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On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at the historic market town of Sedbergh nestling beneath the beautiful dome-shaped Howgill Fells. It is ideally situated to explore the Howgills, Yorkshire Dales, Moors and the Eden Valley. This is an area rich in tradition and history, filled with castles and abbeys as well as spectacular and unspoilt scenery. For fans of the TV series All Creatures Great and Small you will recognise the valley of Wensleydale and the quaint town of Hawes.


  • The small market town of Hawes, famous as the home of Wensleydale cheese
  • The wild Pennine Uplands above Swaledale and its villages 
  • Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum
  • The dramatic High Force Waterfall in Teesdale
  • Historic market towns of Kirkby Stephen and Appleby 

2017  Dates: One week tour starts Saturday  July 29

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:  Thorns Hall is an oak-panelled 400-year-old manor house with a colourful history. It is located on the edge of the town of Sedbergh - just a short walk takes you to shops, cafes and pubs. There are 25 bedrooms with private ensuite bathroom, TV and Hairdryer.  There is a dining room, lounge and bar.  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.


Day 1: Arrival day   Transfer from the nearby Rail Station at Oxenholme can be arranged.  Check in is from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Day 2: The Lowther Valley   We begin by finding out about the famous Lowther family who, at one time owned land across most of northern England. We will visit a modern dairy farm to find out about making ice-cream, discover a church with 17th century woodwork and explore a tower built to repel the Border Reivers.

 Day 3: In the Footsteps of Lady Anne Clifford
We learn about Lady Anne Clifford who, at the age of 15 in 1608, inherited land and castles but, being a ‘mere woman, had to fight for 35 years to claim her inheritance –  then spent the rest of her long life restoring her property portfolio. We also follow the route of the Settle-Carlisle Railway through spectacular scenery past Pendragon Castle.

Day 4: Discover Wensleydale    We will spend time in the attractive market town of Hawes, before driving through Wensleydale to Aysgarth, home of the spectacular Aysgarth Falls. On our return we will visit the lonely and tranquil Semer Water before returning to Hawes where you will be able to taste the famous cheese at the Creamery.

Day 5: Free day to explore the local area.. Situated near Kendal, about 25 minutes from Sedbergh you will find the National Trust property, Sizergh Castle, which is a fine medieval house, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Another stately home is Levens Hall  which is famous for its magnificent formal garden and its topiary displays.

Day 6: The North Pennines    Today we travel over the Pennines to visit the wonderful market town of Barnard Castle.  Explore the independent shops or the ruined castle - or enjoy a leisurely walk. The highlight is a visit to the spectacular Bowes Museum, built in the style of a French chateau.

Day 7: Exploring Westmorland
The morning is spent in the charming village of Dent where we will find out about the ‘Terrible Knitters of Dent’ and Adam Sedgwick, ‘father of Geology’. We then explore the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale and admire Ruskin’s View. We end the holiday with a visit to the oldest Quaker Meeting House in northern England.

 Day 8: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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