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Friday, October 23rd

Blackpool Steam Railway Holidays

North West
Friday, October 23rd
5 days
Price: £789
As the clocks change and summer draws to an end it’s time to celebrate the passing of a season. In Munich they have the Oktoberfest; in The States it’s Trick or Treat; in Ireland it’s the last public holiday before Christmas and in good old Blighty we have… the Blackpool Lights! So, this is our last opportunity of the year to tempt you away for an autumn dose of steamy nostalgia – read on!

Outline Itinerary


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.

Our Hotel

The Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, Clayton Le Moors

This is a striking building whose rich and intriguing history can be traced back to the 13th century. The heritage of the Dunkenhalgh (or ‘The Dunk’ as it is affectionately known) has been preserved during its transformation from a historic countryside mansion house to a fine hotel set in 17 acres of Parkland. It will be a real treat to stay here and don’t forget your swim stuff if you fancy a splash!

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Blackpool Steam Railway Holidays
Tour Reference: BL5/1
Friday, October 23rd
5 days
Single supplement £25.00 per night

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