Harrogate & Knaresborough – Our first stop today is the spa town of Harrogate in the heart of Yorkshire. Its thriving streets, buzz with busy shops and eateries. The most distinctive thing you will notice about Harrogate is the vast open space that surrounds the town centre, known locally as the Stray, at 200 acres this gives Harrogate town centre a green and spacious feel unique to the town. A must for any visitor to Harrogate is Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms. For nearly 100 years people have been flocking to Yorkshire for a taste of Bettys, with its handmade cakes, mouth-watering chocolates, afternoon tea and its rare & exclusive coffees & fine teas. We depart Harrogate and head for the market town of Knaresborough, a warren of medieval streets & stone staircases that weave their way up and down the hill. The town is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd & the imposing Viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers amazing views.
Skipton Market Day – Skipton Market is one of the oldest and most popular markets in the region. For many years the market was a place where animals were traded. The trading of animals still takes place here on a daily basis but now in a purpose-built Auctionmart on the outskirts of town. Today the market reflects what we recognise as a traditional street market, on each market day, stalls are erected in an area of the high street known as ‘The Sets’. These are cobbled areas between the footpaths and main road.
Clitheroe – The ancient market town of Clitheroe is in the Ribble Valley, dating back to Saxon times. Here you will get to explore Clitheroe Castle, a 12th century Norman Castle that looks over the town. It’s known to be the smallest Norman castle in England and is now home to a Museum and 16 acres of landscaped gardens, which houses attractions to appeal to every age group (cost included). Clitheroe is also well known for its array of specialist shops. The award-winning Byrnes Wine Shop is famous for its enormous underground cellar stocked with unusual vintages from all over the world. Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop sells more than 75 sausage varieties while the Exchange Coffee Company stocks more than 35 coffees and 60 specialist teas.