After a morning departure from the Essex area , we shall head Northwards to the beautiful City of York. Steeped in history, the fascinating walled city of York is a pretty, historical town full of intrigue and heritage. Founded by the Romans, its centrepiece is the stunning 13th Century York Minster. With quaint cobbled streets and welcoming pubs alongside its vibrant cafés,
York offers the perfect contrast of old and new. Late afternoon, we shall head to our hotel in the seaside town of Scarborough where you will enjoy a three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After breakfast at the hotel, we shall make our way by coach to Pickering Station where we shall join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Step on board and enjoy 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery on the nostalgic train journey from Pickering to the seaside town of Whitby. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the World’s greatest heritage experiences and is one of the most historic lines in the UK.
Upon arrival in Whitby, there will be time to explore the town and purchase lunch. Whitby town is an ancient and beautiful sea port, surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the North York Moors National Park.
After leaving Whitby, we shall head to Robin Hood's Bay - a small fishing village 5 miles South.Wandering through its narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways, you can easily imagine the sailors and fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Today it is a vibrant village, with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants, small shops and places to explore. We shall then head back to our hotel in Scarborough for our three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall depart Scarborough and head southwards towards the Essex area. We shall stop en route at the Cathedral City of Lincoln which is rich in history and heritage. It offers a range of shopping facilities on famous Steep Hill, a stunning Castle, current home to the Magna Carta, and an exquisite Cathedral. Take a stroll through the Strait, climb Steep Hill and explore Bailgate, filled with buskers giving you a unique musical experience whilst wandering the quaint cobbled streets.
A visit to Lincoln would not be complete without visiting the stunning cathedral. This fine example of Gothic architecture was once the tallest in the world (until it’s spire fell) and is filled with intricate detail and funny carvings, in particular the famous Lincoln Imp - according to legend the imp was turned to stone by an angel for misbehaving ! Enjoy the beautiful Cloisters, magnificent libraries and the memorial statue of Lord Alfred Tennison bearing the words of his poem ‘Flower in the Crannied Wall’ at this historic delight.
Lincoln Castle is currently home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, signed in 1215 and brought back to Lincoln by the Bishop of Lincoln.
We shall depart Lincoln mid afternoon and make our way back to the Essex area