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North of England, Coast to Coast

From the North Sea to the Irish Sea, discover three of England’s most magnificent National Parks.

You could spend months exploring each area fully. This self-drive holiday, including time spent exploring and walking with local guides, gives a snapshot of some hidden gems of England and will leave you wanting to come back to each for longer.

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Mar - Nov

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Day 1: Arrive North Yorkshire

Your accommodation is in a traditional inn in an atmospheric village just outside Whitby with beautiful views and walks direct from the door. Your hosts are on hand to welcome you and have a wealth of local knowledge to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2: Exploring Whitby and the east coast

The Heritage Coast of Yorkshire is 36 miles long from Saltburn to Scarborough and hides a plethora of tiny fishing villages, ancient industry, wildlife and fossils. Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes are all picture postcard villages oozing history and charm. Your holiday includes a half day guided walk on the foreshore, hunting for fossils and learning about the fascinating seafaring history.

A stroll around Whitby itself should also not be missed. The abbey is world famous for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the town lays claim to having the UK’s best fish ‘n’ chips!

Day 3: Exploring the Moors

Lose yourself in the North Yorkshire Moors, the driest upland area in the UK. There are 1408 miles of paths but much of the land is open access so you can truly immerse yourself in the countryside. In late summer the purple heather blooms as far as the eye can see. Perhaps take a trip on the Esk Valley Railway linking the ancient iron stone mining villages of Glaisdale and Grosmont.

Day 4: To the Yorkshire Dales

A driving day: take it slow and stop for lunch along the way in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your journey will be over moor and down dale, enjoying fabulous scenery, but do watch out for sheep roaming on the road. Your destination is the picturesque village of Clapham on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the base of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. Your hotel in the centre of the village is a splendid old coaching inn, recently refurbished to an exceptional standard.

Day 5: Exploring the Dales

The landscape dominates this area of Yorkshire and there is much exploring to be done. One of England’s finest show caves, Ingleborough, is a short drive or comfortable flat walk of just over a mile from your hotel. Also in strolling distance are the Norber Erratics, huge boulders left by glacial movement. Many more options are within easy driving range: Malham, White Scar cave, the fantastic engineering of Ribblehead viaduct and the eerie geology of limestone pavements.

Enjoy a half day walking and exploring with a knowledgeable local guide on a private trip tailored to suit your ability and interests.

Day 6: To the Lake District

Take a scenic Dales road trip through Wensleydale, over Buttertubs Pass, climbing 1700 feet, on the way to the Lake District via Kirkby Stephen. You’ll discover magnificent views and points of interest along the way and some great places for lunch – we’ll provide our recommendations. Your hotel in the Lakes is a beautiful country guest house in the heart of the Borrowdale valley near Keswick.

Day 7: Exploring the Lakes

Get off the beaten track and visit some of the smaller lakes, perhaps enjoying a waterside stroll. Take a trip on the Keswick Launch which stops at various points around Derwentwater – you can hop on and off to visit points of interest or stretch your legs. Alternatively, head for some of England’s more challenging drives, taking in mountain passes such as Kirkstone, Hard Knott and Honister. You’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views and plenty of pretty places to stop for refreshments along the way.

Day 8: Exploring the Cumbrian Coast

Maybe due to its remoteness, or perhaps because the Lake District draws the crowds, Cumbria’s coastline offers peace and tranquillity far away from high season hoards. Explore the Georgian port of Whitehaven, the pretty beach resort of St Bees with its important cliff top nature reserve and Ravenglass – from here you could let the train take the strain on a round trip on the little narrow gauge railway through magnificent scenery, pulled by a heritage steam engine.

Day 9: Depart for home


Three centres: Whitby on the east coast and the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, then to the Yorkshire Dales, and finally to Borrowdale in the Lake District, convenient for visiting the Cumbrian coast.


£815 per person for March & November, £825 per person for April & October, £845 per person for May through September.

Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for eight nights in our hand-picked selection of small hotels and country inns, on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday includes a morning guided coastal walk near Whitby and a half day private guided walk in the Dales, tailored to suit your preferences.

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.

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