Western Yorkshire Dales Self-Guided Walking Tour 2022

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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : March to November
Start: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
End: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
Western Yorkshire Dales Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 7 nights based at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England

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

Enjoy a break in the Yorkshire Dales with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape. Thorns Hall at Sedbergh is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and a peaceful location from which to explore Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Western Yorkshire Dales Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions, for exploring the local area
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on foot
  • Visit charming Dales villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the Dales’ history
  • Try the quiet country lanes of Dentdale by bike
  • Browse Sedbergh’s numerous book shops
  • Take a ride on the Settle to Carlisle railway
  • Evenings in our country house where you can 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)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 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)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Western Yorkshire Dales Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
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
Itinerary

Arrival Day

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

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information. 

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Thorns Hall (B, L, D)

Departure Day

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

Local Area

Western Yorkshire DalesThorns Hall

Sedbergh sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells, a peaceful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The centre of Sedbergh is just a few minutes walk from Thorns Hall. The town has a range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs, cafés and a bank. Now famed as England’s ‘book town’, Sedbergh has many second-hand book shops. A wider range of facilities are available in the larger town of Kendal, about 10 miles away.

Sizergh Medieval House

Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes’ drive from Sedbergh. Sizergh is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Levens Hall

This stately home is famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays (the world’s oldest!). Levens Hall is south of Kendal, about 30 minutes’ drive from Sedbergh.

Settle To Carlisle Railway

Ride one of England’s most scenic railways through the Yorkshire Dales from Garsdale station, about 10 miles from Sedbergh. Heading south you could cross the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and visit Settle, Skipton and Saltaire. Heading north you could head to the small market town of Appleby, or the border city of Carlisle.

Hawes & Wensleydale

A 30-minute drive through the Yorkshire Dales will take you to the small town of Hawes. Visit the famous creamery that produces Wensleydale Cheese. You may want to continue through the valley of Wensleydale, well known as the filming location for the popular 1970s/80s TV series All Creatures Great & Small.

Kendal

The market town of Kendal (home of the famous mint cake) – about 20 minutes’ drive from Thorns Hall – has a good range of specialist shops.The excellent Lakeland Museum is also worth a visit.

Lake District

A 40-minute drive will take you to Lake Windermere, gateway to exploring the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park. Here you could take a steamer trip on the lake, or visit the visitors’ centre at Brockhole.

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 18, 25 $800 $920
2022: April 1 $800 $920
2022: April 15 $880 $1,000
2022: May 6, 13, 20, 27 $920 $1,040
2022: June 3, 10, 24 $920 $1,040
2022: July 1, 8, 15, 29 $920 $1,040
2022: August 5, 12, 19 $920 $1,040
2022: September 9, 16, 23 $920 $1,040
2022: October 7, 14 $880 $1,000
2022: October 28 $800 $920
2022: November 4, 11 $800 $920
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 21, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 4 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 11, 18 $1,140 $1,300
2022: May 9, 23, 30 $1,230 $1,390
2022: June 6, 13, 27 $1,230 $1,390
2022: July 4, 11, 18 $1,230 $1,390
2022: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 26 $1,230 $1,390
2022: September 12, 19, 26 $1,230 $1,390
2022: October 3 $1,230 $1,390
2022: October 10, 17 $1,140 $1,300
2022: October 31 $1,000 $1,160
2022: November 7 $1,000 $1,160
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: March 11, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 1 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 15 $1,880 $2,160
2022: May 6, 20 $2,080 $2,360
2022: June 3, 10, 17, 24 $2,080 $2,360
2022: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $2,080 $2,360
2022: August 5, 12, 19, 26 $2,080 $2,360
2022: September 2, 9, 16, 23 $2,080 $2,360
2022: October 7, 14, 21 $1,880 $2,160
2022: October 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: November 4 $1,700 $1,980

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.

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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