£375 per person
You are invited to beautiful Wensleydale for a walking break in the Yorkshire Dales over New Year. 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. Read on…New Year Walking Break
Each day after a good breakfast, we will venture out on a beautiful walk. Over the three days we will walk in Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale. After each walk there is time to relax in the hospitable atmosphere and comfort of Eastfield Lodge, where we have 8 delightful en suite bedrooms, a cosy guest lounge and an attractive dining room.
Eastfield Lodge itself is a delight. It is hosted superbly by Henry Collett with his small team of hosts and you will soon feel at home here. They 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. Consequently, Visit England awards the house with 4 stars. There is also an attractive lounge (with a woodburner, armchairs, sofas and piano), a bright and sunny breakfast and dining room, a map room and a drying room. (See the wonderful things people say about it on Tripadvisor by clicking here).On the Penhill Circuit
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 after the final breakfast – it’s hard to believe that only four days previously everyone had been strangers.Winter Waterfalls
Each day starts with an excellent hearty (or healthy) breakfast cooked by Henry. 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. If you thought Henry’s breakfast was good, wait till you try his homemade cakes, one of which is usually awaiting you on your return to the house after the walk, accompanied by a well-earned pot of tea or coffee.
In the evenings, guests relax in the comfort of the house or perhaps wander into the 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 second evenings, and a three course dinner on the final evening. On the third evening we eat out locally in a good restaurant and you pay for this individually. Also, the third and final walk of the break often features a pub lunch, for which guests pay individually.Walking near Leyburn
Here is an example of a recent walking break. The walks are always put together and hosted by our own walks organiser, who will join you at Eastfield Lodge during the walking break. Our host has yet to finalise the walking programme for Easter. However this will give you an idea of the type of walks you can expect.
Meet at Eastfield Lodge in the afternoon for tea and cake. Then join us in the evening for a pre-dinner drink and canapés before a two course supper.
Pennhill Circuit – 530m of ascent – Distance 11 miles
After a good breakfast, we will fill our flasks with warming drinks to see us through our first walk with stunning views of Wensleydale. A circuit of Pennhill with a taste of three dales, Coverdale, Bishopdale and Wensleydale and visiting the waterfalls at West Burton and Redmire Force.
Evening – Back at Eastfield Lodge, kick off your boots and relax with tea and cake. A sumptuous hot buffet and a glass of ‘bubbly’ will accompany the countdown to New Year.
Jervaulx Abbey – 500m of ascent – Distance 10 miles
A longer lazier breakfast for New Year’s Day and a gentler walk taking in the prominent ruins and surrounding parkland of the Cistercian Monastery, Jervaulx Abbey. The walk is also punctuated by quaint and traditional Dales villages.