9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
10.30am: We arrive at Wensleydale’s most famous landmark, the 14th century Bolton Castle which once housed Mary Queen of Scots, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the magnificent views over Wensleydale, learn a bit about the history of the area from your Guide, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in the medieval castle’s Tea Room – the choice is yours!
11.15am: We then take the scenic route towards Hawes, passing through Askrigg, the fictional village of Darrowby in the James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small TV series.
11.45am: We spend one and a half hours in Hawes, the highest Market Town in England, where you can maybe grab some lunch and sample the complimentary handcrafted cheeses at the world-famous Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, visit The Dales Countryside Museum, or just explore the quaint shops and cafes of the town itself – the choice is yours!
1.15pm: We leave Hawes and travel into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some photo stops as we pass through the picturesque Dales villages along the meandering route of the River Wharfe.
2.15pm: We arrive in the traditional Dales village of Kettlewell, made internationally famous in 2003 as the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. You can explore the village and learn more about the true story behind the movie, or just enjoy a beer or coffee with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes – whatever you prefer!
3.00pm: We continue our journey through the beautiful countryside of the National Park, passing Kilnsey Crag and the village of Grassington as we head through the rolling hills of Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
3.40pm: Finally, there will be a short stop in in the charming little town of Pateley Bridge, category winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016, where you have the option to visit “The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World” (2014 Guinness Book of Records).
4.00pm: We leave Pateley Bridge and head back to York.
5.15pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at around 5:15pm and say our goodbyes.
Please don’t be late arriving at the Departure Point as we are unable to wait beyond 9.00am for latecomers due to parking restrictions!
There are only 16 places available on each tour date so book early to avoid disappointment!
Adult Ticket: £45
Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £150
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £36
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us here ONLINE, at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street, or at CIRCLES CAFE on Lendal Bridge.
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount off your full booking if you book two or more different trips with us at the same time – just type multitrip in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book and click Apply.
If you prefer to book and pay by telephone, just give us a call and we will process it for you – 01609 779933 (+44 1609 779933 if dialing from overseas).
If there is limited online availability on the date you have selected, please contact us as we may be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York, Leeds or Harrogate), for any number of passengers up to 15 on any date, at a lump sum cost ranging from £349 – £495 depending on date. For that option, just email us with the date/pick-up point you require and we will confirm availability and the price for that day – firstname.lastname@example.org
All timings are approximate (except the start time!) and you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of our arrival back in York in case we have traffic problems. If you do have onward travel arrangements that evening, mention it to our Tour Guide in the morning and we will do our best to help.
We are very flexible and do everything we can to ensure that ALL our passengers have a great day out with us by providing options and choices. This could mean that we adjust the itinerary to accommodate special requests from the group, or to make the best we can of the day if the weather is unfavourable.
November – March – Please note that, between around the end of October and Mid-March, we may have to adapt the itinerary and route due to weather conditions on the day. The Yorkshire Dales are still well worth visiting in winter, very different to summer but equally magnificent!
Yorkshire Dales National Park Day Trip
I cannot speak highly enough of my all round wonderful day trip experience of the Yorkshire Dales with BOB Holidays and especially Mark the tour guide. The day's trip around the Yorkshire Dales was thoughtfully chosen to highlight to perfection its scenic beauty. I was very impressed with what I saw.
Mark, the tour guide really value-added to the day's experience. He was knowledgeable, friendly to everyone, considerate and drive along those narrow winding Yorkshire roads with skill and courtesy. The bus itself was extremely comfortable, clean and spacious. The windows were very clean too so photos could be taken through them without any trouble. There are plenty of opportunities 'to spend a penny' and venues chosen for lunch stops were chosen to highlight the Dales Experience. I particularly enjoyed lunch at Wensleydale where I enjoyed the biggest sampling of cheeses I've ever experienced. BOB Holidays' Day Trip in Yorkshire left me with the best holiday memories I have. I wholeheartedly recommend them and cannot speak highly enough about the service and experience - Helen S
02 Nov 2018
Highlight of My Trip to York
I loved, loved, loved this tour. Mark was our guide and he was spectacular. He remembered the names of those on the bus, which was a great touch. He provided the perfect mix of facts and humor and did a great job of keeping on a timeline. The scenery in the Yorkshire Dales is amazing...and so is the wind! I enjoyed the small market towns we stopped in and especially the local beer at the pub. The stop at Bolton Castle was cool, though not enough time to tour inside if you are interested. The stop at the creamery gave us the chance to taste over 20 cheeses, all of which were excellent. Also provided a good break to walk around the town. We covered a lot of ground and went a few routes other companies don't go which was nice. The bus had wifi which was also a nice touch. Mark is a foodie so if you have any food questions in York he's your guy. I'd highly recommend this tour. Great value for money and an entertaining way to spend the day - zoecatva
14 Oct 2018
Yorkshire Dales Guided Tour
A fantastic and well planned day with an expert guide. Ideal for anyone travelling without a car, this day-long trip takes you through the amazing scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounding countryside taking in the historic, geological and agricultural significance of the area. Mark was a lovely and impressive guide, revealing both the history of the area as well as offering insight into the regions way of life. A good mixture of scenic stops, market towns and recognisable filming locations, with plenty of time to explore and absorb. Excellent value for money and easy pick-up and drop-off location in York. Highly recommended - mgp32150
02 Sep 2018
Rich in Detail, Great Fun
Have always wanted to visit the Dales, but only had a day and no car to go and explore. Booked BOBH on the strength of its reviews, and it was outstanding. I was one of only two people doing the tour solo, and the youngest one on board by a fair while, but I certainly didn't feel out of place or unwelcome. The scenery throughout the drive was stunning, as were the places we stopped - particularly Bolton Castle. It was great to have a bit of time during the stops to go and explore the area, with a few little woodland wanders the highlight of the day for me. Hawes and the Wensleydale cheese factory were grand (you have to do the free tasting!), though it would have been nice to get a tip for where to find the best lunch as I ended up in a rather disappointing tea room. There were also plenty of photo stops along the way, at spots like Asygarth falls and atop a lonely and wild hill where the Romans built their long road to York. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly Chris, whose knowledge blew me away. Everything from the sheep dotting the mountains, to the Romans, to the iron age, to farming traditions, to glaciation: he knew it all. I genuinely couldn't have wished for a better day touring a place I have always dreamt of, and I couldn't recommend this any higher - Dean, Australia
25 Aug 2018
Yorkshire Dales Day Trip
My friends and I went on the this tour led by Mark. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. My favorite stops were Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle, and the Wensleydale Cheese Factory. The drive through the National Park was beautiful. We had enough time at all the stops. Mark was kind enough to take pictures of my, “let’s document EVERYTHING,” sister!! Thank you for a wonderful day!! - Becky N
22 Jul 2018
We took the Yorkshire Dales tour with Chris (who was very nice) and it was the highlight of our trip in the York area for sure. There were two vans doing the trip it was so busy! Our first stop was at the scenic Castle Bolton. They did a quick intro about the Castle and then let us roam around the area for about 45 minutes or so. There was a cafe inside the castle. Our second stop was at Aysgarth Falls which was beautiful but we stopped for only a short period of time on the bridge overlooking the falls. Our third stop was a nice drive through the town of Askrigg where a couple TV shows have been filmed. Our fourth stop was in Hawes at The Wensleydale Creamery. We got to try over 30 types of cheese! There were fruit cheeses, smoked cheeses, and all types of cheddars. We could eat in the cafe there which had a good variety of food to offer. On our way to the fifth stop we stopped at some super majestic scenic overlooks down into the dales, which was amazing! The fifth stop was in Arncliffe. You could stop for a beer and snack at the Falcon Inn. Then Chris took us on a nice tour around the town. The town was small but had an amazing history. Our final stop was in Pateley Bridge at the Oldest Sweet Shop in England. There were tons of candies to choose from. Overall, this tour was amazing and I highly recommend it! - Delaney W
09 Jul 2018
Stunning Dales Trip
As a first time visitor to the Yorkshire Dales, I'm not sure why, but I had the impression it was going to be somewhat tame but beautiful rolling hills and villages. Although there are a number of picturesque villages, it was the steep elevation of the glacially cut remote terrain and multiple rivers and streams that were truly awe inspiring. Chris, our guide, was engaging and had excellent local knowledge. We visited and walked around a number of places, also with some short stops in locations used in TV, books and films such as James Herriot books, Emmerdale, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Bolton Castle was a highlight for it's history and the view and also for seeing roaming wild boar and piglets. The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes was also a great stop for cheese tasting and buying, and a break to get some lunch in the small village. The trip did not feel pressured for time at any point and glad Chris was driving when the fog descended on high country roads on our way back to York, also breathtaking. I will definitely recommend and hope to go on another BOBH tours when next in York - OverTheRainbowLondon
07 Jun 2018
Wonderful Tour and Guide
Our trip to the Yorkshire Dales was excellent - the TripAdvisor reviews are spot on! - Stewart T
25 May 2018
Amazing Yorkshire Dales Tour
Could not have asked for a better tour guide -davidglynn
03 May 2018
Time Well Spent
My mom, sister and I took two day trips from York, one to the Moors and the other to the Dales. Mark was our guide for both, we couldn’t have asked for better, he was extremely knowledgeable about Yorkshire and a funny and friendly guy too. He recommended places of interest for us in York also. I can’t wait to go back during the summer months and take those trips again. I fell in love with Yorkshire, what an amazing place, thanks for showing us a beautiful county - aineblue
02 May 2018