The train journey starts in Settle and takes you to Appleby where you disembark.
The route takes you on a journey through rural villages, market towns the lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley and into the Yorkshire Dales, through the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor and over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead viaduct.
One of the biggest outdoor markets in the region (140 stalls) also Ashton’s famous Indoor Market Hall for fantastic fresh produce, all situated in a flat, pedestrianised, compact town centre.
Visiting both Grasmere & Ambleside.
Enjoy a visit to Bury Market, and then venture back on a nostalgic journey through time on a full size steam train, from Bury to Rawtenstall following the 8 mile winding route of the River Irwell. Finish off with a visit to Oswaldtwistle Shopping Mill.
Grasmere is a charming village right in the heart of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Grasmere was once the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth; maybe you can visit one of his former homes - Dove Cottage. Also in the centre of Grasmere is the churchyard of St. Oswalds Church which contains the Wordsworth family graves. Relaxing Ambleside ‘The Jewel in Lakeland’s Crown’ where you will find fine food, wine and ale to complement the glorious lakeside mountain setting of this historic community. It was here before the Roman occupation, which lasted 400 years, it survived and prospered under the Viking invasion and it will be here after the tourist invasion, which so far has lasted only 200 years.
* Your personal guide for the day
* Two course carvery lunch @ Ye Olde Punchbowl (Cromwell’s Men were once billeted here)
* Trip on the Funicular Railway in Bridgnorth.
A nostalgic Steam Train & Boat trip, starting from Haverthwaite for the train journey to Lakeside through rugged countryside alongside the River Leven. From Lakeside join the boat cruise to Bowness, and the wonderful panorama of the lake, passing some of the most impressive properties around the southern basin. Free time in Bowness.
Take in the splendour of the scenery along the canal and enjoy a leisurely (45 minute) ride along the last stretch of the Llangollen canal, not navigable by any other boats. We return via the Horseshoe Pass.
After a stop in Porthmadog, travel by train to Rhyd Ddu on the Welsh Highland Railway. The train runs around seemingly impossible bends, up hard gradients and around the foothills of Snowdon, Finally there will be a stop in Betws-y-Coed
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Windermere Cruise and visit to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Betws-y-Coed is North Wales' most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and public houses in the town and all local amenities are within easy walking distance.
Gondola is a re-built elegant steam yacht providing the most wonderful, nostalgic sailing experience. Not only can passengers enjoy the stunning backdrop provided by the Coniston Fells and its majestic lake, they can relax in the opulently upholstered saloons and marvel at the gentle gliding motion of this vessel which is indeed an experience in itself.
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens.
We first travel to Buxton for some free time. Later we go to Whaley Bridge and join the ‘Judith Mary II’ canal boat for a two and a half hour cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal. The boat is fully central heated, with a well stocked licensed bar, and toilets on board. During the cruise you will be served Cream Tea (includes: Assorted Sandwiches, Hot Scones with Jam & Fresh Cream, Tea/Coffee)
Travel to Whaley Bridge and join the ‘Judith Mary II’ canal boat for a two and a half hour cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal. The boat is fully central heated, with a licensed bar, and toilets on board. During the cruise you will be served Hot Turkey Sandwiches with stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes pigs in blankets followed by Mince Pies with fresh cream, tea & coffee. On the return journey we will call at Salford Quays/Lowry Outlet.
Majestic Snowdon dominates the glorious landscape of North Wales, at 3,560ft. Your journey up Snowdon begins at Llanberis for an awe inspiring climb to ‘The Summit of Snowdon’ & the new Visitor Centre.