Welcome to Yorkshire

We invite you to explore the unique charms of the Yorkshire Dales, a region where scenic beauty, medieval history and Victorian ingenuity meet the windswept moorlands which inspired the novel Wuthering Heights (and also served as home to its author, Emily Brontë, and her literary sisters). Here a network of bustling market towns and hill-top villages, steeped in history and legend, straddles a landscape which has been described as one of the most moving and inspirational in the British Isles. Our holiday base is a charming waterside hotel on the rural fringe of Skipton, a town which has become known as the ‘gateway to the Dales’ due to the easy access its location provides to a diversity of interesting sites and local features. Skipton boasts a largely intact (and still partially inhabited) 900-year-old castle, attractively restored stone architecture, impressive Victorian woollen mills and a fine network of canals navigated by traditionally liveried narrow boats, all surrounded by picturesque green valleys and wild, windswept moorland. Join us to savour this wonderful blend of nature, history and local character as the beautiful Yorkshire Dales region welcomes you to share its legends of time immemorial.

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise down the picturesque Yorkshire canals
  • Visit the medieval city of York
  • Step back in time with the Brontë sisters in Howarth
  • Enjoy a journey on a steam train through the outstanding Yorkshire Dales
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  • Dates & Prices

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    October 8 - October 12, 2020 (5 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £549 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £399 Contact us for availability

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    An old stone bridge over still canal waters, at the edge of the water green foliage and grass can be seen
  • The grand exterior of York Minster Cathedral

    What's Included

    • 4 nights' accommodation at Hotel Rendezvous in Skipton
    • All breakfasts and one dinner
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Skipton Castle Tour
    • Skipton Canal Boat Cruise
    • York Walking Tour
    • Jorvik Centre Visit
    • Brontë House Tour
    • Howarth Rail Trip
    Famous Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 8th October

After a relaxed check-in, and perhaps a visit to the hotel’s leisure club, we’ll be served with a 3 course à la carte evening meal in the serene Canalside Conservatory restaurant which overlooks a picturesque stretch of the 18th century Leeds/Liverpool canal as it meanders through the beautiful Dales countryside.

Dinner included. Overnight in Skipton.

Friday 9th October

In the morning we visit Skipton Castle, one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England. With our own private guide, employed by the family which has inhabited the castle since 1950, we explore these massive fortifications and climb from the depths of the dungeon to the top of the Watch Tower, a vivid evocation of its history over the best part of a millennium.

After a leisurely lunch we take a cruise along part of the historic Leeds to Liverpool waterway. There is no better way to discover Skipton’s fascinating past than to do so from aboard a traditional canal narrow boat. At the end of the canal tour we stroll back along the attractive canal towpath to the hotel.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Skipton.

Saturday 10th October

Though situated beyond the borders of the Dales region, York remains one of the world’s most renowned and historically important cities. In medieval times York was regarded as second only to London in national cultural importance.

Our visit to York starts with a guided tour back into the pages of history itself, an experience which never fails to inspire visitors from all over the world. After the tour there’ll be some free time for individual exploration of York’s appealing tapestry of cobbled streets, medieval architecture, quaint alleyways, charming cafés and fine restaurants.

In the afternoon we visit the Jorvik Viking Museum, the world famous re-creation of Jorvik, the Viking settlement from which the name York evolved. This is not only an astonishingly authentic re-creation of the houses, workshops and yards of Viking-age Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago, but here there is the added spine-chilling realisation that we are actually standing on the very site of the original settlement. The format of this award-winning recreation enables the visitor to travel back in time to witness authentic Viking sights, sounds and even smells, a truly multi-sensory experience.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Skipton.

Sunday 11th October

Today we travel along Airedale toward the attractive village of Haworth, the old part of which clings to the slopes of a hill, set against a backdrop of sweeping moorland. This inspiring location was the birthplace of a generation of the Brontë family, whose subsequent literary contribution to the evolution of the English novel was to capture the hearts and minds of readers across the world for centuries, and went on to inspire atmospheric film adaptations and much research into popular literature concerning the human condition. We visit the old Brontë Parsonage Museum and enter the very rooms in which Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë lived and nurtured the ideas for Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey and many of their other celebrated novels. Few physical memorials go this far beyond the concept of a mere ‘museum’, and invite you into the actual home of such a family, making it possible to touch their lives and examine their own personal possessions.  Upon leaving Haworth, we take the steam train down the valley toward the town of Keighley, where we return to present day life.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Skipton.

Monday 12th October

There’s no better way to end a stay in a Yorkshire Dales town than to take a final morning walk along Skipton’s canals, surrounded by the fine stone architecture, restored Victorian woollen mills, timeless cobbled paths and courtyards which abound in this uniquely atmospheric blend of natural beauty and human endeavour that is the Yorkshire Dales.

We return to our hotel to prepare for departure.

Breakfast included.

Single supplement – £150