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scenic roads

We though about renting a car for one day when we will stay in York next summer. What scenic road would you recommand from York to visit Dales Villages ?

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1. Re: scenic roads

Try the A684 or B6160. But it is all amazing and no road disappoints. I'd recommend hiring a classic car to get the best out of the roads - there are a few in the area and they can probably give you a good touring route to follow. Try www.hireclassicjaguars.co.uk, www.greatescapecars.co.uk or www.classccarhire.co.uk.

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A favourite of mine heading in the other direction is to drive to Whitby over the North Yorkshire Moors. Take the A64 north-east out of York as far as Malton, then the A169 to Whitby. You'll join the A171 just before you arrive - follow the signs for North Cliff car park.

Pickering is a nice stop en route, and you can detour to several nice villages on the moors as you cross them, such as Levisham or Goathland. The latter tends to be a bit busy in summer, though, as a popular TV drama is shot there.

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Brickie has recommended a lovely trip but this is to the Moors. The Dales is to the west . If this is where you want to go head up to Thirsk-James Herriot 's home town then up to Bedale ,Leyburn-a detour to Aysgarth Falls and on to Hawes -where they make the Wensleydale Cheese you could stop at their cafe and sample the cheese too There is also the ropemaker in Hawes which as far as I am aware is the only one in the country .You can watch them make it -a free viewing of traditional skill. Then up over the Buttertubs the highest point in the area and drop down into Gunnerside following the river down to Richmond. A Georgian town with a theatre and market place as well as the castle. From here you continue South back to York.

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4. Re: scenic roads

The Yorkshire Dales National Park does not begin until past Leyburn so you will not see the best scenery on this route. I suggest you go from York through Knaresborough, then Pateley Bridge, Grassington up through Wharfedale then follow B6160 until it joins A684 close to Aysgarth Falls.

On to Hawes and back through Swaledale ending in Richmond (using the same route as suggested already).

If it is then late in the day use the A1 to get back to York fairly quickly.

Many of the Dales roads are very narrow so you will need to allow plenty of time.

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Hi albertoV05.

Do not know how I missed your post, must have been aboard.

You've already got pleanty of routes, all good ones.

The only thing I will add is if you do go on the Grassington to Aysgarth road and you do not mind narrow roads and a steep hill why not take the back road to Hawes. At Buckden village green fork left down hill (only a very small down hill) to cross the river Wharfe to Hubberholme. Nice place for a picnic. Cross over the river at Deepdale then onto Oughtershaw. Then it is uphill onto open moorland with great views. Drive carfully down hill to Gayle and Hawes. Just before the village school and the main road is a car park if you want to walk around Hawes. OK it is at the "wrong end" of the village for the cheese and ropemaker. But you can walk through the village down one side and back to your car on the other side. If you are not into walking drive passed the carpark turn right on to the main road. go through on the one way road to the car park on the left at the other end of the village.

Like others have said. If you find yourself running out of time just head for the A1 and clog it back to York.


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