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Bede, Bishops & Beautiful Dales

Bede, Bishops & Beautiful Dales

Home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, Durham celebrates its past and the people who played their part weaving a rich tapestry of heritage that’s waiting to be discovered. Set within surrounding countryside of moors, hills, valleys and meandering rivers that have since been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bede, Bishops & Beautiful Dales

 

 

Day-by-Day Highlights

 

Day 1 

Travel to County Durham and the Redworth Hall Hotel ****

where we stay for five nights.

 

Day 2 

Built in stages during the 19th Century,

the Wensleydale Railway continues to wind its way over 18 miles

of Yorkshire Dales’ countryside, from Leeming Bar to Redmire,

whilst passengers relax in authentic period carriages and let the steam train

take the strain. This is how life used to be for dale dwellers

travelling between villages and much of the surrounding scenery

remained unchanged from the original railway heyday. Over at Raby Castle, however,

changing times are more easily marked at one of the best-preserved castles

in north east England. Spanning Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods

the wonderful rooms and walled gardens capture

the essence of life through the ages from over 600 years of history.

 

 

 Day 3 

The Living Museum of the North is today’s destination on a journey that visits

Beamish Open Air Museum to learn about Northern ways and bygone days.

 

 

No recreation of local history would be complete without a colliery,

animated by characters that once earned a living through the coal trade.

Pit Village would have housed the families the miners supported,

whilst the railway station would of relied on the black gold

to power its engines across the countryside,

hauling passengers and cargo to industries that once peppered this part of Britain.

Pockerley Old Hall gives a glimpse of how the other half lived

and for those who prefer to get down and dirty with the outdoor life,

the 1940’s farm offers a view of what living was like on the rural front

in the north east and how farming saved the nation from starvation during the war.

 

Day 4 

Comprising of Durham Cathedral, Castle, and the buildings in-between,

Durham World Heritage Site was amongst the first declared by UNESCO in 1986

recognition of its outstanding universal value.

The former home of the Prince Bishops, Durham Castle still dominates the city

from its setting on a peninsular formed by the meanderings of the River Wear.

The cathedral contains the shrines of St Cuthbert,

an instrumental figure in spreading Christianity

throughout this part of the country and the Venerable Bede,

whose scholarship informs the earliest works of English history.

A boat cruise on the River Wear combines sightseeing and waterside relaxation

to end a perfect day of discovery in delightful Durham.

 

Day 5 

A day of scenic driving over the Durham Dales and North Pennines,

taking in the pretty stone villages of Blanchland and Hexham.

Heather-clad moorlands, dramatic dales, rushing streams

and upland meadows are just some of today’s sights that you’re likely to see.

 

Day 6

Return home to the West Country and surrounding area.

 

What’s included in this Sapphire Tour…

 

• Ride on the Wensleydale Railway.

• Entrance to Raby Castle.

• Entrance to Beamish Open Air Museum.

• Cruise on the River Wear.

• Excursions as detailed.

• 5 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Coach travel.

 

 

 

 

Redworth Hall Hotel

County Durham ****

 

This 17th Century country house is set in beautiful grounds and retains many features from its Jacobean origins, including the Great Hall.

Guest rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished and access to excellent leisure facilities are included as well.

The hotel has a lift.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
EX9 6RJ
Cheltenham/ Golden Valley Cheltenham - Golden Valley Roundabout
outside KFC (Northbound tours only), GL51 6TA
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
EX6 8DF
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
EX8 1HP
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
TQ9 5DD
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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