Enjoy discovering lovely Lancashire by steam train and narrow boat on this popular North West tour. With visits to Samlesbury Hall and Gawthorpe Hall also included, we find history and heritage around every corner.
Another Fenn Holidays favourite. All 93 en-suite bedrooms are traditional in style and well furnished, each with a TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The bar and lounge areas offer ample, cosy seating whilst the restaurant is modern with lots of natural light. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Although this hotel does not have a lift, there are some ground floor rooms are available on request.
Thursday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Lancashire arriving at our hotel late afternoon. We are greeted by a welcoming cup of tea or coffee before time to settle in and dinner.
Friday We begin our day with a guided tour of Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325, used as a family home. After time here we make our way to Riley Green Marina to embark upon a narrow boat cruise along the Leeds Liverpool canal. Our 3 hour 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.
Saturday Today, we travel to Rawtenstall where we step back in time for a nostalgic trip on a steam train along the East Lancashire Railway. Our journey takes us through the beautiful Lancashire countryside to the market town of Bury, where we can browse the world famous Bury market. We return to the hotel where we enjoy a cream tea this afternoon.
Sunday 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 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”, before returning to the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Monday After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts as we make our way home. Arriving later this afternoon we are greeted by our awaiting taxis after a delightful break in Lancashire.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG