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Roses Battle By Steam-Settle & Carlisle Line

We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, including Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail escorting this great railway holiday you are sure to come up smelling of roses!

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8 days from £1099



Monday 13 May 2024

Monday 17 June 2024

Monday 9 September 2024



  • Many of Yorkshire & Lancashire’s steam trains on one great railway holiday!

  • Stay at Bradford’s iconic Midland Hotel with dinner every evening

  • Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway

  • Skirt the Dales by Steam on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

  • Tour & Tasting at the Saltaire Brewery

  • Steam through the South Pennines on the Whistlestop Valley Railway

  • Go underground at Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum

  • Middleton Railway, the world’s oldest continuously working railway

  • Steam across the moors on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

  • Visit the fascinating Bury Transport Museum

  • Steam from Bury to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway

  • Experience England’s greatest rail journey – the Settle & Carlisle line


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage


        Read our blog from the Roses Battle by Steam plus Settle & Carlisle here!


We arrive in Bradford and make our way to the Midland Hotel, our historic railway hotel situated next to the city's Forster Square station.



A fabulous trip to the Dales awaits today, as we transfer first to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway for a journey along the former Skipton-Ilkley Line, which was built in 1888. We spend some time at Bolton Abbey before making our way to Shipley with a tour and tasting at the excellent Saltaire Brewery.

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From Bradford we take the scenic journey across the Pennines to Bury. When we arrive in Bury, we board our wonderfully restored steam locomotive for a return journey through the Irwell Valley to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway. Arriving back in Bury we have a couple of hours to visit the superb Bury Transport Museum or the famous Bury Market before making our way to the foothills of the South Pennines to ride the Whistlestop Valley Railway, a 15-inch gauge light railway on old colliery tracks between the villages of Clayton West and Shelley.

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We transfer to Pickering to board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a stunningly diverse journey in heritage carriages to the coast. Steaming across heather moorland landscapes, we pass by Goathland, familiar to many as 'Aidensfield' in 'Heartbeat', before descending to Whitby, a picturesque fishing port framed by its famous abbey. Climb the steps to the abbey or simply enjoy some of the finest fish and chips in Yorkshire before we make the return journey.

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We experience the Settle & Carlisle Line. This great journey climbs up through the Yorkshire Dales from Settle, gateway to the ‘Three Peaks’, crossing Ribblehead Viaduct, the engineering marvel spanning Batty Moss, and passing Dent, the highest mainline station in England at 1150 ft. After the summit at Ais Gill, we speed along the Eden Valley to the border city of Carlisle where there is time to enjoy a sightseeing break before the return journey.

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Today we head south to the National Coal Mining Museum where we descend 140m underground to discover the history of coal mining through the centuries. Our day then ends at the Middleton Railway, a former colliery line near Leeds and the world's oldest continuously working railway that became the pioneer standard-gauge preserved line in the world operated purely by volunteers.

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Today we travel by train to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway where you can ride to your heart's content with your day rover ticket through countryside made familiar through film, the Railway Children. Perhaps, take a break to alight at the Bronte heritage town of Haworth with its cobbled main street and curio shops.

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We bid farewell to Bradford and make our way home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Midland Hotel, Bradford

Built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company, the Midland Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations and is of particular architectural interest, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.



Fare Region



London: Kings Cross



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £1,119


May & June Departure Supplement £60


£20 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £170


7 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal

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

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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