Pennine Explorer

Pennine Explorer

Explore the Pennine hills of both Yorkshire and Lancashire on this 4 day tour visiting Haworth and Bronte country and a trip on the Leeds - Liverpool canal


Explore the Pennine hills of both Yorkshire and Lancashire on this 4 day tour visiting Haworth and Bronte country and a trip on the Leeds - Liverpool canal

The thriving market town of Hawes is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. There are several craft workshops, antique and other speciality shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafés which, together with local tradesmen, will cater to your every needs. The name, Hawes, means a 'pass between mountains', and it stands between 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. In 1998 Hawes was awarded the English Tourist Board Silver Award for the "Best Day Trip Out".


The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet. At Leeds, it joins onto the Aire and Calder Navigation. The Rufford Branch links the canal with the Ribble estuary near Preston. This gives access to the Ribble Link and the Lancaster Canal.


Oswaldtwistle Mills

Oswaldtwistle Mills is a notable attraction; a textile mill converted into a craft fair and with an exhibition about life in the mill a hundred years ago. It is also home of the world's largest pear drop, made by Stockley's Sweets.


The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile (8 km) long branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and is now a heritage railway line. It runs from Keighley to Oxenhope. It connects to the national rail network line at Keighley railway station.

It is currently one of only two heritage railways that operates a whole branch line in its original form (the other being the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth, Derbyshire). It is one of the few heritage railways to provide real ale on board some of its services.

The line was featured in the the 1970 film The Railway Children.


The Settle to Carlisle Railway was the last great mainline railway to be built in this country. Completed for passenger travel in 1876 by the Midland Railway Company, it had taken six years to build. For the 19th century engineers, the landscape presented a tremendous challenge to their ingenuity, skills and abilities. Consisting of 72 miles of track with 17 major viaducts spanning the ravines and 14 tunnels, the line was constructed by men who lived a harsh life in shanty towns, with little to supplement their manpower except dynamite. Advertised as the most picturesque route to Scotland, the Victorian and Edwardian travelling public took it to their hearts. Occasionally private operators organise steam-hauled trains on the line.

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 Dunkenhalgh at Clayton le Moors. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

Morning visit to the famous Oswaldtwistle Mills, before continuing on to Skipton, where we have an included trip on the Leeds - Liverpool canal, whilst on the barge the skipper tells the tale of the 200-year-old canal as we pass through spectacular scenery. Rest of afternoon free to explore Skipton before returning to Dunkenhalgh for dinner.

B, D

Day 3

Today we head across the Pennines via Todmorden to Haworth, famous for its connection with the Bronte sisters. After lunch we have an included ride on the Worth Valley Steam Railway, the line used in the film version of The Railway Children. Dinner at the hotel.

B, D

Day 4

After a leisurely breakfast we leave the Dunkenhalgh Hotel for the journey to Settle. 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

Dunkenhalgh Hotel


The Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa is a 175 room, 4 star property in Blackburn. Housed in a 700 year old country manor, book the hotel for a quiet location just outside central Blackburn. The modern rooms have internet access and satelliteTV. The Cameo Restaurant and Cameo Bar offer international cuisine and light dishes. The Spa has an indoor pool and a fully equipped fitness centre.


Cameo Restaurant

The well-renowned restaurant of the Mercure Dunkenhalgh also has a fresh flavour thanks to the refurbishment project. The Cameo Restaurant has been elegantly redecorated to enhance its charm and offer an even more inviting environment.

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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