Yorkshire Landscapes & Hidden Valleys

Join us on this epic voyage of the Yorkshire Dales most stunning Landscape and sights. Travel through millions of years of History taking in Cathedrals, Abbeys and the famous dry stone wall lined hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.
Explore Brimham Rocks, the dramatic moorland rock formations carved out by glaciers over 10000 years ago. Journey off the beaten track into the hidden valley, taking in the breath-taking views and meandering rivers.
    • Times: 9:00 - 17:30

      Departs

      This tour runs every Thursday from March 25th 2017 until October 29th 2017.
      The tour will depart at 9am from outside York Minister in the centre of York. The estimated time of arrival back at York Minister is 17:30.

      Please note that each customer must have their own seat.

      How To Book: You can instantly book by selecting your preferred date on this page.

      Included Extras • Transport in a 16-seater minibus • Knowledgeable driver/guide commentary

      Whats Not Included • Food and drink

      Please Note: A minimum of 1 passenger is required for this tour to operate.

      We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.

      For more information please browse the Full Itinerary, Additional Information and the Route Map. If you would like a Daily Tour brochure or further information regarding our Yorkshire Landscapes & Hidden Valleys Tour please contact us.


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      Jeff Rasley

       

      Meet your guide and fellow passengers at Duncombe Place in the shadow the famous York Minster. Find a seat on the comfortable 16 seat minibus and settle in for this day trip. Before you set off your guide will ensure you are comfortable, aware of everything you need to know and brief you on the days itinerary.
      Our first port of call is Ripon, the Cathedral City of the Dales. We will stop here a while to explore this impressive Medieval Cathedral. Discover its history dating back to the 7th century, head down into the crypt linked to St Winifred who built the original site over 1300 yrs ago. Head to the Chancel for exceptional 15th century carvings, beautiful stained glass windows and discover the saints connected to Ripon. There will also be a chance to grab a tea or coffee in the charming old market centre of Englands oldest city and find out about the Ripon Wakemen, a tradition that dates back to King Alfred the Great and the rampaging Vikings.
      We then head into Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to Brimham Rocks. This spectacular National Trust site covered with a fantastic array of rock structures carved out by glaciers ten thousand years ago reminiscent of a prehistoric landscape. Explore the park and search out the evocatively name structures such as the “the Idol” and “the Dancing Bear”. 
      From here we head further into Nidderdale and into the Yorkshire Dales National Park past Stump Cross Caverns, named after the cross that formed the ancient boundary between Fountains and Bolton Abbey. 

      Enjoy more inspiring scenery as we head down the dry stonewall lined narrow tracks into the tiny but stunning landscape of little known Skyredale through the village of Burnsall, home to the Woman’s institute group that inspired the movie Calendar Girls.
       
      We emerge from Skyredale into the much more famous valley of Wharfedale. Here we will stop for a short lunch break in the old mining town of Grassington. Find a nice pub or traditional tearoom surrounding the cobbled centre and enjoy a homemade Yorkshire Lunch.
       
      After lunch we follow the River Wharfe north past the bulging hulk of Kilnsey Crag, a 180ft limestone outcropped formed hundreds of millions of years ago and into the village of Kettlewell (where Calendar Girls was actually filmed). We make our way through the narrow streets to the back of the village to find the hidden road into Coverdale. We will stop for incredible views back down Coverdale, Wharfedale and for miles to the south. 
       
      The route then brings us over the fells with panoramic views over Wensleydale and out over the plains of York, the North Yorkshire Moors and the castles of Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and Middleham, home of Richard the III the last of the Yorkist Kings.
       
      Onto then the final stop at the historic 12th century abbey ruins of Jervaulx. Enjoy a relaxing stroll among the ruins of this 12th century Abbey, the monks of which are credited with creating the original Wensleydale cheese (honesty box entrance fee) or relax with a lovely cup of tea and a slice of delicious homemade cakes in the family run tea rooms.

      Rejoin the bus and head back into the plains of York and return to the city.


       
    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.  
       
      Clothing & Footwear
      We suggest you wear comfortable and sensible footwear, we also recommend bringing a light raincoat.  
       
      Assistance Dogs
      We are happy to accept assistance dogs only on this tour. Please contact us to advise us in advance. 

      Please Note: We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.
       

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    Tour Highlights

    Ripon - the Cathedral City of the Dales. Stop a while to explore this impressive Medieval Cathedral. Discover its history dating back to the 7th century.

    Nidderdale - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


    Brimham Rocks - This spectacular National Trust site covered with a fantastic array of rock structures carved out by glaciers ten thousand years ago.


    Panoramic views over Wensleydale and out over the plains of York, the North York Moors and the Bolton Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

    The ruins of Jervaulx - the historic 12th century abbey.