4* Hallmark Hotel Preston, Leyland
This excellent hotel has many unique touches such as chaise-longues and over-sized chairs. All 93 bedrooms are traditional and well-furnished. The bar and lounge areas offer ample, cosy seating for groups whilst the restaurant is modern with lots of natural light. There is no lift, but ground floor rooms are available.
There is no lift at this hotel TV Tea/coffee Making Facilities Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Air conditioned Free Wi-Fi Indoor Swimming Pool Sauna Fitness Centre Restaurant Bar Lounge 24-hour Reception
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course for three nights
1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner each night
Tea/coffee after dinner
3-course Lancashire themed menu on 1 night
Free use of leisure facilities (indoor pool, sauna, steam room & jacuzzi)
Guided visit of Samlesbury Hall
Canal cruise with 2-course lunch
Journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway - single journey
Oswaldtwistle Mills Shopping Village
Entrance to Gawthorpe Hall
Image Credit for East Lancashire Railway picture by Brian Dobbs
Samlesbury Hall Video
We make our way to our hotel before dinner is served.
Samlesbury Hall & Canal Cruise
We begin our day with a guided tour of Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home. From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, the Hall has history from (and for) every age. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), it gives a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century. In the afternoon we make our way to Riley Green Marina to embark upon a narrow boat cruise along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Our round trip passes through delightful countryside including Withnell Fold Nature Reserve, past the old Paper Mill and on to the lovely hamlet of Wheelton and Johnsons Hillock Locks before descending and ascending two locks and returning to Riley Green. During our cruise, we enjoy a two-course lunch on our spacious, accessible boat, with each table offering panoramic views of the canal.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway & Skipton
Today we take a journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside. In the afternoon we visit the delightful market town of Skipton, with its picturesque quay and canal towpaths running through the centre of the town. There's plenty of time for you to browse the shops 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!
Oswaldtwistle Mills & Gawthorpe Hall
This morning, we enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Ribble Valley stopping en route at the Oswaldtwistle Mills shopping village and garden centre. This award winning former weaving mill has over 100 retailers under one roof, 5 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, garden centre, mill grounds, craft and sewing centre, Textile and Heritage Museum and even its own wildfowl reserve. We have free time for a spot of browsing and lunch before continuing on our way to Gawthorpe Hall, affectionately known as the 'Downton of the North'.
We enjoy our last cooked breakfast at the hotel and make our way back home.