James Herriot Country Guided Tour


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  • Experience the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside
  • Travel in a luxury with your own private chauffeur guide
  • Visit historic sites, natural landscape features as well as locations from the Herriot books and TV series
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What's Included

Millions of people have been fascinated by the tales of a Yorkshire Dales vet in the books by James Herriot (real name Alf Wight). The TV series All Creatures Great and Small helped bring the story to life further showing the places, in the books that James Herriot and his boss Siegfried Farnon and his brother Tristan, frequented.

This private James Herriot Country guided tour, Yorkshire, allows you to visit these locations in beautiful Wensleydale & Swaledale. Whilst there is so much to cover in the Yorkshire Dales, you can add The World of James Herriot and Thirsk into the tour by special request (Entrance fee not included)

First stop the brewing town of Masham, onto the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. Whilst in Wensleydale you will have a photo stop in Middleham at the castle, where Richard III spent his childhood and Castle Bolton where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned. Visit The Wheatsheaf pub in Carperby, where the real James Herriot spent his honeymoon, then onto Skeldale House, Askrigg -James Herriot’s practice and then The Kings Arms, which featured as the Drovers Arms in the TV series.

A visit to Hawes – the Yorkshire market town and stop at The Wensleydale Creamery for some cheese sampling. You can take lunch at a traditional country pub or village tea room (lunch not included) before ascending over Buttertubs Pass with its spectacular views into Swaledale and one of England’s truly iconic roads.

Finally pass through Muker, Gunnerside and Reeth with their wild flower meadows, dry stone walls and field barns then head up to Langthwaite passing the watersplash location and then you are taken back to your accommodation.

This is a great day where you have the flexibility to stop where you want and really get to know Herriot Country.

What’s included

  • Private full day chauffeur guided tour
  • Entertaining Blue Badge Tourist Guide
  • Licensed for 2/3 people
  • Tour length 9am-5pm (8 hours)
  • Collection and drop off from your accommodation in Yorkshire (e.g. York, Leeds, Harrogate, Ripon or Thirsk)
  • Lunch not included
  • Photo stops
  • Rest room and refreshments stops when you feel like it

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NB. Many people choose to visit the market town of Thirsk (Darrowby in the books) under their own steam, with a visit to the actual veterinary practice where Alf Wight worked. It has now been turned into a fascinating visitor attraction –The World of James Herriot. This is a real treat and the house hosts a TV studio, agricultural displays as well as many parts of the house being refurbished to show what the house would have looked like in the 1950’s. Whilst there is so much to cover in the Yorkshire Dales, we can add The World of James Herriot and Thirsk into our tour by special request (Entrance fee not included)

Tim Barber‘s Real Yorkshire Tours offers you a choice of interesting chauffeur driven, driver guided Yorkshire tours, for up to 4 people including great Yorkshire days out, walking trips, experiences or exciting family adventures. They also offer guiding services for film location planning, familiarisation visits, incentive travel & larger groups.

Small Print

These are the legal terms of the agreement, that you will need to be aware of:

“Journey” means the service you have booked, eg a sightseeing tour, a driver guided tour, a day out, or a taxi transfer, and includes all additional services (such as assistance with luggage or mobility) that is agreed to be provided.

“Written” includes paper and electronic communication.

  1. When the agreement is reached:When you have given the tour company information about the service you wishto receive and have agreed a date, you will receive written confirmation of your order, including the date of the tour and tour times. Once they receive your confirmation about the Journey details there will be a binding contract.
  2. When you need to pay:  Your voucher will be accepted as payment
  3. Bookings are subject to availability:Whilst they have a team of trusted partners it is not always possible to provide tours on all dates. No confirmations or vouchers will be redeemed unless they  have been able to confirm availability and a be able to take a definite booking. Events such as the Tour de Yorkshire may mean that some tours are unavailable due to planned road closures.
  4. If you want to cancel:If you cannot take the Journey agreed, please let them know why and they will decide whether or not a refund is appropriate. There will be no refund if you cancel within 14 days before the start of the tour.
  5. Tour not able to go ahead:  If the tour company are unable to undertake the Journey for any reason, they try and find an alternative suitable date, but if this is not possible, you will be refunded. They will always try and find a replacement before cancelling.
  6. If there are problems on the day:In the event of mechanical breakdown, illness, or other problems during the Journey, the tour guide will decide whether to cancel the rest of the Journey, to wait for and use a replacement vehicle, or to vary the Journey details. They will always make sure you can get safely to where you need to be. Apart from that the company will have no liability to recompense you for cancellation or changes to the Journey details, they may choose in a special circumstance to make a pro rata refund.
  7. Real Yorkshire Tour obligations: The tour company has an obligation to all their customers to keep you safe. This means that they may need to exclude people from the tour in the event of inappropriate behaviour or other difficulties, and they reserve the right to do so. For safety, all passengers are required to be seated whilst the vehicle is in motion and use the fitted seat belts.
  8. Health & Medical:if your trip involves any activities which involve physical exertion in the form of a walk you need to accept that there are inherent risk of personal injury. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can cope with the level of physical activity involved. If you have any medical conditions please consult a doctor before booking. The company will always try adapt tours to your needs. Sometimes they may have to amend their itinerary if they feel that you may be unable to cope with something or that you will be putting yourself under unnecessary risk.
  9. Changes to the Journey:where appropriate, before the start of the Journey, you receive a paper copy of the agreed itinerary and timetable. These are always subject to external events (for example weather or road closures) which are beyond control. If you require any changes on the day, or if any changes prove to be necessary, they will do their best to accommodate them but reserve the right to charge you extra if additional costs are incurred.
  10. Special requests:They will aim to meet any reasonable requests including dietary and mobility requests as long as they are informed prior to the journey. Complying with these requests is not always possible and Real Yorkshire Tours cannot be held responsible for any unreasonable requests. Sometimes there may be an extra charge to meet unusual requests which are out of the ordinary.
  11. Flexibility:The tours aim to be as flexible as possible to accommodate you on the day. Full day Tours will usually last 8 hours from collection to drop off. If you arrive at a meeting time late or are not ready to depart at an agreed time the tour will still finish at the agreed time.
  12. Weather:Unless there are exceptional circumstances or believe conditions are too dangerous, tours will go ahead even if it’s raining or windy. Customers are respectfully asked to dress appropriately for the tours and days out depending upon what is suitable for the activity. They will usually have umbrellas and some waterproof clothing that can be borrowed if required.
  13. Changes to itinerary:often customers ask  for alternative suggestions if weather is inclement. If there is a tour, which involved a substantial amount of walking they can offer alternative suggestions involving more indoor activities such as museums, galleries or stately homes. Should itineraries change upon the your request, you may not always be able to gain refunds and extra costs or entrance fees may be incurred.
  14. Gratuities & Tips: Service charges are not included in the fares and any gratuities for the driver are at the customer’s discretion.
  15. Photography:Unless specifically asked not to, Real Yorkshire Tours reserves the right to use any photos taken on our tours to be used in promotional materials and their website or social media.
  16. Travel Insurance:The company consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. They are not responsible for any medical expenses or for any costs, loss or damage you suffer as a result of illness or accident.
  17. Pets:Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated on our tours.
  18. Refreshments and entrance fees:These are not included within tour costs unless specifically stated. The customer is liable for their own lunch/refreshment costs and admission fees to castles, stately homes, museums and galleries.
  19. The contract:By placing a booking with Real Yorkshire Tours, you are confirming that you have read the Terms & Conditions and understand them fully.


Address:  Hawes, Yorkshire, DL8 3QN

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