Based in the delightful Victorian spa town of Harrogate, join us for a summer Solos walking break discovering and exploring the beautiful and stunning Yorkshire countryside on two exclusive fully guided walking days.
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.
After breakfast, we take our bus to the historical cathedral city of Ripon where we start today’s delightful walk. Leaving Ripon, we follow the beautiful River Skell via the Hell Wath Nature Reserve, spotting the wildlife of its ancient woodland, grassland and river habitat on our way to the small but charming village of Studley Roger.
From here, we walk to the Valley of Seven Bridges above Studley Royal Deer Park and descend to the Deer Park for lunch. There is a café at the entrance to Studley Royal Park and Fountains Abbey. After lunch, we enter the awe-inspiring World Heritage Site and walk and explore this iconic Yorkshire landmark, experiencing stunning views.
Today we travel by bus to Brimham Rocks, home to the dramatic, weird and wonderful moorland rock formations. Our walk today is a beautiful circular walk in and around the Yorkshire valley of Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The walk begins at Brimham Rocks and descends through woodland to the River Nidd. Following the river, we arrive in time for lunch at the delightful, small market town of Pateley Bridge.
After a leisurely breakfast, we can check-out and perhaps have a final wander around delightful Harrogate before heading home.
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 certainly a perfect base for our Yorkshire walking break.
Facilities include the impressive Wedgwood restaurant, bar/ lounge and free Wi-Fi
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
From the South
M1 to A1 to Wetherby, then exit onto A661 to Harrogate.
Follow signs to Ripon and town centre.
Drive down Parliament Street, straight across the traffic lights at the bottom, and up Ripon Road. After approximately 150 yards, turn left into
From the North
A1 to A61 signed for Ripon and Thirsk.
Follow signs to Ripon.
Follow signs to Harrogate, through Ripley and Killinghall.
Take 2nd exit off roundabout onto Ripon Road.
After approx. 1 mile, turn right into Swan Road.
From the West
M62 to A1 to Wetherby, then exit onto A661 to Harrogate.
Follow signs to Ripon and town centre. Drive down Parliament Street, straight across the traffic lights at the bottom, and up Ripon Road. After approximately 150 yards, turn left into Swan Road.
There is parking on site with 4 designated disabled spaces. The parking is regulated by Harrogate Borough Council and if you wish to park your car at the hotel you must display a valid permit purchased from reception on arrival (£10.00 per day). All parking is subject to availability and operates on a first come first served basis.
Harrogate Station 1 mile. There is an excellent service via York or Leeds.
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to approx 10 miles on the first walk and approx 9 miles on the second walk.
Distance: 9 to 10 miles per day
Walking boots: Essential
It is recommended to purchase a snack and drink to take with you before each walk
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.
You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.
What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.
Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:
Walking boots with good ankle support
Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
Walking socks – several pairs
Lightweight fleece or jumper
Hat & gloves
Daysack/rucksack for walking
Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £10. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.
The dress code for during the evening is casual.
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