Southern Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 17 & September 20
Start: Newfield Hall Country House Hotel, Southern Yorkshire Dales, England
End: Newfield Hall Country House Hotel, Southern Yorkshire Dales, England
Southern Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 7 nights based at Newfield Hall, Malhamdale, North Yorkshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

These holidays offer a perfect mix of short, guided walks (4-5 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in the Southern Yorkshire Dales with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Discovering the best of the Southern Yorkshire Dales
  • Visiting the UNESCO-listed Saltaire Victorian model village
  • Taking a ride on the scenic Settle-Carlisle railway line
  • Exploring UNESCO-listed Fountains Abbey
  • The remarkable limestone scenery at Malham Cove
  • Staying in the comfort of our country house

Pick Up Location & TIme

Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Newfield Hall
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily packed lunches (L)
  • Dinner each night: Three-course plus tea & coffee (D)
  • Guided walks and sightseeing visits with an experienced Leader
  • All transport to and from walks and sites of interest

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station.)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £18 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. 

Walking tours with sightseeing include:

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from cream tea on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
  • Entrance fees are not included – choose locally 

The Walking tour with Sightseeing program is a combination of Guided Walking Tours and Discovery Tours to give you the best of both touring styles. 

Enjoy easier walks (6 – 8 km) that let sightseeing take center stage. We offer carefully-curated itineraries that balance sights, hikes, and activities. Let our experienced Leader introduce you to the heart of a region, highlighting the history, heritage, landmarks, wildlife, and more. 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. (D, T)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 2The Settle-Carlisle Railway & Ribblehead Viaduct

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In Summary: We travel to the small market town of Settle with plenty of cafés, including Ye Olde Naked Man, and pubs and a selection of shops. There is time to spend exploring its interesting buildings, including the Folly Museum before making our way around to the Station where we will have the opportunity to visit the Old Signal Box. Time then to hop aboard the train and take in the superb scenery.  We alight at the Ribblehead Station/Museum to take in history of the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this countryside with a walk beneath Whernside, one of Yorkshire’s famous “Three Peaks”. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 3Saltaire

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 160 feet (50m)

In Summary: Our walk today takes us through woodland trails and along part of the Leeds Liverpool Canal past the famous Five Rise Locks to the World Heritage Site of Saltaire. This remarkable Victorian model village is steeped in history, built by Titus Salt to house his textile workers. There will be plenty of time to explore the village including Victoria Hall and Salt’s Mill with its shops and galleries this afternoon, or why not have a ride on the Shipley Glen Tramway the oldest funicular tramway in the UK. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 4Free 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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 5Fountains Abbey

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: very little

In Summary: Today we visit the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. We visit the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey and Fountains Mill for an induction to its history with its audio-visual presentation. We then enjoy “a walk through the centuries”, taking in the impressive water gardens, ponds & cascades, follies & classical temples.

Many of you will have National Trust membership already, so we haven’t included the entrance fee to Fountain’s Abbey in your holiday price, as you’ll be entitled to free entrance on showing your NT membership card. If you’re not a NT member, please allow approx. £18 for entrance fees today. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 6Grassington, The Dales Way and Bolton Abbey

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Our first stop today is at Grassington, where there’s time to explore this picturesque village, wander down to Linton Falls, visit the National Park Centre, or to relax in one of its tea shops. We then travel to Bardon Bridge to begin our walk, following a scenic section of the Dales Way, to the Cavendish family’s Bolton Estate. We walk past the Strid, where the river is forced through a deep, narrow sandstone channel, before a woodland section eventually brings us to the 12th century Bolton Priory Church and Bolton Abbey Village.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 7Malham

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 250ft (80m)

In Summary: We start today’s walk surrounded by wonderful limestone scenery, at Malham Tarn – the highest lake in England. Our walk takes us to the famous limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove (from April – end of July, if we’re lucky we may see the Peregrine Falcons that nest here). After we arrive at Gordale Bridge we visit the magical Janet’s Foss, a delightful waterfall set in woodland. We finally make our way into Malham village where there’s time to explore and enjoy a cup of Yorkshire tea or beer in the local tea shops and pubs. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Newfield Hall

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: May 17 $2,600  Call to Enquire
2024: September 20 $2,600  Call to Enquire

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Walking with Sightseeing Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your 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.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £18 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. 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.

Travel Details:
Address is: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

By Train:
The most convenient train station is at Skipton. Gargrave station is closer, but there is no taxi service from this station.

By Taxi:
The 8½ mile journey from Skipton to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Station Taxis. As a gide price, it cost £14 per 4-seat taxi in 2019. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Station Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 1756 700777
Email: stationtaxis@hotmail.co.uk
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Newfield Hall Manager.
*Station Taxis is not owned or managed by 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.

There is free parking with the grounds of Newfield Hall.

Hotel Description
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Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. A grand country house, this stately, storied property retains many of its original nineteenth century features, from the grand entrance to the sweeping staircase inside. The Hall has 48 bedrooms, as well as two cosy lounges and an elegant bar, providing guests with a laid-back and unstuffy retreat with a generous sprinkling of style. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove and its deeply indented limestone pavement, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell.

Address: Newfield Hall, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4AA

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the tastefully converted Courtyard rooms, which have been reimagined as pretty bedrooms, where pops of mustard contrast with the blue and teal furnishings. With 48 bright and well-appointed rooms, Newfield Hall is one of our largest properties and there’s a range of ‘Classic’, ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ rooms to choose from: we love rooms 3 and 6, both of which are large corner rooms containing original features, with large bay windows overlooking the gardens and beyond the pristine farmland, hills, and yes, dales, of this picturesque pocket of Yorkshire: make use of the telescope trained through the window of Room 6 to scour the countryside for trails to explore.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, walled garden, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Once settled, stroll the large gardens and gaze out over the Yorkshire Dales, or try your hand on the putting green. Slip in to the heated indoor swimming pool to soak while still being able to look out over the gardens. Make use of the activity room or simply retreat to one of the lounges: grab a book and curl up in the stylish Ingleborough Lounge or pull up a chair and challenge someone to cards and board games in the smart Pen-y-Ghent Lounge. Stop in the Heritage Room for inspiration at our helpful Discovery Point and look out for our founder T A Leonard’s boots, long since retired and sat on the mantlepiece. Pop in to the stylish bar before dinner for a pint of excellent local ale or a favourite gin, pausing to admire the maps set into the bar itself, and retire there later to strike up conversation with other guests and swap stories of your adventures in the Dales.

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