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Historic Yorkshire

Stretching from the North Sea coast, over the Pennine Mountains, and inland across empty moorland and rolling hills, Yorkshire is the UK’s largest county offering incredible scenery, outdoor adventure and luxury stays. This trip has you spending a week exploring all that Yorkshire has to offer, splitting your time between two exquisite hotels in the Western and Eastern Dales.

When to go:
All Year Round

A stay at Simonstone Hall Hotel, offers the uttermost luxury in the heart of the Western Dales, with unobstructed and striking views across the Upper Wensleydale countryside. Situated in a stunning 16th-century country house, Simonstone Hall will charm you with its beautifully furnished rooms and suites, superb dining spaces and a beautiful terrace overlooking a pristine garden.

Hidden in the depth of West Yorkshire lies Britain’s largest underground cave chamber, Gaping Gill. Descend into the core of this dramatic chamber, where, once inside, you will explore the intricate passages of this extensive system of caves. Marvel at the Fell Beck waterfall as it pours over the lip of the cave and crashes 100 metres to the floor of the cavern. Rewards your efforts with a visit to the iconic Wensleydale Creamery, as you sample a range of cheeses, enjoy a taste of Yorkshire whilst gaining an insight into the thousand-year history of cheese-making in the Yorkshire Dales.

Spend the day immersed in the rich and varied nature, fishing for Salmon on the River Ure, shooting clays across the heather moorland or embarking upon one of the Dales many picturesque hikes. With endless rolling peaks, winding rivers, waterfalls and stunning gorges, there is an abundance of routes taking you up steep hills, all offering a variety of landscapes to admire. Take to the skies on a gliding adventure as you soar above the North Yorkshire moors, gaining a remarkable perspective and unrivalled views. For dinner, The Wensleydale Heifer Michelin star restaurant will indulge you with a burst of flavours, created from the finest local produce.

Leaving behind the Western Dales, set out on an off-roading adventure to the Eastern Dales, where a new array of experiences awaits you. Let us take care of the luggage, whilst you clamber aboard your modified Land Rover Defender heading cross country, in this thrilling experience that will take you through varying terrains.

Surrounded by historic woodland and beautifully manicured gardens, Grantley Hall is steeped in rich heritage and five-star extravagance. Relax and unwind at the Three Graces Spa and dine on quintessentially British afternoon tea, complemented by the sophisticated ambience of the Main Hall.

Home to historic castles, cathedrals, and abbeys, step back in time into the rich past as you marvel at the dramatic ruins that dominate the landscape of the Eastern Dales. Discover hidden gems at the magnificent castle of Middleham, discover the town’s intriguing horse racing heritage, explore the charming cobble-stoned squares and dine in the charming Victorian tearooms. With a strong heritage and tradition of brewing, Yorkshire is renowned for its fine craft ales, producing hundreds of varieties. Take a visit to one of these historic breweries to learn about this fruitful brewing process, whilst sampling a variety of ales, each chosen to match your taste.