This tour takes in the best of the North Yorkshire Moors. Its an ideal way to see the villages, market towns, moorland, and scenery associated with this stunning national park.
Leaving York daily, this tour takes in the highlights of the area including Goathland, the stunning seaside town of Whitby, Helmsley, and the Vale of York.
Tour is available on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Saturday March 25th 2017 to Sunday October 29th 2017.
Pickering – the gateway to the Moors
The North York Moors – time to take in the extensive moorland landscape
Goathland – famous for Heartbeat and Harry Potter
Whitby – with links to Dracula and Captain Cook
Helmsley – a bustling traditional market town
Small group ensures personal service
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Small-group tour by minibus
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Leaving York, you make your way to the charming town of Pickering, the southern terminus of the North York Moors Railway, known as the ‘Gateway to the Moors’. There will be a brief chance to explore the station and see this picturesque market town.
Then head off the ‘beaten track’ into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. There will be plenty of chances throughout your day to capture memorable photos.
Arrive in Goathland, a scenic moorland village, after traveling over our first taste of the moorland. The village is the main setting, called Aidensfield, for the 60’s TV Series Heartbeat. You will also have opportunity to see Goathland Station, which was turned into ‘Hogsmeade’ for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The shop on the platform was transformed into the “Prefect’s Room” and the Ladies toilets became the “Wizard’s Room”.
Arrive in Whitby, a traditional seaside town, for lunch where there is a wide choice of places to eat – with fish and chips being the local favorite. There are a number of things to see and do such as visiting the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for the novel ‘ Dracula’ or even taking a stroll along the harbor with its quaint shops.
Drive through more classic Yorkshire countryside as we make our way through Egton and Egton Bridge, and then down the famous 33% Gradient on Limber Hill. Our journey takes us onto Glaisdale. This peaceful village is home to Egton Bridge, a 17th century bridge with a romantic story behind it.
Get onto the heart of the Moors in the afternoon. On leaving Glaisdale, head to the Moorlands to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views for miles, whilst traveling through the grouse moors. After traveling through Rosedale Abbey, stop to view the historic furnaces.
As you make your way out of the national park, stop at the market town of Helmsley. You will have time to explore bustling market square, the dramatic castle ruins, the charming tea rooms, or the inviting inns. If you were asked to imagine the perfect English market town, then it’d probably look a lot like Helmsley!
Leaving Helmsley you start making your way back towards York whilst enjoying the views over the Vale of York. Sit back and enjoy more scenic Yorkshire countryside as your memorable tour draws to a close.