Roses Steam & the Settle & Carlisle

Roses Steam & the Settle & Carlisle

Here is a punchy short break featuring some of the great rail highlights of the North over one long weekend. We sample two fabulous steam railways, the East Lancashire Railway in the Red Rose county and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, running through Brontë Country in the White Rose county. We also cross the moors on the stunning Settle & Carlisle Line and visit UNESCO World Heritage Saltaire. We hope you'll agree that we've coming up smelling of roses!

5 Days From £445

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 16 May 2019

Thursday 20 June 2019

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay at Bradford’s historic railway hotel, the Midland Hotel

  • Enjoy the moors on the Settle & Carlisle Line

  • Step back in time on the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway

  • Take in the beautifully preserved Saltaire village and Salt’s Mill’s Hockney collection

  • Steam through the Irwell Valley on the East Lancashire Railway

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

Arriving in Bradford we transfer to the historic Midland Hotel at Bradford Forster Square, built by the Midland Railway company in the late 19th century.

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DAY 2

Our first excursion takes us on one of England's most stunning railways, the Settle & Carlisle Line. This great journey climbs up through the Yorkshire Dales from Settle, gateway to the 'Three Peaks', crossing Ribblehead Viaduct, the engineering marvel spanning Batty Moss, and passing Dent, the highest mainline station in England at 1150 ft. Descending through dales to Carlisle, we enjoy some free time before our return journey to Bradford in time for dinner.

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DAY 3

Today we venture across the Pennines to the red rose county. In Manchester we take the tram to Bury for a return steam journey on the East Lancashire Railway, a beautifully preserved heritage line through the Irwell Valley linking Bury with Rawtenstall. Back in Bury you have the opportunity to visit its Transport Museum before heading back to the white rose county. Back in Yorkshire, it might be worth keeping today's Lancashire celebrations secret!

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DAY 4

A busy day exploring Yorkshire awaits, as we take the local rail network to Keighley. Here we board the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for a scenic steam hauled journey through the countryside made familiar through the film, the Railway Children. Returning along the line to Keighley, we head next to Saltaire, the beautifully preserved Victorian model village created by industrialist Sir Titus Salt to house the workers at his local mill. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the village's mill has now been converted into a shopping and arts space, with regular exhibitions of local artist David Hockney.

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to new found friends and make our way home.



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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Midland Hotel, Bradford

Built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company, the Midland Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. The Midland has hosted many Prime Ministers, plus famous entertainers like Laurel & Hardy, George Formby, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1905 the Shakespearean actor Sir Henry Irving died on the hotel staircase following his appearance at the Theatre Royal, to be attended by his manager, Bram Stoker! Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Kings Cross

£600

£535

-£10

Greater London

£640

£555

-£10

South of England

£650

£560

-£15

East Anglia

£665

£565

-£15

South West

£700

£585

-£20

Heart of England

£645

£555

-£10

Midlands

£585

£515

-£10

Yorkshire

N/A

£495

-£5

North East

£565

£525

-£10

North West

N/A

£500

-£5

South Wales

£660

£550

-£10

North Wales

N/A

£535

-£10

Scotland

£605

£535

-£10



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £445

 

Single Room Supplement £85

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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