Barging around the Pennines

Barging around the Pennines

"Canals changed the map of Britain; they were the motorways of their age..."


"Canals changed the map of Britain; they were the motorways of their age..."

“Canals changed the map of Britain; they were the motorways of their age” – so considered by TV’s John Sergeant. Built in the fire of world changing industrial events yet set within gorgeous scenery they are bursting with undiscovered history. The Pennine Hills form a great 200 mile “backbone” running the length of Northern England. High moorland, wooded valleys and rolling hills provide a backdrop to historic mill towns and pretty villages that are criss-crossed by canals and railways. Once the very heart of the industrial revolution it is now an area that offers a wealth of cultural and nostalgic experiences.


MONDAY - Morning departure from Dorset with stops as appropriate to Yorkshire. On arrival at our hotel near Bradford we shall be welcomed with tea/coffee while the bags are taken to your room.

TUESDAY - To Foulridge Wharf on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal where we board the "Marton Emperor" barge for a 1½ hour cruise with tea & biscuits included. Sailing through open countryside on one of the highest and most scenic sections of the canal, towards the village of Salterforth. Continue to Burnley, the cotton mill town situated on the same canal once at the heart of Lancashire's textile industry - time for lunch in the pedestrianised centre. This afternoon visit The Weavers' Triangle - exploring fabulous buildings from the days when the town lead the world in cotton production - weaving sheds, spinning mills, foundries, warehouses and domestic. The visitor centre tells the story, there is a restored mill engine house, school room and weaver's house. A certain amount of walking is required.

WEDNESDAY - To Keighley where we shall enjoy a nostalgic ride on the Keighley and Worth Valley steam railway, setting for the 1970 film "The Railway Children". Experience the locomotive working hard up the gradient of the valley - a 2 hour round trip. Stay for lunch. This afternoon drive across the moors to Standedge, the jewel in the Yorkshire waterways crown transports you to another world. Sitting on the banks of the historic Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Standedge Tunnel is the longest and deepest canal tunnel in the UK. Our visit includes a 30 minute barge cruise with tales of the folk who built and worked it. Time to explore the tow path and Visitor Centre.

THURSDAY - To the dales market town of Skipton, where we join a barge cruise on a different section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal - this time admiring the lush green Yorkshire Dales with fascinating stories and history. After time for lunch in the town we shall drive to nearby Grassington - a pretty village deep in the dales with traditional stone cottages, busy cobbled square and National Park visitor centre - a hidden gem!

FRIDAY - Homeward bound via motorways to arrive back in Dorset early evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


(Replaces The Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley shown in our brochure and located approx. 12 miles south – the change of venue does not affected our itinerary and offers a much higher standard of accommodation).

Situated in a sub-urban location just off the Bradford Ring road and convenient for access to our chosen visits within the region. A superb 4 star rated modern hotel providing 130+ spacious bedrooms all equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, remote control television, tea tray, phone and free wifi. There is a spacious bar and lounge in which to relax, or you can enjoy the outdoor terrace of the  garden.  A real Yorkshire welcome awaits in the Ocean Restaurant which provides a delicious variety of modern cuisine. The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna, all free for guests use.  Lifts operate to all five floors and room service is available.


TOUR PRICE: £425.00 Per Person

Price Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, 3 x Canal cruises, KWVR steam railway fare, Entry to the Weavers’ Triangle, VAT.


Single Room Supplement; £90.00

Travel Insurance Premium: £22.50



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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