The Herriot Pilgrimage

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Visit the filming location of All Creatures Great & Small including James Herriot country. Visit the Yorkshire Dales, one of England’s largest and most famous National Parks. Retaining its renowned beauty and landscapes, the Dales is a working environment: this full day tour introduces you to just that. 

This Private Hire gives a great overview of the Yorkshire Dales including Leyburn, Castle Botlon, Askrigg, Hawes, Hardraw, Reeth and Thirsk departing from Harrogate, Wetherby or York.

Tour Itinerary

Price

£375

Duration

Full day 9 hours

Activity Level

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.

Language

English

Group Size

6 passengers Maximum

Includes

  • Exclusive Use of a vehicle;
  • Driver/Guide for the day;
  • On board commentary in English.
  • Entry to World of James Herriot.

Pickup Service

Pick up available from accommodation providers in Harrogate, Wetherby & York city centres. 

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage and there is a small boot for extra luggage. 

Lunch

Lunch is not included, however there will be a lunch stop.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 48 hours prior to departure & receive a full refund. After 48 hours no refund will be issued

Leaving York we make our way to North Yorkshire to Finghall railway station which is on the Wensleydale Hertiage Railway line and was used in the 1970s & 80s television series All Creatures Great & Small for Darrowby Station.

From here you will continue onto Leyburn on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales, a traditional Yorkshire market town. You will stop here for a morning break, time to get a coffee or visit the film location such as Thornborough Hall or the railway station. After a short break you will travel to Castle Bolton through Wensley and past the Holy Trinity Church, which was used for the wedding of James & Helen as well as past Redmire Village, the location of Darrowby Bus Stop.

Bolton Castle is a 14th century castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and was used for the location where James proposed to Helen. After a short stop at Bolton Castle you will travel to Askrigg.

Askrigg is a small village in the Yorkshire Dales used as a location in All Creatures Great & Small as Skeldale House. The recognisable, stone-built Wensleydale house became known to viewers as the location for the veterinary practice in which character James Herriot worked. Askrigg is also home to the Kings Arms, which was used as the Drovers’ Arms in the series.

Next stop on the Herriot pilgrimage is Hawes, used as the location for Darrowby Cattle Market. Hawes is also famous for Wensleydale Creamery, the only marker of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. You will stop for lunch here, with time to explore the village or try the cheese in the creamery.

From Hawes you will travel through the Yorkshire country roads to Hardaw church, used as Darrowby Church as well as Simonstone Hall Hotel used as Darrowby Country Club in All Creatures Great & Small.

From Hardraw, you will travel to Reeth via Buttertubs, Thwaite, Low Row and Arkengarthdale, taking in the water splash and Langthwaite Bridge used in opening sequence of All Creatures Great & Small. You will travel to Grinton and see the church that featured in the episode called “Brotherly Love” and pass by Ellerton Abbey, the fictional home of Mrs Pomfrey.

The final stop before York is Thirsk, home to the World of James Herriot, an award winning visitor attraction. You will have about an hour to explore the attraction which includes a close up look behind the scenes, the largest collection of Herriot memorabilia and the real Skeldale House.

You will be dropped back at your start point in York between 18:00 – 18:30 after a fun filled day visiting most of the All Creatures Great & Small and James Herriot locations.

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