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.
TV Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Hairdryer Tea/coffee making facilities Writing Desk Complimentary toiletries Telephone Bar Lounge Restaurant The lift does not reach all rooms of the hotel
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3-course buffet dinner, 3 choices per course
Single journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway
Single journey on the Wensleydale Railways
Skipton Canal Cruise
Single journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Single journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
We travel to Yorkshire, arriving in time for dinner.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
We make our way to Embsay Station where we take our first railway journey of the tour on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. We have some free time to explore the station before we board the train and steam through the 4 miles of countryside to Bolton Abbey. Our journeys through Yorkshire ends with a scenic coach drive, stopping at some of the villages on route back to the hotel for our last night.
Skipton Canal Cruise & Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Visit the delightful market town of Skipton with its picturesque quay and canal where we'll be enjoying a cruise. Browse the shops and maybe pick up a picnic lunch, before we make our way to Haworth, 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. 2020 celebrates the films 50th anniversary so don't forget to wave as you pass the children watching the trains from the field.
Settle to Carlisle Railway & Wensleydale Railways
Today we enjoy a spectacular journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK. Settle down and enjoy a journey which carves its way through the magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and then descends to Cumbria's lush green Eden Valley with views of the Pennines and Lakeland Fells. We travel through 72 miles of unspoilt countryside, travelling through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts, including the famous, Ribblehead Viaduct. We make a lunch time stop in Appleby before we board the coach and travel to Leeming Bar and the Wensleydale railway to meet our train on the Herriot country line. Its original use to transport farming produce and quarried materials means that it travels through market towns, small villages, woodland and farmland, offering a great view of one of England's most beautiful countryside's.
Please Note: Due to coach access we will be stopping for lunch in Appleby not Dent as advertised in our summer brochure.
We leave Yorkshire and begin our journey home.