Yorkshire Moors & Dales

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Visit Yorkshire with its ancient towns and cities, moorland and dales. This tour takes in the best of this stunning region of England. Enjoy stunning routes across the Yorkshire Dales with its outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns. And in the West, the pretty villages and small towns each have their own charm. The Dales are worth a visit at any time of year – whether it’s to visit a snug country pub with an open fire in the winter months, or stay in a rambling riverside cottage for a summer break. 

Picturesque, tranquil, wonderful, the North York Moors are a breath of fresh air. This enchanting region, brimming with natural beauty, is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills and shimmering coastline, not to mention badgers, roe deer and hawks. Also discover historic abbeys, castles and priories, traditional pubs and ‘hidden’ villages and hamlets.

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.

Highlights of North Yorkshire

  • Visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales
  • See how Wensleydale cheese is made
  • Stay in a beautiful country inn with a fabulous restaurant
  • Dine at the famed Star Inn in Harome
  • See Hardraw Force
  • Drive over Buttertubs Pass
  • Discover the fabulous ruins of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Explore the lovely market towns of Helmsley, Whitby, Thirsk, Pickering and Bedale
  • Visit Castle Howard and other stately homes
  • See the iconic Ribbleshead Viaduct
  • Sample the products at the Black Sheep & Theakston Breweries in Masham

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Route map
Price: £120 for the tour book (incl UK P&P)
Suggested hotel costs from £1,565 per room (two people), subject to room category, availability and time of year.
Duration: 4 nights / 3 days
Mileage: About 415 miles


May be subject to change.

Day 1:

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.

Day 5:

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.

Classic Car Hire

We have partnered with Northumbria Classic Car Hire, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. They offer a superb range of wonderful classic cars to explore this beautiful region. Please mention Classic Travelling upon booking to secure the best rate.

Bespoke Fitted Luggage

Make packing for your next tour simple and easy. Classic Travelling Luggage offers bespoke fitted cases for a large range of classic and sports cars.


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Tour Price

Suggested hotel costs from £1,565 per room (two people), subject to room category, availability and time of year.