Our May Walking Break
Three Days & Four Nights in the glorious Dales
May Walking Break – Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2019
£395 per person
4 Nights at Eastfield Lodge, Our 4 star Walking Lodge in Wensleydale
3 Glorious Day Walks in the Dales National Park
Warm Hospitality, Excellent Cuisine, Delightful en suite bedrooms
You are invited to beautiful Wensleydale for our May walking break in the Yorkshire Dales. Spend four nights at our luxurious guest house, Eastfield Lodge, which is 300 meters from the traditional market square of Leyburn, the principal town of Wensleydale and gateway to the Dales National Park.
Each day after a good breakfast, we will venture out on a beautiful walk. Over the three days we will walk in Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale. After each walk there is time to relax in the hospitable atmosphere and comfort of Eastfield Lodge, where we have 8 delightful en suite bedrooms, a cosy guest lounge and an attractive dining room.
Eastfield Lodge itself is a delight. It is hosted superbly by Henry Collett and Penny Knight with there small team of hosts and you will soon feel at home here. They have taken the house to new heights, upgrading the eight en suite bedrooms and introducing delightful and unassuming hospitality touches, which make such a difference to your stay. Consequently, Visit England awards the house with 4 stars. There is also an attractive lounge (with a woodburner, armchairs, sofas and piano), a bright and sunny breakfast and dining room, a map room and a drying room.
We meet at Eastfield Lodge the evening before the first walk. Guests get to know each other over a welcome drink and an informal two course supper. Four nights and three walks later – when everyone goes their separate ways after the final breakfast – it’s hard to believe that only four days previously everyone had been strangers.
Each day starts with an excellent hearty (or healthy) breakfast cooked by Henry. Then, armed with a good packed lunch, it’s off to the starting point of the first walk, which might be the doorstep of Eastfield Lodge or a short drive. There will be homemade cakes awaiting you on your return to the house after the walk, accompanied by a well-earned pot of tea or coffee.
In the evenings, guests relax in the comfort of the house or perhaps wander into town for a pre-dinner drink before eating together around the same table. Henry and his small team serve an excellent two course dinner on your first evening, a three course dinner on the second evening, and another two course dinner on the third. On the final evening we eat out locally in a good restaurant and you pay for this individually. Also, the third and final walk of the break may feature a pub lunch, for which guests pay individually.
May Walking Break Itinerary
The walks are always put together and hosted by our own walks organiser, who will join you at Eastfield Lodge during the walking break. Our host has yet to finalise the walking programme and each day will play to the strengths and weaknesses of the group. However this will give you an idea of the type of walks you can expect.
Arrive at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for tea and biscuits in the lounge. In the evening, join us for pre-dinner drinks and canapes before a two course dinner.
Horsehouse Circular Walk – 8 miles / 13 kms.
This walk feels remote in little explored Coverdale away from usual Yorkshire visitor trail and starts in open moorland, across farming land to the pretty village of Carlton. (An optional climb up to Penhill Beacon can be discussed!) The route back to Horsehouse is beautiful along the River Cover and is a good way to ease into the break.
Evening – Returning to Eastfield Lodge, kick off your boots and relax with tea and cake. A three course dinner tonight with wine included will set you up for another days walking.
Gunnerside Gill – 10 miles /16kms
You will need your full Yorkshire breakfast today for this, the longest of the walk days. We may explore the beautiful and historic Gunnerside Gill with visible reminders of the lead mining industry in the area. Stunning views through narrow natural gullies and valleys make this a popular walking favourite in popular Swaledale.
Fremington Ridgeline to Reeth – 10 miles / 16 kms
The views, the variety and the rewards make it all well worth the climb up to the ridge. This route takes us from Langthwaite up to this natural viewpoint with views down to the River Swale and across to Calver Hill. The grouse stick their distinctive heads up through the heather and the return walk runs alongside the water. Both Swaledale and Arkengarthdale are visited during the day.
Evening – We can stow boots away in the drying room before enjoying another delicious cake and hot showers. A two course dinner will be much deserved.
Circular Walk taking in Castle Bolton, Carperby and Aysgarth Falls – 8 miles / 13 kms
After a good breakfast, we will again fill our flasks with warming drinks before heading off. This walk shows off the Dales with it’s historic sites, stunning waterfalls, riverside trails, Yorkshire villages, open moorland and woodland. It is a great mix of terrain and places of interests within Wensleydale.
The Leyburn Shawl (extended) – 8 miles / 13 kms
Preston-Under-Scar and wends it’s way back low down in Wensleydale past Bolton Hall across pasture land to return to Leyburn. The day depends on how tired you are feeling already and whether you are keen to leave the cars behind for the day as the Shawl route means walking straight from the front door.
Evening – Henry will book you into a local restaurant for your last evening of the break where you can enjoy a meal together in Leyburn (pay individually.)
Breakfast can be enjoyed at your leisure before departure.
Our Walking Break Prices
View our Walking Break prices below.
|Walking Break||from||to||Price (2 sharing a room)*||Price (single occupancy)|
|Silver Navigation Course - Click Here||Monday 22 March 2021||Friday 26 March 2021||£650**||£650 - 4 Rooms Left|
|March Walking Break - Click Here||Monday 29 March 2021||Friday 2 April 2021||£425||£595|
|May Walking Break with Penny - Click Here||Monday 17 May 2021||Friday 21 May 2021||£425||£595|
|The Alternative Three Peaks Walking Break - Click Here||Monday 7 June 2021||Friday 11 June 2021||£425||£595|
|Prices||*Are per person, based on two people sharing a room.|
|Dogs Welcome||Supplement £10 one off charge *Specific rooms only - Contact us for details.|
|Discounted Breaks||**15% disc for two people sharing a room - Applies to 'Discover the Dales' Silver Navigation Course & 'Spa, Paddle & Picnic' only.|
|Deposit & Payment||Deposit - 30% of booking value. Balance 30 days prior to arrival.|