After much success last year, we are pleased to return to Yorkshire covering a splendid variety of magnificent scenery and contrasting countryside, with quaint Yorkshire towns and villages, rugged moorlands and stunning coastlines. We also feature a railway ride and a boat trip on the Tees to Yarm and much more.
This luxurious, much acclaimed, 4 star hotel dates back to the 19th century and was formerly a baronial home. It is an elegant establishment offering a pleasing combination of the original features and modern facilities. All bedrooms are richly furnished and there is a choice of welcoming lounges. The bedrooms are all en-suite with WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities. This hotel has a lift.
Day 1, We leave our home areas to join the Club Class coach for the drive north arriving at Gisborough Hall Hotel late afternoon.
Day 2, After breakfast we begin our day with a drive through Bilsdale, which is also known as ‘Little Switzerland’, and past the Sun Inn, which has been run by the same family for more than 200 years! Passing near historic Rievaulx Abbey, we reach the delightful town of Helmsley, with its huge market square and little tea rooms. Here we take a break for lunch before continuing past Ampleforth and Byland Abbey to Kilburn, passing the famous White Horse. This village is the home of Mousey Thompson, the famous woodworker renowned for his little mouse carving and adorning hand carved oak furniture throughout the land. Whilst we are here we visit the Mousey Thompson Visitor Centre with its gift shop and tearoom. After time to enjoy the shop, we rejoin the coach and return to the hotel with time before dinner.
Day 3, This morning we begin with a drive across the moors to the village of Danby where we visit the Danby Moors Centre. Set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, you can see pretty much everything that makes the Moors National Park so special with its moorland, woodland, farmland and much more. Whilst here we enjoy a morning tea or coffee with scones. Later we leave Danby and head up on to the moors and Blakey Ridge, passing the well known Lion Inn on the way. The views are spectacular all around as we descend into the lovely village of Hutton-le-Hole where we learn all about the history of the village and the surrounding dales at the Ryedale Folk Museum. After time here we continue on to Pickering to join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for an 18 mile steam train journey across the moors to Grosmont, calling at Goathland, famous for TV’s Heartbeat, on the way. Upon arrival in Grosmont we have time to look around and perhaps visit the railway restoration shops or enjoy a drink in the café before making our way back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4, After breakfast we head for the seaside. Our first visit is to Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a traditional seaside resort where we take the unique Cliff Lift to the shore to enjoy a stroll along the historic pier. After a short stop we join the coach for a picturesque drive along the coastal region, taking us to Loftus, Staithes and Sandsend as we make our way to Whitby. We have time to wander the little alleyways and narrow streets and perhaps climb the famous steps to Whitby Abbey before continuing through scenic moorland, travelling past Scaling reservoir on our return to the hotel.
Day 5, Our first visit today is to Preston Park and Hall Museum, where we will find a delightful collection of memorabilia from times gone by, from large social history collections, an armoury to various toys and games. We are invited to take a walk back in time through the cobbled Victorian street and imagine life as it was in times past. After time to explore the museum, we board the ‘Teesside Princess’ and take a gentle cruise along the River Tees. We travel through beautiful countryside to the cobbled town of Yarm, famous for its location on the River and the awe inspiring railway viaduct. From Yarm we return to Guisborough for some time at leisure before making our way back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 6, After breakfast we leave Yorkshire and head for home, arriving in our home areas early evening where we are greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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