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Skipton & Haworth

Literary connections and beautiful countryside combine for a memorable holiday. Haworth is perhaps the most famous literary village in the country but is also a set in beautiful country. Skipton is a very different place but just as engaging!

  • Yorkshire

  • 4 nights
  • Half Board
  • City Breaks

    Culture

  • Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 3

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking the footsteps of the Bronte sisters from Haworth.
  • Exploring Skipton Castle and town with our Blue badge guide.
  • The stepping stones across the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. Some may prefer the bridge!
  • Haworth town with our Blue Badge guide. A lovely town even without the Bronte connection.
  • Walking in Wharfedale, beautiful scenery all around.

Enjoy two quintessential Yorkshire towns in a one wonderful short break. Literary connections abound from the Bronte connection at Haworth to a rare first folio of Shakespeare's work. You are also amongst magnificent countryside.

From your conveniently located hotel close by the train station in Skipton you have guided tours of Skipton and Haworth. Both towns, although compact in size, offer plenty to enjoy. Skipton castle is one of the best preserved castles in Britain. Haworth aside from the Bronte connection is a beautifully situated and thoroughly enjoyable town. The public transport connections between the two towns is excellent, easing your journey. From both places we have rewarding walks into the Yorkshire countryside. 

On your final day, take in the impressive ruins of Bolton Abbey on the banks of the River Wharfe. Cross the river by a footbridge or stepping stones as preferred and enjoy a lovely walk up to the Strid, where the river is forced through a narrow gap in the rocks. At this pinch point in the river the rocks on either side are almost close enough to 'stride' across. We absolutely do not recommend you try this. It is extremely dangerous and there is a bridge a short distance upstream!

All public transport fares are included in the price of the holiday. However, if you have a bus pass you may choose to bring it with you for convenience. The bus pass would be useful should decide to head out to explore on your own.

  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • Blue Badge Guided tours of Skipton and Haworth
  • Entrance to Skipton Castle
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach, public bus and train
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

77754

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independently arrive at the Herriots Hotel. Check in is from 3pm. Your leader will arrange to meet the group in the bar before dinner.

Day 2

Skipton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

This morning enjoy a walking tour around Skipton with your Blue Badge guide taking in the history of this wonderful market town named after sheep – or more precisely from the Anglo Saxon words ‘sceap’ - sheep and ‘tun’ - town! Independent shops, a famous market and an iconic castle are all part of it’s charm. With the Leeds-Liverpool canal running through the town, a rare Shakespeare first folio housed in the town’s museum, and an auction mart which doubles up as a theatre there is much to explore! We include a visit to Skipton Castle, over 900 years old, the castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.

This afternoon, take a walk out through Skipton Woods, located behind the castle,to enjoy a peaceful woodland stroll on good fairly level tracks. The wood is owned and maintained by the Woodland Trust.

Day 3

Haworth

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    170m

No visit to the South Pennines is complete without taking in the incredible hilltop village of Haworth, home of the famous Bronte sisters. Surrounded by rugged moors cradling an historic cobbled main street and the iconic parsonage you could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a Bronte novel. Take a tour on foot around the village with your Blue Badge guide. Although not included those that choose can visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum which attracts visitors from all around the world. We travel up by train and bus. This afternoon it is a must to walk to the Brontë Falls and Brontë Bridge. This is an out and back walk but the views are strikingly different each way.

Day 4

Bolton Abbey & The Strid

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

After breakfast, take hired transport out to Bolton Abbey. From here you can walk down to historic Bolton Priory. Partially destroyed with the dissolution of the monasteries the nave was preserved and became the local parish church. From here walk up the east bank of the River Wharfe to the Strid, an impressive narrowing of the river and just beyond. Cross at a stone bridge and enjoy very different views walking back along the west bank. At Bolton Abbey various tea shops offer rest and recuperation before you take the coach back to the hotel.

Day 5

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast, check out the hotel at the end of an invigorating holiday. Check out is by 10am. 

We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Oct 2024 - 18th Oct 2024 (4 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Herriots Hotel

Set in a brick building with a garden courtyard, the four-star Herriots Hotel is a five minute walk from the historic market town of Skipton and an 15 minute walk from Skipton Castle. It is only a two minute walk to the train station. 

Individually decorated rooms with contemporary furnishings feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee making facilities. The restaurant offers modern Yorkshire cuisine. There's also a lounge and bar with garden courtyard seating.

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel ...

By car: Skipton is half between the M1 to the east and M6 to the west. It is well signposted. On arrival in Skipton follow the signs to the train station. The hotel is over the road from the station.

Please note, if you choose to drive to Herriots Hotel, car parking is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. 

By rail: Skipton station is situated on the National Rail Network with direct trains from Leeds and Carlisle. The station is situated about 100m from the hotel. The walk is flat and should prove to be an easy walk

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Lunches are not included but there will be options of café or picnic lunches as preferred.

A full Yorkshire breakfast is offered. Vegetarians and vegans are easily and very well catered. There is also a breakfast buffet with cereals, yoghurt, fruit and toast. For an idea of dinner menus please consult the hotel website: www.herriotsforleisure.co.uk/wine-dine.html. The dinner package at the hotel consists of two courses from starter, main and dessert. Choices can be made each morning for dinner that evening.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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