Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Yorkshire as the colours of the landscape change and we sample the delights of its pretty villages and towns, gorgeous gardens and historic trainlines.
Day 1 After our taxi pick ups, we travel north stopping in the beautiful town of Stamford en route. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests.
Day 2 We begin with a visit to Bolton Abbey, a delightful village made famous by its magnificent ruins, but also blessed with beautiful riverside and woodland walks, shops, tearooms and cafés. We take a round trip journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, before moving onto Skipton with free time to explore.
Day 3 Our morning is spent at East Riddlesden Hall. Once a thriving farming estate, the 17th century manor house is set in mature grounds in the Aire Valley and contains some fine furniture, pewter and needlework. There are some steps throughout. We visit Howarth over lunchtime with time to explore the steep cobbled main street or visit the Bronte Museum. Our day is completed with a return journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
Day 4 This morning we visit RHS Harlow Carr, where we have included a guided tour of parts of this fascinating garden. We spend the afternoon in the delightful spa town of Harrogate, which has acres of gardens, excellent shops, and cafés including the famous Betty’s Tearoom.
Day 5 Departing after breakfast, we head home via Lincolnshire and the Dartford Crossing making refreshment stops along the way. We arrive home early evening.
Our modern and spacious four-star hotel is situated to the south of Bradford and has a pleasant restaurant and lounge/bar, and leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.