3* Best Western Plus Craiglands, Ilkley
Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel has been welcoming people from around the world for more than 150 years. Timeless in appearance yet full of the mod cons you need for a wonderful stay at this grand Victorian hotel set in 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and woodland.
Lift TV Telephone Free Wi-Fi Indoor Swimming Pool Bar 24-Hour Reception
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
One-way journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway - Appelby to Settle
One-way journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - Keighley to Haworth
2-hour Lancaster canal cruise with cream tea
Image: Settle - Carlisle railway © Colin Baker
We depart early morning and travel to our hotel were a welcome tea/coffee will be served on our arrival.
Kendal & Settle Carlisle Railway
Kendal is our first stop today, known as the 'Southern gateway to the Lakes' We have time to explore the town at leisure maybe pop into one of the local shops to purchase its most famous export, Kendal Mint Cake. In the afternoon we make our way to Appleby where we board the Settle to Carlisle Railway for one of the most scenic rail journeys in England taking us across the majestic Ribblehead viaduct on the way to Settle.
Skipton & Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
This morning, we visit the delightful market town of Skipton with its picturesque quay and canal towpaths running through the centre of the town. Browse the shops, maybe pick up a picnic lunch for later and explore the town and its attractions. Skipton takes its name from the medieval derivation of "Sheep Town" and to celebrate its culture there are 25 colourful sheep sculptures dotted around the town! We make our way to Keighley where we board our train on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Opened in 1867 the line was funded by local wealthy mill owners until it became part of the Midland Railway. When British Railways closed the Worth Valley line in 1962, local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it and in a short time, they did! The line reopened in 1968 and the trains have been running in the valleys ever since. Its popularity soared in 1970 when the drama film The Railway Children used the line, stations and surrounding villages to act as the films fictional "Three Chimneys" and 'Great Northern and Southern Railway' 2020 celebrates the films 50th anniversary so don't forget to wave as you pass the children watching the trains from the field.
Lancaster Canal Cruise
We cruise along the beautiful Lancaster canal and view the North Lancashire countryside while tucking into a cream tea as we sail. After the cruise we head to the City of Lancaster for the rest of the day.
After breakfast we leave and head for home.