- Open landscape of green and rolling dales
- Traditional pub lunch in James Herriot's 'Darrowby'
- Private tour of Castle Bolton where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned
- Private tour of Parcevall Hall Gardens
- See racehorses training on the moor
We walk in a land that time has passed by - the intricate network of drystone walls that create a patchwork of enclosures across the valleys and stone field barns in old-fashioned hay meadows.
We visit Castle Bolton, once home to Mary Queen of Scots. We admire some of England's best racehorses in training and taste the famous Wensleydale cheese fresh from the parlour. We lunch where James Herriot ate.
We walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in Wensleydale, of the Augustinian monks of Bolton Abbey and of the "Calendar Girls" in Wharfedale
Sunday Overnight: Devonshire Fell Hotel
Monday Overnight: Devonshire Fell Hotel
We walk from our hotel along a delightful riverside path beneath the haunted ruins of Barden Tower a 15th-century Hunting Lodge, through the ancient forest of The Strid to the remains of Bolton Abbey and lunch on the estate. This afternoon we walk beneath the summit of the fabled Simon's Seat. Our day ends with a private tour of Parcevall Hall Gardens followed by a short walk back to our hotel.
Tuesday Overnight: Wensleydale Heifer Hotel
After a short transfer, our walk crosses Upper Wharfedale visiting the charming unspoilt villages of Kettlewell, Starbotton and Buckden to enjoy both sides of this pastoral valley. We lunch at a traditional Dales inn, an ancient drovers pub which retains much of its welcoming old character, on the Dales Way trail. Our afternoon walk takes us to Langstrothdale and Hubberholme the final resting place of the English novelist and playwright J B Priestley.We continue along Fairy Glen to the tiny hamlet of Cray where our transport waits to take us on the short transfer along Bishopdale to our hotel in West Witton, Wensleydale.
Wednesday Overnight: Wensleydale Heifer Hotel
From our hotel we walk over the moor to Middleham to discover its historic Royal connections and catch a glimpse of England's best racehorses in training. Our lunch will be in the historic village of Middleham, once home to King Richard III, followed by a short heritage railway journey along Wensleydale (subject to operating timetable). The walk leads us to the magnificent Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner, for a private tour. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Thursday Overnight: Simonstone Hall
This morning we walk from the hotel to discover the ruins left by the Knights Templar who held vast tracts of land in Wensleydale. We walk by the famous Aysgarth Waterfalls painted by the English landscape painter JMW Turner and lunch at vet James Herriot's favorite watering hole in Askrigg known as Darrowby in the book and TV series 'All Creatures Great And Small'. Our afternoon walk continues along the banks of the River Ure to our hotel.
Friday Overnight: Simonstone Hall
From our hotel we follow the Pennine Way to see water cascading down England's longest single drop waterfall at Hardraw Force. We lunch at a teashop overlooking a traditional village green complete with ancient wooden stocks! In the afternoon, a Roman road leads us to Semerwater, the only lake in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our walk back to the hotel takes us via Gayle Mill, star of the BBC TV 'Restoration' series, and ends in the bustling market town of Hawes where we taste the famous, local Wensleydale cheese.
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Departure: Darlington Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
Devonshire Fell Hotel
A combination of delicious local food, great wine and supremely comfortable bedrooms makes The Devonshire Fell the perfect starting point for our Walk. Hotel guests have complimentary use of The Devonshire Health Spa just a short drive away at Bolton Abbey. The striking internal decor, with the use of rich fabrics and bold bright colours, is in complete contrast to the traditional Edwardian exterior. Bedroom facilities include TV, DVD player, phone and hairdryer. Wi-fi internet access is available in every bedroom and there is a computer for guests to use on the ground floor. The 2 AA rosette restaurant serves food that is delicious, tasty and tempting - using good quality local produce with the best of the different seasons' harvest.
Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, between Leyburn and Hawes, in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Wensleydale Heifer's main objective is offering each guest comfort and good food. Each bedroom has its own unique character and facilities and offers en suite facilities, Egyptian linen sheets, Molton Brown toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, DVD player, phone, hairdryer and fresh fruit. Wi-fi internet access is available for guests in the common areas. The restaurant is renowned for its fine quality food and the philosophy in the kitchen is 'Keep it Simple', buy the best quality ingredients, cook them well and let the natural flavours speak for themselves. The hotel has a Whisky Club Lounge where guests can select from the hotel's hand-picked malt whiskies!
Simonstone Hall is the ultimate tranquil retreat. It is a privately owned, magnificent country house standing in its own grounds and it has been carefully restored, preserving the character of the beautiful old building. Relaxing lounges provide the perfect haven to unwind and there are spectacular views from both the Brasserie and Fell restaurants which serve a mixture of traditional and contemporary cuisine using locally sourced products. The menus change regularly to reflect the seasonal availability of local produce. The hotel respectfully asks guests to adhere to their dress code which is smart casual (no t-shirts, jeans or trainers please) for dinner in the restaurant. The bedrooms are generous in size and beautifully furnished with refined period furniture, rich fabrics and Egyptian cotton sheets. All offer tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, TV, phone and Wi-Fi internet access.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants