Pick up times
9.00am Bramley Shopping Centre
9.15am Pudsey Bus Station
9.30am Yeadon Terminus
9.45am Guiseley Station Road
Return time: 17.30
Skipton Market & Bolton Abbey 21st August
If you like a bargain, love finding those treasures you don’t get on the high street, partial to some delicious local produce or just love the atmosphere of a market in full swing, Skipton Market is for you. 4 days a week, traders arrive in the town centre and set up stalls along each side of the wide High Street. And they bring with them everything from cheeses to scarves, local meat to arts & crafts, shoes & boots to Yorkshire made blankets. Each day varies, and there is a rotating set of traders, meaning no day is quite the same.
Alternatively, at the top of Skipton High Street stands the impressive Gatehouse of Skipton Castle. Over 900 years old, it is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England.
Skipton Castle was established soon after William I’s ‘Harrying of the North’, a brutal campaign conducted in 1069/70 to suppress opposition to Norman rule in Northern England. It had strong natural defences on the north and north-west where a steep natural scarp and rock-face descended to the Eller Beck. The initial fortification was built by Robert de Romille and was located on the former Roman road between Ribchester and York, a key route through the otherwise inaccessible Pennines.
Climb from the depths of the atmospheric Dungeon to the top of the great Watch Tower, explore the nooks and crannies of the Chapel to the beautiful Conduit Court where a 350-year old Yew tree planted by Lady Anne Clifford still survives today.
Explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Investigate The Tudor Wing, which was added in 1536 when Eleanor Brandon, niece of Henry VIII married the 2nd Earl. Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders.
Visitors can relax on the peaceful Chapel Terrace with its fine views over the town and woods, and enjoy traditional fare in the Clifford Tea-rooms. No visit to the castle would be complete without strolling through the adjacent woods, now managed by The Woodland Trust.
After leaving Skipton we will take a short trip across to Bolton Abbey Bolton Abbey is the perfect place to do as much or as little as you like. From a brisk walk across the moor, a fun day for all the family or a little retail therapy and afternoon tea with friends or a private moment of tranquillity.