THE LITERARY TRAIL

Bronte Parsonage Museum: Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Closed until 8 February, then April-September: Daily: 10am-5pm; October-March: Daily I lam-4.30pm.  

Castle Howard: Coneysthorpe, York. 14 March-2 November: Daily, I lam-4.30pm; (grounds only).

Richmondshire Museum: Ryders Wynd, Richmond, North Yorkshire. Includes the film sets used in the television series of James Herriot’s books. 28 March-31 October: Daily, I lam-5pm.

Shandy Hall: The Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York. June-September: House, Wednesday, 2pm-4.30pm and Sunday, 2.30pm-4.30pm; garden, Sunday-Friday, 1 I am4.30pm. £3; (garden only).

Whitby Abbey: On clifftop, east of Whitby town centre. 28 March-30 September: Daily, 10am-6pm.

World of James Herriot: 23+25 Kirkgate, Thirsk. Expected to open mid-1998.

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT Bolton Abbey: Skipton. Charming ruins of a 12th century Augustinian priory set among woods, waterfalls and meadows in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Summer: Daily, 9am-10pm; Winter: Daily, 9am-6pm.

Nunnington Nunnington, York. A 17th century manor house which includes the Carlisle collection of miniature rooms. 26 March-May and September-October: Wednesday-Sunday, 1.30pm-6pm (5.30pm April/October); June-August: Tuesday-Sunday, 1.30pm-6pm. Also Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays; (garden). More at this website.

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples: Rievaulx, Helmsley, York. Two 18th century temples: the Ionic Temple has elaborate ceiling paintings. The terrace offers vistas over Rievaulx Abbey and the Rye Valley to Ryedale. 26 March-2 November: Daily, 10.30am-6pm (or dusk); Temple closed 1pm-2pm.

28.Rievaulx Terrace and Temples

Ripley Castle: Ripley, nr Harrogate. Built in 1320, the castle stands in a delightful estate with lakes and deer park. April, May, October: Weekend, 11.30am-4.30pm; June and September: Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-4.30pm; July-August: Daily, 11.30am-4.30pm.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Red Hall: Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Stokesley. A charming country house hotel set in the rugged North Yorkshire National Park. Personalised tours are also available. Price guide:Double/twin, including full English breakfast; single.

White Lion Hotel: Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Twenty minutes from the M62 and on the main trans-Pennine route, the hotel is conveniently placed on the edge of Brontë country and just 20 minutes from Hebden Bridge station. The White Lion dates back to 1657 and offers the charm of a family-run inn. Price guide: Double, including full English breakfast; single; family rooms (4 people) . If you need more information about this or other hotel check at this hotel comparison website.

GENERAL INFORMATION • Bronte Country: Carolyn Spencer, Brontë Country Tourism, Cedar House, Lawkholme Lane, Keighley, BD2 I 3DD.

Brontë Experience: Brontë Country Tourism.

Harrogate District (incorporating Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales): Tourist Information Centre, (Dept H), Royal Baths Assembly Rooms, Crescent Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HGI 2RR.

Herriot Country: Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU.

TRAVEL

By road: Grampian is approx 480 miles from London, via M1, Al, A68, M90, A92.

By rail: Direct services to Aberdeen from London’s Kings Cross station and most points between.

By air: To Aberdeen from most British airports and some European cities.