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The Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

Activity provider: Yorkshire Day Tours

The Yorkshire Dales Tour from York

Activity provider: Yorkshire Day Tours
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Discover the best of the Yorkshire Dales on an 8-hour sightseeing tour from York. Drive to enchanting villages in the Dales, such as Masham, and Reeth. Pass historic castles, waterfalls, and more.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • See the best of the Yorkshire Dales in a day
  • Travel through the famous Dales, including Wensleydale and Swaledale
  • Stroll through cobbled Yorkshire villages
  • Enjoy some free time to wander the charming village of Reeth
  • Admire one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval castles at Castle Bolton
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Escape the crowded streets of York for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Yorkshire Dales, and discover one of England’s most dramatic landscapes. Departing York in the morning, trave; to Yorkshire Dales national park, well known for its beautiful rolling hills and lazy rivers which flow down the dales (or valleys). The first stop will be in the market town of Masham in Lower Wensleydale. Famous for its family-run breweries, steam engines, and annual sheep fair, its thriving market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) is still going strong 762 years since its 1st charter.

Continue towards Middleham, nestled between 2 rivers. Travel through the gently sloping Dales towards Castle Bolton, where you will see some of the best scenery Yorkshire has to offer.

Admire one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval castles at Castle Bolton, built by Sir Richard Le Scrope to rival the most luxurious homes in the land. See the scars of its 600-year history, including its involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment, and a Civil War siege. Afterward continue the journey through the stunning landscapes of Yorkshire traveling towards Aysgarth Falls on the River Ure. Here you will have the chance to view the famous waterfalls, which drop over three major falls in less than one mile. An amazingly scenic stop, the falls are a showcase of the beauty of nature. For lunch, head to the charming market town of Hawes. Nestled in Upper Wensleydale in North Yorkshire this beautiful place is surrounded on all sides by scenery the Yorkshire Dales is famous for.

Travel over the Buttertubs pass which connects Hawes and the hamlet of Thwaite with spectacular views over the surrounding valleys and fells. In recent days, the pass was featured as the second King of the Mountains climb of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. Hawes is also home to the Wensleydale Creamery, famous for its array of cheeses which are much loved by fictional, animated characters, Wallace and Gromit. Hawes marketplace was first recorded in 1307 and still has a lively market every Tuesday.

Enjoy the delights of Wensleydale Creamery including the visitors center and cheese tasting room. Explore the creamery and have a taste of the real Dales in their sample room. There is plenty of time to shop for your favorite cheeses and marvel at the beautiful surroundings. Finally, follow the Dales scenic route back to the medieval city of York, driving through picturesque villages and classic Dales villages, with stops along the way so you can photograph the memorable landscapes.

  • Transportation by 16-seat minicoach
  • Driver/guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup & drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

This tour will start opposite Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place next to York Minster, Y01 7EF at 9:15 AM The pick up point is in the heart of city, aproximately 10 minutes walk from York Railway Station.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

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  • Routes are subject to change without notice, and the vendor reserves the right to alter tours in the event of severe inclement weather, traffic congestion, or for operational reasons
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4.7 /5

based on 152 reviews

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This was an amazing tour and we were able to see much of the best of the Yorkshire Dales. Full credit to this must be given to Lee our driver and guide. His personality and knowledge was second to none. He and the Dales made this and experience you should not miss is you are visiting the area. Lee was one of the best guides we have had the pleasure to meet. Don’t miss the chance for this trip, it’s a must for Yorkshire’s best Graham and Neil

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March 21, 2022

I highly recommend this tour company. It was just me and my friend on this particular day tour so our tour guide Lee suggested we could choose the places we wanted to see and if there were any particular places of interest not on the itinerary. We asked if it was possible to see the Hawdraw force waterfalls and Brimham rocks. Our tour guide was so good he mapped out a route to include these around the original itinerary with enough time to spend at each attraction. In fact, the route he took included seeing a lot more of the dales than expected but well worth it. Lee was very punctual and explained about the history and special interests of places throughout the tour. We liked his relaxed but still professional attitude which made the tour fun. If I had time I would definitely do more tours with this company and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Thank you for a first class tour of the Dales.

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July 11, 2021

I was the only one on my tour and Lee, my driver made it such a memorable experience with his friendliness, local knowledge and personality. I had a fabulous day and will definitely be booking another trip when my sister arrives from NZ in March next year. Thanks Lee or Nga mihi nui Ange Marsh

December 13, 2019

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