Sea air, scenery and "cracking cheese"!
Two rail journeys through the stunning Yorkshire countryside. An afternoon exploring the pretty seaside resort of Whitby. A fascinating cheesemaking demonstration at the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre. Discover the best of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors on this delightful weekend coach trip.
Board the coach at your pick-up point early in the morning and relax as we head to the Teesside area. We'll stop en route for the chance to have lunch, then continue to our hotel, arriving in good time to unpack and relax before dinner is served.
Day One: Coach travel to Teesside
This morning we board the Esk Valley Railway in Middlesbrough for the 35-mile train ride through some of Yorkshire's most spectacular scenery, to Whitby. There are 16 stations along the valley including Lealholm, the village described in the Sunday Times as "the prettiest village in Yorkshire".
Day Two: Included Esk Valley Railway journey
You'll arrive in Whitby in time for lunch (the town's Quayside restaurant won UK Fish and Chip Shop of the Year in 2014), and have the afternoon free to explore. Stroll through bustling lanes to the harbourside, visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum or simply enjoy the views. If you're feeling energetic, why not climb the 199 steps to the abbey ruins of St Mary's Church, which is said to have inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'?
We'll return to the hotel in good time for dinner.
Today's highlight is our 17-mile ride on the Wensleydale Heritage Railway. We'll travel through beautiful scenery from Leeming Bar to Redmire, passing along the lower part of the dale, through market towns and small villages, woodland and farmland. Look out for Finghall station, which was one of the idyllic locations used in the classic BBC TV adaptation of James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
Day Three: Included Wensleydale tour
After the chance to explore the thriving market town on Hawes and enjoy a spot of lunch, we'll continue to the Wensleydale Creamery for a fascinating insight into the 1000-year history of Yorkshire Wensleydale. Watch as expert cheesemakers turn eight pints of milk into 500g of traditional cheese in approximately 40 minutes.
We begin our journey home after breakfast this morning, stopping en route in Harrogate. Discover the graceful architecture, colourful gardens shops and tea rooms of this vibrant Yorkshire town. After the chance to have lunch, we'll restart our journey home, arriving at your original pick-up point by mid-to-late evening.
Day Four: Coach trip to Harrogate and home
In the event that a steam locomotive is unavailable, The Wensleydale Railway reserves the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive.
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.