Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey Small-Group Day Tour from York

Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey Small-Group Day Tour from York
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$56.23
Duration: 9 hours
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Explore the backroads and unspoilt countryside of the Yorkshire Dales on this exclusive small-group tour from York. Travelling by 8-seater minivan, you'll see the scenery and drive roads inaccessible to other, larger tour groups. Discover the rolling moors and lush valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and the majestic ruins of UNESCO-listed Fountains Abbey on this 9-hour exclusive small-group tour from York. Along the way, you'll visit Aysgarth Falls, drive Buttertubs Pass, discover the best driving road in the Dales, see Wensleydale cheese being made at the Wensleydale Creamery and enjoy photo stops at Middleham Castle and Bolton Castle.

Meet your small group and driver/guide in York city center at 8:45am, ready for your full-day tour of the Yorkshire Dales in a comfortable, climate-controlled minibus. To get the best out of the day's weather, the exact order of the itinerary is fine-tuned every day.

A typical day starts with a scenic drive to Knaresborough to view the ruins of Knaresborough Castle and the stunning views of the Nidd Gorge. You'll then arrive at one of the highlights of the day: the magnificent estate of Studley Royal Park and the ruins of Fountains Abbey (own expense). A UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the twelfth century, Fountains Abbey was once one of England's leading Cistercian monasteries, and its ruins are some of the best-preserved in the UK.

You'll have one hour 45 minutes at leisure here to appreciate not only the ruins but the glorious 18th-century landscaped estate that houses them. Stroll through the Georgian water gardens with their elaborate follies, follow walking trails through Studley Royal Park, or enjoy coffee and cake overlooking the lake at the Lakeside Café. As you leave, admire the deer in the Medieval Deer Park, where herds from three species roam freely across the vast estate grounds.

Heading into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you'll have chance to see the famous landscapes of Yorkshire and the gorgeous rural villages that line the valleys. After passing through the historic village of Middleham, breaking for a photo at Middleham Castle where King Richard III grew up, you'll reach the stunning Aysgarth Falls, a tumbling series of low, wide waterfalls that featured in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You'll have some time to explore the dramatic Upper Falls before continuing through Wensleydale to Hawes. Here you'll have some time at the famous Wensleydale Creamery, where you can taste the local cheese and have the opportunity to see it being made in the cheese-viewing gallery. Next, the route winds up the spectacular Buttertubs Pass, one of England's most striking roads: you'll pause at the top to look down into the butter tub formations that gave it its name, before dropping down into Swaledale valley.

After passing through the village of Muker you'll have a remarkable drive on an amazing winding route up and over the hilltop to Wensleydale. Pausing to take in the natural scenery and the breathtaking peace and tranquility of this unspoilt backroad, you'll get a real feel for the remoteness of the area and the beauty of the region.

Our route out of the Yorkshire Dales takes us to the village of Castle Bolton for a photo stop at the ruins of Bolton Castle.

The drive back to York takes about one hour: you'll be back in the center around 5:30pm.

Explore the backroads and unspoilt countryside of the Yorkshire Dales on this exclusive small-group tour from York. Travelling by 8-seater minivan, you'll see the scenery and drive roads inaccessible to other, larger tour groups. Discover the rolling moors and lush valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and the majestic ruins of UNESCO-listed Fountains Abbey on this 9-hour exclusive small-group tour from York. Along the way, you'll visit Aysgarth Falls, drive Buttertubs Pass, discover the best driving road in the Dales, see Wensleydale cheese being made at the Wensleydale Creamery and enjoy photo stops at Middleham Castle and Bolton Castle.