Take an unforgettable steam train ride through spectacular Yorkshire countryside. Jump onboard and experience the chug of the engine and shriek of the whistle for yourself. An enchanting steam train outing will delight the whole family. Experience attractions that have been the 'star' of numerous movies, including: Harry Potter, Heartbeat and The Railway Children to name just a few.
And with loads of other attractions thrown in, you're guaranteed a fun-filled day to remember.
Settle-Carlisle Railway, Settle, North Yorkshire
The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.
Listening on the line... You can also listen to an audio guide narrated by Mark Holdstock, a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 and written by Friends of Settle-Carlisle - the commentaries on the views, history and storeis of the route are timed exactly to the speed of the train. Download the MP3 audio files in advance here or purchase pre-loaded MP3 players at the stations on the line. Alternatively download the free Settle-Carlisle Railway Guide app for your smartphone which finds your position using GPS to point out places of interest along the way.
Shipley Glen Tramway, Baildon, nr Shipley, West Yorkshire.
The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.
Great Northern Railway Trail
A recently developed cycle path and public bridleway which follows sections of the route of the (now disused) Great Northern Railway line. At present the section between Harecroft and Cullingworth (which crosses no less than two scenic viaducts) is open as a right of way, as is the (as yet unconnected) section across Thornton Viaduct, but it is understood that there are plans to develop more of the original route for the benefit of walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the area.
Please note: not all railways listed are running every day and, before visiting, the reader should ring and check the details of operation.