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Grassy hills, limestone crags, timeless villages. Come and explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    2 Two

The rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales are one of the most famous examples of the northern countryside. Deep valleys, moorland spilling off hills, and the ancient infrastructure of sheep and cattle farming – stone walls, ancient market towns, and grassy meadows.

Join us on a walking weekend as we discover the Dales from Kettlewell, a town that has been a thriving community for at least 800 years, and which sits in Upper Wharfedale, one of the great valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With valley trails and hills right next door, this is the perfect place to base ourselves for the weekend, where we’ll also visit the famous Malham Cove.

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales on two guided walks.
  • Relax in our exclusive hostel, and head out for a meal in the local pub on Saturday.
  • Enjoy the fantastic scenery, from woodlands to rolling hills, to the ancient dry-stone walls of the cattle and sheep farmers.
  • Get to know a friendly group of fellow walkers, and soak up the atmosphere of Kettlewell.

About the area

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Spanning a vast area of the Pennines and the rolling hills and dales of Yorkshire, the National Park is a hugely popular destination for walkers and lovers of countryside. The dales are long valleys, often named after the rivers that run through them. They are dotted with the old stone houses and walls that give this part of England it’s timeless look, with stones often cut straight out of the limestone of the local hills. The peaks and rolling moors are accessible and grassy, with the famous limestone ‘scars’ running along their sides. As well as dozens of walking peaks, the Yorkshire Dales hosts several long-distance trails, including the famous Pennine Way, and it is easy for walkers here to link up hills and valleys for hundreds of great day walks.

Staying at Kettlewell YHA we explored the Yorkshire Dales an Malham Cove

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You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and introduce you to your walking companions. Dinner will be served at 8pm, and you’ll be told all about the plans for the weekend. Other that that the evening is yours to head out to the local pub, relax with a cup of tea in the lounge, or just chat away the evening!

Staying at Kettlewell YHA we explored the Yorkshire Dales an Malham Cove


After breakfast at 8am you’ll have the chance to make packed lunches before heading out on today’s walk. We’ve got a great walk planned, and although the weather may chance things, your leaders will aim to complete the following:

Buckden Pike and Wharfedale

Rising above the valley of Wharfedale, Buckden Pike is an excellent hill to take in the views over the Yorkshire Dales. We’ll head up it straight from the hostel, steadily climbing until the whole Park is laid out before us. Descending to the north, we’ll head back to Kettlewell along Wharfedale, allowing you to see the valley from the riverside and admire the fields and woodlands that are typical of this part of England.

After the walk returns, we’ll head out to dinner at a local pub so you can experience more of the local way of life. Of course we still have the hostel to head back to and grab a drink or just chill in the lounge re-living the day’s walk!

Malham Cove


After breakfast we’ll head out on a half-day walk, lasting for 3-4 hours and aiming to finish at a pub where we can have a final meal before heading off home. The walk for the day is likely to be:

Malham Cove

This stunningly impressive limestone cliff, formed during the last Ice Age, is famous throughout Britain as a viewpoint and as a climbing destination. Don’t worry though, there’s no climbing for us. We’ll walk out to the Cove from Malham village, follow paths to visit the equally impressive Gordale Scar, and then head back to Malham for lunch. The combination of being able to gaze up at these incredible rock features and then walking up to take in the view from the top will be a brilliant moment you’ll savour alongside your best walking outings.

Malham Cove

Our Base:


You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Kettlewell YHA

Food Provided:

For this weekend we provide the following meals: Friday night welcome meal, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. Saturday night will see us eat out in a local country pub, this meal is not included.

As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes. We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.

Kettlewell YHA


We’ll be staying in Kettlewell YHA, a stunning old building that’s been a hostel for over 70 years and still incorporates the village post office. It has a comfy lounge with a log burning stove.

Beds are offered on a single sex shared room basis. The venue also has a limited number of twin / double rooms. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.

Please note we are unable to accept dogs on this weekend, with the exception of registered guided dogs which are welcome on all of our trips. 

If you have further questions please view our FAQ’s page or email the main Large Outdoors office.

Venue Address:

Kettlewell YHA
Far Lane
BD23 5QU

  • By Train:

    Nearest Station: Skipton

    Collection Time: 3pm

    For this weekend we can collect and return train travellers to the train station that is nearest to our base.

    Places for this shuttle service are limited and must be booked at least five days before the trip takes place by contacting the Large Outdoors office to reserve space.

    At the end of the trip we will endeavour to get you back to the same station by a certain time. However as the finishing time might vary, we would strongly advise booking an open return ticket that will provide you with greater flexibility.

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Kettlewell YHA
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