Steam trains, a canal boat trip and the interesting Black Country Museum where you can discover the heritage and history of the West Midlands as well as discovering how transport has evolved over the ages.
This elegant country house hotel is situated on the borders of Leicestershire and Warwickshire and combines the perfect blend of past and present. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a spa. All of the bedrooms are en-suite with a TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Hinckley where we arrive at the 4 star Sketchley Grange Hotel with time before dinner.
Tuesday Our day begins with a drive south to historic Coventry where we visit the Museum of Great British Road Transport. With over 400 artefacts and thousands of items of memorabilia from the golden age of cars and cycles, there is plenty to explore. We have time for lunch here before we head to Baddesley Clinton House, not far from Warwick. This atmospheric moated house has been a sanctuary since the 15th century with three priest holes, peaceful gardens with fish pools, a romantic lake and a walled garden this makes for a delightful day.
Wednesday This morning we make for the little village of Foxton. Here we board ‘Vagabond’, an elegant vintage motor launch, for a trip on the Grand Union Canal, seeing the Foxton flight of 10 locks and gently passing through peaceful countryside. Why not enjoy a refreshment at a canal side pub before we regroup and head for the northern outskirts of Leicester where we join the Great Central Railway for a nostalgic steam train ride. We travel 18 miles to Loughborough, crossing picturesque Swithland Reservoir on the way before we make our way back to the hotel for dinner this evening.
Thursday After breakfast we drive to Kidderminster to join the Severn Valley Railway for a ride along the valley to Bridgnorth, passing through delightfully restored stations on the way. From here we head for the Black Country Living Museum where we have a good stay. Why not enjoy lunch in one of the traditional fish and chip shops or have a ride on a tram before we depart and make our way back to the hotel for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday We bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home. We arrive in our home areas late afternoon to be greeted by our awaiting taxis.
Fenn Holidays Ltd, Whittlesey Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0AG