Rails, Trails & Tracks of the Mid Pennines Private Group Tour

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 local guides


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.

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)

Price per person

Price available upon request

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