Yorkshire Dales Steam Railway Holiday
New to our 2019 programme is a revamp of an old favourite visiting the best attractions of Yorkshire and the Dales. In this fun-packed itinerary you will have the chance to get to some more “out of the way” heritage railways as well as delve into some local culture and heritage. In fact there’s so much in it you are guaranteed to enjoy taking a bite out of our Yorkie!
Meeting at Wakefield around lunchtime our first steam isn’t far away. The Kirklees Light Railway runs for 3 ½ miles on the trackbed of the former Clayton West branchline and while we are here you can even buy a luxury park and leisure home should you wish! Later, we have mining heritage for you at the National Mining Museum near Overton where an underground experience is on offer – railway interest here too.
Off to The Dales – We take a branchline train up to Ilkley (moor bah tat!) and transfer to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway for a morning chugg through pleasant rolling countryside spotting rabbits and farm animals en route. Then, we cross to the excellent Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. With something of interest at every station freedom is yours to enjoy the line and Bronte’s Haworth for the afternoon. An itinerary bristling with options, rover tickets and national rail tickets back to Bradford (24 mins) ensure complete flexibility and maximum opportunity.
This trip just gets better and better as we head south to Elsecar for a steamy morning at the volunteer run railway here. This might be one of the more quirky railways we visit – don’t be shocked if you the first prize in their raffle is a fire extinguisher. We’ll track back up Leeds via the Penistone Line and enjoy afternoon tea and steam at world famous, in Yorkshire, Middleton Railway. Should be time at the end of the day for a ride on the historic Shipley Glen Tramway before we return to the hotel – a great day out!
Back to the Dales today as we embark upon a wonderful Settle/Carlisle experience. We stroll down to Forster Square and board a morning train to Appleby. Settle down and relax as the glorious Yorkshire scenery passes by. Remote farmsteads, dry-stone walls, the three highest peaks in Yorkshire and, of course, Ribblehead Viaduct. On to the coach now to get deeper into the countryside as we journey back as far as the lovely village of Hawes. Time allowed here and then hospitality at Ribblehead allowing for photo’s underneath before we board another S&C service for the return rail ride to Bradford – a stunning day throughout!
Local “things” this morning, including Kirkstall Abbey and the outstanding Abbey House Museum (Medieval history), and finally, Armley Mills (industrial history). Homeward bound journeys commence from Leeds at about early afternoon.
The Midland Hotel, Bradford
Located right by Bradford Forster Square Station this super place was built by the Midland Railway Company, recently restored, and a brilliantly eccentric living example of an era long past. Large bedrooms, with all the facilities, magnificent public areas, a nice restaurant and perfectly located for our tour of Yorkshire. You’ll love it – we do!!