Traditional Lancashire by Sail & Rail


Enjoy discovering lovely Lancashire by steam train and narrow boat on our most popular North West packaged tour. With visits to Samlesbury Hall and Gawthorpe Hall also included, we find heritage and history around every corner.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Samlesbury Hall & Canal Cruise
We begin our day with a guided tour of Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home, before making 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.

Day 3 Bury Market, East Lancashire Railway & Gawthorpe Hall
This morning we head straight to Bury and its famous market - voted Britain’s best – where we can browse the extensive stalls in the large market hall and outside. After an early lunch it is time to board our train as 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 Rawtenstall where we disembark. Our final stop is Gawthorpe Hall, affectionately known as the “Downton of the North” and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture.

Day 4 Guided Tour of Ribble Valley & Oswaldtwistle Mills
This morning, we join a step on guided tour from Oswaldtwistle to enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Ribble Valley, travelling through some well-known places such as Ribchester, built on the site of a Roman fort, and Longridge whose town centre is mostly built from the locally quarried sandstone. Our journey ends 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, mill grounds, craft and sewing centre, Textile and Heritage Museum and even its own wildfowl reserve. After time browsing the shops, we take the weight off our feet and sit down for a traditional Lancashire lunch of pie, mushy peas, bread and a cup of tea (coffee is also available!).

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa

Blackburn, Lancashire
The Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa was originally a 700 year old country manor house, which has been sensitively converted into a 4 star hotel. It has retained many original features in the public areas, including an impressive gothic staircase in the entrance hall. All 175 bedrooms are beautifully decorated and of a good size, and each is equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast and dinner are served in the elegant restaurant and there is also an atmospheric bar area where customers can relax. The hotel has got extensive landscaped grounds, an indoor heated pool, modern fitness centre and spa.

Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa

Blackburn, Lancashire
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £337pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £95
Based on Thursday arrivals

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• 1 glass of wine or soft drink with dinner on first & last night
• Guided tour of Samlesbury Hall
• 3 hour circular canal cruise including 2 course lunch
• East Lancashire Railway single journey Bury - Rawtenstall
• Entrance to Gawthorpe Hall
• Step on guided tour of Ribble Valley
• Pie & Peas lunch at Oswaldtwistle Mills
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£337 for 5 days

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