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Yorkshire Dales and Brontë Country Walking Holiday
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Yorkshire Dales and Brontë Country Walking Holiday

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Discover the spectacular Yorkshire Dales with its stunning scenery and historic villages on this 7-night walking holiday.

You will be based in the charming market town Skipton, the perfect gateway to this magnificent stretch of Northern England. Lace up your hiking boots and discover the wild countryside that was home to the famous Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - and inspired novels such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The area is also a popular filming location, providing the scenic backdrop for movies like Robin Hood, Calendar Girls and Harry Potter amongst others.

Home to some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, underground caves and gushing waterfalls, as well as traditional farmlands and stone-built villages, the Yorkshire Dales is the ideal holiday destination for the avid walker.

This trip is ideal for moderately experienced walkers, with the average walking distance being between 7-12km.

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Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles

Holiday highlights

Skipton

The charming market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire is the perfect gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, attracting visitors from all over the country and beyond. Within the village you’ll find its famous 900 year old castle, romantic ruined priory and historic cobbled High Street.

Bronte Parsonage

Built in 1778, the Parsonage was the lifelong home of the Bronte family and has been open as a museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters since 1928. The museum library contains the world's most comprehensive collection of Brontë manuscripts, letters, early editions of the novels and poetry, and secondary material on the famous family and their work.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high and the top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The cove is home to Peregrine Falcons and Little Owls, and was famously used as a location in the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to England

Morning

Travel to England

Depart Dublin on your flight to Leeds Bradford Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local expert guide who will accompany you on the coach transfer to your hotel in Skipton.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Skipton getting to know your new surroundings. You can take a stroll around the charming town centre and discover its famous 900 year old castle and historic cobbled High Street or enjoy the tranquil atmosphere along the banks of the River Aire. In the evening, enjoy a welcome meeting in your hotel with your group.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Skipton (7 nights)

Day 2 – Settle Riverside & Limestone

Full Day

Settle Riverside & Limestone

After breakfast, embark on a guided walking tour along the River Ribble with a climb through spectacular limestone scenery, waterfalls, pretty villages (Stainforth) and views over the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire. At the end of the walk, there will be some free time in the charming village of Settle. Length: 11km Maximum Altitude: 250m

Day 3 - Haworth & Brontë Country

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Haworth & Brontë Country

Follow the footsteps of the Brontë sisters in the wild moors that inspired their writing including the inspiration for Wuthering Heights (Top Withens) and discover the Brontë seat and waterfall. You will have free time in the cobbled streets of Haworth with a chance to visit the Brontë Parsonage, where the sisters lived. Length: 8km Maximum altitude: 200m

Day 4 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Enjoy a full day and evening at leisure in Skipton. You may chose to do some optional sightseeing or simply relax and rejuvenate. Your local expert guide would be delighted to recommend activities to suit your interests.

Day 5 – Malham Explorer

Full Day

Malham Explorer

Today’s walking tour takes you to Janet’s Foss (waterfall), Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove as you head through this famous landscape. Relive a Harry Potter moment and keep an eye out for Peregrine falcons and climbers on the rock face of Malham Cove. Length: 13km Maximum altitude: 250m

Day 6 - Castle Bolton to Askrigg

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Castle Bolton to Askrigg

In the heart of Wensleydale, start today’s walk at the dramatic Castle Bolton, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned, continue to Carperby and Aysgarth Falls and then with great views pass on to Askrigg where much of James Herriott was filmed. Spend some time in Askrigg at leisure before heading back to your hotel. Length: 15km Maximum altitude: 200m

Day 7 - Buckden to Grassington

Full Day

Buckden to Grassington

Start at the small village of Buckden and walk along the embryonic River Wharfe with its resident herons to Kettlewell. Then climb on to a limestone plateau with wonderful views for some easy walking till dropping in to Grassington. Length: 18km Maximum altitude: 250m

Day 8 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

You will have one final morning at leisure in the charming surrounding of Skipton. This is the perfect opportunity to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing. In the early afternoon you will transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, to Leeds Bradford Airport for your return flight home to Dublin.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Rendezvous Hotel 3

The Rendezvous Hotel is a family run hotel on the outskirts of the quaint market town of Skipton. The hotel is located close to the impressive Yorkshire Dales, offering guests the chance to explore over 680 square miles of scenic dales and rustic villages. Guests can dine in... read more read more read more

The Rendezvous Hotel is a family run hotel on the outskirts of the quaint market town of Skipton. The hotel is located close to the impressive Yorkshire Dales, offering guests the chance to explore over 680 square miles of scenic dales and rustic villages. Guests can dine in the canalside Baby Swan restaurant which offers traditional English food or relax in the hotel's swimming pool, sauna, steam room or spa pool. There is also a one mile walk on the towpath of the beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal into the delightful Dales market town of Skipton.

Hotel address
Rendezvous Hotel
Keighley Road
Skipton BD23 2TA
North Yorkshire
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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