2018 Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

2018 Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail

Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway, pop into a Timothy Taylor inn, visit two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, one a steam ride through the foothills and one a diesel journey through Wensleydale. We also feature two great breweries from our base in Ilkley just below the famous Ilkley Moor. Don't forget your hat!

5 Days From Only £455.00



Thursday 11 October 2018



  • Discover Ilkley from a hotel close to Betty’s and other attractions

  • Steam to your heart’s content with a Keighley & Worth Valley Railway day rover

  • Enjoy Haworth in the heart of Brontë Country

  • The first round’s on us at a Timothy Taylor pub in Keighley!

  • Experience a tour, pie and a pint at Wharfedale Brewery

  • Steam through the Dales on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway

  • Discover Wensleydale on board the preserved Wensleydale Railway

  • Get a taste for Yorkshire at the Black Sheep Brewery


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening, plus a pie & a pint at Wharfedale Brewery

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage


Arrive in Ilkley and make our way to the Craiglands Hotel, situated a short uphill walk from the town centre on the way up towards the infamous Ilkley Moor.



Today is free to discover Ilkley itself, a quintessential Yorkshire market town with a range of shops and attractions. Maybe pop into Betty's tea room or, if you are feeling energetic, head up to the Cow & Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, but please don't forget your hat! At lunchtime we meet up for a tour of the Wharfedale Brewery, meeting the brewer, before enjoying two pints and a pie in their brewery tap, the Flying Duck.

B, L, D


Today's excursion skirts the Dales as we transfer by train to Keighley for the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. An included day ticket allows you to ride the scenic line all day through countryside made familiar through film in the Railway Children, hopping on and off as you please. Why not break off in Haworth, the home of the Brontës, and visit the Parsonage, before we meet up in Keighley for a relaxing pint of Timothy Taylor's in one of the local brewer's pubs. Taylor's Landlord Pale Ale has been CAMRA Supreme Champion four times, whereas session bitter, Boltmaker won the same title once in 2014.

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A fabulous tour of the Dales awaits today, as we transfer first to Bolton Abbey for a ride on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway along the former Skipton-Ilkley Line to Embsay Station, which was built in 1888. Heading north by coach through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we pick up the Wensleydale Railway, a preserved railway servicing locals and tourists alike on a scenic line through Wensleydale that once connected the East Coast Mainline with the Settle & Carlisle. Our circular tour of the Dales then ends in Masham with a tour and tasting at the excellent Black Sheep Brewery.

B, D


We bid "ah'll sithee" to Yorkshire and make our way home.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


The Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

A lovely Victorian hotel with modern comforts and a warm welcome, with a lounge with log fire in which to relax in the evening. The Craiglands is just a short walk from the centre of the traditional Yorkshire market town of Ilkley and sits beneath Ilkley Moor, immortalized in Yorkshire’s unofficial ‘national anthem’.



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Join & Leave at Hotel £455

Single Room Supplement £110


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, plus a pie & a pint at Wharfedale Brewery

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

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