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Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors

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Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors

We are a family from HK with 2 boys (aged 9 and 3) and are thinking of spending around 5-7 nights in the area around mid-end August. Given the age of my smaller boy, we can only manage short walk (around an hour). There seems quite a number of choices to stay and not sure whether we should stay in the west side (say Seatle) which we might also visit Lake District, or Richmond, where it is also close to North York Moors. Our interests are steam-train / horse-trekking / animals (farm or wildlife) / hand-on museum etc. Would appreciate recommendation on things to do / whereabout to stay etc.

Also, it seems that most cottages have min stay requirement with a turn-over day on Saturaday for July / August. Would anyone also have recommendation on farm / self-catering cottages that might be more flexible on arrival day ?

Many thanks !

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1. Re: Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors

You are in peak school holiday time, virtually all self catering will be looking for 7 day bookings at that time, so that could be difficult to accomodate. Both the Dales & North York Moors are really good with different types of scenery. Settle is a small market town & a good base for the Western & Central Dales. Steam trains at Embsay, plus you are on th route of one of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe for th Settle - Carlisle railway. Another option would be to base on the eastern edge of the Dales around Leyburn or even Richmond, steam train in Wensleydale & Hazel Brow Farm in Long Row Swaledale is geared to children. Also by being there you can also access fairly easily the North York Moors, at Pickering is the North York Moors Railway runs steam every day, great ride through to Goathland & Grosmont and in holidays some trains continue to Whitby on the coast

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Many thanks! We have finally found a cottage in Settle. Do you think it is worthwhile to explore the Lake District while in Settle? Or we should just settle for the Dales?

Thanks again!

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You are a little short of time, but unless you are able to come back again I would definitely try to get to the Lake District, even if you only take the train to touristy Windermere. In Settle you are less than 40 miles away from the Lake District by road. Your basic (very happy) problem is that virtually the whole of the country from East to West at that point is a succession of scenic highlights, each one different from the others. The Lake District is particularly stunning, but at that time of year it can be hard to get around by road because it is crawling with tourists.

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I forgot to mention that there is a small steam railway in the Lake District, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. It runs to Lake Windermere and is connected to the town of Bowness (a 15 minute walk from Windermere Railway Station) at the other end of the lake by boat. In the North of England the two major and probably most interesting steam railways for families are the North York Moors and the Keighley and Worth Valley railways. In August you should be OK, but it is still worth checking before you set out that steam trains are running the day you want to visit, because they also run diesel services at times.

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5. Re: Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors

hi Ritorno, many thanks for your tips and wonderful ideas. So, do you mean we should avoid driving into Lake District / Windermere and take the steam railway ?

Thanks once again !!

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If you are in the area at the end of August you might enjoy having a day at Kilnsey Show. I think it will be 27th August. If not there are other local agricultural shows through the summer. Get a copy of the local paper (Craven Herald) and you will find details of whats on. If you are staying in Settle make sure you visit Skipton Castle. The kids will love it. One of the best preserved (ie not a ruin) castles in the country

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