Pennine Way

Skip to

Book your experience
Available dates:

Yorkshire Dales yomps, yearly knees-up and yummy food...

From FREE to £125pp
Book your experience
Available dates:
  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 3

As you know we don’t need much of an excuse to have a get-together and so the Large Outdoors anniversary is a perfect occasion!

This year is our 12th birthday and we’re inviting you to help us celebrate in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales surrounded by stunning landscape and a friendly bunch of people who like nothing better than a good yomp, many laughs and tucking into great food.

For the first time we’re basing ourselves at the YHA in Malham, a prime walking spot characterised by striking scenery including the limestone pavement, tarn, waterfalls and the cove which, for Harry Potter fans, will be recognisable as it was used as the backdrop in one of the films.

Each day we’ll have a selection of walking options to suit the all-day hikers and those who are looking for a shorter wander perhaps interspersed with a cheeky visit to one of the village pubs!

On the Saturday evening we’ll also pull out all the stops for a bit of a birthday shindig.

In a nutshell:

  • Grin as you admire the scenery, listen to the banter and relive a day’s great walking
  • Gallantly step up to the plate to tackle another helping of pudding
  • Galvanize those legs on the Saturday evening for a bit of dancing

12th Birthday Dates:

  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November 2020

A social walking weekend exploring the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Skip to

Suggest Itinerary


Surrounded by dry stone walls and meadows and with the Lister Arms pub next door, it’s easy to see why the YHA is perfectly positioned for walkers.

You are welcome to arrive any time after 5pm, when our Large Outdoors host will be there revving up for the weekend ahead.

Once we’re all gathered and the conversation level has been raised by a few decibels we begin preparing the evening meal.


Breakfast over. Packed lunch in the rucksack. You know the routine. Then we’re out the YHA to explore some of the finest scenery that Malhamdale offers.

Today we offer three different walks depending on the level of challenge you want to do. Our guides will talk you through the routes they have in mind but there’s every chance the trails will include visits to:

  • Malham Cove – a dramatic amphitheatre shaped cliff topped off by the famous limestone pavement
  • Janet’s Foss – a waterfall that plunges into a clear pool. One of those calming sights which makes you just want to sit down and bathe in the beauty of it all.
  • Gordale Scar – just as Janet’s Foss produces a calming effect so Gordale Scar will induce a bit of an adrenaline rush. This gritty ravine has a boulder-strewn path beside a waterfall that leads to a lake or tarn at the top.

A social walking weekend exploring the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Walks over, there’s plenty of time to simply chill out whether that involves heading into the pub, having a cup of tea or just sitting outside enjoying the views.

Needless to say a bit of battery re-charging will be a good idea as no birthday weekend would be complete without a celebration. Queue the music and no doubt some dancing, after the evening’s feast.


Did you know that the fresh air of the Yorkshire Dales is a good hangover cure? Well now you can put that claim to the test as we venture out for some more walking (two choices today), ending lunchtime’ish for a final meal before we head home.

A social walking weekend exploring the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Malham YHA
BD23 4DB

Arriving by Public Transport:

Nearest Train Station: Skipton

Free Train Station Collection form Skipton at 5pm & 7pm, this must be booked. 

Bus: There is a bus from the train station, number 210. You can view the current timetable here…

Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • 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.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  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.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Rooms: This venue has a mix of 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

Follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/pages/Large-Outdoors

Join our members page and share stories, pictures and reviews here: www.facebook.com/groups/largeoutdoors

  • Ticket and Room Types:

    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.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is 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 the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

  • Dietary Needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    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.

    Halal or Kosher:

    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.

    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.

Get Directions
Malham YHA
BD23 4DB
Show me

What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
Back to top