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York, Fountains Abbey, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, then Edinbugh. Questions?

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Hi, all. In June/July, after two weeks in London, Bath, Cotswolds and environs, and Cambridge, we plan to train from Cambridge to York. I am struggling with estimating time needed to see the high points on our way to Edinburgh. This is part of our planned 4-5 weeks in GB and Ireland.

York, Fountains Abbey, on to Durham
I would think we would arrive in York early afternoon, after approx 2.5 hour train trip from Cambridge. After getting settled into our hotel (not yet selected, hopefully near center) we should have a little time, perhaps to stroll the Shambles. The next day we would take in old city wall, York Minster, and perhaps Jorvik's museum.
Here's where I'd like some conversation. We want to see Fountains Abbey. So the next day, rent a car, drive to Fountain's Abbey, spend several hours there, then continue on to Durham. Looking at maps, it appears easy enough. Just not sure if "several hours" is enough for the Abbey, or of actual travel time to Durham, considering car retrieval, getting out of York, visit FA, drive to Durham, get to hotel (not picked yet). How does it sound to any of you out there?

In Durham, planning on two nights. Assuming we arrive there late afternoon, or even early evening, see the Durham Cathedral and other central sites will take up the next day.

Durham, Hadrians Wall, Housesteads roman Fort, on to Edinburgh
I am planning to drive to Edinburgh from Durham, taking in some part of Hadrian's Wall. The Homestead Roman Fort, under refurbishment now, but scheduled to reopen "spring," seems not too far off the track north. the A68. Google Maps indicates travel time Durham to Edinburgh is about 123 mi, 2.5 hours. Question: Does a mid morning start out of Durham, short stop at Homestead, reaching Edinburgh late afternoon appear reasonable?

So this section of our trip would look something like this:

Day 1: Arrive York by train from Cambridge, probably mid afternoon. Settle into hotel. Stroll Shambles. Get oriented.
Day 2: Take in York Minster, old city wall, and perhaps Jorvik's Viking museum.
Day 3: Rent car. Drive to Fountain's Abbey, spend 3-4 hours, continue to Durham.
Day 4: Visit Durham city center, to include Durham Cathedral and other sites.
Day 5: Leave Durham by car, detour off A68 to Homesteads Roman Fort for a couple of hours, then continue on up to Edinburgh.

Does this appear reasonable?????

Want to see stuff, but don't want to be stressed out trying to cram too much into too little time. Rather admit that we can't "see it all" and take some time to rest and relax a bit.

Any thoughts on this portion of our trip would be greatly appreciated.

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