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Walking Activities

To enhance your Scottish Country Dancing holiday, and to complement the social and friendly group dancing programme, we are unique in offering you the choice of taking part in two pleasant guided local walks.

Walks are organised and led by our experienced Walking Leaders who can offer a variety of interesting and rewarding routes.

These can vary from a gentle stroll to exploring the wider locality.

Walking is planned around the evening Dancing Program and the Dance Workshops which take place each morning.

Each day of your holiday there is a choice of a full day's guided walk or a shorter afternoon walk.

If you do not wish to join a group walk, then our Leaders can offer you useful advice on the local area and its attractions, so that you are free to make the most of your time exploring things at your own leisure.

daily guided walks in a friendly group
short and longer walks from the hotel

To give you a taster of what to expect on the guided walks, here are some examples of walks previously enjoyed by our guests...

Full Day:

We take the service bus to Pool Bank and walk up to Otley Chevin where there are excellent views on a clear day. We follow the ridge for its full length before descending to Menston and then follow good paths along the slopes of Ilkley moor to the famous Cow and Calf rocks and back to the hotel.

10 miles and 700ft in stages


We walk from the hotel down to Ilkley and slowly climb the path beside Hebers Ghyll, a beautiful walk devised in Victorian times, up to the ancient Swastika Stone, one of many carved stones on Ilkley Moor. We then continue along the moor edge with wonderful views of Beamsley Beacon and the Lower Wharfe valley and return past the tarn to the hotel.

5 miles and 300ft

Full Day:

We walk from Cober Hill along the old railway track and on the Cleveland Way path from Hayburn Wyke, a beautiful little bay, via Ravenscar, the town that was designed, but never built, past Boggle Hole to finish in Robin Hood’s Bay, at the end of Wainright’s Coast to Coast long distance path, which starts at St. Bees in the Lake District.

9.5 miles and a possible 1400ft of ascent, dependent upon the tide.


The Great Orme

We walk from the hotel on the promenade, on to the panorama walk leading to the Monks Path, and ascend this to the shoulder and then to the summit cafe and Great Orme tramway station. After a welcome drink we descend gradually, with wonderful views over Llandudno and through the Happy Valley Gardens back to the hotel.

5 miles and 650ft ascent

Full Day:

From our hotel we walk into Ilkley and follow the river Wharfe then crossover to follow field paths to Denton. We then skirt Middleton and Langbar to Beamsley Beacon, the highest peak in lower Wharfedale. After admiring the new views towards Simon's Seat and Bolton Abbey we descend via Langbar and Nesfield back to Ilkley

10 miles and 900ft in stages


A walk in the Northern Malverns

We walk from hotel up to North Hill, the most northerly peak on the Malvern Hills, continuing past the Worcestershire Beacon (the highest point at 1400 ft), down past St Ann’s Well and back to the hotel.

5 miles with some steep ascent in places.

Full Day:

A walk to Colwall and Ledbury

We take the service bus to Colwall Stone and then walk via field paths and country lanes, including parts of the Herefordshire Way, to the ancient town of Ledbury where there are many interesting buildings and cafes. We then return to Great Malvern by service bus.

8 miles easy walking with about 500ft ascent and descent.

easy guided walks for pleasure
scottish dancers enjoying our guided walking program