• Destination: England, Ilkley
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Departs: 01/06/2020
  • Price: £399

A holiday based on our doorstep that includes Yorkshire’s most iconic spa and market towns.  We also experience one of the best railway journeys in the world on the spectacular Settle to Carlisle line.

The Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road Ilkley.  Tel: 01943 430001
This grand AA 3 star Victorian hotel has recently undergone a £2m refurbishment.  All 63 en-suite rooms have TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee tray.  There is a lift serving first and second floors, however, due to the age of the building there are stairs to access some bedrooms.

Double room for sole occupancy £94
Insurance £23.85

Yorkshire Dales * Settle Carlisle Railway * Harewood House * Skipton Canal Cruise


  • Luxury air conditioned coach
  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Welcome tea/coffee
  • Tea/coffee after dinner
  • Cream tea 1 afternoon
  • Return journey Settle – Carlisle Railway
  • 1 hour canal cruise with tea/coffee & biscuits
  • Entrance to Harewood House
  • Door to door service (subject to conditions)

Departs approx 0900 arrives back 1400

Day 1
After local pick ups we make our way into the beautiful and picturesque Yorkshire Dales.  Mid afternoon we continue to Ilkley.

Day 2
Today we enjoy a spectacular return journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK.  Settle down and enjoy a journey which carves its way through the magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and then descends to Cumbria’s lush green Eden Valley with views of the Pennines and Lakeland Fells.  We travel through 72 miles of unspoilt countryside, travelling through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts, including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  We arrive in Carlisle at lunchtime and have free time here before we board the train to enjoy the spectacular views once more on our return journey to Settle.

Day 3
This morning we visit the delightful market town of Skipton with its picturesque quay and canal towpaths running through the centre of the town.  Browse the famous weekly market, enjoy lunch and explore the town and its attractions.  Skipton takes its name from the medieval derivation of ‘Sheep Town’ and to celebrate its culture there are 25 colourful sheep sculptures dotted around the town.  In the afternoon we embark on a leisurely one hour return canal cruise along the beautiful Leeds Liverpool Canal, with commentary and tea/coffee and biscuits on board.  We return to our hotel with time to stroll into the pretty, traditional spa town of Ilkley to discover its little independent shops, attractions and finest tearooms including the famous Betty’s Tea Room.

Day 4
We make our way to imposing Harewood House this morning, one of the Treasure Houses of England; with its stunning interiors, beautiful gardens and remarkable views rolling landscapes, an impressive art collection, renaissance masterpieces, exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture, 100 acres of award winning gardens and a renowned lakeside Bird Garden, Harewood offers plenty to see.  In the afternoon we spend free time in the flower filled Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate.

Day 5
After breakfast we depart for home, with an en-route stop in Otley.


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