North York Moors & Coast
A driver guided tour of beautiful heather moorland and historical coastal towns.
We will collect you in the morning from your hotel before travelling via Kilburn (with its huge, famous white horse on the hillside) to the ruins of Bylands Abbey. From here we will drive past Ampleforth School and Ampleforth Abbey to Helmsley, then along to Pickering with its Norman castle.
Next we will drive to The Hole of Horcum – often known as Yorkshire’s Grand Canyon, and a great photo stop to take in this unique natural bowl.
We’ll then travel over Goathland Moor to Goathland (the fictional village of Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat and where the railway station doubled as Hogwarts Station in the Harry Potter movies! ) and then onto Grosmont (Another village synonymous with Heartbeat Country).
Next, we are off to Whitby (where Captain Cook moved to start his career as a merchant seaman). It has so much history from the Saxon Synod of Whitby, to the Viking port, then as an important Norman settlement with its gothic abbey. There is also whaling and jet industry connections and of course links to Bram Stoker and Dracula!
After a brief panoramic drive around the headlands and lunch – Traditional Fish & Chips is always popular! We’ll embark on a short walking tour of the town.
After Whitby we’ll travel via Sandsend to the quaint fishing Village of Staithes (where Captain Cook served an apprenticeship) and famous for its connections with the Staithes Group of artists as well as Kids TV series – Old Jack’s Boat.
We will then drive to Danby – and stop at the North York Moors visitor centre before driving past Castleton and descending down Blakey Ridge between Rosedale and Farndale to Hutton le Hole.
There should be time to travel back via Sutton Bank (which James Herriot described as the “finest view in England”) before heading back to your accommodation.