Thursday 15th: Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to West Yorkshire and arriving at the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel, near Bingley.
Friday 16th: This morning we begin with a drive to the pleasant North Yorkshire market town of Settle, where we have a break and chance to look round the interesting little town before we enjoy a ride on the Settle and Carlisle Railway, considered to be one of England’s most scenic rail journeys. We join the diesel train for the journey, passing through spectacular scenery, crossing the famous Ribblehead viaduct and stopping at Dent, the highest mainline station in England. We rejoin the coach for the short journey into
Hawes, main town of the dale. After a chance to obtain lunch we continue along Wensleydale, past Leyburn for our final outing to the city of Ripon, with its magnificent Cathedral well worth a visit. We have time for a drink and bite to eat.
Saturday 17th: Today we head off along the Aire Valley to Skipton – ‘Gateway to the Dales’. The main street houses the well known market, and Skipton Castle stands proudly at the top of the street. We enjoy a river cruise on one of the country’s best known inland waterways. We make our way to Haworth, home of the famous Bronte sisters. Later we enjoy a steam train ride along the delightful Worth Valley, following the locations used in the film ‘The Railway Children’.
Sunday 18th: We visit Bolton Abbey. The Abbey and ruined Priory are set in a beautiful and tranquil location alongside the River Wharfe. We make the short journey to Bolton Abbey station for a ride on the steam train to Embsay. Continuing through beautiful Dales scenery we visit the Dales village of Grassington - its cobbled street, diminutive market place and its many quaint byways and alleyways make it a place in which to linger. Later we return to the hotel for our last night.
Monday 19th: After breakfast we leave Yorkshire and begin our journey home via the Peak District.