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Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway Holiday


All Yorkshire Great and Small

James Herriott revisited

Holiday date: Thursday, 13th April 2023
5 days for  £869 per person
£1738 for two people sharing
Single supplement £100
Tour reference: AY5/1

New for 2023, explore the Yorkshire Dales and Moors of James Herriot’s books, and the films and television series based on them – where possible by steam, of course! – and learn about the rural way of life and the life and work of the world’s most famous vet!

Holiday Highlights

Explore ‘Herriot Country’ – real and as seen on film and TV!
Steam through the Worth Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Moors
Rail experiences ‘great and small’ in Wensleydale and Scarborough
Visit the James Herriot Museum in ‘Darrowby’
Learn about rural life and farming in Yorkshire
All the fun of the fair at Scarborough

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday

We meet at York Station and lunch in the unique The Sidings Restaurant before heading off to explore Yorkshire life familiar to James Herriot with Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington and the Yorkshire Farming Museum at Murton Park. Here, the Derwent Valley Light Railway rounds off the day.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Friday

Off we go to Scarborough – one of the exotic places the young James Herriot reached in his brief RAF service! We enjoy all the fun of the Scarborough Fair Collection, take a ride aboard the North Bay Miniature Railway and then head for Whitby for a full length run across the Moors on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which brings us to the first film Skeldale House in Pickering.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday

Today, we explore the latest version of James Herriot’s Yorkshire in the Craven district, but first head to see our friends on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which has appeared in both film and TV versions of the Herriot stories. Then, it’s off for a rather special explore of Grassington – the latest ‘Darrowby’ – before finishing our day on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Sunday

A short journey this morning to Thirsk and the James Herriot Museum. Then, it’s the Herriot Line – the Wensleydale Railway. On we journey into Swaledale via Richmond – Darrowby in the second film – and via the area where much of the famous BBC TV series was filmed to explore the ‘capital of the Dales’ in Hawes.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Monday

Final day but still lots to do – fancy a Stately Home? Newby Hall is a splendid example and also has its own miniature railway! From there, we head for an encounter with a Black Sheep and a railway located lunch before heading home from Northallerton early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast


Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Rustic line with excellent facilities including a fine bookshop.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Steam on a former Yorkshire branch-line with attractions at every intermediate station. Great fun and something for everyone.

Our Hotel(s)

2 Star

The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton

Located on the High Street of this market town our traditional 3 star hotel is more or less the hub of the community. Two bars, one with an ancient well to peer down, a sizable dining room and cosy courtyard make up the public areas. No lift, but then that’s not surprising, as the building dates from 1730. Loads of character, loads of comfort and real ales on tap!

Features and Facilities

Free Wifi
Shower or Bath
Flatscreen TVs with Freeview
Tea & Coffee Facilities
Ironing Facilities
Direct Dial Telephone

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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