For those who yearn for an era of leisurely pace, of times gone by, dramatic, romantic landscapes broken by the familiar sound of a steam train making its way through a backdrop of rolling countryside, this is a tour not to be missed.
3* Mercure Bradford Bankfield
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. All rooms are en-suite, and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
· Door to Door Service
· 4 nights accommodation including dinner, bed & breakfast in the Mercure Bradford Bankfield
· Worth Valley Railway
· Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway
· Settle rail journey
· Wensleydale Railway
· Skipton Canal Cruise
· Escorted throughout
Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to West Yorkshire and arriving at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel, near Bingley, in time for dinnerD
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, considered to be one of England's most scenic rail journeys. We join the diesel train for the journey, passing through spectacular scenery, crossing the famous Ribblehead viaduct and stopping at Dent, the highest mainline station in England. We re-join the coach for the short journey into Hawes, main town of the dale. After a break and chance to obtain lunch we continue along Wensleydale past Aysgarth to join the Wensleydale Railway, a unique and exciting project to restore train services along the whole of Wensleydale, re-instating one of the east-west rail links of the past. Journey of about 40 minutes. Afterwards we return to the hotel.Br, D
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. Take a stroll around the town and explore some of the interesting little alleyways and shops. Whilst in Skipton we enjoy a 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 and their notorious brother. Little has changed in the village since they lived at the Parsonage. Later we enjoy a steam train ride along the delightful Worth Valley, following the locations used in the film 'The Railway Children' and afterwards we return to the hotel in time for a drink before dinner.Br, D
Our journey today begins with a visit to Bolton Abbey. The Abbey and ruined Priory are set in a beautiful and tranquil location alongside the River Wharfe, surrounded by moorland, woodland and riverside - a truly inspirational setting for many. We have time for a stroll through this beautiful landscape, part of the Duke of Devonshire's estate, before we make the short journey to Bolton Abbey station for a ride on the steam train to Embsay. Continuing through beautiful Dales scenery we visit the Dales village of Grassington - its cobbled street, diminutive market place and its many quaint byways and alleyways make it a place in which to linger. Later we return to the hotel for our last night.Br, D
After breakfast we leave Yorkshire and begin our journey home.Br
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