Our September Walking Break
Three Days & Four Nights in glorious Wensleydale
September – Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th
£375 per person
Stay at Eastfield Lodge – charming hospitality, superb breakfasts and delightful en suite bedrooms.
Enjoy three glorious day walks in the Dales National Park
You are invited to beautiful Wensleydale for our September walking break in the Yorkshire Dales. Spend four nights at our luxurious guest house, Eastfield Lodge, which is 300 yards from the traditional market square of Leyburn, the principal town of Wensleydale and gateway to the Dales National Park.
Each day on the Walking Break, after a good breakfast, we will venture out on a beautiful walk. The break includes three of Wensleydale’s most stunning walks. After each walk there is time to relax in the hospitable atmosphere and comfort of Eastfield Lodge. We have eight delightful en suite bedrooms and a comfortable guest lounge, where cake and tea await our walkers in the afternoons.
Eastfield Lodge is a delight. Hosted charmingly by Henry Collett and Penny Knight, nothing is too much trouble and you will soon feel at home here. Henry and Penny have taken the house to new heights in recent months, upgrading most of the eight en suite bedrooms and introducing delightful and unassuming hospitality touches, which make such a difference to your stay. Visit England awards the house with 4 stars and you can read the wonderful guest reviews on Tripadvisor by clicking here.
The lounge is perfect for relaxing with fellow walkers, whilst the bright and sunny dining room has hosted many a sociable breakfast and dinner over the years. In addition, there is a Maps & Information Room, a drying room and ample parking.
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 – 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 one of the team. 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.
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 supper on your first and third evenings, and a three course dinner on the second evening. 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 can feature a pub lunch, for which guests pay individually.
September Walking Break Itinerary
Penny is your walk organiser for the Walking Break and will take the weather, group wishes and other factors into considerations before finalising the programme but this itinerary should give you an idea of what to expect.
All arrive at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for homemade cookies and tea in the lounge. Join us in the evening for pre-dinner drinks and delicious canapes before a two course dinner to get to know each other better.
West Burton Circular – 7.5 miles / 12 kms
This walk takes in some of the local attractions and the picturesque village and waterfall at West Burton. It also eases us all in gently before a longer walk the following day and should allow time to end the day in the tea room or The Fox and Hounds Inn. The footpath cuts through lush fields, woodland and alongside the River Ure in Wensleydale with little ascent throughout this first walk. The Cauldron Falls, so named because of it’s deep plunge pool, is worth stopping for a break and Turner also thought so when he painted the scene.
Evening – Back at the Lodge, it’s time to kick off your boots and relax with tea and cake. Tonight a three course dinner will be served with wine included will set you up for the days walking ahead.
Hubberholme Hobble – 10.5 miles / 17 kms
This morning’s hearty Yorkshire breakfast will set you up well today for this, the longest of the walk days with a couple of good challenging hill climbs. Hopefully we will be rewarded with the stunning expanse of the rolling Dales into little explored Littondale stretched out in front of us if the weather is clear. This is open, remote and raw moorland and forms part of the Pennine Journey route devised in honour of Wainwright.
Penhill Circuit – 12.5 miles / 20kms
This is a classic route up to the summit of Penhill standing at 553m. Penhill can be seen from the lodge and therefore poses a challenge hard to ignore. Starting in West Witton, a steady climb allows us to ease into the day and when reaching the top, the views back towards Wensleydale make it all worth the effort. The grouse stick their distinctive heads up through the heather and hopefully we will hear the familiar cries of the lapwing and curlew. This day can be shortened by clever organisation of cars or taken on as the significant long walk of the break in it’s entirety.
Evening – The drying room at the lodge will provide the ideal place for wet or cold boots to warm ready for the morning. Once walking kit is stowed away, another delicious cake and hot showers are in order before a two course supper is on offer and very much deserved.
Horsehouse Circular Walk with or without Penhill Beacon – 10 or 7 miles / 16 or 13 kms
This walk feels more remote 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 in Coverdale.
The Leyburn Shawl (extended) – 8 miles / 13 kms
The Leyburn Shawl is a historic and popular local walk and for very good reason. It follows the ridge line along a limestone crag to the village of Preston-Under-Scar with beautiful views across the valley to Penhill which you might be able to proudly state you conquered the day before! It wends it’s way back in low ground through meadows past Bolton Hall across pasture land to return to Leyburn. It is also a treat to leave the cars behind and walk directly from the lodge this morning, especially if there are long journeys to face the following day.
Evening – For our last evening, Henry will arrange for us to dine at a local restaurant in the market town where you can celebrate the week together (pay individually.)
A leisurely breakfast before departure.
Our Walking Break Prices
View our Walking Break prices below.
|Walking Break||from||to||Price (2 sharing a room)*||Price (single occupancy)|
|Friday 30 December 2016||Tuesday 3 January 2017|
|Friday 14 April 2017||Tuesday 18 April 2017|
|Monday 22 May 2017||Friday 26 May 2017|
|10 September 2017||14 September 2017|
|Sunday 31 December 2017||Thursday 4 January 2018|
|Navigation and First Aid Course - Click Here||Monday 26 March 2018||Friday 30 March 2018||£450 - 7 Double Rooms Left!||£650|
|Easter 2018 - Click Here||Monday 2 April 2018||Friday 6 April 2018||£395 - 6 Double Rooms Left!||£595|
|Three Peaks Walking Break - Click Here||Monday 23 April 2018||Friday 27 April 2018||£395 - 2 Double Rooms Left!||£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.|
|Deposit||Non-redundable £100 deposit per person at time of booking.|