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The magnificent city of York with its multiple layers of history, fascinating medieval architecture, unique shopping experiences, wonderful friendly atmosphere – not to mention some great English pubs! – is well worth a visit on any tour itinerary. Below are three popular tour options for linking two of the most scenic National Parks in England.

I can discuss options with you prior to the tour bearing in mind the weather may play a part in the final choice!


OPTION 1 – Scenic Yorkshire Dales Tour

On this tour we explore the scenic beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on a journey through Wensleydale and Swaledale.  Walk through a pub to a waterfall, stand beneath the impressive Ribblehead viaduct, visit the Wensleydale Creamery to sample the famous cheese in all its many varieties, cross the Buttertubs Pass for far reaching moorland views - this is real James Herriot country! Lunch can be taken in a village pub or a Yorkshire cream tea.

One of my favourite tours in August when the purple heather is in full bloom that contrasts so vividly with the lush green fields of the Dales. 

OPTION 2 – Yorkshire Dales and Fountains Abbey

On this tour we sample the delights of Wensleydale before visiting the magnificent ruins of Fountains Abbey. On this tour we will see the Ribblehead Viaduct, visit the Wensleydale Creamery, stop by Aysgarth Falls and St Andrews Church to see the beautiful, intricately decorated wooden screen rescued from Jervaulx Abbey during the dissolution of the monasteries in the time of Henry VIII. After lunch explore the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey, the largest and best preserved in the north of England,

OPTION 3 – York Direct with an introductory walking tour of the city

This tour skirts the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a more direct scenic drive to the City of York and is ideal for those who wish to maximize time in the city. We would arrive in York in time for lunch followed by an introductory walk exploring the city walls, ancient Medieval streets or ‘snickleways’ to hidden gems, the York Minster and Shambles.  Another option is to pre book an afternoon tea at Bettys as a special treat after your city walking tour!

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Options 1 and 2 are full day sightseeing tours arriving in York late afternoon, whereas Option 3 aims to arrive in York around lunchtime for more time in the city. It is possible to take Option 3 as a long day excursion from the Lake District. 

All tours include drop off at hotels in York. 

York is also a convenient departure point for trains to Edinburgh or London and this tour makes a convenient one way transfer from the Lake District to fit in with an extended UK itinerary.


Departure  & Return Details Tour Availability



Place : your accommodation
  • Tour Start Time : 8:30
  • Tour End Time : 16.30 


Availability: daily


Price: £575 up to 6 pax


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Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Andy is a great guide! Our day with him was definitely the highlight of our time in the Lake District, worth every penny. On a private tour we had the opportunity to see some real hidden gems off the tourist trail, we had the opportunity for a few nice walks, a great boat trip -- a million times better than the small group tour we took with another company, where we felt like herded cattle. I highly recommend private touring and Andy specifically!

Barrie Wallace

Superb day out! We wanted to go off the beaten track on a private tour to all the hidden places that a coach can't reach and where you wont find crowds, and Andy certainly did that! He drove down roads that were so narrow I would never take my car there! We found all sorts of hidden and wonderful places. Andy was attentive, knows the area like the back of his hand, pointed out all sorts of interesting things to us and was a careful and considerate driver. It was the highlight of our break. Thanks Andy
Pauline Phipps. 

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