Travelling Solo - Lancashire Rail & Seaside
4 Star Hotel
This is a weekend not to be missed – the highlight being an all day hop on hop off train ticket on the East Lancashire Railway. Each station offers something unique, from historical Heywood to relaxing Rawtenstall, scenic Summerseat and bustling Bury. Local attractions include real ale bars, quaint tea rooms, quirky boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafés and more. Be charmed and intrigued at Oswaldtwistle Mills Home & Lifestyle Centre and step back in time in the duel seaside towns of Lytham & St. Annes, be reminded why we all love the British seaside so much
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
3 nights accommodation
Breakfast & dinner
All Day Hop on Hop off ELR train ticket
Visit to Oswaldtwistle Mills
Visit to Lytham St Annes
Use of hotel’s leisure facilities
Day 1 Once on board onwards north bound with ample courtesy stops on the way. Arrive at the 4 star Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hall Hotel & Spa late afternoon for the next 3 nights with breakfast & dinner.
Days 2 & 3 At leisure with 2 included excursions
All Day Pass on East Lancashire Railway & Oswaldtwistle Mills
The ELR has a long and rich heritage, from all the way back when the very first trains steamed into Bury Station in the 1840s. The development of the line and all of its local railway stations was a key part of the Industrial Revolution in Lancashire, and it’s been an integral part of the area’s growth and identity ever since.
The train route starts in Rawtenstall, stops in Irwell Vale, Ramsbottom , Summerseat, Burrs Country Park, Bury & Heywood. The journey length from start to finish is 1 hour 15 mins, giving you plenty of time to explore the towns along the way. There are dining facilities on the train as well as on the stations and in the towns. Hop off the train at Bury Station, and just across the road – in the restored Castlecroft Goods Warehouse from 1848 – you’ll find the Bury Transport Museum. It’s a must-see stop for all visitors to the East Lancashire Railway, old and young.
Inside, be taken back through the 20th Century, recreating what life was like with loads of hands-on exhibits and full-size vehicles. Please note: ELR has both steam and diesel trains.
Your coach awaits in Rawtenstall at 15.00 to drive a short distance to the former Weaving Mill that has over 100 retailers all under one roof. Returning to the hotel in time to freshen up ready for your evening meal together.
Lytham St Annes
Just two miles from the bright lights of Blackpool, but worlds apart in both character and atmosphere. The duel seaside towns are nestled along a picturesque stretch of coastline lined with well- tended lawns, a boating lake and pretty parks. Returning to the hotel mid – late afternoon.
Day 4 – Enjoy breakfast, check out and re-join the coach for your journey back to the local area. Comfort stops will be made before you reach interchange.Back to top
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Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh – Clayton Le Moors – 4 Star
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The Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa is set inside a beautiful 700-year-old country manor house.
The building retains many of its original features, including turrets, porticos and a vast staircase; the hotel was completely refurbished in 2020. Set amongst the iconic Lancashire countryside with its own extensive landscaped grounds,
Dunkenhalgh Hotel is perfect for a relaxing break. The spa offers a full range of professional treatments, an impressive heated indoor pool and modern fitness centre.