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A mile northwest of Hawes, the pretty village of Hardraw has an even more impressive waterfall, a country church and an excellent old pub offering accommodation for those who prefer a quieter rural base.


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$57.67 Day Trips & Excursions

Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

This small-group guided day trip from York takes you to the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including Wensleydale, Littondale and Nidderdale. The tour departs at 9.00am from a centrally located meeting point near York Minster and heads off for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.To ensure personal service and comfort, the tour capacity is limited to 16 passengers and the Minicoach is equipped with air-con. The first stop is at Wensleydale’s most famous landmark, the 14th century Bolton Castle which once housed Mary Queen of Scots, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the magnificent views over Wensleydale, learn a bit about the history of the area from your Guide, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in the medieval castle’s Tea Room!The tour then follows the scenic route to Hawes, passing through the traditional Dales village of Askrigg, the filming location for "Darrowby" in the James Herriot "All Creatures Great and Small" TV series.You will have one and a half hours free time in Hawes, the highest Market Town in England, where you can maybe grab some lunch and sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, visit the Dales Countryside Museum or just explore the quaint shops and cafes of the town itself - the choice is yours! After Hawes you will head into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some photo stops as you pass through the picturesque villages along the meandering route of the River Wharfe.You will arrive in the traditional Dales village of Kettlewell, made internationally famous in 2003 as the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. You can explore the village and learn more about the true story behind the movie, or just enjoy a beer or coffee with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes - whatever you prefer! Continue your journey 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 the charming little town of Pateley Bridge, category winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016, where you will have 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 5:15pm but you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of arrival back in York just in case of traffic problems.

$89.70 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Windermere Cruise from York

Highlights Explore the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales Explore the Lake District Hill Top Tarn Hows Lake Cruise of Lake Windermere We depart York bright and early and head west toward the Yorkshire Dales. This scenic drive brings us to the edges of the Dales where we can expect views of both Yorkshire National Parks, The Moors and the Dales. Heading into the edges of Wensleydale we soon start to pick up views of the famous landmarks of Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III and Bolton Castle, Prison of Mary Queen of Scots. There will be a brief photo opportunity at Aysgarth Water Falls before we head into the unofficial capital of the Dales, Hawes. Here we will enjoy a short stop of approx. 30-40 minutes where you can stretch your legs, explore the town a little and grab a morning coffee in one of the many cafes. Alternatively you may wish to see head to the Wensleydale Creamery and sample the famous cheese. Made in the area since monastic time it is protected by law so it can only be made in the area. They also have a fantastic gift shop full of all thing Yorkshire. From Hawes we head for another scenic drive out of the western edges of the Dales and into Cumbria and the Lake District. Here you will get a brief comfort stop and join the Lake District part of the day. Following Lake Windermere (England’s Longest Lake) the tour heads into the stunning scenery of the Lake District with views of Wray Castle before arriving at Hill Top. Hill top is famed for being where Beatrix Potter penned many of her Peter Rabbit Tales. The House is now part of the National Trust estate and is open to the public. You will have time to see the house (additional £10.50) or if you prefer the gardens to the house are open and free of charge or have a meander through the picturesque village of Sawrey. From here we take a short drive past Esthwaite water and on for Lunch to Hawkshead. This beautiful white washed village is where William Wordsworth was educated. It has a host of cafes and tea rooms and pubs to choose from as well as plenty of shops to buy that important Peter Rabbit souvenir. After Lunch we head to the famous beauty spot of Tarn Hows. A tranquil lake surrounded by steep volcanic rock faces and high mountains. Not to be missed.  You will get time to take in the scene and capture a few photos before heading down towards Coniston water and onto catch the ferry for a lake cruise across Lake Windermere. After the Cruise you will have some time to use the facilities and grab a quick drink for re-joining the bus to start the journey home. The Drive back is a direct route back to York skirting the edges of the Yorkshire Dales once more.  

$53.82 Day Trips & Excursions

York to Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey Small-Group Day Trip

Meet your small group and driver/guide in York city center at 8:45am, ready for your full-day tour of the Yorkshire Dales in a comfortable, climate-controlled minibus. To get the best out of the day's weather, the exact order of the itinerary is fine-tuned every day. A typical day starts with a scenic drive to Knaresborough to view the ruins of Knaresborough Castle and the stunning views of the Nidd Gorge. You'll then arrive at one of the highlights of the day: the magnificent estate of Studley Royal Park and the ruins of Fountains Abbey (own expense). A UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the twelfth century, Fountains Abbey was once one of England's leading Cistercian monasteries, and its ruins are some of the best-preserved in the UK. You'll have one hour 45 minutes at leisure here to appreciate not only the ruins but the glorious 18th-century landscaped estate that houses them. Stroll through the Georgian water gardens with their elaborate follies, follow walking trails through Studley Royal Park, or enjoy coffee and cake overlooking the lake at the Lakeside Café. As you leave, admire the deer in the Medieval Deer Park, where herds from three species roam freely across the vast estate grounds.Heading into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you'll have chance to see the famous landscapes of Yorkshire and the gorgeous rural villages that line the valleys. After passing through the historic village of Middleham, breaking for a photo at Middleham Castle where King Richard III grew up, you'll reach the stunning Aysgarth Falls, a tumbling series of low, wide waterfalls that featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You'll have some time to explore the dramatic Upper Falls before continuing through Wensleydale to Hawes. Here you'll have some time at the famous Wensleydale Creamery, where you can taste the local cheese and have the opportunity to see it being made in the cheese-viewing gallery. Next, the route winds up the spectacular Buttertubs Pass, one of England's most striking roads: you'll pause at the top to look down into the butter tub formations that gave it its name, before dropping down into Swaledale valley. After passing through the village of Muker you'll have a remarkable drive on an amazing winding route up and over the hilltop to Wensleydale. Pausing to take in the natural scenery and the breathtaking peace and tranquility of this unspoilt backroad, you'll get a real feel for the remoteness of the area and the beauty of the region. Our route out of the Yorkshire Dales takes us to the village of Castle Bolton for a photo stop at the ruins of Bolton Castle. The drive back to York takes about one hour: you'll be back in the center around 5:30pm.

$61.51 Day Trips & Excursions

The Yorkshire Dales Tour from Windermere

Explore the best of the Yorkshire Dales. You drive through quaint village of Sedbergh and head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and the spectacular viaduct.You venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch.Your next stop is Bolton Castle in which Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned before our journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls, which is famous for scene from Robin Hood Prince of thieves.From here you make you way to Hawes for a stop before continuing into the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. You complete our journey back to Windermere via Kirkby Lonsdale.

$575.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private Group Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from Leeds

Starting in the morning from Leeds, this private guided full-day trip takes you to the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including Wensleydale, Littondale and Nidderdale. The tour departs at 9.00am from any location in Leeds of your choice and heads off for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The first stop is at Wensleydale’s most famous landmark, the 14th century Bolton Castle which once housed Mary Queen of Scots, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the magnificent views over Wensleydale, learn a bit about the history of the area from your Guide, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in the medieval castle’s Tea Room! The tour then follows the scenic route to Hawes, passing through the traditional Dales village of Askrigg, the filming location for "Darrowby" in the James Herriot "All Creatures Great and Small" TV series. You will have one and a half hours free time in Hawes, the highest Market Town in England, where you can maybe grab some lunch and sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, visit the Dales Countryside Museum or just explore the quaint shops and cafes of the town itself - the choice is yours! After Hawes you will head into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some photo stops as you pass through the picturesque villages along the meandering route of the River Wharfe. You will arrive in the traditional Dales village of Kettlewell, made internationally famous in 2003 as the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. You can explore the village and learn more about the true story behind the movie, or just enjoy a beer or coffee with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes - whatever you prefer! Continue your journey 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 the charming little town of Pateley Bridge, category winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016, where you will have the option to visit "The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World" (2014 Guinness Book of Records), before heading back to Leeds.  The tour arrives back in Leeds at around 5:30pm but you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the drop-off time, just in case of traffic problems.

$704.80 Multi-day & Extended Tours

York & the Lake District: Small-Group Tour from London (5-days)

Day 1: Your journey begins by departing London and travelling to your first stop, the university city of Cambridge. Whilst here you'll be able to visit some of the famous colleges where the likes of Stephen Hawking and Sir Isaac Newton studied, and perhaps partake in a Cambridge tradition; punting. After lunch you’ll continue north to the historic city of Lincoln. Here you can visit the remarkable Cathedral or explore the historic castle where you can see an original copy of the Magna Carta, written in 1215. Day 2: This morning, your first stop is the charming spa town of Harrogate before traversing the beautiful green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You'll meander along country lanes towards the stunning Asygarth Falls, which featured in  Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. After lunch in the market town of Hawes, enjoy the scenery on your way into the Lake District. This afternoon you’ll visit Grasmere, where you can try the famous gingerbread and visit Dove Cottage; home of the famous poet William Wordsworth. Day 3: Today you'll travel around the highlights of the Lake District. You’ll start at Hill Top; home of Beatrix Potter, author of the  Tales of Peter Rabbit. Next, soak up the mountain scenery as you negotiate the Honister Pass; one of Britain’s most dramatic roads. After lunch in the market town of Keswick you’ll stop at the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle; thought to be over 4,000-years-old. This afternoon travel you'll see the beautiful Ullswater Lake, with a stop at Aira Force Waterfall. Then it's back to Lake Windermere with time to explore and perhaps take a boat trip. Day 4: This morning you’ll travel back to York, where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore this beautiful and historic city. There’s lots to do here, including; a visit to the magnificent York Minister, discovering the celebrated National Railway museum, taking a wander along the city walls, learn about the Roman and Viking history of the city, navigating through the historic central streets known as ‘The Shambles’, or joining one of the famous ghost tours. Day 5: Your final day begins by travelling to the Peak District National Park to visit Chatsworth House. This is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes; famous for its connection to   Pride & Prejudice and as the home of the Duke of Devonshire. After ample time to explore this astonishing house and grounds, you’ll travel south to Stratford-upon-Avon; the home of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Here, you can discover Shakespeare’s story and the visit many places with a connection to him, like his birthplace. Now it's time to return to London where your adventure concludes. Overnight locations: York (1&4) and Lake Windermere (2&3)

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