll spot the remnants of an Iron Age hill fort including the ramparts. It’s now a long, gentle descent, down to complete our Three Peaks challenge, returning to where we started, the pretty village of Horton. 14 miles (23km) with 3,100ft (930m) of ascent and descent.
The traditional Three Peaks Challenge: 7 September departure
...is a warm up day for us, to help us stretch our legs ready for the true challenge.
Today we tackle Yorkshire's traditional Three Peaks Challenge - aiming to complete the route in under 10 hours. The route is almost identical to that described in the text above, but using the direct descent off Pen-y-ghent, rather than the longer route off Plover Hill. Our challenge is to tick off all three summits and make it back to our starting point, within the set 10hrs. 25 miles (40km), with 5050ft (1560m) of ascent/descent.
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 Malhamdale
Our address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|31 Aug 2018||MDCHA - Yorkshire's Three Peaks - Malhamdale||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
|7 Sep 2018||MDCHA - Yorkshire's Three Peaks - Malhamdale||3||£359.00||£339.00||Book Now|
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