Three Days & Four Nights in the glorious Yorkshire Dales
September 2021 – Monday 5th to Friday 9th
May 2022 – Monday 2nd to Friday 6th
£450 per person
Stay at Eastfield Lodge – genuine hospitality, superb breakfasts and delightful en suite bedrooms
Enjoy three exhilarating days of the best Wensleydale has to offer and more….
Expect to be pleasantly surprised how much there is to see and do in this spectacular corner of Yorkshire. Wensleydale is steeped in history, abundant in bird and wildlife on its lush green hills, rich in beauty and grandeur and yet friendly and down to earth. The slow, calm pace of life allows you to relax, take your time and settle into the same peaceful stride. At Eastfield Lodge, we are launching a new break this year offering a chance to explore the area at a more sedate pace. Our walking breaks have been popular and well established for years but we appreciate that not everyone wants to work that hard! If a stroll through the tulip gardens of the Constable Burton Estate, a visit to the ruins of the magnificent Castle Bolton or a ride through the dales by steam train seem more appealing, then this may be for you.
The four night break includes leisurely breakfasts, tea and cake each afternoon, prosecco and canapes on arrival as well as a programme of hosted visits. These could include a guided tour of
Castle Bolton and its gardens including the falconry display, a train journey back to Leyburn on the Wensleydale Railway, entrance to the Annual Tulip Festival at Constable Burton or Yorkshire’s
hidden Himalayan Gardens. As well there may be a short woodland walk beside the tiered Aysgarth Falls (painted by J.M.W. Turner,) a chance to watch the making of Wensleydale Cheese (with some tasters too!) a guided tour of the atmospheric 12th Century Jervaulx Abbey and wander into the Market Town of Leyburn, home to Tennants Independent Auctioneers with its many varied
exhibitions and sales. In the evenings, there will be an opportunity to take in a show at Britain’s most complete Georgian Playhouse, a talk at Tennants (subject to ticket availability at time of
booking) or a film at the tiny cinema (25 velvet seats) within the original converted Richmond Station.
Bring a group of up to 16 or come on your own and meet some other like-minded guests to enjoy an informative and relaxed midweek stay at the Lodge. Please take a look at the Midweek Discover Yorkshire Break prices, itinerary and booking details. Give Henry and Penny a call on 01969 623196 for more information or bookings.
If you would like to book a bespoke break along these lines as a get-together or birthday surprise, please just give us a ring.
Discover the Yorkshire Dales September 2021
Arrive at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for tea and biscuits in the lounge. Settle in, maybe wander up into the lovely Market Town of Leyburn and join us all in the evening for Prosecco and Canapes to meet the other guests and eagerly discuss the days ahead. The three course dinner in the Lodge includes wine and local Yorkshire dishes.
Yorkshire’s Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park and Jervaulx Abbey
A leisurely breakfast allows time to relax, take coffee in the lounge, wander into the town or simply natter to the other guests until we head off to Grewelthorpe to indulge in the wonder of Yorkshire’s own Himalayan Gardens. This privately owned estate covers 45 acres of woodlands, gardens and an arboretum, enhanced by 3 lakes and over 80 subtly hidden sculptures. It nestles at the head of the valley increasing the sense of peace and tranquillity. Refreshments can be enjoyed at the tea rooms – when Henry and I last visited a hare ran right up to us as we drank our tea!
After a short drive, lunch can be enjoyed in the Abbey Tearooms where home baking is close to the hearts of the Burton family who own and run it. The ruins of the atmospheric and charming
Cistercian Abbey of Jervaulx, dating back to 1152, come into view almost immediately. Close to the road, an easy walk allows us to wander through what remains of this monastery and its history
absorbing the serene tranquillity of this special place. This, the largest privately owned abbey in England, was destroyed during the dissolution. It is set in an estate wrapped in hills which provides a haven from the weather and creates an atmosphere quite unique and spiritual. It is possible to have a guided tour from the current owner to learn more about the history and the running and
restoration of this valuable heritage.
From the Abbey, we return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner at one of the superb local restaurants. (Guests may like to eat independently of the group for one evening and we can sort taxis if necessary – this however will need to be arranged in advance and Penny will be in contact to discuss this and the options prior to your stay.)
Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton
A hearty Yorkshire breakfast sets us up for some exploration further west along the River Ure, the longest stretch of water in England but changing its name in York to the Ouse. Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves was filmed here at Aysgarth Falls which attracts visitors to it’s three forces, Upper, Middle and Lower Force which tumble over the limestone in dramatic style. The tearooms and visitor centre will both be open. The walk to the falls is gentle and short through woodlands and onto the flat rocks for the more adventurous.
The pub, which was chosen as James Herriot’s honeymoon venue, is in the small village of Carperby featured in the Doomsday Book and is ideal for a lunch stop before heading to Castle Bolton to feed the wild boar, wander through the small but interesting gardens and having an informative guided tour of the Castle itself built in 1399. The gardens include a maze, vineyard, rose garden, bee house, dye garden and a display of birds of prey. It will be a joy to while away the afternoon here at this imposing castle with one of the best views of Wensleydale and which once boasted the first en-suite bathrooms of any house in Europe!
Transport back to the lodge can be arranged from here or alternatively a gentle downhill walk across the fields takes us to Redmire to jump aboard the Wensleydale Railway for a ride back to Leyburn through the countryside. Having indulged in cake and tea at the lodge and freshening up, an early light dinner will allow time to go to either a show at the Richmond Georgian Theatre (programme not yet released) or to an intimate cinema experience at Richmond Old Station with transport provided.
After breakfast, a delightful drive through the Dales finds us in Hawes, home to the Wensleydale Creamery where we can watch the cheese making process and perhaps help out too! This very
informative and entertaining talk looks back at the early origins of the famous cheese and how it has changed over the years. The tasting room encourages gluttony on a whole new level and to purchase a souvenir cheese or two before heading into the pretty Dales town to visit shops, the Ropemakers or the Dales Countryside Museum. After a light lunch at Simonstone Hall, we return to Leyburn for a relaxing afternoon before leaving to walk to Tennants for a pre-talk dinner in the Garden Rooms and the Talk from Max Hastings “Going to the Wars.” Max Hastings is among Britain’s foremost writers and commentators about conflict.
The walk back to the Lodge is short but a lift can be arranged if preferable after the Talk.
Breakfast can be enjoyed at your leisure before taking a stroll along the Leyburn Shawl, visiting the town to pick up some Wensleydale Cheese or simply departing for home feeling relaxed and
The Three Peaks Walking Break is running from 7-11 June 2021. To book a place, please contact Viv at the Collett’s Mountain Holidays on 01799 513331 or Henry & Penny at Eastfield Lodge on 01969 623196 – Otherwise, please make an enquiry online by clicking here.
Our Walking Break Prices
View our Walking Break prices below.
|Walking Break||from||to||Price (2 sharing a room)*||Price (single occupancy)|
|Discover Yorkshire||Monday 5 September 2021||Friday 9 September 2021||£450||£595|
|Discover Yorkshire||Monday 2 May 2022||Friday 6 May 2022||£450||£595|
|Silver Navigation Course||Monday 21 March 2022||Friday 25 March 2022||£550||£650|
|The Alternative Three Peaks Walking Break||Monday 21 June 2021||Friday 25 June 2021||£450||£595|
|Prices||*Are per person, based on two people sharing a room.|
|Dogs Welcome||Supplement £15 per dog per day *Specific rooms only - Contact us for details.|
|Deposit & Payment||Deposit - 30% of booking value. Balance 30 days prior to arrival.|