Exploring the Yorkshire Dales

Staying at the Best Western Burn Hall Hotel

5 DAYS | 21st August 2022
The Yorkshire Dales is a truly stunning part of the country with grand sweeping hills, charming market towns and picturesque villages galore. Join us as we delve into beautiful scenery accompanied by the signature warm welcome of ‘Gods own Country’, with visits to the village of Grassington as well as the Black Sheep Brewery in the pretty village of Masham. Thirsk is yet another lovely spot and the home of our tour highlight: the James Herriot Museum. James Herriot’s books about life as a young veterinary surgeon working in the farming community of North Yorkshire sold in their millions across the globe. Immortalised in both films and TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and ‘The Yorkshire Vet,’ this really is a fascinating insight into some of Yorkshire’s social history. We also venture to Whitby with its famous Abbey via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, pay a visit to Ripley Castle as well as the pretty town of Hawes, and take a trip on the Wensleydale Railway. So why not join us on this lovely break away in one of the most beautiful and intriguing corners of England?

The base for our stay is the Best Western Burn Hall Hotel; once a Victorian manor house it is packed full of personality and designed with both luxury and comfort in mind. The Richardson’s Restaurant offers delightful cuisine, and the stylish Benson’s Bar is the perfect spot to unwind. All rooms are en-suite with WiFi and courtesy tray. This hotel has a lift.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to the town of Hawes. There will be ample time to stroll around this picturesque piece of Yorkshire as well as enjoy lunch; with an array of great shops, including the famous cheese shop, and local eateries, there are plenty to choose from. We will then continue our scenic run to Leyburn where we join the Wensleydale Railway, aka The Herriot Country Line, for our trip on a steam train to Leeming Bar, where the coach will be waiting to take us on the short journey to Huby and our hotel.

This morning we venture north to the town of Thirsk, with its bustling cobbled market square. There will be free time to stroll around the local market and have coffee before we visit The World of James Herriot Museum situated just a few minutes walk from the main square. Young and old, avid fans and complete novices, there is something for everyone at this fascinating museum that explores the world of the famous Yorkshire Vet. Mid-afternoon we return to the hotel to watch an impressive birds of prey demonstration followed by tea and cake.

Today we venture to Pickering where we board the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Train for a trip through the fabulous scenery up to Whitby; with its connections to Captain Cook and Dracula, its quirky narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking Gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, Whitby is a fascinating town unlike any other. After lunch and a stroll we reboard for our scenic drive back to Huby.

Our excursion today takes us to Ripon, a cathedral city steeped in history and home to magnificent buildings and long observed traditions. Ripon has a trio of award-winning museums and a gothic cathedral that dates back to the 7th century. Reaching out from the market square are small streets and snickets that are home to the eclectic and specialist shops for which Ripon is so loved. Amongst them are cafes and pubs, offering refreshment and home cooked food. After lunch we visit Ripley Castle Gardens for an afternoon meandering through the grounds with time for tea before we head back to the hotel.

After a leisurely breakfast we journey to the pretty village of Masham and to the Black Sheep Brewery for a guided tour. The tour takes you on a journey from the start of Black Sheep’s story to the present day as well as giving you a full insight into how the beers are made and the unique processes used to create the perfect pint of Black Sheep. You’ll be shepherded around the brewhouse where you’ll see the magic unfold before the tour finishes at the bar, where you can sample a range of the delicious beers. Alternatively, you can stay in Masham village to browse the shops and have coffee. We all meet up late morning and take the scenic route through the Dales to the pretty village of Grassington where we make our lunch stop. Mid-afternoon we board the coach and head for home, we aim to arrive early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; entrance to the James Herriot Museum, Ripley Castle Gardens; trip on the Wensleydale Railway, North Yorkshire Moors Railway; birds of prey demonstration with tea and cake and guided tour of Black Sheep Brewery.

£472.00 per person sharing twin/double
£60.00 single room supplement
£35.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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