Grassy hills, limestone crags, timeless villages. Come and explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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What our members have to say...
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
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