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
Skipton - 2 nights
Hawes - 3 nights
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!
Nature & Wildlife
Country Estate Stay
Country House Stay
Lunch at Betty’s Tea Rooms
Expert Local Guide
Group Size: 6 – 12
Day 1 Meet at York Railway Station, travel to Ilkley and the famous ‘Betty’s Tea rooms’ for a touch of lunch and an introduction to ‘God’s own Country tour’, before we drive out into the countryside to Bolton Abbey. Should time permit we plan to stop and catch a local cricket match. Enjoy a tour of the Abbey, seat of the 12th Duke of Devonshire, exploring the magnificent ruins and a landscape full of history and legend. Transfer to Skipton and the Coniston Hotel for a two nights stay. Welcome dinner with an address from one of Yorkshire’s finest orators and storytellers. (D, L)
Day 2 Depart for Fountains Abbey, one of the largest and best-preserved Cistercian monasteries in England for a private tour and a chance to explore Studley Water Gardens. Later we head the few miles to Masham and its two world-famous breweries. First, there is Theakston’s established in 1827 and then the new kid on the block, Black Sheep, founded in 1992. Enjoy a tour of the brewery with a chance to sample some wonderful beer, at the source! We return via Thorp Perrow for a wander around their pristine gardens and the opportunity for afternoon tea. (B)
Day 3 Travel west into the Dales for the wonderful Malham Cove with its famous limestone pavement and huge, curved, limestone amphitheatre. We save the view of the amphitheatre till last as we walk around Gordale Scar into Malham village where the amphitheatre reveals itself. Time for lunch in Malham before travelling through some wonderful countryside, and slightly twisty roads to Settle, a beautiful town in its own right. From Settle we take a scheduled train towards Carlisle on this world-famous line, over the Ribblehead Viaduct, opened in 1876, it spans Batty Moss before arriving at Garsdale Head. Transfer to Hawes and the 16th-century country house, Stone House for a three-night stay. (B)
Day 4 Today we stay within the Wensleydale Valley. Visit Aysgill waterfall one of the finest to be found in the Yorkshire Dales, with a spectacular drop of approximately 40ft, then enjoy a private demonstration from one of the world’s premier sheepdog handlers who gives an up-close and personal insight into the lives of the sheepdog and their owners. After time for lunch in a local pub, we visit the Wensleydale Creamery and 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, we travel out of Hawes and over the Buttertubs pass and into Swaledale, a truly spectacular route. Once in Swaledale, we take some Alpacas for a walk through some of the valley’s prettiest little villages. Time for lunch at Bolton Castle, with its 600 years of history, view the falcons and owls in an afternoon display before our final stop at Aysgarth falls on the River Ure, probably the most famous falls in the North of England. Farewell dinner reflecting our 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 to start our homeward journey. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
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Nestled in the heart of a 1,400-acre estate, boasting award-winning fine dining, a luxury spa, and beautiful accommodation with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales. With three restaurants and a Spa (Chargeable). Rooms combine traditional décor with picturesque views, fluffy bathrobes, TV, 24-hour room service, tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.
Stone House Hotel a classically Edwardian Country House was built by Hugh Crallan and set is in an acre of old English gardens, on the south-facing side of Wensleydale. Views from the hotel and gardens are stunning. Created from a Grade 2 listed building, Stone House Hotel offers 24 comfortable, well-appointed and individually furnished guest bedrooms. All bedrooms are en suite with luxury toiletries and high quality bath sheets, flat screen TV’s with DVD players, radio alarms with iPod & AUX connectivity, tea & coffee making facilities and WiFi.
Five minutes walk from York Station, half a mile from the historic city center and Minster cathedral. A variety of restaurants and bars are nearby and the hotel is close to York Shambles, JORVIK Viking Centre, and The York Dungeon. The National Railway Museum is less than 15 minutes away.
Each modern room at The Hampton by Hilton York comes with a stylish en suite bathroom. Rooms also feature a 32-inch HD TV, a work desk and tea/coffee making facilities.
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £345
Rail Travel London’s Kings Cross to York £120
First Class Supplement from £80
Secure parking at York station £75
Extra Nights - York
Hampton by Hilton
(per night) £80
Single supplement £50
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, beer tasting, itinerary as described, services of local tour manager, driver/guide and representative
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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