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Scenic Steam Journeys of Yorkshire & The Lake District

The rolling hills, soaring valleys and craggy coastline of northern England make a wonderful backdrop to some truly scenic railways. Travel through the North Yorkshire Moors 'Heartbeat Country' and the Yorkshire Dales, explore the historic city of York and charming Whitby and spend a little time in the stunning Lake District on this nostalgic holiday.

Scenic Steam Journeys of Yorkshire & The Lake District

  • York - 1

    Join your fellow travellers in York for a three night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in the heart of this historic city.

  • York - 2

    Spend a day at leisure exploring York, one of the most compelling cities in northern England. No visit would be complete without spending some time at the Minster, home to countless treasures, including priceless medieval stained-glass windows. The impressive central tower offers fine views over the city's rooftops. Perhaps take a stroll around the city walls, and be sure to visit the Shambles, an impossibly narrow flagstoned lane lined with medieval houses, some leaning at perilous angles. Immerse yourself in the Viking past of the city at the Jorvik centre, and visit the excellent Castle Museum with its collection of domestic artefacts. For real rail enthusiasts, the National Railway Museum, home to over fifty lovingly restored locomotives, is also a must-see attraction.

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Whitby - 3

    Enjoy a day of beautiful scenery as you travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Originally built by George Stephenson, this restored railway connects Pickering and Whitby, passing through the rolling hills of the Esk Valley. You'll journey through lovely countryside and vintage country stations, including Goathland, familiar to many as Aidensfield in Heartbeat, before arriving in Whitby. Here you will have some free time in this delightful coastal town perhaps visit the evocative cliff-top abbey ruins before returning to York by coach.

  • Settle Carlisle Railway & The Lake District - 4

    A highlight of your holiday is sure to be today's diesel hauled journey on the Settle Carlisle Railway a thriving local service, yet perhaps one of the most scenic train journeys in England. Travelling over the soaring Ribblehead Viaduct towards the more gentle panoramas of the Eden Valley. You'll see lush rolling hills and rural market towns before arriving in historic Carlisle.

    Make your own discoveries in Carlisle, with its Celtic and Roman origins, perhaps visiting the impressive castle or ancient cathedral. Later you'll transfer by coach to the Lake District for your two night stay.

  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 5

    Today you'll join the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway as it steams its way through two of the western Lake District's most beautiful valleys to the foot of England's highest mountains. Look out for deer and distinctive Herdwick sheep grazing alongside the line as it takes a dramatic route twisting high above the River Esk and valley road below. The return steam journey will take you back to your coach for the return trip to your hotel, pausing in one of the Lake District's many charming lakeside villages en route to allow you further time to explore this beautiful area.

  • York - 6

    Today you will leave the Lakes behind, travelling back across the Pennines to York ready for you to make your own way home.


Accommodation

  • York - Park Inn (3-star) 3 nights. In the heart of the Roman city of York, overlooking the banks of the River Ouse, this imposing 200 bedroom modern hotel is ideally located. The comfortable rooms are en suite with TV, tea & coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and 24 hour room service.
  • Windermere - Macdonald Hotel (4-star) 2 nights. The Macdonald Old England Hotel is a stunning Victorian mansion, surrounded by rolling greens and overlooking the magnificent Lake Windermere. The 4-star hotel has spacious rooms with internet access, flat screen TV and luxury en-suite.
  • OR Windermere - The Beech Hill Hotel (4-star) 2 nights. The serene setting of the Beech Hill Hotel offers the perfect lakeside retreat. Nestled into the hillside, the Beech Hill Hotel is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape with landscaped gardens leading down to the peaceful shore of Windermere. The well appointed rooms have TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Flights depart at 1:00 am and return at 1:00 am

Includes

  • The services of an experienced Tour Guide

Not Included

  • Holiday Insurance
  • Single room supplements between £100.00 and £140.00

TOUR REF: EPJNE
6 Days
May 22 2012 £579
Sep 04 2012 £579
Sep 18 2012 £549


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