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Day 1: Arrival in York
Your accommodation is a traditional bed and breakfast in the centre of York, situated in a quiet location and only a few minutes’ walk from York Minster in the heart of the city. You are assured an incredibly warm welcome and your hosts will advise you on places to go and where best to eat. We’ll include a York Pass, which covers entry to the famous sights and monuments of the city.
Day 2: Full day in York
A good starting point is Clifford’s Tower, a mott & bailey castle built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north. From the wall-walk, enjoy panoramic views across the city and countryside. No tour of York is complete without a visit to the Minster; situated in the heart of the old city, it is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. You can even climb the tower, only 275 steps! Medieval York offers plenty of opportunity to find hidden treasures tucked away down narrow alleys and is perfect for wandering, enjoying the multitude of shops and cafes and beautiful architecture. For a more in-depth history you may wish to join a walking tour – there are numerous options available depending on your special interests.
Day 3: Full day in York
Visit all the places you didn’t have time for on the first day! The National Railway Museum is sure to be high on your list: packed with treasures from a bygone age, from famous trains such as The Mallard and the Japanese Bullet through to posters, tickets and memorabilia. Perhaps take a stroll afterwards along the riverside walk and take refreshment in the Kings Arms, weather dependent. This famous pub is renowned for flooding: there are markers on the wall showing how high the river gets and stepping stones for guests just in case the floor is soggy.
Day 4: Train to Settle via Leeds
Your journey today will take you through Yorkshire and the heart of the English Industrial Revolution. Textile mills jostle for space next to canals and railways and all amongst glorious scenery. The route follows the valleys or dales into the National Park and the delightful market town of Settle. The afternoon can be spent at leisure exploring the town and enjoying one of the many places for lunch. Your accommodation in Settle is moments from the railway station in the centre of town.
Day 5: Full day in the Dales
Settle is a great place from which to explore. There are numerous walks, perhaps the most famous being to Malham Cove: a full days’ walk with stunning views towards the three peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen y Ghent, or you could choose to do half of it by bus. A less strenuous, but equally interesting, walk takes in three historic Dales villages again with views towards the Three Peaks plus an interesting detour to the historic Victoria Cave & Attermire Scar above Settle. Alternatively nip back on to the train for one stop up to the Ribblehead Viaduct and walk underneath and beside the viaduct to really appreciate this massive feat of engineering. Limestone pavements cover this area of outstanding natural beauty – at first glance a lifeless grey expanse, but look closely and you’ll find ferns and other species clinging in the crevasses.
Day 6: Train to Haydon Bridge via Carlisle
Today’s journey north is on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway. First opened in 1876, the line travels through the Pennines aka the Backbone of England and includes 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful views of the Pennine Hills and the Lake District Fells.
Change in Carlisle to continue your journey east to the village of Haydon Bridge, situated on the banks of the River Tyne in the middle of Hadrian’s Wall Country. Your accommodation in Haydon Bridge is in a traditional bed and breakfast in the centre of the village, ideally located right next to the old bridge across the Tyne.
Day 7: Full day Hadrian’s Wall
Your holiday includes a day’s private tour along and around Hadrian’s Wall in the company of a knowledgeable local guide, immersing yourself in the life and times of the Romans and Celts, travelling back almost 2,000 years. Hadrian’s Wall stretches 80 Roman miles (73 modern miles) from the Solway Firth to the North Sea. Completed in AD128 to defend the Roman Empire against the Picts, the Wall consists of a continuous line of defence with vallum ditch, mile castles, turrets, forts, temples and civilian settlements from the cities of Carlisle in the west to Newcastle in the east. It sits majestically on top of the Whin Sill, an ancient layer of igneous rock and provides countless opportunities for stunning walks amid this spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
Day 8: Train to York via Newcastle and depart for home
Carefully designed train touring holiday, covering the historic city of York, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. You will travel on the famous Settle to Carlisle line, and the scenic Hadrian’s Wall rail line.
£735 per person for February, March & November, £755 for April to October.
Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis, in our hand-picked selection of guest houses and small hotels. The holiday also includes rail and taxi travel as detailed above. The holiday includes a guided tour of Hadrian’s Wall, and York Pass.
The supplement for a single traveller is £250 per holiday, based on single occupancy of double/twin rooms.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
This holiday is available from February to November.
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