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Wensleydale & Swaledale

Drive the Upper Dales and experience Buttertubs Pass

If you like scenic routes then the Wensleydale & Swaledale discovery route will not let you down.

Wherever we start from we will first visit The Devis Arrows - 3 huge standing stone's just outside Boroughbridge dating to the bronze age, before passing through Ripon where we will see the beautiful gothic cathedral. We will then head out into the country to pass through the brewing town of Masham. There are two breweries in Masham - Black Sheep & Theakstons, as well as a Norman Church with Saxon preaching cross in the churchyard. After this we will travel the short distance to Jervaulx Abbey and take a walk around the ruined Cistercian Abbey.

From Jervaulx we'll head through Middleham seeing the castle where Richard III spent his childhood before passing Aysgarth Falls and visiting Castle Bolton on our way to Hawes.

In the market town of Hawes we will stop for you to sample the local fayre and there will be a chance to visit the famous Wensleydale Creamery where Wallis & Gromit's favourite Wensleydale Cheese is made! Here we can sample over 20 types of cheese.

Our next stage is the climb up Buttertubs Pass - one of the iconic climbs on the Grand Depart with some of the best views in Yorkshire, before arriving in Swaledale.

Swaledale is picture postcard Yorkshire with its green fields separated by dry stone walls and miles of field barns. We will travel past Muker, Gunnerside and the market town of Reeth with its beautiful village green - stopping on the way to take in the breathtaking scenery.

Having driven along the course of the valley we will head back across the Moors to York.

As a driver guided tour we can be flexible with our stops and work the days agenda around your particular needs and interests.

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