Visit Yorkshire with its ancient towns and cities, moorland and dales. This tour takes in the best of this stunning region of England. Based at a lovely hotel in a charming town in the North York Moors for four nights, the tour will take you to the best parts of both the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors with three circular day tours.
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Make your way to Harome, near Helmsley on the southern edge of the North York Moors and check-in to The Pheasant Hotel.
The route to Harome from York, via Castle Howard is beautiful.
Day 2 128 miles
Drive through the quintessentially English market towns of Thirsk and Bedale. Continue into lovely Wensleydale, renowned for its beauty – and its cheese. The whole dale is also famed for its association with James Herriot, the famous vet, but there are many other attractions, such as Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton. Continue along to Hawes, stopping to see Hardraw Force Maybe indulge in some cheese, ice-cream or other dairy products for lunch to work up an appetite for ascending the Buttertubs Pass. Head east along the delightful Swaledale to the charming town of Richmond. Return to Harome via the stunning Rievaulx Abbey.
Try dinner tonight at the Michelin-starred The Star Inn, just a short walk of 100m from The Pheasant.
Day 3 120 miles
Drive into the North York Moors heartland along the stunning Blakey Ridge and descend to Rosedale Abbey before heading across to Whitby and the coast. Cross back over the moors to Grosmont, known as the stop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and onto Goathland. Head back via Pickering and Lastingham to Harome.
Day 4 167 miles
Leave Harome and head south to the pretty village of Hovingham and then across the Howardian Hills to Ripon. Drive across to Nidderdale and past Kilnsey Crags. Continue on to Malham, famed for its Tarn, a glacial lake. Wind your way along many scenic roads, with far-reaching views across the Yorkshire Dales, to Ribblesdale to see the Ribbleshead Viaduct and north to Hawes again. Wind through the Dales to Masham, home of the Black Sheep & Theakston Breweries, for a tipple or two. Drive back to the North York Moors via Ampleforth, known for it Benedictine abbey and famous Catholic school, before heading to Helmsley and back to Harome.
After a hearty Yorkshire breakfast, bid farewell and depart for home. If you didn’t visit Castle Howard on your way to Harome then now is a great opportunity.
The Pheasant has arguably one of the most beautiful country hotel settings in North Yorkshire overlooking the duck pond in the picturesque village of Harome, near Helmsley. Originally converted from what had been a blacksmith’s shop, village shop and barns, The Pheasant offers lovely rooms, all set around a courtyard of fruit trees. The Pheasant also has its own indoor heated swimming pool.
The Pheasant is also famed for its fabulous food and meals are excellent.
- Tour book – includes a brief history of the region, maps and directions, and a detailed account of everything there is to do, see and visit each day.