Rails, Trails & Tracks of the Mid Pennines

Holiday Highlights

  • Behind the Scenes access to the KWVR
  • Travel on the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway
  • Enjoy the splendid scenery of the Brontë Moors
  • Expert and knowledgeable tour leader
  • 6 days from £1,125pp
Tailor this tour for independent travel

Tour Dates:
Sunday 16 June to Friday 21 June 2024

Spend a few transport-themed days in Brontë Country including behind the scenes access on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, travel by vintage bus and learn more about the industrial history of the area.


Day 1 – Welcome to Brontë Country

Assemble at Keighley mid-afternoon for an introduction to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) and journey by steam train to Oxenhope. At Oxenhope, we join a vintage bus for a guided trip to Haworth over the Brontë Moors. An early evening stroll around Haworth will familiarise us with our home for the next 5 nights.

Day 2 – Worth, Sladen & Bridgehouse Beck

A tour by vintage bus of the Worth, Sladen and Bridgehouse Beck valleys, which together make up Brontë Country. See how the area relied on packhorses, how the turnpikes transformed transport and how the railway made them both redundant. View the 1860s waterworks with their canals, tunnels and huge reservoirs built by Bradford Corporation, and those built by Keighley in retaliation!

Day 3 – Hebden Bridge & Bingley Locks

Enjoy a vintage bus trip to Hebden Bridge for a half day guided tour including the Rochdale Canal, Packhorse trails and stunning scenery. Later on, continue to Bingley for the 3 & 5 Rise Locks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Day 4 – Behind the Scenes

A whole day on the KWVR, with a little walking and some vintage bus travel. Visit all the 'nooks and crannies', workshops, stations and museums of the railway which half a century ago, was the location for the film The Railway Children. Lunch will be included today.

Day 5 – Settle & Carlisle Railway

Travel on the world famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway today, over the Ribblehead Viaduct. There is time for lunch in Carlisle before we make our way back to Keighley and then Haworth.

Day 6 – Farewell

After breakfast, travel home at your leisure – if the KWVR isn't operating, there is the regular Brontë bus service to Keighley.

Your tour leader will be a long established local KWVR member who was an extra in the 1970 film The Railway Children and is an acknowledged expert and author on the topics covered during the tour. Accommodation is provided in a small but delightful historic local inn. Haworth has a number of places to eat to suit all tastes – a list will be provided to guide you as to their location and fayre.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

The Fleece Inn, Haworth

Please note - hotel can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • All rail travel as stated in Standard Class
  • Accommodation in a good quality inn on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Guided tours as specified
  • Transfers as required by the KWVR and vintage bus
  • KWVR Rover ticket for use during the holiday (please note, not all days will be operating days based on current timetables)
  • Services of a tour leader from Keighley and throughout the tour

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £1,125
Single room supplement: £200
Deposit for this holiday: £100

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