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Witness impressive northern scenery from the railway lines that seamlessly cut through the countryside on viaducts and through tunnels. A canal cruise completes the experience. Image: Settle - Carlisle railway © Colin Baker
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 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 - Keighly to Howarth

  • Lancaster canal cruise with cream tea

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Image: Settle - Carlisle railway © Colin Baker

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We depart early morning and travel to our hotel, where a welcome tea/coffee will be served on our arrival.

Day 2

Kendal & Settle Carlisle Railway
Kendal, known as the 'Southern gateway to the Lakes', is our first stop today. Here we have time to explore the town at leisure and 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.

Day 3

Skipton & Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
After breakfast, we visit the delightful market town of Skipton. Its name is derived from "Sheep Town" and you'll notice 25 colourful sheep sculptures dotted around the picturesque town. We then make our way for a ride on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The line opened in 1867, but was closed by the British Railway in 1962, when local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to save it - and they did! Its popularity soared in 1970 when it appeared in "The Railway Children" as the films fictional "Three Chimneys" and 'Great Northern and Southern Railway'.

Day 4

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 where we spend the rest of the day, before returning to our hotel for our final dinner.

Day 5

After breakfast, we leave and head for home.

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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.

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