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Harrogate & the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Harrogate & the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Enjoy the scenic Dales, historic Skipton and genteel city of Harrogate on this 5 day tour


Enjoy the scenic Dales, historic Skipton and genteel city of Harrogate on this 5 day tour


This little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.



Skipton is a fascinating place with its historic buildings and interesting past. There are many facilities and attractions in the town and nearby. The wider area offers beautiful countryside and attractive villages. At over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. Skipton, including its award winning High Street, is a shopper's delight, with many independent shops and with an array of restaurants, pubs and cafes, Skipton caters for all tastes.



With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Enjoy some time perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.



Thirsk  is an old fashioned market town in the Vale of Mowbray North Yorkshire. Famous for its race course, 15th Century Church and Thomas Lord after whom Lord's Cricket Ground is named. Thirsk is the Darrowby of the late James Herriot (Alf Wight), famous vet and author. Thirsk is set in the centre of 'Herriot Country' with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east.


Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head to Richmond, time for coffee in this lovely town that is a northern gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, from here we continue to Ripon, explore the market square and wonderful cathedral. We continue on from here to Harrogate and our hotel the Crown. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

We start with a visit to the Royal Pump Rooms Museum to find out why Charles Dickens said that ‘Harrogate is the queerest place with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives’. Then it’s on to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway where we take a return steam train through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. After this we ride through the Dales to the magical little market town of Hawes, England's highest. It is also home to world famous Wensleydale cheese where we enjoy an interesting guided tour of the factory and watch the cheeses being made. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Our day begins with a drive to Skipton - 'Gateway to the Dales'. The attractive high street leads up to the church, behind which you see the impressive 900 year old castle and Skipton Woods. Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England. The high street is also home to Skipton's famous market with many varied stalls. We also include a river cruise on the Skipton Canal. Our final visit is to Pateley Bridge where we visit the Nidderdale Museum. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

We can explore Harrogate today. With huge open spaces and broad tree-lined boulevards, antique shops and shopping malls, elegant buildings, abundant greenery, flowers and plants, it is little wonder that the town is a frequent winner of Britain in Bloom awards. Harrogate also boasts the world-famous Betty's tearooms, founded in 1919 by a Swiss confectioner; just around the corner from Betty's is Farrah's of Harrogate, established in 1840 and best known for its Original Harrogate Toffee - the favourite sweetie of the late Queen Mother.

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Day 5

A final breakfast in the hotel before we leave and travel to Thirsk, this old fashioned Yorkshire Market town is famous as Darrowby from the James Herriot 'All Creatures Great and Small' books. Our final visit before we commence our journey home is the bustling market town of Northallerton. We are due home late afternoon.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Crown Hotel Harrogate


The impressive 300 years old Crown Hotel stands in Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter just a few minutes’ walk from the major attractions, including the picturesque town centre with its fascinating antique shops, richly historic Victorian arcades and interesting boutique shops. All bedrooms are ensuite and have television, radio, telephone, 24 hour room service, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Hotel has a lift.





Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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