Yorkshire Dales Highlights
Come and experience the unique countryside of the Yorkshire Dales – full of rolling hills, fields of sheep, dry stone walls, field barns, castles and abbeys.
We will come and collect you from wherever you are staying and whisk you to Richmond in the far north of the Dales with its Norman Castle and beautiful Georgian architecture.
From Richmond we travel along Swaledale past Reeth, Muker and Gunnerside. This area has the highest proportion of field barns and dry stone walls in the Dales giving an immediate flavour of the Dales countryside. Swaledale and Wensleydale featured heavily in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small based on the famous Yorkshire Dales vet James Herriot.
We’ll ascend up Buttertubs Pass – part of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France a few years ago and described by Jeremy Clarkson as the only truly iconic road climb in England. There will be fantastic views and photo opportunities as we eventually descend into Wensleydale.
We’ll stop to visit Hawdraw and walk to Hawdraw Force, England’s Highest single drop waterfall behind the old Green Dragon pub.
Next we’ll head to Hawes the bustling market town for lunch. A visit to the Wenseydale Creamery is a must to see where the famous Yorkshire cheese is made and sample some of the many flavours!
Then we will drive over the tops to Oughtershaw, Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme before descending into the village of Buckden.
Next we will travel down upper Wharfedale, a stunning Dale past Kettlewell & Cracoe – the heart of Calendar Girl country, past the famous Kilnsey Cragg to Grassington.
We will walk around this beautiful village, once a thriving lead mining community, learning about its chequered history. From here we will drive to the picture postcard setting of Burnsall with its old pub and bridge over the River Wharfe and take afternoon tea in one of the café’s.
Finally, we will travel to Bolton Abbey, the 12th century Augustinian Priory on the south eastern corner of the Dales before heading back to your hotel.
This route gives a real flavour as to the magic of the Yorkshire Dales and covers a variety of Dales landscapes and stunning features.