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The Cumbria Railway Cavalcade

Our hotel is on the borders of Northumberland and Cumbria ideally situated for exploring the Pennines and the Eden Valley. With such wonderful scenery, this tour will be a real treat especially for train enthusiasts as we will be travelling on three of the best lines in the area. The village of Gilsland sits on Hadrian’s Wall, with half the village in Cumbria and half in Northumberland. Take a walk around the village, see some of the beautiful heritage buildings, the Sulphur Springs and the Popping Stones which can be found in the hotel grounds.

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The Gilsland Spa Hotel ***

Set on 140 acres, this rural, 19th-century hotel is 1.2 miles from the village of Gilsland and 2.4 miles from Birdoswald Roman Fort.

Most of the warmly furnished rooms feature countryside views, and all include TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffeemaking facilities. Family rooms are available.

 A modern conservatory provides function and conference space, and outdoor amenities include a summer house, a bowling green, a putting green and a croquet lawn.

Tour Highlights

Monday – Enroute we will be stopping in Lancaster for lunch. With its stunning castle and museum, enjoy some free time exploring the fabulous Georgian architectures on the banks of the River Lune or even visit St Georges Quay.

Tuesday - Today we go to Carlisle, a heritage city boasting both a fabulous Cathedral and imposing Castle. From here we board The Cumbrian Coast Railway through Maryport and Whitehaven, to Ravenglass passing through some beautiful stunning sea views. From here we join The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, (affectionately known as the L’al Ratty) the seven-mile-long journey takes us through the Eskdale valley from coast to mountains and the journey leads you from the Ravenglass Estuary to the foothills of the England’s highest Mountains, the Scafell Range. (admissions included)

Wednesday - We travel to Hadrian’s Wall, where we will take in a guided tour of the Chester Roman Fort at the World Heritage Site. The Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain, with unusually well-preserved baths and steam room and officers’ quarters. The museum also holds one of the world’s largest collections of Roman finds. (admissions included) In the afternoon, we will visit Hexham take some time to enjoy the Shambles an area known for its traditional market stalls, visit the 7th Century Abbey Church and its home to the first purpose built prison Gaol in 1333.

Thursday - Travelling to Kirby Lonsdale on market day, through some of the most stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. From here we go past the immense Ribblehead Viaduct, through Horton in Ribblesdale to Settle. In the afternoon, we will take a train journey on the Settle to Carlisle Line. This line is renowned for its stunning views, towering viaducts, impressive bridges. (admissions included)

Friday – Returning home with a lunch break enroute, arriving home in the afternoon.


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