This day trip from York visits Aysgarth Falls, the conservation village of Arncliffe, The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World at Pateley Bridge and the Market Town of Hawes, where you will have the opportunity to visit the award winning Wensleydale Creamery.
What to Expect
The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and heads off for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. After a scenic stop overlooking Wensleydale to learn about its most famous landmark, the 14th century Bolton Castle which once housed Mary Queen of Scots, you will arrive at Aysgarth Falls, where you will have the options to either walk along the three major falls to see the filming location for Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire brew and enjoy the views!
The tour then takes the scenic route to Hawes, passing through Askrigg, the fictional village of Darrowby in the James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small TV series. You will spend one and a half hours in Hawes, the highest market town in England, where you can see how cheese is made and have some lunch at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre or, if you prefer, visit The Dales Countryside Museum or just explore the quaint shops and cafes of the town itself.
After Hawes, you will travel into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some photo stops as you pass through the picturesque traditional Dales villages along the meandering route of the River Wharfe before arriving in the stunning setting of the conservation village of Arncliffe, where you will see the famous Falcon Inn, the original "Woolpack" in the Emmerdale Farm TV series. You can either join your guide for a walking tour of the village or just enjoy refreshments with the locals in the Falcon Inn!
Your journey continues through the beautiful countryside of the National Park, passing Kilnsey Crag and the village of Grassington, then into the rolling hills of Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The final stop is in Pateley Bridge, with the option to visit "The Oldest Sweet Shop in The World" (2014 Guinness Book of Records), before heading back to York.
The tour arrives back at the meeting point in York at around 18:15 but you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of arrival back in York just in case of traffic problems.
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
Opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster)
Know Before You Go
Minimum Age is 5 years
Between November and mid-March, depending upon weather conditions, this tour may follow a different route through the Dales after Hawes and return to York a little earlier, around 5.30pm
The tour operates with max 16 passengers and the mini-coach is equipped with A/C, and WiFi.