Discover two of England's most breathtaking counties at Christmas on this marvellous tour by rail. Travel on two magnificent railway lines, and enjoy a cruise across iconic Windermere.… see more
5 days from £525 ppView tour details >
The iconic Settle to Carlisle Railway was the last mainline railway to be built in the UK and was completed in 1876 by the Midland Railway Company after six years of work. Widely accepted as being one of the best-engineered mainline tracks in England, the line is visually dramatic and offers a truly great rail journey.
On some of our tours we begin in Leeds, where our journey takes us through Airedale and the towns of Shipley and Saltaire, the latter being famous for the huge Salts Mill, which today houses a large collection of paintings by the Bradford-born artist David Hockney. From Saltaire we travel to Keighley, home of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and then to the North Yorkshire market town of Skipton. On leaving Skipton, the train begins a gradual 15 mile (24 km) climb and stops in Settle, the starting point of our journey on some tours. We then continue along a narrow valley into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As the valley broadens and the landscape becomes wilder, we enjoy views of two of the Three Peaks - Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough - before reaching the most famous landmark the route: the magnificent 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct.
The train's 15 mile climb comes to an end as we enter Blea Moor Tunnel and continue across the Dent Head Viaduct. We catch a glimpse of the Whernside, the third of the Three Peaks as we travel towards Dent, the highest mainline station in England at 1,150 feet (350 metres). From Dent we continue on the Settle to Carlisle Line to Garsdale, once a junction with the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton, and then across the Moorcock Viaduct. We leave the Yorkshire Dales National Park behind and continue through Cumbria and the rolling hills of the Eden Valley to the towns of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Armathwaite and our final destination, Carlisle.
Experience the lands of ice and fire on a cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo. Before setting sail to explore some of the remotest destinations in Britain and Iceland, and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Take time to discover the north of England, its cities, castles and heritage railways… see more
17 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >
From your base in Carlisle, travel on three incredible railway lines, and enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the spectacular north of England, including the world-famous and UNESCO-listed Lake District.… see more
5 days from £395 ppView tour details >
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