Classic Car Breaks in the Yorkshire Dales

Classic Car Breaks in the Yorkshire Dales are always an inspiration to the motorist. Search hard enough and you will find some quiet roads with the most amazing scenery

As with any motoring holiday, before you go on your classic car breaks in the Yorkshire Dales, it is essential to make sure that your vehicle is in top condition. The roads are seldom flat so chack your brakes and that your engine is in a fit state to cope with many miles of uphill.

Getting to the Yorkshire Dales is reasonably easy wherever you live in the country. But bear in mind that there is still a way to goon single carriageway roads when you have come off whichever motorway you have used.

Staying in the Yorkshire Dales can be in pubs, guest houses, hotels or self-catering cottages and apartments. Self catering the best as it affords the classic car enthusiast the flexibility that one doesn’t have with other forms of accommodation. Cottages Online have plenty of Yorkshire Dales self-catering cottages on their books – click here to see them.

From the south, a decent circuit is to start at Skipton and head up to Ingleton. Before you set off (or after you finish of course!) take some time out to explore Skipton itself. There is the Leeds to Liverpool canal with ducks boats and tourist trips, a castle, relics of the wool industry and shopping. On the way, if time allows, you could divert to Settle (of Settle and Carlisle railway fame and Giggleswick (of total solar eclipse fame). Ingleton makes a great base for walkers, mountain bikers, cavers and climbers, not to mention geologists. Take the minor road through Chapel Le Dale to land you in Hawes, Wensleydale (of the cheese fame). The road is remote and is very minor (is there such a thing???) so be warned. In Wensledale, you can enjoy the scenery and traffic to Aysgarth. If time allows, there are a series of waterfalls which can be accessed fairly easily. After Aysgarth, you can pick up the road through to Kettlewell where your passenger can enjoy one of the finest pints of Old Peculier if the feel inclined … and if you feel inclined to stop that is! From there, you can head back to Skipton, stopping at Grassington if you are not too knackered. Grassington has plenty of tea shops selling excellent tea and sticky buns, toasted teacakes etc.

Wensleydale and Swaledale

A popular place to find accommodation for your classic car breaks in the Yorkshire Dales is Leyburn, at the head of Wensleydale. This Market town dates back to at least Norman times and was perhaps founded in Saxon times as Leburn. One of the celebrated features is the Shawl. The Shawl is a limestone shoulder that runs along the edge of Wensleydale starting at Leyburn. The views are expansive. Legend has it that it was so named when Mary Queen of Scots dropped her shawl here and that enabled the pursuers to find out where she had gone. But that is all it is, a legend. The true origin derives from old words for sheperd’s shelters. From Leyburn, take the Main road along the bottom of Wensleydale passing through the villages of Wensley and West Witton. At Aysgarth, take the road down towards the falls but carry on past the car park towards Carperby. If time permits, turn right and head towards Bolton Castle. They claim to be ‘one of the best preserved medieval castles and have castle related activities happening most days like archery and falconry. Head back along the same road and follow carefully the minor road on the north side of the river and follow Cliff Gate Road from Sedbusk up to the Buttertubs pass. The pass gets its name from the presence of the geological features called the Buttertubs. They are wide circular(ish) holes in the ground created where water has dissolved and eroded the limestone. Make time to stop here for the views and the Buttertubs. Continue down into Swaledale where you can turn left and visit thwaite. From Thwaite, travel back down the valley, through Muker and Gunnerside to Reeth (good tea shop) and return to Leyburn by taking Whipperdale Bank which has a wild and remote feel, especially on those moody grey (and wet!!) days.

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