Settle to Carlisle and the Best of Yorkshire

We challenge you to find a more beautiful way to take in the classic countryside of Yorkshire than by steam train. Think rolling country meadows effortlessly blended with a timeless mode of transport – it’s a winning combination! Venture aboard the Embsay & Bolton Abbey, Keighley & Worth Valley, and Settle-Carlisle railways. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore your surroundings and lovely excursions to fill your days. We promise it’s one to remember!

5 days from £649pp

Single Room Supplement from £180pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions


Make your own way to our hotel in Skipton, where you meet an experienced Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

This morning, we enjoy a ride on the charming Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway.  The preserved railway was part of the former Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley. On arrival at Bolton Abbey station, our coach picks us up and takes us to the city of Ripon. You’ll have free time to wander around the many fascinating museums and bustling market square or take a walk along the canal side.

We continue to Ripley Castle, a Grade I listed 14th-century country house. Here, we include a guided tour of some of the castle rooms which include the library, drawing rooms, tower room and Knight's Chamber. After the tour, there’s time to explore the magnificent walled gardens and grounds where a collection of specimen trees from around the world can be found.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
  • Ripon
  • Ripley Castle

Today, we enjoy a return journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway where you can sit back and admire the scenery from both directions. The line pays testament to the ingenuity of 19th-century railway engineers as it travels over 72 miles through the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales, crossing 19 viaducts and passing through 14 tunnels. The Ribblehead viaduct is a particular highlight, with 24 arches and a highest point of 32 metres.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Settle-Carlisle Railway

This morning, we board the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and enjoy a fantastic round trip from the town of Oxenhope. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile-long branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and is now a heritage railway that has been delightfully restored. Afterwards, we travel to the delightful quaint town of Haworth, which was home to the famous Brontë sisters. You have time to explore the historic cobbled Main Street or visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum (entrance not included).

Our next stop is Skipton, where we board a traditional canal boat for our included cruise along the most scenic waterway in Yorkshire, the Leeds and Liverpool canal. There are fascinating stories of how the canal delivered the lifeblood of the industrial revolution through Yorkshire.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Leeds and Liverpool Canal Cruise
  • Haworth
  • Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and make your own way home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

*Please note: We cannot guarantee that all our rail journeys will be steam hauled and the running order of the itinerary may change depending on availability. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your final travel documents.*

Single Room Supplement from £180.00 (5 days).


You will stay for four nights at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton.

Hotel Rendezvous

Hotel Rendezvous

The 3-star family run Rendezvous Hotel is beautifully situated overlooking the canal and conveniently located close to the town of Skipton, known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Complimentary car parking is available on site, and Skipton railway station is just less than 2 miles from the hotel.

Location: Keighley Road, Skipton, BD23 2TA

Hotel Facilities

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  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
  • Lift
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Shower and Bath
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Single Room Supplements

Single Room Supplement from £180

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Our customer service reviews

Rated 4.4 / 5

Based on 4985 reviews

1 hour ago

Found the Front of House Manager Vicky (if she was) very rude and confrontational. Deeply disappointed that the lift was out of order and having to climb 4/5 flights of stairs to reach my room. Being almost 83 and having walking difficulties I had to make sure I had everything each morning to avoid going up the stairs unnecessarily. Chris the driver was very helpful and polite at all times and tried to cater for everyone's needs.


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driver (Chris) was excellent, above and beyond helpful.

Roz Sharman

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2 hours ago

Had really nice time, met some lovely people and well looked after the Shearing's staff. Trips were both enjoyable and very informative, Would definitely recommend and will be booking again. An all round good value for money holiday.

Mr R Singh

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