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Easter - Steam Trains & the Grand Union Canal

Easter - Steam Trains & the Grand Union Canal

Enjoy ' Boats & Trains' on this 4 day Easter break


Enjoy ' Boats & Trains' on this 4 day Easter break


Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, York is fast developing a flourishing, cutting-edge scene. Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink at a riverside stylish bar or in one of the many cities' heritage taverns.

A city of contrasts and exciting discoveries, York is a place where the old encompasses the new and the commonplace meets with the unexpected. Broaden your mind with a visit to world class museums like the National Railway Museum.


Grand Union Canal & Foxton Locks

Located as part of the Leicester Section of the Grand Union Canal, Foxton boasts the largest set (two lots of 5 in fact) of staircase locks on the canal system in England. The Foxton Locks area has been smartened up - the paths are all in good condition and there is plenty of parking available. There are several canal side pubs at the bottom of the lock flight or you can get a cup of coffee if you wish by the lock-keepers cottage by Foxton Toplock. Foxton Locks old engine house now contains a small canal museum where amongst other things you can see a working model of the old Foxton boat lift.

Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway travelling the 8.25 miles between Loughborough and Leicester. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.


Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a heritage railway in Shropshire  and Worcestershire, England. The 16-mile line runs along the Severn Valley  from Bridgnorth  to Kidderminster, following the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Train services are hauled predominantly by steam locomotives; however diesel traction is also sometimes used. The railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country. It hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including both steam and diesel galas.

Black Country Museum

Set across 26 acres, you'll explore over forty carefully reconstructed shops, houses and industrial areas that represent the Black Country's story. You'll learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse. You'll meet our historic characters who'll tell you stories of what it was really like to live and work during this revolutionary period of history. Most importantly, you'll see history brought to life before your eyes - you'll hear the clang of hammers; smell the smoke billowing from red brick chimneys; and maybe even taste the best fish and chips in the world.



With its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens, Harrogate is one of Yorkshire's most elegant destinations. Harrogate is renowned for its smart little tearooms and classy cafés spilling out onto the pavements. The celebrated Betty's tea room was established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious afternoon teas. Enjoy some time perusing Harrogate's many fascinating shops in the Montpellier Quarter for antique treasures, high-end fashion, charming arts & crafts shops and bustling markets.

Friday 15th Apr

We leave Cumbria in the morning and head via Scotch Corner to York, explore the compact medieval walled city with its many attractions to enjoy including the awe-inspiring York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre and 'The Shambles', one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world. We depart mid afternoon for the remainder of our journey to Hinckley and our hotel for the next 3 nights, the Sketchley Grange. Dinner in the hotel.


Saturday 16th Apr

This morning we make for the little village of Foxton. Here we board ‘Vagabond’, an elegant motor launch, for a trip on the Grand Union Canal, seeing the Foxton flight of 10 locks, and gently passing through peaceful countryside. In the afternoon, we head for the northern outskirts of Leicester where we join the Great Central Railway for a nostalgic steam train ride for 18 miles to Loughborough crossing picturesque Swithland Reservoir on the way. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

B, D

Sunday 17th Apr

After breakfast we make the journey to Kidderminster and join the Severn Valley Railway for a ride along the valley to Bridgnorth, passing through delightfully restored stations on the way. Rejoining our coach we then make the short journey to the Black Country Museum. The region earned its name as a result of the smoke from the many iron working foundries and forges. The museum set in 26 acres gives an insight into the industrial history of the region through live demonstrations by staff in period costumes and here you can ride on a tram, enjoy traditional fish and chips, have a pint in the Bottle & Glass and much more. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

B, D

Monday 18th Apr

We leave our hosts at the Sketchley Grange and head north to Harrogate. We have time at leisure for lunch in Harrogate with its tree-lined streets, antique shops and shopping arcades, elegant buildings and the famous Betty’s tearooms. We depart late afternoon for the remainder of the journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Sketchley Grange Hotel

Sketchley Grange Hotel is an elegant country house hotel in the town of Hinckley, 2 minutes' drive from the M69. This stylish 4-star hotel and spa is ideally located in a rural setting on the borders of Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

All guests have complimentary use of the superb Romans Health Club, including a 20 yards swimming pool with bubble jet bath, sauna, aromatic steam room, spa bath, whirlpool spa and gym. The hotel also has a beauty therapy and hair salon, offering a wide range of treatments in the most luxurious surroundings.

The award-winning Garden Restaurant serves fine cuisine in beautiful surroundings. Alternatively guests can relax in the informal, contemporary Garden Lounge Bar, with a cosmopolitan menu and friendly service.

All of the elegantly furnished bedrooms are en suite, with hairdryer, hospitality tray, Freeview TV and free WiFi access throughout.

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
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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