Explore Cumbria by coach and rail! There's no better way to see one of the UK's most beautiful regions than gliding through the wonderful countryside and coastline scenery on the best and most famous railway lines in the country.
2* THE GILSLAND HALL HOTEL
The hotel is set in 140-acres of woodland with fantastic views across the Irthing Gorge, where the River Irthing separates the counties of Cumbria and Northumberland. En-suite bedrooms have a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to most floors. Hotel entertainment is provided during your stay.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Hotel entertainment each evening
Journeys on the Cumbrian Coast Railway, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and Settle to Carlisle Railway
Departing the local area, we travel to Cumbria to arrive late afternoon at our hotel.D
Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and Hexham, dominated by the Abbey overlooking the market square. This afternoon we return along the path of Hadrian's Wall, which stretched some 76 miles from the Tyne to the Solway.
This morning we start our first train journey of the day in Carlisle. The line follows the Cumbrian coastline through Maryport and Whitehaven, the stunning sea views stay with us to Ravenglass. Here we join the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - L'al Ratty steam train from the coast to the foothills of England's highest mountains covering seven miles of the Lake District National Park.Br, D
We drive into the Yorkshire Dales to Kirkby Lonsdale, where we find the weekly market in full swing. Then we travel past the immense Ribblehead Viaduct, through charming Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle. In the afternoon, we have a spectacular train journey along the famous Settle to Carlisle line - the main railway line in the whole of England. Towering viaducts, bridges, long deep tunnels, lovingly kept station gardens all help to make this one of the best railway lines in the country. Our journey takes us along the whole line through majestic scenery to Carlisle where we re-join the coach for the ride back to Gilsland.Br, D
After breakfast we begin our homeward journey.Br
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