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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 Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

The rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales are one of the most famous English landscapes. Deep valleys, moorland spilling off hills, and the ancient remnants of sheep and cattle farming – stone walls, ancient market towns, and grassy meadows. And of course the odd tea room and pub for us to refresh ourselves in after all that fresh air!

Join us on a sociable guided 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.


6-8th April & 8-10th June 2018

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales on two guided walks.
  • Relax in the comfy hostel during the afternoons and evenings, and soak up the Yorkshire atmosphere.
  • 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.

Kettlewell - Yorkshire Dales

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 you’ll have the chance to make packed lunches before heading out on today’s walk. Our leaders will decide on the walk considering what the weather is doing, and will choose a walk the whole group will enjoy. Some options we’ll be considering are:

  • 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.

  • Littondale

    An easier walk option would be head out from Arncliffe in the next valley, following tracks that take us along the side of the dramatic Cowside Beck towards Malham Tarn. We’d return along another path that stays in the moors but doesn’t have any steep ascents – the perfect chance to see the area and get a feeling for the limestone terrain we’re at the heart of. At the end we’ll wander back up Littondale to where we started.

After the walk returns, we’ll have dinner in the hostel, and then why not head out to the excellent local pub to see more of the local way of life, or just relax in the lounge with a hot drink after the day’s adventures.

Kettlewell YHA


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 one of the following:

  • Grassington

    Further down Wharfedale lies the village of Grassington, a classic dales village surrounded by limestone scars. We’ll head out on a wander on one of the many paths leading through the rolling uplands, passing ancient field systems and gazing out at the view down Wharfedale. We’ll have plenty of time to imagine what life must have been like up here thousands of years ago, before returning to Grassington through the pretty Grass Wood.

  • Great Whernside

    If we have the chance to head out on another big walk, we can head up the hill rising right above Kettlewell, Great Whernside, which stands at over 700m. The path is steep in places and heads straight up out of the village, giving us fantastic views back down. Once on the summit, we can take one of several different path options to return to the valley.

Our Base:

Kettlewell YHA

Venue Address:

Kettlewell YHA
Far Lane
BD23 5QU

  • Good to know:

    Good to know:

    • This venue supplies bedding but you will need a towel.
    • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to drink on this trip.
    • I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
    • Please note there is limited mobile phone signal or wifi at this venue.
    • This trip is open to anyone over 18 years of age and there is no upper age limit.


    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.

    Foods and Drinks:

    For this weekend we provide the following meals:

    • Evening meals on both Friday and Saturday.
    • Breakfasts – Our standard breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurts, fruit and toast.
    • Packed Lunch for Saturday – We supply sandwiches, fruit, cereal bars / biscuits and crisps. However, we do not supply any drinks so please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
    • Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

    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

    Vegetarian or Vegan:

    We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions then please contact the office.

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

  • Free Collection from Skipton Train Station:

    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.

  • Ticket / room types and deposits:

    Shared Room

    This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms

    Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.


    You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is then due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within 12 weeks then you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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Kettlewell YHA
Far Lane
BD23 5QU
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