This scenic trip is perfect to treat your mother or your children’s mother to a day of sightseeing in the Yorkshire Dales.
Beginning with a visit to Richmond, with the superb Richmond Castle and Georgian architecture, you and your guests will be able to enjoy the sights of one of the oldest stone castles in England.
From there we will take in the quaint village of Reeth for a short stopover before heading to Aysgarth Falls. We will make time for a stop to the café bar, where your party can enjoy a bite to eat (the cost of this is not included in the price of the trip).
What is Richmond Castle?
Richmond market town has grown up around the footprint of The Norman Castle of Richmond, which was built as a military stronghold in 1071 on land gifted to Alan the Red of Brittany, by William the Conqueror. There are only two other stone castles of similar age in England – they are in Durham and Colchester. The best preserved part of Richmond Castle remains the Keep, which towers above 1000 feet and the walls are an incredible eleven feet thick!
Robin Hood’s Tower also forms part of Richmond Castle, as does the Great Court and Scolland’s Hall. Both King William the Lion of Scotland and David II have been imprisoned in Richmond Castle. Charles I lodged in the castle on his journey south after he surrendered to the Scots in 1647. Find out more about the castle here.
More about Reeth
- Reeth was championed by Ella Pontefract, one of the Yorkshire Dale’s most esteemed authors as “a little country in itself”.
- The quirky Saxon settlement once had a huge voice in the domestic economy – in its heyday it produced over 10% of the country’s lead.
- It is regularly referred to as the capital of Swaledale.
- Reeth is the birthplace of author Ruby Ferguson, whose stories were enjoyed so much by the Queen Mother that she was invited to Buckingham Palace for dinner.
- It has a resident population of less than a 1000 people – which doubles during tourist season.
Fun facts about Aysgarth Falls
- A triple flight of waterfalls surrounded by forest and farmland, carved out by the River Ure over a one mile stretch on its descent to mid-Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.
- They have attracted visitors for over 200 years – John Ruskin, JMW Turner and William Wordsworth have all enthused about the falls’ outstanding beauty.
- The upper and middle fall of Aysgarth Falls have featured in the hit Kevin Costner movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
- Nearby is St Andrew’s Church which is reputed to be home to the largest churchyard in England. It also has a medieval artefact from the destroyed Jervaulx Abbey.
- Aysgarth Falls was named as one of the wonders of the North on the TV programme, Seven Natural Wonders.
The prices for this trip to Richmond, Reeth and Aysgarth Falls are £13.50 an adult and £48.00 for a group of four passengers. Concessions are priced at £12.50 a ticket.