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Luxury journey through Yorkshire’s landscape and history

Yorkshire is the UK’s largest county, its wide borders incorporating the elemental North Sea, the Pennine Mountains, and a hinterland of pristine moorland and grassy hills. This trip has you spending a week experiencing all the outdoor adventure that this county has to offer, splitting your time between two exquisite hotels in the Western and Eastern Dales.

When to go:
All Year Round

WESTERN DALES 

Check in to the 16th-century Simonstone Hall Hotel, a haven of luxury and rolling countryside views in the Western Dales. While it’ll be difficult to pull yourself away from its gorgeous rooms and suites, refined dining space, and manicured garden, there’s Yorkshire to discover.

Descend into the extraordinary chamber of Gaping Gill—Britain’s largest underground cave chamber. As you explore, you’ll see the Fell Beck waterfall as it crashes 300 feet from the cave’s lip to the cavern floor.

Reward your efforts with a visit to the iconic Wensleydale Creamery. You’ll gain an insight into the thousand-year history of cheese-making in the Yorkshire Dales while appreciating a millennium of taste improvements via your cheese tasting.

GLIDING ADVENTURE

Spend a day in Yorkshire’s rich countryside. You’ll fish for salmon in the River Ure, shoot clays over heather-furred moorland, and lace up your boots for a trek in the Dales’ varied and stunning landscapes.

Afterward, see the North Yorkshire moors from above on a gliding adventure. Stay up in the stars with dinner at The Wensleydale Heifer; its Michelin starred menu is the ideal return to sophistication after your day in rugged nature.

GRANTLEY HALL

Climb behind the wheel of your Land Rover Defender and begin an off-roading adventure east, leaving the Western Dales behind. Your luggage will meet you at five-star Grantley Hall with its Three Graces Spa the perfect place to unwind after your cross-country thrills.

EASTERN DALES

With the Eastern Dales a repository of intriguing ruins, historic castles, and soaring cathedrals, it’s time to explore. Discover Middleham’s grand castle, the town’s horse-racing heritage, and take afternoon tea at a Victorian tearoom looking out on a cobblestoned square.

With a long-brewing heritage, Yorkshire is renowned for its craft ales, with hundreds of varieties produced. Stop into one of these historic breweries, learn about their brewing process, and sample the delicious result of their efforts.