Scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway 2020

This fantastic tour of beautiful Yorkshire has proved to be a very popular package so snap up our last remaining dates…the tour features some of Yorkshire’s most iconic spa and market towns and we also experience one of the best railway journeys in the world, on the spectacular Settle to Carlisle line. Based at the refurbished Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, our tour combines the very best of traditional Yorkshire with its world-class attractions.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Return Journey Settle – Carlisle Railway
Today, we enjoy a spectacular return journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK. Settle down and enjoy a journey which carves its way through the magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and then descends to Cumbria’s lush green Eden Valley with views of the Pennines and Lakeland Fells. We travel through 72 miles of unspoilt countryside, travelling through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts, including the famous, Ribblehead Viaduct. We arrive in Carlisle at lunchtime and have free time here before we board our train again to enjoy the spectacular views once more on our return journey to Settle.

Day 3 Skipton & Canal Cruise
This morning, we visit the delightful market town of Skipton with its picturesque quay and canal towpaths running through the centre of the town. Browse the famous weekly market, enjoy lunch and explore the town 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! In the afternoon, we embark on a leisurely 1 hour return canal cruise along the beautiful Leeds Liverpool Canal, with commentary and tea/coffee and biscuits on board. We return to our hotel with time to stroll into the pretty, traditional spa town of Ilkley to discover its little independent shops, attractions and finest tearooms, including the famous Betty’s Tea Room.

Day 4 Harewood House & Harrogate
We make our way to imposing Harewood House this morning, with its stunning interiors and beautiful gardens and remarkable views. One of the Treasure Houses of England, with rolling landscapes, an impressive art collection, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture, 100 acres of award winning gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden, Harewood offers plenty for groups to see. In the afternoon, we spend free time in the flower-filled Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast this morning, we begin our journey home.

Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel

AAA+ Great Touring Location
Full of character and located just a 5-10 minute walk from Ilkley town centre, this grand Victorian hotel has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and combines comfort and good facilities in 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. All 63 bedrooms have been refurbished to a good standard and feature excellent bathrooms, with all rooms containing a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Groups eat in the lovely feature Ballroom and there is a brasserie restaurant, bar and outside terrace. There is a lift to the second floor, however, due to the age of the building there are stairs to access some bedrooms. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel

Ilkley, Yorkshire
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £284pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £93

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Afternoon cream tea on 1 afternoon
• Return journey Settle – Carlisle Railway
• 1 hour canal cruise with tea/coffee & biscuits
• Entrance to Harewood House

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Prices starting from...

£284 for 5 days

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Features of this tour

  • Return journey Settle – Carlisle Railway

  • 1 hour canal cruise with tea/coffee & biscuits

  • Entrance to Harewood House