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Railways of Cumbria & The Lake District

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 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 for exploring the region is the Gilsland Hall Hotel near Carlisle, set in 140 acres of woodland with fantastic views across the Cumbrian countryside.



The popular and comfortable Gilsland Hall Hotel is set in 140 acres of woodlands on the outskirts of Gilsland. Facilities include bowling and putting greens, library, coffee shop, the Galloways Bar, residents lounge and ballroom. All bedrooms feature TV, telephone and tea / coffee tray. Free Wi-Fi in public rooms, Lift available to most rooms.


  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Return Journey on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

  • Single Journey on the Cumbrian Coast Railway

  • Single Journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway

  • Excursions as described

  • Return travel by luxury air conditioned coach

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

We travel to carlisle for our first train journey of the day as we board the cumbrian coast line from carlisle to ravenglass. Explore the hidden face of Cumbria as you pass spectacular Lake District fells, quaint villages, rural countryside and stunning coastline as the line meanders along the cumbrian coastline through maryport and Whitehaven to ravenglass. This afternoon we join the ravenglass and eskdale railway, or la’al ratty as it affectionately known, meaning "little railway" in olde cumbrian dialect. It runs for seven miles from Ravenglass, by the sea, to Dalegarth Station at the top of the valley with magnificent views down from the fells, and enjoy the beautiful landscape as the steam train takes us from the coast to the foothills of Scarfell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

B, D

Day Three

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 which streched some 76 miles from Tyne to the Solway Firth

B, D

Day Four

Today we drive 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. this afternoon we take a journey on this world famous railway and you can enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in england as we pass by viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the north Pennines.

B, D

Day Five

We depart this morning and commence our return journey.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

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
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llandegai Llandegai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llandudno Jct. Station Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
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

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