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Tosca Leaps to the Moors and Dales

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To repeat some essentials from the other thread(s) here:

Moors and Dales got to be good for me. Come to Yorkshire Dukey, you saved the best to last.

Either catch the train up to Leeds or York, or drive up the A1 or the M1,

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/
http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/

maybe stay in Harrogate as a good larger town base.

When you decide, come back and I can advise on details.

For the odd jive
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/LeedsConcertSeason/Pages/default.aspx
https://www.ents24.com/hub/search/near/Bradford/genre/classical
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--york/classical-music/


ALSO,

Janisj had made a rec about staying at the Yorke Arms

The Plan thus far:

We will fly into (probably) Gatwick from Verona on a Saturday morning in August 2017.

I have researched the possibility of flying into places like Manchester or Leeds-Bradford but so far Gatwick looks to be the most likely possibility given the day of the week and the probability of using a "budget" carrier such as EasyJet.

We will have the rest of that Saturday as well as the next four days before traveling to London for our final three days/nights.

We have narrowed this down to the Moors/Dales area and as much as we might like to tour one or two of those "stately homes" like Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth, etc., (we've been to Castle Howard before) we know they are probably too far away from wherever we base to easily do.

We will definitely have a "hire" car.

What I am trying to decide is whether or not it would be better to take the train into London from LGW and change for a train to somewhere like York and rent (and subsequently return) the car there. I'd rather not rent a car at Gatwick and drive north although I have driven further distances in the UK but I do not want to drive BACK to LGW!

I've read all of those "where to base" posts, and I mean all of them (this has to be the question of the century around here) and I appreciate your suggestions thus far which I will research further.

Things which may be helpful for you to know: personally, I think I would enjoy what appears to be the "vastness" of the Moors landscape; my Husbear probably not so much but since I'm driving he'll sit back and endure! The Dales look to be about as "stereotypical" as it gets and I am assuming lots of hedgerows, narrow roads, twists and turns (am I close?).

We are NOT compulsive travelers these days; we can easily be satisfied doing just a couple of things in a day. We loved just being in the Cotswolds a couple of years ago and made some wonderful scenic discoveries just by driving around somewhat aimlessly!

Accommodations: yeah, they can be VERY high-end or not so much. I appreciate easy parking, decent food; cats wandering into the room can be fun, too.

Appreciate your indulgence and further feedback. We have to do this before it is too late and we've spent less time in the countryside these past few years than we should have.

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