Pennine Explorer and Traditional Lancashire

Pennine Explorer and Traditional Lancashire

Enjoy two train journeys and a canal boat cruise on this Yorkshire & Lancashire Pennine tour


Enjoy two train journeys and a canal boat cruise on this Yorkshire & Lancashire Pennine tour


This thriving little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. The town is an excellent centre for walking and touring Wensleydale and the adjoining dales of Swaledale, Cotterdale, Dentdale, Garsdale, Wharfedale and Chapel-le-Dale. Take a walk round the Hawes Town Trail, or Millennium Walk, or Pennine Way or along the River Ure, which is nearby.


Salmesbury Hall

Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior. Enjoy intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of enthralling times gone by throughout their archive rooms. Saved from demolition in the 1920s by six local businessmen, it remains in the care of the Charitable Trust today with the aim of maintaining and keeping open for visitors to enjoy. From the Tudor priest holes to the Victorian kitchen, the Hall has history from (and for) every age. With the turbulent tales of its Catholic families, witches and the haunting of Lady Dorothy (and other ghost stories), a captivating insight into life from the early 14th to the 21st century is all waiting to be discovered.


East Lancashire Railway

Located in Bury, just 30 minutes from Manchester City Centre, is the award-winning East Lancashire Railway. A heritage railway that runs steam and diesel train services through the beautiful Pennine Lancashire scenery. There are plenty of things to see and do and stations are well equipped for group visits with cafes, pubs, gift shops and a dedicated Transport Museum, housing vintage vehicles, transport memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Guided tours and talks are also available. The railway also has some fantastic events scheduled throughout the year from guided Rail Ale Trail tours of some of the excellent local drinking spots to the nostalgia of their award winning 1940's weekend.


Discover award winning attractions, stunning open spaces and fantastic food and drink.  Home to the East Lancashire Railway and Bury’s world famous market.  The Bury Cultural Quarter boasts many of the most fascinating museums in the UK: the internationally respected Bury Art Museum, the proud regimental Fusilier Museum and Bury Transport Museum providing a wealth of attractions and activity. For culture lovers Bury Sculpture Centre provides an impressive programme of activity including the works of internationally renowned artists.


Crosby Beach - Another Place

Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. The Another Place figures - each one weighing 650 kilos - are made from casts of the artist's own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation. Having previously been seen in Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium, 'Another Place' is now a permanent feature in the UK, at Crosby Beach. According to Antony Gormley, Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man's relationship with nature. He explains: The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth's substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body. It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet.


Settle to Carlisle Railway

The Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK, with viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. In the 1980s, the Settle-Carlisle line was scheduled for closure by British Rail. This prompted rail groups, enthusiasts, local authorities and residents along the route to fight a successful campaign to save the railway. In 1989 the UK government announced it had declined to close the line. Since then passenger numbers have grown steadily to 1.2 million in 2012. Eight formerly closed stations have also been reopened.


Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head to Hawes, this thriving market town on the Pennine Way is home to Wensleydale cheese. From here we continue to Aysgarth and then Grassington, a charming village on the River Wharf. We continue via Clitheroe to our hotel, the Leyland Hallmark. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

We will begin our day with a visit to historic Samlesbury Hall, a fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home. We will enjoy a guided tour which brings the history of the house to life and hear tales of intrigue and witchcraft through the centuries. After being bewitched by Samlesbury, we will make our way to Riley Green Marina to embark upon a wonderful narrow boat cruise along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Our 3 hour round trip passes through delightful countryside as we cruise enjoy a traditional Lancashire cream tea. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Today, we travel to Rawtenstall where we step back in time for a nostalgic trip on a steam train along the East Lancashire Railway. Our journey takes us through the beautiful Lancashire countryside to the market town of Bury. Time for lunch and a visit to the world famous Bury Market, or perhaps the Bury Transport Museum or the Fusilier Museum. We rejoin our train for the journey back to Rawenstall. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Day 4

Today we head to the coast, first to view the spectacular sculptures by Antony Gormley on Crosby beach. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. We then continue to Southport, time at leisure in this classic resort, shop on Lord Street or stroll along the pier. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Day 5

After a leisurely breakfast we leave the Leyland Hallmark hotel and head to Skipton. After time for coffee, we join the train for our return to Cumbria. Travelling through wonderful scenery we arrive in Carlisle to be met by our coach and returned to our drop off points.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Leyland Hallmark Hotel


This modern hotel is the ideal location when visiting the North West. 


All 93 rooms feature free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include 24-hour room service, Egyptian cotton sheets, and coffee makers.


In addition to the elegant restaurant and lounge bar, there is also a spa area offering a large heated indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a sauna, plus a steam room and a gym.


The introduction of an all day coffee shop complements the excellent new restaurant, with its fresh, delightfully prepared food and attentive local staff.




Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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