Dales & Rails of Yorks & Lancs

Dales & Rails of Yorks & Lancs

A landscape shaped by thousands of years of human activity and a legacy of preserved heritage railways now providing unique sightseeing opportunities.


A landscape shaped by thousands of years of human activity and a legacy of preserved heritage railways now providing unique sightseeing opportunities.

The Dales of Yorkshire and Lancashire include some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, each valley or 'dale' has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops. Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here. Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area's rich industrial heritage.  A legacy of this activity is the number of preserved heritage railways that now provide sightseeing opportunities from a unique viewpoint.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset via motorways with stops for refreshment as appropriate to Burnley. A welcome tea/coffee on arrival while the bags are portered, settle in and then enjoy an evening dinner.

Tuesday - Visit Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The broad High Street leads to the church, behind which you will see the 900 year old castle - one of the best preserved medieval castles in England. Later to Embsay Station for a nostalgic journey behind a puffing and hissing steam engine, enjoying views of Yorkshire's finest countryside. Our coach will meet you at Bolton Abbey Station for the short transfer to Bolton Abbey village where you can visit the ruined priory church, stroll beside the River Wharfe and cross it by medieval stepping stones. Back to the station for return train journey to Embsay then coach back to Burnley.

Wednesday - We grant you the freedom of the line for The East Lancashire Railway - 12 miles nestled in the picturesque Irwell Valley that was originally built to connect factories and mills with the surrounding country and cities. You can ride back and forth all day between Rawtenstall and Heywood, hopping on and off at seven intermediate stations. Just across the road from Bury station is the Transport Museum with restored vehicles, artifacts, exhibits and free entry.

Thursday - Running between Oxenhope and Keighley through "Bronte County" is the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - best known for the 1970 film version of The Railway Children. Steam engines work hard on the steep gradients and bellow huge clouds of steam, adding drama to the beautiful scenery. After a morning round-trip on the railway lunch is taken in the pretty village of Haworth with a wide choice of cafes on the cobbled Main Street. This afternoon to Saltaire, a remarkably preserved example of a mid 19th century industrial town - originally built in 1853 with a gigantic textile mill at its heart. Perfectly preserved the mill now houses galleries, crafts, cafes and shops - the whole village is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Friday - Homeward bound to return to Dorset by early evening.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Best Western Oaks Hotel, Burnley

You will be forgiven if you think you have arrived at a stately house – this imposing hotel was once home to a tea merchant and retains much of its original stunning features and sense of grandeur. Wood paneling, ornate ceilings, stained glass and a sweeping staircase – this is something special. Set in beautiful gardens the 3 star rated venue provides 50 bedrooms all equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, television with satellite channels, radio, phone, iron, tea tray and free wifi. Home cooked food featuring local ingredients is a feature of the menu in the ornately decorated restaurant, which provides stunning countryside views. The lounge bar also retains many impressive original features and is a great place to socialise and relax. For the energetic there is a fully equipped leisure club with 10 metre indoor pool, gym, steam room and jacuzzi. No lift but only 3 flights of stairs and low floor rooms can be requested.


TOUR PRICE : £429.00 Per person

Includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, 3 x Train Fares, Entry to Bolton Abbey, VAT


Single room supplement : £100.00

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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