Travel to York
The northern Dark Peak area contains some of the wildest and most rugged hill country in England. The area around Edale is spectacular, and the National Park Authority’s 8 Walks Around Edale (£1.20) details nearby trails. The town offers little other than a church, cafe, pub, school, and the nearby YHA youth hostel , Rowland Cote. ( (01433) 670 302. Dorms £11.50, under-18 £8.30.)
Although its well-preserved city walls have foiled many, York (pop. 105,000) fails to impede its present-day hordes of visitors. Today, marauders brandish cameras instead of swords, and the plunder is now York’s compact collection of rich historical sights, including Britain’s largest Gothic cathedral.
Trains: York Station, Station Rd. Ticket office open M-Sa 5:45am-10:15pm, Su 7:30am-10:10pm. Trains ((08457) 484 950) arrive from: Edinburgh (2V4hr. 2 per hr. £60);
Buses: There are bus stations at Rougier St. Exhibition Sq. Station Rd. and on Piccadilly St. National Express ((08705) 808 080) arrives from: Edinburgh (5$hrž daily,
£36); London (5hr. 3 per day, £31); and Manchester (234hr. 3 per day, £12).
Local Transportation: Call First York ( 622 992, bus times 551 400) for info. Ticket office open M-F 9am-5pm. Yorkshire Coastliner ( (0113) 244 8976 or (01653) 692 556) runs buses from the train station to Castle Howard (227).
Bike Rental: Bob Trotter, 13 Lord Mayor’s Walk (622 868). Open M-Sa 9am-5:30pm, Su 10am-4pm. From £10 per day, plus £50 deposit.