Skipton - 2 nights
Hawes - 3 nights

In God's Own Country

Historic Yorkshire, in northern England is known for its Roman and Viking heritage, Norman castles, medieval abbeys and Industrial Revolution-era cities, notwithstanding its fabulous national parks. Experience Yorkshire Dales and Valleys, Waterfalls and Breweries, Sheepdogs and Alpacas, Abbeys and very proud people

In ‘God's Own Country’ you'll embrace a variety of wonderful landscapes, historic abbeys, waterfalls and wildlife (including sheepdogs and alpacas) and a chance for some great bird-watching, all with a good dose of Yorkshire local humour thrown in!

From York we travel into the Dales visiting two well-known Abbeys; Bolton and Fountains. We will travel high into the Dales and visit some of the beautiful valleys including Nidderdale, Wensleydale, Swaledale and iconic sites with Malham Cove and stunning waterfalls We'll also get up close and personal with wildlife in the region with sheepdog demonstrations and taking alpacas for a walk, there are 29 bird species in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so don’t forget your binoculars. You'll also experience great Yorkshire food and drink with tours of the famous Black Sheep Brewery and Wensleydale Creamery. God's Country is a riot on the senses and a tour you'll remember for a long time!

Key Features

Scenic Landscapes
Nature & Wildlife
Country Estate Stay
Country House Stay
Heritage Sites
Private Tours
Expert Local Guide
Group Size: 6 – 16

Day 1  Meet at York Railway Station, travel to the fabulous Devonshire Arms, near Bolton Abbey, for lunch and an introduction to the tour. En-route to we plan to catch a local cricket match. Explore Bolton Abbey, seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. Take time to explore the magnificent ruins, at whose heart lies the Priory Church and Ruins of an Augustinian Priory in its beautiful riverside setting. Continue to Skipton, two nights at the Coniston Hotel and an address from one of Yorkshire’s finest storytellers. (L, D)

Day 2 Visit Fountains Abbey, one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries and explore Studley Water Gardens. Continue to Nidderdale, where we take some Alpacas for a walk through some of the valley’s prettiest little villages. (B)

Day 3 Travel west into the Dales to wonderful Malham Cove with its famous limestone pavement and huge, curved, amphitheatre. Travel through wonderful countryside, and the slightly twisty roads to Settle with free time for lunch before we take the train towards Carlisle on this world famous line, over the Ribblehead Viaduct, spanning Batty Moss, to Garsdale Head. Transfer to Hawes and the 16th century country house, Stone House. (B)

Day 4 Stay in Wensleydale Valley and visit Hardraw Force waterfall, one of the finest in the Dales, with a spectacular drop of approximately 100ft. Enjoy a private demonstration from one of the world’s premier sheepdog handlers for an insight into the lives of the sheepdog and their owners. After time for lunch in a local pub visit the Wensleydale Creamery to sample some of its wonderful cheeses. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. (B)

Day 5 Following the route of the Tour De France, travel over Buttertubs pass and into Swaledale, a truly spectacular route. Explore Bolton Castle, with its 600 years of history, its lovely gardens, vineyard and maze. Continue to the delightful market town of Masham, famous for its breweries; Theakston’s and Black Sheep. Enjoy a brewery tour with a chance to sample some wonderful beer before a final stop at Aysgarth falls on the River Ure, probably the most famous falls in the North of England. Farewell dinner, with time to reflect on your time spent in “God’s Country”. (B, D)

Day 6 Travel towards York stopping at Richmond Castle, one of the greatest Norman fortresses, built to suppress the northern hordes! Continue to York Station for your return journey. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps, comfortable walking shoes or boots are recommended.
English Heritage card holders qualify for a reduction of £10 and National Trust Members a reduction of £20. Please register your membership numbers when you book.


per person in a double/twin room

Date Price
September 11 £1695
September 18 £1795
October 2 £1595
Prices Reduced

Save up to £250
(18 September & 2 October 2022)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £375

Rail Options

Rail Travel London Kings Cross to York £120
First Class Supplement from £80
Secure parking at York station £75

Extension Options

Extra Nights - York
Middletons (or similar)
(per night) £110
Single supplement £80

Price Includes
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, beer tasting, itinerary as described, services of local tour manager, driver/guide and representative

Not Included
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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