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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Because we tour by minibus we can travel on backroads where large coaches cannot go thus we really get into the countryside. In the South Yorkshire Dales we see spectacular scenery, awe-inspiring views, pretty Dales villages, waterfalls and ruined abbeys. The Yorkshire Dales contains the quintessential landscape of Northern England. Enjoy the surrounding scenery of green patchwork fields, drystone walls and wild moorland hills. This is Bronte country - home of authors Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Many of their most famous works were written here, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights


  • Lancaster Castle
  • The impressive limestone gorge of Gordale Scar and nearby Malham Cove
  • The bustling market town of Settle
  • Delightful Dales villages including Grassington, Malham and Litton 
  • The spectacular World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey 

2017  Dates: One week tour starts Friday 09 June, 11 Aug

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy.
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person

Accommodation: . Newfield Hall is situated on extensive grounds with lovely views. There are 44 rooms with ensuite private bathroom, TV and hairdryer. This lovel Country House has two comfortable lounges and an indoor heated swimming pool.  All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.


Friday: Arrival day   Transfer by taxi from nearby Skipton Rail Station.  Check in from 2.30pm onwards.  Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Saturday: A train, a river and a priory
Take a nostalgic short steam train ride to the Wharfe Valley, and then explore further upstream. Options include a delightful walk along good trails within the woodland nature reserve of The Strid, or Bolton Abbey priory church with its superb stained glass designed by Pugin. We’ll end the day visiting some typical Wharfedale hamlets and villages such as Grassington.

Sunday: Lancaster and Bowland
Discover the story of the County Palatine of Lancaster with a guided tour through 1,000 years of heritage, history, justice, felony and incarceration at Lancaster Castle. Then explore the city and see the view from the Ashton Memorial. We will later discover the beauty of the Forest of Bowland and visit the centre of Great Britain.

Monday: Free day  to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Ripley Castle is a gem to explore on your own, or relax in the delightful and picturesque village. Or why not try a canal trip from historic Skipton?

Tuesday:  Around Malham
We explore the magnificent limestone scenery on our doorstep – walking within the gorge of Gordale Scar and viewing Malham Cove and the surrounding villages and hamlets. Where to in the afternoon?  We’ll settle for Settle where it will be market day, so expect some lively stalls and plenty of atmosphere to enjoy.

 Wednesday: Mountain and moor
This is a grand circle of contrasting sceneries. We take in some remote moorland atmosphere, and, weather permitting, have great views of Yorkshire’s “Three Peaks”, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent and a section of the Pennine Way. We also visit the famous Settle and Carlisle Railway and Ribblehead Viaduct and learn about the history and tragedy of its construction.

Thursday: Fountains Abbey
A spectacular finish to the week, visiting the World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey, and the water gardens of Studley Royal. From its beginnings in 1132, Fountains became one of the largest, wealthiest and most prestigious Cistercian abbeys in England. A visit to Pateley Bridge, with perhaps an opportunity for last-minute shopping, rounds off the holiday.

 Friday: Depart after breakfast

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