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This holiday offers a unique sense of achievement as we conquer the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales. One peak a day but also covering some of the outstanding walking scenery in the beautiful Dales. Staying in a beautiful village hotel, ideally positioned to achieve our aim.
Our unique speciality is offering guided walking experiences in the UK and Europe for solos and single travellers. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
We stay in the lovely village of Clapham at the New Inn Hotel. We stay for four nights.
The New Inn was once an eighteenth century coaching inn but now welcomes travellers coming in by both car, train and bike. The tiny Croft Café is also popular with cyclists on the Way of the Roses and Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way which passes through the village as does the Pennine Bridleway. The village has a variety of interesting shops selling everything from knitting yarn to locally-made crafts. The village shop and post office is now operated as a community shop.
Rooms are spacious, en suite and the hotel is lively in the evening with its roaring fires. Excellent bar and lounges.
Dinner is taken in the hotel’s dining room.
Lunch will either be at one of the local pubs or cafes, or packed.
There is plenty of parking available at the hotel.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
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Yorkshire, The Iconic Three Peaks in Three Days
The Yorkshire Three Peaks have gained reputation among hikers and fell runners for the challenge and the reward they offer.
Three Peaks in Three Days.
With spectacular scenery and fantastic walking opportunities, this is a wonderful place to spend a few days, staying in the area and soaking up the scenery.
On this holiday, we tackle each peak on a day hike from our base at Clapham.
Not for us the crowded Three Peaks Challenge circular route. We will attack each peak from a different direction, yet still retaining the challenge they pose for us.
The Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful place and the ‘three peaks’ are more enjoyable taken at a good walking pace- six hours walking each day. pace. On this holiday we will take each of the three on separate days.
The walk over Ingleborough from our hotel. A route of 11miles with Ingleborough Peak the high point at 734m.
Pen y Ghent has a distinctive rocky face which has been eroded by the hundreds doing The Challenge. We will choose a route depending on weather and conditions. We start from the pretty village of Horton for our initial ascent up Pen y Ghent, 694m. Your leader will then choose an appropriate route of between 8 and 15 miles, dependent on conditions.
Whernside is a long limestone ridge. As with the other two peaks we hope to see fabulous views from its summit at 736m. We will do a circuit of 9 miles from the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.
If for any reason the weather is so inclement, we cannot reach one of the peaks there are many lovely walks in the area using the long-distance trails of the the Pennine highway and the Dales way.
On the departure day, we will manage 5 miles walk locally to the hotel before lunch and departure.
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any client’s ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will always try to provide and alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group, and the leaders.
Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
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Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.
Grades and difficulty
The Three Peaks in Three days walking holiday is graded as Moderate with strenuous sections. These strenuous sections can be taken steadily. Descending is on good paths, but can be difficult in wet weather, particularly Whernside.
We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy the lovely scenery. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land?
The Yorkshire Dales have lovely rolling countryside that will enchant you – and is a land of ever-changing vistas – on any walk we get four or five different landscapes to enjoy.
Walking boots or shoes are obligatory, and many walkers find a walking pole useful, especially on the downhills. You will also need wet weather gear.
Paths on this Yorkshire Dales holiday are mostly well marked and walked but can have rough and uneven with stony parts to them.
These we take carefully, bearing in mind your safety at all times.
There are several steep sections where your fitness needs to be good, and sections where the walking is on good paths and is moderate in nature. Some ground may be boggy and wet, particularly if the area has had wet weather
Our challenge routes require a confidence in your ability to complete the route in required timescales.
We only change the itinerary of these routes when there is a safety risk due to eg weather, or route closure.
Packed lunch will be provided each day. You will just be required to carry your day pack of water, food, waterproofs, spare clothes, camera.
You must be a confident walker and have walked either by yourself or in a group at the standard described in this description.
You need a rucksack that can hold all your wet weather gear, and plenty of water – at least 1,5 litres.
The Yorkshire Dales was designated a National Park back in the 1950s, due to its fascinating geological history. The Dales as they are today primarily formed by glaciation and the natural weathering of the carboniferous limestone that characterises much of the area.
Carboniferous limestone is a soft rock and if you scratch it with a sharp object, it will mark quite easily and produce powdered rock. It is also soluble to rainwater over an exceptionally extended period and eventually, the many joints and fissures in the rock get eroded away. So, this means we have many caves and rock features that add to the interest on our walks in this area.
Gaping Gill would be an example, as well as the limestone pavements that abound. The action of rainwater on limestone, as well as the numerous waterfalls and streams, has shaped this magnificent walking area. The area drains well through limestone so there are few boggy and wet areas.
There are many lovely villages, each with their own special “feel” about them, such as Settle, Ingleton and Austwick.
Hotel very nice. Evening meals good. I am very pleased I booked the Yorkshire 3 peaks despite some inclement weather. I walked with a lovely and interesting group of people. I enjoyed the walking challenges and Bridget was a perfect guide with excellent support from David. Very well organised as usual.
The pre-holiday information email from Bridget (walk leader) was very nice to receive and respond to. Guided walking – Bridget and David provided a terrific experience. Bridget gave us confidence with ease and without fuss which helped the group to gel. David provided wonderful back up with information and support. Both Bridget and David were very generous with their time and effort.
Any further comments? Just thank you! To you all. Please do pass on my huge thanks to Bridget for her exceptional guiding and care for us on the expeditions given the conditions. She guided us with professionalism and warmth.
Please also thank David who had so much local knowledge it was a joy to hear all he knew.
A pleasure to walk with them both.
Guided walking – really good with great guides (Bridget and Dave). Organisation of holiday very good. Everything was great thanks.