James Herriot’s Yorkshire - All Creatures Great and Small Tour
Thirsk, The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors
Come and join us for a three - day tour in God’s Own County exploring the area made world famous by the books of James Herriot and the TV series “All Creatures Great and Small”
We will be based in the bustling market town of Thirsk (inspiration for Darrowby), staying at the Golden Fleece on the Market Place and will travel “uphill and down dale”, following in the trail of the beloved Yorkshire vet visiting all the key locations from the TV series and film as well as showing you what Alf Wight (the real James Herriot) described as “England’s best view”.
Day 1 - Saturday
We gather at the hotel at 11am where you will meet your fellow travellers in the hotel and enjoy an introduction with coffee and shortbread. We make our way to the award winning World of James Herriot where we start our weekend learning all about the famous vet Alf Wight who used the town and his practice as the background for his James Herriot novels. The museum is set in Alf Wight’s real veterinary surgery and townhouse and features the Austin 7 car used in the TV series in addition to the world’s largest collection of Herriot memorabilia. Following our visit there we visit the White Horse Café in the Market Place for a lunch of Fish and Chips fresh from the Yorkshire Coast, followed by a short walking tour of Thirsk. The rest of the afternoon is then for your leisure time to explore the shops and cafes of this pretty little town before returning to the hotel for dinner where we will be joined by an after dinner speaker who will tell us about his life as a rural vet in the surrounding Yorkshire countryside.
DAY 2 - Sunday
Following a full English breakfast we board our coach at 09.00 am and take a trip up to the Vet’s favourite breathtaking view, passing close by the famous White Horse carved into the landscape before setting off onto our James Herriot Trail and into the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Today we shall be concentrating on Wensleydale where we will visit many of the places made famous in the TV series and films. We will pass by Wensley Church used as the location for James and Helen’s wedding and we visit the quaint village of Askrigg where we will find Skeldale House, The King’s Arms Pub used as The Drovers’ Arms and where we will stop to stroll round and take photos. From here we make our way to the country town of Hawes where the famous Wensleydale cheese is made and stop for a delicious late lunch at the Wensleydale Pantry, with local produce from their family farm. After lunch we visit the beautiful waterfall at Hardraw Force, the highest inland drop waterfall in the country, also made famous in the film Robin Hood as it provides the setting for the scene where Kevin Costner took a shower! We return via scenic touring for our evening meal at the hotel.
DAY 3 - Monday
We board our coach at 09.30am heading once more into the Yorkshire Dales and today travel into Swaledale and Richmondshire to once more admire the beautiful countryside. We shall recreate the opening scenes of the TV series by following the road between Feetham and Langthwaite before stopping for lunch at Duncan’s Tearoom in the historic market town of Richmond. There we will embark on a short walking tour taking in the sight of the Norman Castle towering high above the steep oval of the Georgian Market Place before moving on to the Richmondshire Museum that houses the original veterinary surgery set used in the TV series “All Creatures Great and Small”. We return to the hotel at 4 pm and say goodbye with a box of Yorkshire goodies to remind you of your visit!
The package price includes 2 nights hotel accommodation on a half board basis - bed, breakfast and evening meal at the Golden Fleece Hotel, Thirsk.
Entrance to the World of James Herriot, , entrance to Hardraw Force waterfall and entrance to the Richmondshire Museum
Fish and Chip lunch at the White Horse Cafe, lunch at the Wensleydale Pantry and lunch at Duncan's Tearoom.
Transport on Saturday and Sunday.
Accompanied by Blue Badge Yorkshire Tour Guides
Package Price : Twin or double room £325 per person, Single room £405
If you wish to stay an extra night on either the Thursday or the Sunday, please let us know and we will arrange this for you.
If you require us to arrange transport from the railway station as it is some way out of the town, please let us know.
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Please note once we have sufficient numbers we will confirm your application to you.