With the ratings for the new Channel 5 remake of the TV series All Creatures Great & Small smashing all targets and confirmation of a second series, we are now offering a wonderful tour which visits many of the locations and immerses visitors into the culture of the Yorkshire Dales.
For fans of James Herriot books and the new TV series (and even the original BBC series) this is a great day tour.
We will collect our guests from their accommodation and drive them across into the Yorkshire Dales spending most of the day in Wharfedale and Wensleydale.
All our tours are flexible and depending on guests specific interests and mobility, we can tailor the tour by adding experiences along the way as well as seeing the wonderful Dales countryside and filming locations.
Our tour will roughly follow the route below.
Our first stop as we enter Wharfedale will be at the ruined Bolton Abbey perched next to stepping stones on the River Wharfe, a great phot stop and place for a quick leg stretch.
We’ll then travel to Barden Towers an old medieval hunting lodge, where we will walk down to Barden Bridge, a location from the TV series where a number of stand offs took place over who had right of way over the narrow bridge!
From here we pass Burnsall a picture postcard village next to the Wharfe before driving via Linton and the baroque Fountaine Hospital set on the village green to Grassington.
Grassington was the main location for the TV series and doubled as the fictional village of Darrowby. We’ll take refreshments and spend some time wandering around the village.
A number of locations from the TV series can be seen including The Drovers Arms (The Devonshire Arms in real life), the village square home to the Darrowby Show, as well as seeing where Darrowby Cycles, Higgins Bakers and Grocers GF Endleby – all seen weekly in the show.
From Grassington we will head over through limestone country and Dales countryside to Airton, stopping at Town End Farm Shop and there is the chance to visit and meet a local farmer and see some of his farm animals.
Then we will take a short drive to Malham where from here we will take a 20 minute walk to Janet’s Foss a lovely little waterfall, where James Herriot was embarrassed when caught by Helen having an early morning dip!
We will walk back to Malham and then drive up past the iconoic Malham Cove to Malham Lings – the remote countryside where James Herriot was dropped off by the bus when arriving in Darrowby to start his first job.
If you’re feeling fit we can park up and walk over to see the magnificent limestone pavement on top of Malham Cove – which was featured as a location in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. This is usually a big hit with children and adults alike!
From Malham Lings we take an absolutely stunning route over high roads through limestone country to Arnecliffe in Littondale. Arnecliffe featured in the TV series as an extension of Darrowby for the Darrowby Show episode but the village green also doubled up as the back entrance of Skeldale House veterinary practice.
We will continue out of Littondale back into Upper Wharfedale via Kettlewell (famous for the movie Calendar Girls) before travelling up past Buckden and Hubberholme to Yockenthwaite.
This is a remote settlement, seen in the series and where at Yockenthwaite Farm they make a delicious granola.
We will carry on up over Fleet Moss before dropping into Hawes a market town in Wensleydale. Hawes is home to the Wensleydale Creamery which hopefully will be offering free Cheese tasting post lockdown.
From Hawes there is a short drive to Hardraw where we can stop for lunch at The Green Dragon pub. Parts of the pub date back to the 13th century with its low beamed ceilings and real fires. The pub was actually used as the interior of The Drovers Arms and featured in most of the episodes of the new series.
We will end the day by travelling down Wensleydale through Bainbridge and Askrigg which featured in the original BBC TV series.
Our route takes us past Castle Bolton, once a place of imprisonment by Mary Queen of Scots. We will also stop for a quick look at Middleham Castle and hopefully see some of the jockeys bringing their horses back from the local gallops. Middleham features in the episode about the racehorses and is home to 6 racehorse stables.
To bring our tour to life and a particular favourite part of the tour for families, we will stop at a local farm, meet the farmer and be taken around the farm to meet some of the many farm animals that James Herriot would have tended to as part of his job as a vet.
We gradually head out of Wensleydale past Jervaulx Abbey and the brewing town of Masham before heading home.
This is a full day but one which covers some of our favourite routes through the Dales.