A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s

Last summer we enjoyed our first walking holiday with HF Holiday’s at their stunning Lake District property, Monk Coniston which was set on the shores of Coniston Water.

This May half term, we headed out on another adventure with HF Holiday’s, but this time to Newfield Hall, a grand 19th century country house with magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales.

Newfield Hall

We arrived late at the property, having done battle with the bank holiday traffic, but still got a warm welcome. Poor Sebby had been ill in the car just as we arrived and the manager helped us get sorted quickly and into our room so we could clean him up.

Newfield Hall is a stunning building with an impressive entrance hall and a sweeping staircase which looks spectacular on a sunny day, with sunlight pouring in from the glass-topped roof.

Newfield Hall Yorkshire

There are 48 bedrooms in Newfield Hall, set in both the main building and behind in the converted coach house, where we stayed.

Coach House Newfield Hall

Sadly their family rooms are only big enough to sleep four, which meant we required two rooms but they did ensure that we were next door to each other with a large double with sofa bed and a twin room.

Newfield Hall Hotel

The rooms were a little dated in their decor, but were spotlessly clean and warm with plenty of storage space for all the extra paraphernalia you need on a walking holiday. Don’t forget to check out my post on what to pack for a walking holiday with kids.

Twin Room

In the main part of Newfield Hall are two lounges, a bar, dining room and heated swimming pool, all surrounded by extensive gardens.

Newfield Hall lounge

Like all HF Holiday’s Country Houses, Newfield Hall is tailored for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts with boot room, drying room and a Discovery Point.

Drying Room

The benefit of visiting during their Family Walking holiday weeks is the extra activities on offer for the kids. Not only were there specialised family walks provided, but when we returned to the hotel, the kids got to take part in craft activities in the afternoons and fun activities including Bag Beetle, a quiz night and even a talent show, after dinner.

Crafting

Other activities on offer included games in the garden, with football, swing ball and rounders on offer.

Football

We were really lucky with the weather, but there were also indoor activities including table tennis and swimming to enjoy in case of rain.

Table Tennis

One of the walk leaders also read the kids a bedtime story, which they loved, as he chose Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and I’ve had to buy the book on our return home as they enjoyed the stories so much.

Revolting Rhymes

When you stay with HF Holiday’s it is on a full board basis, with breakfast and dinner served in the dining room. A tailored packed lunch is provided for the walks with a choice of sandwiches and snacks to load your bag with.

Lunch

The kids were particularly fond of the mountain mix, which contained nuts, dried food mixed with small marshmallows and M&M’s.

Mountain Mix

The kids favourite meal of the holiday was definitely the barbecue, but the entire menu had something for everyone, plus a delicious kids menu which offered freshly cooked meals with the types of food they would eat at home.

Salad

Of course the main reason to go on a walking holiday is for the walks and Newfield Hall is the perfect location to explore some truly spectacular scenery.

The Walks

The daily walks feature a choice of up to 4 walks each day; The Family Adventure Walk, an Easy, Medium and Hard Walk or you can choose to do your own thing. You are given a full presentation of each walk the evening before, complete with distance, elevation and a map view and photographs of where you are heading, so you can make an informed decision on which one you want to do. Each of the family walks were around 4 miles in length and then they progressed in length and difficulty from there and all have an experienced and knowledgeable guide leading you.

Map Reading

Day One: Easy – Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey

We walked along Wharfedale from Appletreewick to Bolton Abbey along the river and past Barden Tower, the ruins of a 15th century fortified hunting lodge.

Barden Tower

We followed the river along past The Strid, a natural wonder where the river suddenly narrows forcing the water through at great pressure and there are warning signs everywhere not to go into the water as the currents are so dangerous.

The Strid

It was then on to Bolton Abbey, where the kids found more energy to complete the welly walk and test their balance along the stepping-stones.

Bolton Abbey

Distance: 7 Miles

Day Two: Easy – Clapham – Ingleborough Cave and Gaping Gill

We started the walk in the traditional Dales village of Clapham, passing through the Ingleborough Estate. We ascended the limestone gorge of Trow Gill, which was a bit of a challenge for little legs, to reach the huge pot hole of Gaping Gill which drops 100 metres into a cavern large enough to fit York Minster.

Trow Gill

We then headed back down and enjoyed a guided tour of Ingleborough Cave which is a must-do if you are in the area.

Ingleborough Cave

Distance: 7.5 Miles

Day Three: Family – Malhamdale

I had not heard of Malham before our visit but this was our favourite walk of the holiday. We walked from the village to Janet’s Foss waterfall.

Janet's Foss

It was then up to Gordale Scar which is a truly stunning limestone ravine that the kids were desperate to explore.

Gordale Scar

From there we climbed the valley and returned to Malham via Malham Cove, a 70 metre (230ft) high, gently curving cliff of white limestone which was once a thundering waterfall. We spotted a pair of nesting peregrine falcons, before exploring the limestone pavement where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed and making the 409 step climb back down to the bottom.

Malham Cove

Distance: 5 Miles

The kids completed all the walks and I think it really helped having their peers with them as they all encouraged each other along if anyone got tired. Sebby (4) did brilliantly, although he promptly fell asleep on the coach back to the hotel each time, but he was soon raring to go again after he recharged his batteries.

Sebby

The kids have really caught the walking bug and we cannot wait to try some more hikes locally as it is a great way to discover the world around them.

Climbing

HF Holiday’s have over eight decades of family travel experience and nothing was to much trouble for our hosts or the guides. They understand that it’s the small details of a family activity break that make it work and the team, many of whom are parents themselves, have pretty much thought of everything, bringing books along to help the kids identify plants and making up games and songs to make the walks easier and to distract for tiring legs. A massive thank you to our guides; Lizzie, Dave, Alistair, Sally and Becks for keeping us on track.

HF Holidays

The kids finished the week off rewarded with a certificate showing the distance and elevation they had walked during the week, which they proudly took into school to show their friends.

HF Holiday’s have family walking holidays all over the UK and abroad, plus under 11’s go FREE!!

Would you consider taking your kids on a family walking holiday?

Disclaimer: We were guests of HF Holiday’s for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

27 thoughts on “A Stay at Newfield Hall in the Yorkshire Dales with HF Holiday’s

  1. Wow what a holiday. It certainly sounds like they’ve thought of everything for their clients. The boot room and drying room sound great. And the fact they walk (pardon the pun) you through each walk before you do it really sounds good from a family perspective. And you visited some stunning looking places during your holiday!

  2. I love houses like this – steeped in history but with the modern conveniences that we are used to! It sounds like Newfield Hall does walking holidays very well as they are geared up with what walkers need such as a drying room and plenty of snacks to keep you going. I imagine that it is peaceful there at night to given that it is in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales but also because their guests will undoubtedly be fast asleep after their long days walking!!

  3. WE have been camping in this area and it is really stunning scenery. I love the idea of a walking holiday and to have a base as comfortable as Newfield Hall sounds like a great way to do it. Love your photos. xx

  4. I always find old places like this so interesting and love how steeped they are in history. The area surround Newfield Hall looks absolutely stunning. What a wonderful holiday for you all.

  5. Yorkshire has some of the most stunning countryside and great walks. Friendly people and good foodwe love exploring Yorkshire. Think we may try staying here next time we go

  6. Yorkshire has some of the most stunning countryside and great walks. Friendly people and good food we love exploring Yorkshire. Think we may try staying here next time we go

  7. I think we would actually enjoy this maybe not as a week away as such but a nice long weekend or mid week. I’m sure I’ve actually done two of the walls you mention as I went on a school trip and we had a walk to white scar caves but I’m sure we started at Ingleborough, I may have got the name of the cave we to wrong though.

  8. Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful! That would honestly be my idea of a perfect break away, the location is incredible and I love how Newfield Hall caters so well for walkers and full board is ideal too.

  9. Wow, I didn’t think I’d consider a walking holiday but this sounds fantastic. There seems to go so much thought into everything from breakfast to making sure everyone has a great walking experience and doesn’t get lost. Plus, all the kid-friendly activities and the absolutely stunning scenery. What a beautiful area…

  10. It looks like a wonderful place for a family adventure. I would love to go and get the kids out and about exploring as I know they would have an amazing time. The location really is perfect.

  11. A family walking holiday sounds amazing! Newfield Hall looks perfect as a base to explore and I love that they have lots of indoor and outdoor activities too. I’ll have to check out HF Holidays.

  12. You can really see how much thought the organisers have put into this holiday – so much to see and do, and catering to all ages as well. Nice to know there are things to do if it rains too.

  13. You can really see how much thought the organisers have put into this holiday – so much to see and do, and catering to all ages as well. Nice to know there are things to do if it rains too.

  14. I know this is in a beautiful part of the world, but what a gorgeous old building on top of that too, I bet it could tell a few tales! Thanks for the intro to this company Kara! 🙂

  15. This looks absolutely amazing, I think my kids would love it. If yours enjoy walking and climbing then I’d highly recommend you check out Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire.

  16. THIS SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Right up our street. So sorry to hear poor Sebby was poorly on the journey, but hope that didn’t spoil the trip. Love that you have presentations about the walks beforehand, and having a packed lunch to take sounds amazing too. This sounds SO GOOD. Definitely putting this on our to do list.

  17. Oh wow, Newfield Hall looks so grand from the outside! An impressive building. I don’t think the decor matters too much so long as the rooms are nice and clean. Great that there’s so much for the kids to do there.

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