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From York: Herriot and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

From York: Herriot and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

Start your tour from York city center. Stop at the traditional market town of Masham in Lower Wensleydale, which gained its market charter over 700 years ago in 1251. Here you can learn some of the Town’s history from your guide and see the remains of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft, thought to be around 1300 years old, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, explore the quaint shops or just enjoy a leisurely Yorkshire brew and some cake in one of the cafes on the square – the choice is yours! Head out across Masham Moor where the sheep roam freely amongst the Heather and vast open landscape on our way over the tops to Nidderdale. The fantastic views and scenery over Gouthwaite Reservoir and miles of drystone walls make it perfect for some great photo stops. Arrive in the picturesque town of Grassington, famous for its role as the fictional town of ‘Darrowby’ in the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ television series, first aired in 2020. Here you will have 1.5 hours free time to explore the shops, Cafes and filming locations or even pop into the Devonshire Arms pub (The Drovers in All Creatures Great and Small) for a drink with the locals! We make our way to the beautiful Linton Falls. It is only a very short drive away so, if you prefer, you have the option to take the short walk from the Visitor Centre car park down the old stone path to the falls at Linton and meet your guide on the bridge over the river Wharfe. We follow the meandering route of the River Wharfe passing through the village of Burnsall and stopping at the historical ruin of Barden Tower, a 12th Century hunting lodge, once the seat of administration for Barden hunting forest and the residence of Henry Clifford, the Shepherd Lord. Arriving at Bolton Abbey home to the 12th Century ruins of Bolton Priory an Augustinian Monastery founded in 1154 and destroyed in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the reign of King Henry VIII. Today it looks extremely picturesque situated on the edge of the river Wharfe and for those of you feeling brave enough you can attempt to cross the river on the famous stepping stones… just don’t fall in! We depart Bolton Abbey and make our way back to York and say our goodbyes.

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(34 reviews)

It was a great trip! Mark was a very kind, informative and friendly person! He was an amazing driver and tour guide! We saw some great sites and Mark did a fantastic job sharing information and the history of the places. The only thing I wish is that we could have had a little more time in Grassington, as it seemed like such a great place. After having lunch in the town there wasn’t much time to look around or shop. It was a fantastic tour though and I would recommend it!

Our tour guide Mark was one of the finest knowledgeable guides we have ever encountered. He made the tour interesting and factual. He provided details on restroom stops and places to eat along the way. Mark took the time to photograph all of us individually at special scenery stops. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the Yorkshire Dales and James Herriot stories.

A tip-top tour of Herriot country. Mark the tour guide was very informative and helped to make it memorable day. As an ex professional driver I appreciate that driving in the Dale's can be challenging but we always felt Mark was driving with care.

A wonderful day of seeing the Yorkshire Dales we love in All Creatures Great and Small. Full itinerary but enough time at each stop. We really felt we that we were able to view some great sites in one day.

The driver Chris was very knowledgeable and helpful and had good sense of humour and got on well with all on the tour . It was a full day from 9am until 5.30 pm thank you