Starting from Thirsk Tourist Information Centre;
In the footsteps of James Herriot, let me show you where he retired to. Then we can go up the 3rd steepest road in the UK to the viewpoint that he claims, with some justification, is the "The Best view in England".
Also along this plateau is the home of the English thoroughbred! An interesting story about how 3 Arabian horses can be traced back to the 17th century as the start of the bloodline of the English race horses we see today.
After all this history and grand views, it's time for a cup of tea! Let me take you to a famous college and Abbey, Just down the hill!
Ampleforth Abbey and School, started by Benedictine monks in 19th c, helped Robert Thompson get his career going and has produced artists, world cup winning rugby players and playwrights! It also produces cider and beer!
Fully refreshed we head back to Thirsk through Coxwold, stories of Cromwell, charge of the Light Brigade and "Tristram Shandy", another Abbey and then Kilburn, not only great views of the white horse, but home to the "mouseman" of Kilburn, Robert Thompson!
From here it is only a short journey back to Thirsk or down the A19 to your hotel in York