Western Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : June 14 & September 13
Start: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
End: Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria, England
Western Yorkshire Dales Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 7 nights based at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, Cumbria

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 (3.5-5.5 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in the Western Yorkshire Dales with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Discovering the history of medieval Sizergh Castle
  • Visiting England’s highest single drop waterfall
  • Taking a ride on the Settle-Carlisle rail line
  • Walking a section of the Dales Way
  • Exploring the 14th century Bolton Castle
  • Walking through Wensleydale to Aysgarth falls

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
  • 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 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. £15 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)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

Day 2Farfield Mill & Views of Cautley Spout

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: From the Cross Keys Temperance House we’ve the opportunity to view England’s highest single drop waterfall – Cautley Spout. For those with extra energy, there’s the option to follow the path up alongside the fall, before returning to begin our walk along the fell side to the arts and heritage centre – Farfield Mill. The four floors of this Victorian wool mill are home to local artists and craftsmen, often offering demonstrations. From here we take a short walk along the River Rawthey, to Sedbergh. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

Day 3Swaledale & Hawes

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: Our exploration of Swaledale takes us on a scenic walk dotted with waterfalls. The first we pass are Aygill Force and Wain Wath Force, we then follow the River Swale below the summit of Kisdon to Muker, a small village on the site of a settlement which dates back to the Bronze Age and attracted Viking settlers. Our transport then takes us to the pretty market town of Hawes, at the head of Wensleydale, where we can sample the famous Wensleydale cheese at the creamery, visit the National Park Visitor Centre, or while away some time in its tempting tea shops. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

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. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

Day 5Settle-Carlisle Railway, Dales Way, & Dent

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 250ft (80m) 

In Summary: Our first stop is the impressive feat of engineering – the Ribblehead Viaduct. We’ve time to explore the area, the station and its museum before hopping aboard the Settle-Carlisle line, taking the train to Dent Head. From here we join the Dales Way and follow waterfall after waterfall along the River Dee to the cobbled streets and whitewashed houses of Dent. Plenty of time to explore the heritage centre and learn of Dent’s ‘Terrible knitters’ or to take a well-earned break in the Sun Inn. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

Day 6Bolton Castle & Aysgarth Falls

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 150 feet (45m) 

In Summary: We begin at Bolton Castle, a massive fortress built in 1397. This impressive setting has pleasant gardens, falconry and a tearoom. We walk from the castle through the broad valley of Wensleydale to Aysgarth Falls, which we can view by a short walk alongside a deeply wooded section of the River Ure. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns Hall

Day 7Scout Scar & Sizergh Castle

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 100 feet (30m)

In Summary: Our walk today provides some spectacular scenery, including far-reaching views south to Arnside and Morecambe Bay. We ascend gently above the beautiful Lyth Valley and walk along the broad escarpment of Scout Scar and on to the medieval stately home of Sizergh Castle, with its gorgeous gardens.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Thorns 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: June 14 $2,560  Call to Enquire
2024: September 13 $2,560  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.

uring 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 £15 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: 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: woofs.sedbergh@outlook.com
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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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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