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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : March to October (except May and September)
Start: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
End: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
Western Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Snuggled between the much-loved Lake District and the charming Yorkshire Dales lies the hidden beauty of the Howgill Fells. This corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offers high peaks, rugged dales, quaint market towns and sweeping panoramas, all of which can be enjoyed on our Guided Walking holidays.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Let an experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Pick Up Location & TIme

Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE (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 Thorns Hall
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Oxenholme)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
Western Yorkshire Dales Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (D)

Day 2The Howgill Fells and Sedbergh

Option 1 – Rawthey Valley
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 750 feet (220m)
In Summary: Explore the green valleys around Sedbergh on this circular walk. We’ll head through the fields onto the lower slopes of the Howgills, then return beside the River Rawthey.
Highlight: Towards the end of the walk we’ll stop at Farfield Mill. This lovingly restored Victorian woollen mill that now hosts a cafe and heritage centre.

Option 2 – Over the Howgills
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)
In Summary: This circular walk from Sedbergh ascends to the summit of Arant Haw in the Howgill Fells. We then descend over the Nab to join the Dales Way and return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey.
Highlight: An opportunity to get high onto the Howgill Fells; a beautiful upland area of rolling grassy hills.

Option 3 – The Calf
Distance: 10½ miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)
In Summary: After a valley walk along the Rawthey Valley we’ll ascend steeply past the Cautley Spout waterfall onto the Howgill Fells. We’ll head to The Calf, the highest point of the Howgills, before a glorious descent along the ridge to Sedbergh.
Highlight: The classic Howgills walk where you’ll get to experience this stunning landscape and soak up the views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3Above and along the river Lune

Option 1 – Lune Valley
Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Starting high in the fells beside Barbon Beck we’ll descend to the Lune Valley below and visit the villages of Barbon and Casterton on the way to Kirkby Lonsdale.
Highlight: The walk ends in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where you can explore the speciality shops, pubs and tearooms.

Option 2 – Casterton Fell
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: Walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley over Hogs Hill and Casterton Fell to Kirkby Lonsdale.
Highlight: We’ll approach Kirkby Lonsdale over the Devil’s Bridge where the fine river and fell views inspired Turner’s painting and prompted John Ruskin to describe the scenery as some of the loveliest in Europe.

Option 3 – Middleton Fell
Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)
In Summary: Walk over the long grassy ridge of Middleton Fell on our walk from Barbon in the Lune Valley to Sedbergh.
Highlight: Enjoy great views over the Lune Valley to the Howgill Fell and the Lake District Mountains as we enjoy this peaceful upland scenery.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

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

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Wensleydale and Wild Boar Fell

Option 1 – Wensleydale Highlights
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In Summary: Follow the green valley of Wensleydale from Askrigg to Hawes. We’ll pass Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England at 100ft (small cost to view).
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In Summary: Ascend to the high moorland summits of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell, before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: This is a real ‘away from it all’ walk through beautiful upland scenery.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Upper Swaledale

Option 1 – Keld and Muker
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (300m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (12.5km)
Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary: Walk over Black Hill between Thwaite and Keld, then follow the upper Swale valley to Muker, finishing along a spectacular terrace above the river.
Highlight: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.

Option 3 – Great Shunner Fell
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Dentdale

Option 1 – Along Dentdale
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 500 feet (140m)
In Summary: Follow the Dales Way along Dentdale from the village of Dent to Sedbergh. Our route follows the River Dee for most of the day before a gentle ascent over the hill to Sedbergh.
Highlight: We’ll explore the small village of Dent, peacefully situated at the head of the valley, and discover the story of its ‘terrible knitters.’

Option 2 – Aye Gill Pike
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
In Summary: Walk high on the moors above above Dentdale to Rise Hill and Aye Gill Pike. Our route then descends gradually along the grassy ridge to Sedbergh.
Highlight: Enjoy the panoramic views over Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells as you descend from Aye Gill Pike.

Option 3 – Whernside
Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 2,100 feet (640m)
In Summary: Ascend from Dentdale onto the lofty summit of Whernside. We descend by Deepdale and follow the River Dee into Dent.
Highlight: Whernside is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks with excellent views of the Pennines, the Lake District and the Ribblehead Viaduct.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

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

Version 2 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (D)

Day 2The Howgill Fells and the Lune Valley

Option 1 – Dales Way
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In Summary: A delightful walk alongside the River Lune following the Dales Way. We’ll then cross the fields to Brigflatts church and Sedbergh.
Highlight: 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 (15.5km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (14.5km)
Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: The Calf is the highest point in the Howgills and enjoys a great view over the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3Mallerstang - Myths and legends

Option 1 – The Upper Eden Valley
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 500 feet (140m)
In Summary: Follow the Upper Eden valley to the market town of Kirkby Stephen. We’ll pass the ruins of Pendragon Castle, which according to legend was built by Uther Pendragon, King Arthur’s father.
Highlight: The Mallerstang Valley is home to a colony of red squirrels. If you’re lucky you may get to spot one of these illusive creatures.

Option 2 – Lady Anne’s Way
Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 750 feet (240m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Our walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England’s most scenic line.

Option 3 – Mallerstang Edge
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Expect some wild and track-less terrain, but also great views over the green Eden Valley.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

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

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Dufton, High Cup Nick and Appleby

Option 1 – Eden Valley
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 650 feet (200m)
In Summary: Walk through the rich green pastures of Cumbria’s Eden Valley on this walk from Dufton to Appleby. Our route includes the magical wooded valley of Dufton Ghyll.
Highlight: Our walk connects the charming fell side village of Dufton, with the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Option 2 – Around Dufton Pike
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In Summary: Head onto the lower slopes of the North Pennines on our walk around the shapely summit of Dufton Pike. We then head through the fields of the Eden Valley to Appleby.
Highlight: Enjoy great views back to High Cup Nick, then celebrate the completion of your walk with a pint in one of Appleby’s historic pubs.

Option 3 – High Cup Nick
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In Summary: Follow the Pennine Way from Dufton to the magnificent High Cup Nick. Our route takes us around the rim of this deep cut valley before a descent back to Dufton via Dufton Ghyll.
Highlight: High Cup Nick is an immense ‘U-shaped’ valley carved into the slopes of the North Pennines – a dramatic natural feature.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Smardale, Green Bell and Ravenstonedale

Option 1 – Smardale Gill
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 900 feet (280m)
In Summary: Head over Smardale Fell to Smardale Hall, then along the valley side and across the viaduct back to Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)
In Summary: 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 ridge top descent to Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: A classic walk over the long grassy ridges of the Howgill Fells.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Ingleborough, Limestone scars and waterfalls

Option 1 – Ingleton Waterfalls
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 660 feet (200m)
In Summary: Take a short stroll to view the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct then travel on to Ingleton for a circular woodland walk alongside the Rivers Twiss and Doe. We use a trail which, although steep in places, benefits from steps and walkways past spectacular waterfalls.
Highlight: Pass a number of stunning waterfalls, the most impressive of which is Thornton Force.

Option 2 – Twistleton Scars
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 550 feet (180m)
In Summary: Walk from the Ribblehead Viaduct to Ingleton along the lower slopes of Whernside. We’ll traverse the magnificent limestone pavements of Twisleton Scars, then descend past the waterfalls into Ingleton.
Highlight: Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct then walk through the classic limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

Option 3 – Ingleborough
Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km)
Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
In Summary: Ascend from Ribblehead onto Simon Fell and the magnificent summit of Ingleborough. We’ll descend, steeply at first, to Ingleton.
Highlight: The distinctive shape of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, dominates the landscape. There’s a great view from the top over the Yorkshire Dales towards the Lake District.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

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

Version 3 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (D)

Day 2Mallerstang - Myths and legends

Option 1 – A Pennine Journey
Distance: 5 miles (7.5km)
Ascent: 200 feet (60m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (16.5km)
Ascent: 750 feet (240m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Our walk follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway; England’s most scenic line.

Option 3 – Mallerstang Edge
Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)
Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Expect some wild and track-less terrain, but also great views over the green Eden Valley.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 3The Howgills Fells and Lune Valley

Option 1 – Dales Way
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In Summary: A delightful walk alongside the River Lune following the Dales Way. We’ll then cross the fields to Brigflatts church and Sedbergh.
Highlight: 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 (15.5km)
Ascent:1,050 feet (320m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (14.5km)
Ascent:2,150 feet (660m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: The Calf is the highest point in the Howgills and enjoys a great view over the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District mountains.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

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

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 5Wensleydale and Wild Boar Fell

Option 1 – Wensleydale highlights
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 500 feet (160m)
In Summary: 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).
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)
In Summary: Ascend to the high moorland summits of Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell, before crossing a patchwork of fields to the village of Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: This is a real ‘away from it all’ walk through beautiful upland scenery.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 6Upper Swaledale

Option 1 – Keld and Muker
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 950 feet (300m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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 (12.5km)
Ascent:1,500 feet (460m)
In Summary: Walk over Black Hill between Thwaite and Keld, then follow the upper Swale valley to Muker, finishing along a spectacular terrace above the river.
Highlight: The upper reaches of Swaledale are particularly attractive with tranquil scenery and charming sleepy villages.

Option 3 – Great Shunner Fell
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 7Smardale, Green Bell and Ravenstonedale

Option 1 – Smardale Gill
Distance and Ascent to be confirmed
In Summary: We start our walk at Crosby Garrett and follow Smardale Gill, passing the old viaduct before finishing at the village of Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: 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)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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: 10½ miles (17km)
Ascent: 2,000 feet (620m)
In Summary: A circular route taking in two prominent Howgill Fells. After a steady ascent to the summit of Green Bell, we head along the tops to Randy Gill Top before a lovely descent of the broad ridgeline to Ravenstonedale.
Highlight: A great loop over the long grassy ridges of the Howgill Fells with huge views on a clear day.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Day 8Departure Day

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

Dates and Prices
Version 1
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 2 $2,000 $2,280
2021: June 5, 12, 19, 26 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 10 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 28 $2,170 $2,450
2021: October 22 $2,000 $2,280
Version 2
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: April 9 $2,000 $2,280
2021: April 30 $2,170 $2,450
2021: July 17 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 7 $2,170 $2,450
2021: October 15 $2,000 $2,280
Version 3
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: March 19 $1,840 $2,120
2021: October 29 $1,840 $2,120

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] 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.

This tour is also available in 3, 4 or 5 night duration. 

This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice. 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: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

By Train:
The nearest train station is Oxenholme, the Lake District, on the main line between London and Glasgow.

By Taxi:
The 10 mile journey from Oxenholme station to Thorns Hall can be made by taxi. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Woofs of Sedbergh. As a guide price, it costs £28 per 4-seat taxi in 2020 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Woofs of Sedbergh*
Tel: +44 (0) 1539 620414
Email: [email protected]
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Thorns Hall Manager.
*Woofs of Sedbergh is not owned or managed by us.

By Car:
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.

Hotel Descriptions
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Thorns Hall

Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.

Address: Thorns Hall, Cautley Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LE

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

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.

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