Day 2 of UK Luxury Tour: Herriot Country, Castle Howard and York
Your vehicle and chauffeur guide awaits this morning, to take you eastwards from your overnight base in Cumbria, and on to a drive through the glorious Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Dales, also known simply as 'The Dales', is an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England, dissected by numerous valleys. The word dale comes from the Nordic/Germanic word for valley (dal, tal) and consists of a collection of river valleys and the hills. Most of the dales are named after their river or stream (e.g., Swaledale, formed by the River Swale). The best-known exception is Wensleydale, which is named after the small village and former market town of Wensley, itself infamous for its crumbly cheese.
See the wonderful places described so vividly by the famous veterinary surgeon and author James Herriot (Alf Wight), and should you care to discover more about 'James Herriot', or the traditional veterinary practises in the Dales, then we will visit the fascinating Herriot Museum, set in the original Kirkgate veterinary practice, and home of Alf Wight for many years. Offering an 'up close and personal' experience of the House, the Original Austen 7 car, the Farrier's Workshop, and an array of memorabilia, a couple of our guests have been lucky enough to meet and chat with Alf's grandchildren whilst visiting; making for a wonderfully authentic visit for anyone interested in the area, the animals, the practise, or of course the television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
Journeying on to the North York Moors National Park, we will visit the dramatic and extensive remains of Rievaulx Abbey, once one of the most powerful medieval monasteries in Britain. Founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey in France, as a mission for the colonisation of the north of England and Scotland, Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in the north. Set in the beautiful Rye valley, the site was one of the wealthiest abbeys in England until it was dissolved by Henry VIII of England in 1538.
In the afternoon visit Castle Howard, a 17th century baroque masterpiece, conceived by Charles Howard, the 3rd Earl of Carlisle. The house is surrounded by extensive parkland and formal gardens, where peacocks roam, and remains the private residence of the Howard family.
Later in the afternoon we will travel to the historic Roman city of York for an early evening tour of the old city centre, and the magnificent York Minster, which is one of the largest cathedrals of its time. The Minster is described to be an architectural masterpiece, housing the most complete collection of medieval stained glass in Britain.
Tonight your hotel accommodation is situated just within the Old York City walls, surrounded by architecture, shops, restaurants, cafes, amenities and attractions. You may wish to spend your evening in one of York's theatres, or go on a guided ghost tour of old York.