Known as ‘The Great Border City’, historic Carlisle is our base for this interesting tour, which includes a journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway. Carlisle is a bustling city with many attractions including the Castle, Cathedral and Roman remains. In addition to the Settle to Carlisle train journey, we also include a scenic train journey along the Cumbrian Coastline and a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – known as La’al Ratty, which takes us into the Lake District National Park.
Monday: Travel to Cumbria with a stop en route, arriving at the hotel late afternoon, where we will be welcomed with tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Tuesday: A free day to enjoy the sights and attractions of Carlisle, perhaps visit one of the many museums or just soak up the atmosphere in the historic Market Place, surrounded by shops and cafes.
Wednesday: Today we start with a train journey along the Cumbrian Coast, travelling from Carlisle to Ravenglass, with spectacular sea views along the way. Later our scenic journey on the La’al Ratty steam train takes us from the coast into Eskdale in the Lake District before we return to the hotel by coach.
Thursday: After breakfast we head for Kirkby Lonsdale in the Yorkshire Dales where it is market day. We continue on past the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and through Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle in time for our spectacular afternoon rail journey on the Settle to Carlisle line.
Friday: With our luggage loaded onto the coach, it is time to return to Derbyshire.
We will be staying at the Crown and Mitre Hotel right in the centre of Carlisle. The hotel offers Edwardian grandeur with original features and plenty of character, combined with modern comforts. The hotel has a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi and the en-suite bedrooms are served by a lift and comfortably furnished.
The hotel is just a short walk from all the main attractions of Carlisle.
Single rail journeys on the Cumbria Coast Railway, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Settle to Carlisle Railway are included