All tours are to be treated as outlines only, depending on the interests of the group, weather, road closures, etc., changes can be made. I always make sure that any variation is only in the interests of the group having the very best possible time.
Also note that frequent restroom stops are built into the itinerary.
Moor, Coast & Cliff
Amongst many other things, taking in the sights of Helmsley, Whitby, Whitby Abbey and Goathland Railway Station
For your convenience, Expedition Yorkshire will happily collect your group from your central York hotel at 9.00am,
although pickup time can be adjusted according to your group’s wishes. Please contact us by email or phone with any special requests.
Your guide Andrew will welcome you aboard, then whisk you through the beguiling medieval streets of York and on your way across the delightful Vale of York, into the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, across the rugged and otherworldly scenery of the North York Moors National Park and beyond to Whitby.
First up we arrive in the ancient town of Helmsley.
Here you can view the ruins of Helmsley Castle, which was depicted in a painting by England’s most famous artist (no, NOT Banksy)! Helmsley is also an excellent place to peruse its delightful local shops or stop for a fine Yorkshire cake and a cuppa (tea, that is)!
Now we head across the otherworldly North York Moors National Park.
The change in scenery as you continue your journey across the moors is rather remarkable, as we draw ever closer to Yorkshire’s rugged coastline, where none other than Captain James Cook first voyaged out to sea.
After much anticipation, we reach the coastal town of Whitby.
Here you will get your first view of the dramatic gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which famously inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
At this point, you are welcome to go off and explore the many interesting sights and attractions Whitby has to offer, either on your own or with your guide Andrew, who can accompany you and show you some of the fantastic hidden charms of this ancient settlement by the sea--the choice is entirely yours.
We head out of Whitby and up one of the steepest inclines in the moors,
where in 2014 the Tour de Yorkshire challenged some of the strongest cyclists on Earth. Without breaking a sweat, we’ll make swift, easy progress to the idyllic village of Goathland, noted for its charming station on the North York Moors Steam Railway. If you’re in luck, you will catch sight of its magnificent steam trains thundering through.
We cross the moors and take in some final, epic views of some of the extraordinary landmarks created by glaciers which scored and chiselled the land during the last ice age.
Finally, we make our way back to the ancient city of York. Andrew can take you straight back to your hotel or give you an optional, brief walking tour (at no extra charge) covering part of York’s ancient walls to finish off our day together.
We normally return between 5.30pm and 6.00pm but this can always be adjusted to suit your needs
Would you like to do something a bit different?
Whatever your idea for a journey, we are happy to work with you to design your perfect day out. Give us a ring and we can assist in turning a general idea into a fantastic plan. If you have no ideas but want something unique, we can also assist.