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What to expect

Spectacular Scenery

Enjoy magnificent views over the Yorkshire Dales

Herriot Country

Discover film locations

Nature

Enjoy the sights & sounds of the Aysgarth Falls

About the trip

Discover the beauty and history of the Yorkshire Dales and experience this popular National Park with its magnificent views, waterfalls and rivers on our brand new three day walking trip in Herriot Country.

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What's Included

  • Single Room With Private Facilities
  • Half Board: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Half bottle of wine with evening meal
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Exclusive Blue Badge Walking Guide on both walking days
  • 1 x full day guided walking Wensleydale
  • 1 x full day guided walking Upper Wharfedale
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrive & Check-In
  • Walking in Wensleydale
  • Walking in Upper Wharfedale
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive & Check-in

Check-in to our hotel, and relax until evening comes. We’ll come together to enjoy a welcome drink with our other Solos guests before dinner in the hotel restaurant.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Walking in Wensleydale

Today we leave our hotel in Harrogate and take our bus to walk in the history and magnificent scenery of Wensleydale. Our walk begins at Bolton Castle, home and ‘prison’ to Mary, Queen of Scots for 6 months in 1568. We walk west along the limestone ridge on which the castle sits, taking in magnificent views of the Dales, before descending into the village of Carperby ,where Alf Wight, the ‘real’ James Herriot, spent his honeymoon. We then stop for lunch (at own cost) at a local pub or tea rooms. Our walk continues to the famous Aysgarth Falls to take in the sights and sounds of the upper, middle and lower Falls. If the river is not too high, there’s an opportunity to cool our feet in the River Ure. From the waterfalls, we take a scenic walk back to Bolton Castle through Freeholders’ Wood, an SSSI and dormouse reserve.

Walking Distance: 8 miles approx
Walking Time: 4-5 hours approx
Grade: Easy to Medium
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Transfer to/from Bolton Castle: 1 hour approx

DAY 3

Walking in Upper Wharfedale

For today’s walk, we take our bus for our walk in the beautiful Upper Wharfedale. We leave the bus at Buckden and walk through magnificent limestone scenery. First to Cray’s cascading waterfalls and then onto beautiful Langstrothdale as far as Yockenthwaite Farm, better known as Helen Alderson’s farm in the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ TV series. We follow the sparkling river back to Hubberholme to see its historic church, where the interior filming took place for Helen’s wedding to James in the TV Series. We then take a well earned rest for lunch (at own cost). Our route then continues back to Buckden where we can take in fantastic views along the way.

Walking Distance: 8 miles approx
Walking Time: 4-5 hours approx
Grade: Easy to Medium
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Transfer to/from Buckden: 1 hour approx

DAY 4

Departure Day

After a leisurely breakfast, we check-out and perhaps have a final wander around delightful Harrogate before heading home.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

The Old Swan Hotel Four-star

Situated in the heart of the beautiful historic spa town of Harrogate, this charming Victorian hotel  offers a fantastic blend of Victorian splendour and elegant contemporary style. It caused a stir when Agatha Christie retreated here after famously disappearing for 11 days! This historic hotel is a perfect base for our Yorkshire Dales walking break.

Facilities Include

Facilities include the impressive Wedgwood restaurant, bar/ lounge and free Wi-Fi

Room Includes

Our comfortable rooms include en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, desk, easy chairs and table, iron/ironing board, hair-dryer and free Wi-Fi

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 6 °C 1 °C
March 9 °C 2 °C
April 11 °C 3 °C
May 15 °C 6 °C
June 18 °C 9 °C
July - August 20 °C 11 °C
September 17 °C 9 °C
October 14 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 7 °C 2 °C

Our Reviews

“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”

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