Cumbrian Explorer

Cumbrian Explorer

This tour discovers this wonderful Cumbria county primarily by rail with journeys on the Cumbria Coast Railway, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and the Settle to Carlisle Railway

A relaxing five day break to the county of Cumbria in Northern England, considered as one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. This tour discovers this wonderful county primarily by rail with journeys on the Cumbria Coast Railway, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and the Settle to Carlisle railway. Our base is the Gilsland Hall Hotel near Carlisle, set in 140 acres of woodland with fantastic views across the Cumbrian countryside.



A warm welcome awaits at this comfortable hotel situated on the outskirts of Gilsland. Facilities include bowling and putting greens, library, coffee shop, Galloways Bar, residents lounge, plus a ballroom with nightly entertainment. All bedrooms feature TV, telephone and tea / coffee tray. Lift available to most floors



Day One: We travel north towards Carlisle, then continue on to the Gilsland Hall hotel where we stay for the next four nights.


Day Two: Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and the bustling market town of Hexham with its quaint narrow streets, market square and 12th century Abbey. This afternoon we return along the path of the world-famous Hadrian's Wall.


Day Three: This morning we travel to Carlisle for our first train journey of the day. Admire the stunning sea views as the line meanders along the Cumbrian coastline through Maryport and Whitehaven to Ravenglass. Here we join the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, or “La’al Ratty” as it affectionately known, and enjoy the beautiful landscape as the steam train takes us from the coast to the foothills of England’s highest mountains.


Day Four: We travel to the picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale situated in the heart of the Lune Valley where we will have some free time to explore. From here we continue our journey past the immense Ribblehead Viaduct to Settle, a quaint town framed by stunning countryside and home to the Settle-Carlisle Railway, one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK. During the afternoon we take a journey on this world famous railway and pass by viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines as we travel to Carlisle. We then rejoin the coach and return to Gilsland.


Day Five: We depart this morning and commence our return journey.



  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Nightly entertainment at the hotel 

  • Excursions as described above

  • Return travel by luxury air conditioned coach

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
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Deganwy Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Halkyn Halkyn, Outside Billy Jeans
(Springfield Hotel Return Drop Off Point)
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. New Road Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Old Colwyn Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop
Opposite The Plough Inn
Penmaenmawr Penmaenmawr, Llys Clwyd Bus Stop (Opposite Spar)
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham, Northbound Wrexham, Taxi Stand King Street
(Taxi Feeder Service)
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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