This tour is perfect for those who yearn for an era of leisurely pace, times gone by, dramatic, romantic landscapes broken by the familiar sound of a steam train making its way through a backdrop of rolling countryside.
The 3 star Mercure Bradford Bankfield is situated in an impressive Gothic style 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. All rooms are ensuite, and have tea and coffee making facilties. This hotel is served by a lift.
Thursday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive to West Yorkshire, arriving at our hotel, Mercure Bradford Bankfield, near Bingley in time for dinner.
Friday This morning we begin with a drive to the pleasant North Yorkshire town of Settle, where we have a break and a chance to look around the interesting little town before we enjoy a ride on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, considered to be one of England’s most scenic rail journeys. We join the diesel train for the journey, passing through spectacular scenery, crossing the famous Ribblehead viaduct and stopping at Dent, the highest mainline station in England. We re-join the coach for the short journey to Hawes, main town of the dale. After a break and a chance to obtain lunch we continue along Wensleydale past Aysgarth to join the Wensleydale Railway, a unique and exciting project to restore train services along the whole of Wensleydale, reinstating one of the east-west rail links of the past.
Saturday Today we head off along the Aire Valley to Skipton, ‘Gateway to the Dales’. The main street houses, the well-known market, and the Skipton Castle stands proudly at the top of the street. Take a stroll around the town and explore some of the interesting little alleyways and shops. Whilst in Skipton we enjoy a cruise on one of the country’s best known waterways. From Skipton we make our way to Haworth, home of the famous Bronte sisters and their notorious brother. Little has changed in the village since they lived in the Parsonage. Later we enjoy a steam ride along the delightful Worth Valley, following the locations used in the film ‘The Railway Children’ and afterwards we return to the hotel in time for a drink before dinner time.
Sunday Today our journey begins with a visit to Bolton Abbey. The Abbey and ruined Priory are set in a beautiful and tranquil location alongside the River Wharfe, surrounded by moorland, woodland and riverside – a truly inspirational setting for many. We have time for a stroll through this beautiful landscape, part of the Duke of Devonshire’s estate, before we make the short journey to Bolton Abbey station for a ride on the steam train to Embsay. Continuing through the beautiful Dales scenery we visit the Dales village of Grassington, with its cobbled street, diminutive market place and its many quaint byways and alleyways make it a place in which to linger.
Monday After breakfast we bid farewell to our host at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield, before beginning the journey back to our home area.
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