York, England Nature & adventure

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From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

1. From York: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Leave York at 9:00 AM to explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stop at the 14th-century Bolton Castle, former home of Mary Queen of Scots, to enjoy the magnificent views over Wensleydale. Next, enjoy some free time in Hawes. Sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery, visit the Dales Countryside Museum, or explore the quaint shops and cafes. Move on to the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pass through the picturesque villages on the way to Kettlewell, the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. Explore the village, learn more about the true story behind the movie, or relax with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes. Finally, stop in the charming town of Pateley Bridge, winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016. Visit the oldest sweet shop in the world before heading back to York, arriving at around 5:15 PM.

From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

2. From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

The tour heads out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic drive through the Vale of York. The first stop is at the Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where your guide will tell you the story of how it was carved into the hillside in 1857. The next stop is in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire brew in one of the cafés. After Helmsley, you will head off through Hutton-le-Hole into the heart of the scenic North York Moors National Park for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross.   Then, stop in the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire village of Lealholm to see the stepping-stones over the River Esk — a great photo opportunity. It is then just a short journey into Whitby. Whilst hearing stories about the seaside town’s history from your guide, you will also learn about the main places of interest that you may want to visit. As you arrive in Whitby, there will be a brief stop at the Captain Cook Statue and Whalebone Arch on the West Cliff then alternative drop-offs at the harbour or Whitby Abbey (recommended if you wish to start your visit there and avoid having to climb the 199 steps).   You will have a leisurely 3 hours of free time in Whitby where you can visit the town’s newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience — 1 of only 2 full-size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence. See also the Captain Cook Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, or view Whitby Abbey, inspiration for the Dracula books. You may also just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience fish and chips from the famous Magpie Café. After Whitby, you will head back onto the North York Moors and arrive in the picture-postcard village of Goathland (filming location for Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series and Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter movies) where you can explore the filming locations, or maybe just grab an ice cream from the village store. The tour leaves Goathland for a final stop to enjoy the stunning views at the Hole of Horcum before heading back to York.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 569 reviews

I had a super day and am really pleased that I went. The driver Alan, was friendly and immediately put me at ease. He was knowledgeable about the area and kept us informed throughout the day both with fun facts and also the serious stuff and tried to answer any questions we had. I had slight trepidation because I was a solo traveller but it wasn't a problem at all. There were single seats available so you don't have to sit next to someone if you prefer and you can be as sociable or not as you feel able. There was also a broad mix of ages. There were plenty of stops for exploring, meal and toilet breaks or just for photo opportunities. I would have liked longer in some places but appreciate that this was just a snapshot of a vast area.

Beautiful bus ride, with enough time to visit the Bronte sisters' house / museum and have lunch. Also nice the ride in the national park with several stops for photos and short walks. Very good guide / driver who explained everything well (in English).

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and drove us around at a speed at which we could take in all of the information. The day was full without being frantic and both my husband and myself really enjoyed it. A wonderful way to see the Yorkshire countryside

A wonderful ramble through the Dales with a knowledgeable and personable guide, who also is a talented van driver, maneuvering the narrow paths with ease. Each stop along the way afforded a different view of the multi-faceted areas in Yorkshire

It was a very enjoyable tour & Mark was an excellent guide. He was so knowledgeable & made it very interesting.