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Steaming Through Yorkshire

Steaming Through Yorkshire

A tour for all train enthusiasts as we include the ‘Railway Children’ line, Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway and the spectacular Settle to Garsdale railway. Also included is a visit to Bolton Abbey and the Skipton canal

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Your Itinerary

Thursday 11th: Depart in the morning travelling to West Yorkshire and arriving at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel, near Bingley. Tea/coffee & biscuits served on arrival.

Friday 12th: This morning we begin with a drive to the pleasant North Yorkshire market town of Settle, where we have a break and chance to look round the interesting little town before we enjoy a ride on the Settle and Carlisle Railway. We join the diesel train for the journey to Garsdale, passing through spectacular scenery, crossing the famous Ribblehead viaduct and stopping at Dent, the highest mainline station in England. At Garsdale we rejoin the coach for the short journey into Hawes, main town of the dale for a break and chance to obtain lunch. Later, we continue through the Yorkshire Dales to the
former spa town of Ilkley, sheltered by Ilkley Moor and the Cow and Calf Rocks. We stay in Ilkley for the rest of the afternoon.

Saturday 13th: Today we head off along the Aire Valley to Skipton – ‘Gateway to the Dales’. The main street houses the well-known market, and Skipton Castle stands proudly at the top of the street. Whilst in Skipton we enjoy a canal cruise on one of the country’s best-known inland waterways. From Skipton we make our way to Haworth, home of the famous Bronte sisters. Later we enjoy journey by steam on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, following the locations used in the film ‘The Railway Children’ and afterwards we return to the hotel in time for a drink before dinner.

Sunday 14th: We visit Bolton Abbey set in a beautiful and tranquil location alongside the River Wharfe, surrounded by moorland, woodland and riverside - a truly inspirational setting for many. This is followed ride by steam on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway. Continuing through beautiful Dales scenery we visit the Dales village of Grassington.

Monday 15th: After breakfast we leave Yorkshire and begin our journey home via Skipton.

Mecure Bradford Bankfield Hotel, Nr Bingley ***

Arriving is part of the experience at Mercure Bradford Bankfield, an impressive Gothic mansion that would not look out of place on a film set. Located in private grounds the hotel retains the atmosphere of a private residence with views over the Aire Valley.

Your Tour Includes

  • All Travel by Executive Coach
  • Four Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • Excursions as Detailed
  • Worth Valley Railway
  • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
  • Settle to Garsdale Rail Journey
  • Skipton Canal Cruise
  • Porterage
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