This special Yorkshire tour takes in the varied foods and crafts of the county, as well as the varied scenery and lifestyles of the Dales. You will be enchanted by the picturesque countryside and amazed at the rugged landscapes which show the character of Yorkshires towns and villages.
The impressive 300 year 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 shops and Victorian history. All of the 114 en-suite bedrooms have modern amenities including a TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift that serves all floors.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north into Yorkshire. We arrive at the 3 star Crown Hotel mid afternoon where we have time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Tuesday We start the day with a visit to the Royal Pump Rooms Museum to find out the history of the water in the town. After a good stay we make our way to Embsay 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, home to the world famous Wensleydale Cheese. We make a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery where we learn from the cheese experts how 8 pints of milk turns into a 500g block of Yorkshire’s Wensleydale cheese.
Wednesday Our day begins with a drive to Skipton, known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. The attractive High Street leads up to the church, behind which you can 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 which has many varied stalls. We take a trip on the Skipton Canal, with a rib-tickling commentary with tea and a biscuit included. Our final visit is to Pateley Bridge where we visit the Nidderdale Museum before making our way back to the hotel for dinner.
Thursday After breakfast we enjoy the day to explore Harrogate. With huge open spaces and tree-lined boulevards, antique shops, shopping centres and elegant buildings, it is little wonder that the town is a frequent winner of the Britain in Bloom award. Harrogate also boasts the world famous Betty’s Tea Room, founded in 1919 by a Swiss confectioner. Round the corner from Betty’s is Farrar’s of Harrogate, established in 1840 and best known for its original Harrogate Toffees, a favourite of the late Queen Mother. This afternoon we include a visit to the colourful RHS Harlow Carr Gardens before we meet again for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday After breakfast we depart our hotel and make our way home. We arrive in our home areas mid-afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
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