Blackpool Steam Railway Holidays
We meet up at Wigan North Western Station about lunchtime and set off to Martin Mere Wetlands Centre for birds from all over the world and even playful otters. Later on it’s a very short drive to the, ever-so friendly, West Lancashire Railway for privately hired steamy fun.
Our “local” steam railway features this morning, as we enjoy journeys in the Irwell Vale with the East Lancashire Railway, linking Heywood with Rawtenstall, whilst passing through Bury and Ramsbottom on the way. We blend old with new as we travel the Manchester Metro and visit the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry. Lunch is included today as tonight you will have some free time, independently, to grab some fish and chips (or something!) on Blackpool seafront, after the holiday highlight of a journey through the famous illuminations aboard an historic, privately chartered, tram – superb!
Yorkshire is just down the road, well up the road actually, and so are two super steam railways. So with passports at the ready, we cross the border for a morning of rabbit spotting with the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Later, we find ourselves in Brontë country at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. This is a super line with great scenery and attractions at each of the stations.
Scenically this trip just gets better and better. Today we head north, for the most famous rail journey in England, as we travel the Settle/Carlisle line. But we like to do more than just that and so our support coach will take us into the Dales for visits to iconic places such as Ribblehead and Hawes. Enjoy a relaxed day taking in the finest scenery in the land – dry-stone walls, farmsteads, rolling hills and plunging dales – magic!
Our final morning and we’ve a super one in store to finish off with. A coach/rail/bus combination takes us to Leyland via Bamber Bridge. Here, in part of the once mighty Leyland Motor Works, is an exceptional museum. The British Commercial Vehicle Museum houses vehicles ranging from trams to buses and field gun haulers to a popemobile (yes, really!). Homeward bound trains leave nearby Preston around lunchtime.
The Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, Clayton Le Moors