York, the Dales, Lake District & Hadrian's Wall 5 Day Tour


~ Alnwick Castle
~ York Minster
~ Robin Hood’s Bay
~ Yorkshire Dales
~ Wordsworth’s Cottage
~ Lake Windermere
~ Scottish Borders

5 Days spent discovering the best of northern England - the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Highlights include Alnwick Castle, York and York Minster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, the Yorkshire Dales, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth’s Cottage, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.

Stay 2 nights in the historic city of York and 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. (**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere instead).

If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.

Adult Prices: £239.00 - £275.00
Concession Prices: £219.00 - £255.00
Departs: 09.00
Returns: 19.00 approx
Departing: Mondays (April to October)
Rabbies Accommodation Information

Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you. We will always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependent on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available.

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

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Day 1 Highlights include Berwick Upon Tweed, one of Europe’s finest examples of a walled town hugging the banks of the River Tweed. From here we travel south to Alnwick Castle and gardens, home to the Dukes of Northumberland. Our afternoon continues on the Great North Road that takes us through Newcastle Upon Tyne to the historic city of York.

Day 2 is a leisurely day with time to explore the medieval city of York before heading through the north Yorkshire moors to the bustling fishing port of Whitby, where Bram Stoker wrote “Dracula”. The afternoon will give you time to visit Robin Hood’s Bay, accessed on foot only, before returning to York.

Day 3 will take you into the magnificent Yorkshire Dales National Park, a haven of natural scenery, wildlife and rich cultural heritage. You continue over the hills before reaching the charming town of Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, your base for 2 nights. (**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere instead).

Day 4 highlights include visits to Castlerigg standing stones and Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You will have options to take lunch and a boat cruise on Lake Windemere and explore Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter country around Coniston water, Hawkeshead and the charming village of Grasmere.

Day 5 climbing inland towards the 1900 ft Hartside Pass we continue along Hadrian’s Wall, built as the frontier of the Roman Empire, with stops along the way. Crossing the border into Scotland at Carter Bar we continue through the Scottish Borders stopping at the world famous Scott’s View overlooking the River Tweed before returning to Edinburgh.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
~All ferry and bridge crossings.

~Meals and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions.

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

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Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information

We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. The Lake District and Yorkshire can be very wet! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Customer Reviews

Our tour of Yorkshire Lake District was exceptional. Rabbies should be proud to have a driver of such capabilities as Mav. His knowledge of the areas and ability to answer questions thrown at him were spot on. Thank you Rabbies for booking us excellent B Bs. All in all a great experience and we are looking forward to our tour of Mull Iowa Skye and Orkney. We will be recommending your tours to our friends in Australia.
Wes Lyn - 16/05/2015

I'm looking for tours 1d , departing from Edinburgh on 3august
Kon Clare - 22/05/2014

Just returned from two Rabbies tours, the first of which was the Yorkshire and Lake District 5-day tour that leaves from Edinburgh. This was a 'new' tour in that it was done in reverse order to the previous versions so that we could pick up part of our group in York on Day 2 - those folks had come up from London on the 7-day tour from London to Edinburgh. Despite a few kinks (unusually foggy weather, very cold temperatures for May), I enjoyed the trip, particularly the beautiful Lake District, Hadrian's wall, Keswick, and the entry back into Scotland. Eric was an able guide, singing to us every day, and giving us much new knowledge regarding sheep farming! Thanks again, Rabbies, for a lovely experience!
Susan Goodfellow - 02/06/2013

We had an excellent trip with just 4 passengers and our guide. Pete was awesome! He enhanced our itinerary with great info, music, and stories (all true!) Our B&Bs were lovely, their hosts very gracious. Hope to return to hike around the beautiful lakes and hills. York was fantastic with the Minster and Shambles topping the list.
Paul and Diana Lundbom - 23/08/2012

We just completed our second wonderful Rabbies tour and would like to thank Rabbies for being the best in the business. Eric Nicol was a fantastic tour guide who kept us all informed and laughing (even though he did not sing enough Elvis!) We do travl frequently and recommend the company every where we go. Already planning our next Rabbies!
Jean Young & Jim Gray - 16/08/2011

Second tour with rabbies 5-9th June Another fantastic tour with Rabbies. Couldn't get enough of the medi-eveil walled city of YORK Eric our guide was fantastic and accomodating in every way. Many thanks Eric
Lois Kerehona - 22/07/2011

What a fabulous time we had touring the Lake District and Yorkshire with Angela! Her detailed knowledge kept us informed, while her delightful sense of humour kept us laughing. Rabbie's tours are always excellent, but having that special kind of tour guide makes the trip extraordinary. My thanks to the company for such a wonderful tour and to Angela for her outstanding performance.
Susan Lane - 27/10/2010

The most exiting trip I have ever been! Angela was great, and the beauty of natural impressed me.
Zizhou Yan - 23/10/2010

Dear Angela, Thanks so much for making my birthday tour fantastic! Hayden and I had a wonderful time, we can't wait for a return trip. I'm looking forward to an 'Outlander' tour and getting lucky!!! Take care, Deb
Debora Green - 13/10/2010

Traveller Photos

Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.


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Hadrians wall and Jedburgh by Gervais Chouinard

Hadrians wall and Jedburgh by Gervais Chouinard

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Keswick and around by Gervais Chouinard

Keswick and around by Gervais Chouinard

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York, Dales and Lake District by Gervais Chouinard

York, Dales and Lake District by Gervais Chouinard

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North of England tours. by Jane Collins

North of England tours. by Jane Collins

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Lake District and Borders 5 by Susan Goodfellow

Lake District and Borders 5 by Susan Goodfellow

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Lake District and Borders 4 by Susan Goodfellow

Lake District and Borders 4 by Susan Goodfellow

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Full Itinerary (English)

Day 1 Our tour starts by hugging the magnificent East Lothian coastline as we travel towards the walled border town of Berwick Upon Tweed. After stopping to admire the fortifications we continue to Alnwick Castle, home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This magnificent Castle and it’s gardens have appeared in many films and television programmes. Leaving Alnwick behind we travel towards the City of York on the Great North Road, a route that has carried countless Roman Legions between the remote Northern outposts and the more populous settlements of Roman Brittania. In late afternoon we arrive in York, your base for the next two nights.

Day 2 is a leisurely day that gives you the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings and the Normans. Then join our excursion to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire. Our journey begins in the late morning when we head for the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Lunch will be in Whitby, a bustling fishing port and the inspiration for the fertile imagination of author Bram Stoker, who stayed in the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby while writing his famous novel Dracula. After lunch and free time in Whitby we travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay*, a perfectly preserved conservation village of winding lanes and narrow alleys before returning towards York.

Day 3 You will be collected from your accommodation and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. Continuing West our route takes us through the Northern Dales an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade. Our final leg of today’s journey takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick** where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town.
(**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere instead).

Day 4 After breakfast you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass you stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.

Day 5
Leaving the Lakes behind us we start our climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1,900ft - on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. We follow the route of the old sheep drovers road between England and Scotland. Stopping at Hadrians Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire there’s an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire. Following the ancient Roman Dere Street we cross the border into Scotland and continue on to the Border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Our final stop is at the world famous Scott’s view with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot hills that form the border between Scotland before continuing north to Edinburgh.

* Robin Hood's Bay - The minicoach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop you at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village centre.

Photography Credits:
Visit Scotland.
VisitBritain: Lee Beel (Goathland, Yorkshire Dales), Rod Edwards (Hadrian's Wall).
Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Kaleeyed (Hawkshead), Ruy Lestrad (Scott's View), Shutterstock (Whitby).

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