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3.9 stars(150 reviews)
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Enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of the north of England

5 days From £479 per person
Flexible Booking

Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: 22LKL

About the tour

From your base, travel on heritage railways, enjoying the rugged countryside in the north of England, including the world-famous Lake District.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Wetheral

Begin your holiday at your hotel in the village of Wetheral, near Carlisle, where you meet your Tour Manager. 

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Windermere

Journey by steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, on the southern shore of Windermere. On arrival in Lakeside, sail across the lake to Bowness. Windermere is one of the Lake District's most famous bodies of water and is recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding natural beauty, which has been inspiring artists and writers for centuries. You have free time in Bowness. You could visit the house of one of the Lake District's most renowned inhabitants, Beatrix Potter. On your way back to Wetheral, stop at pretty Grasmere. Sat next to Grasmere Lake, the village was once home to William Wordsworth. Perhaps treat yourself to a local specialty - award-winning Grasmere Gingerbread, which has been made here using an authentic Victorian recipe since 1854.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Settle to Carlisle Railway

Enjoy a spectacular journey on the Settle to Carlisle Line to Skipton. It took seven years to complete this route before its opening in 1875. Cut through hills, mountains, and valleys, over marshland and rivers; the very scenery that made the line difficult to complete is exactly what makes it worth experiencing. Enjoy miles of untouched beauty from your carriage as the line enters the Yorkshire Dales and passes over the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct, one of the undoubted icons of the Yorkshire landscape. Watched over by atmospheric Whernside, one of Yorkshire's highest peaks, the viaduct opened in 1876 and stretches more than 1,300 feet over the boggy land below. After some free time in the pretty market town of Skipton, return to your hotel by rail.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

After travelling to Ravenglass by train, take a steam-hauled rail journey to Dalegarth aboard the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. One of the oldest minimum-gauge heritage railways in England, the line originally opened in 1875 and boasts some truly incredible scenery. Enjoy fantastic views across undulating hills and the highest mountain range in England, before disembarking in Ravenglass. This afternoon, transfer to Muncaster to visit its castle. Owned by the Pennington family for over 800 years and set in picture-perfect surroundings, this fortress is almost Arthurian in appearance, with square towers topped by parapets. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After a final breakfast, your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Crown Hotel Wetheral, Wetheral

Crown Hotel Wetheral, Wetheral

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Trains

Haverthwaite Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Settle to Carlisle Line

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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 150 reviews

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S Hornbuckle

4 stars

Submitted 08 Nov 2021

We had a lovely time but I wish we could have got off the train to see the viaduct. The new hotel was good (especially the pool) but we would have liked to have been staying in Carlisle to see more of the city.

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Veronica Potter

4 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2021

Couldn't fault the itinerary for this trip. Our tour manager was great as well. However, the hotel, which was new to Rail Discoveries had a few hiccups. The tour manager sorted most but couldn't change the time of the evening meal - 8.00 p.m, and on the first night less-than-good service meant we didn't finish til nearly 10.00p.m. Not good for us older folk, who made up most of those on this trip. That said, the food was excellent.

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Hazel

4 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2021

Not enough time at Muncaster Castle. Also we feel it would have been better to have a hotel in the Lakes rather than Carlisle as we spent many hours sitting on a train travelling in and around the Lake District, also it didn’t help when the signals went down which meant we were sitting on the same train for three hours instead of two.

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MRS SMITH

4 stars

Submitted 06 Nov 2021

Two of the 3 rail journeys were rather long. An extra day may help in being free to explore Carlisle as there was no time allowed to do this.

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David Thomas

3 stars

Submitted 05 Nov 2021

It was very enjoyable ,everyone was friendly, the coach driver and the tour guide gave excellent service.

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Graham

4 stars

Submitted 05 Nov 2021

The Tour met all the criteria I was looking for. The train journeys, the locations visited, the opportunities to explore and the timing which allowed for unhurried exploration. In spite of the poor weather towards the end it was still very enjoyable. The Tour Manager was excellent - helpful, knowledgeable, agreeable company and outstanding dealing with hiccups. I couldn't give it five stars because of the difficulties in dining. The food was good, some dishes were excellent. The service to tables was initially poor, long waits for all on the table to be served. However the Tour Manager worked well to iron out the difficulties. I appreciate that the Hotel were not used to dealing with a Rail Discoveries Tour, especially with forty people but they did respond to suggestions and things improved. I would be happy with a future Tour at that hotel. The train journeys, locations and opportunities were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed them in spite of the weather. My top experiences were the Boat Trip on Lake Windermere - so relaxing; and the surprise of Skipton. It was so interesting particularly the Church and Museum. Thank you Rail Discoveries for lifting the frustrations and gloom of Covid. I have already booked a Tour to the Rhine for next April.

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