As soon as our friends at the Keighley & Worth Valley told us that Flying Scotsman was visiting, we knew we had a holiday to create. Don’t think that it all ends there though. Yorkshire is blessed with a multitude of steam railways and fantastic scenery…come see for yourself!
At around about lunchtime we will meet up Wakefield Westgate and travel to the outskirts of Leeds for private arrangements at the Middleton Railway. Refreshments, a steam ride with photo opportunities, a look around the museum and behind the scenes will all feature.
Our day takes in two Abbeys, or at least views of them, as we head out to Kirkstall Abbey firstly for the fascinating local museum. Then we rail on the branch line to Ilkley and transfer to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. A delightful journey spotting rabbits and birdlife along the line before Bolton Abbey beckons. Dare you cross the River Wharfe via the famous stepping stones? On our way home we’ll pop in at Saltaire to see the historic industrial village created for the workers of Salt’s Mill.
Today, we dedicate to the wonderful Settle/Carlisle Railway. This is surely the most scenic railway route in England with rolling upland scenery, dry-stone walls, farmsteads, and the awesome Ribblehead Viaduct. But we want to show your more. So, in a rail/coach co-ordinated tour we get into the Dales to visit the lovely town of Hawes and treat you to refreshments at Ribblehead Viaduct - an awesome day out!
It’s Flying Scotsman day! We are off by rail to the main line interchange with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We’ll do something together with Flying Scotsman and then, armed with rover tickets and itinerary suggestions, you can make the most of the morning and visit the line’s various attractions including Bronte’s Haworth. In the afternoon the Leeds/Liverpool canal is our focus. We’ll enjoy an gentle cruise in Skipton and visit Bingley’s famous 3 and 5 rise locks.
Our final morning and we’ve come up with a splendid day to sign off. By coach to Huddersfield where we join a really scenic train ride through places such as Kinder Scout. At Meadowhall we swap the train for a modern tram into Sheffield where homeward bound journeys commence.
Rustic line with excellent facilities including a fine bookshop.
Steam on a former Yorkshire branch-line with attractions at every intermediate station. Great fun and something for everyone.
A railway steeped in industrial history. Not just a steam train ride (under the M1) but a super museum and the best cup of tea in Yorkshire.
Not a preserved line, but England's most iconic rail journey.
One of our favourite hotels and it’s easy to see why. Located right outside Bradford Forster Square Station this is a traditional “railway” hotel. High ceilings, chandeliers, an original wood panelled ramp to the station, fine food and spacious comfy rooms – what more can we say!