Steaming through Northumbria

Steaming through Northumbria

A holiday of contrast from the spirit of the 19th and 20th Century and the railways to more modern times and the Winking Eye bridge of the Tyne.


• 4 night’s with dinner, bed & breakfast

• Home Link included


Holiday Highlights

• River Tyne Cruise

• Newcastle’s Famous Quayside


• South Tynedale Railway

• Tanfield Railway

• Locomotion at Shildon




Day 1

We depart from your local area and
travel north arriving late afternoon at the
Blackwell Grange Hotel for the next 4 nights stay
with dinner, bed and breakfast. tea/coffee and
biscuits served on arrival.

Day 2

Today we visit the famous Beamish,
capturing the spirit of the North East in the
1800’s and 1900’s. Attractions include restored
tram and replica bus rides, authentic town street,
colliery village, go down the mine, old fashioned
sweet shop, working farm, steam locomotives
and much more. We spend the day here and late
afternoon we make our way back to the hotel.

Day 3

Our first visit today is to Locomotion at
Shildon. Locomotion is an outpost of the
National Railway Museum in York and contains
locomotives, artefacts and memorabilia dating
back to the birth of the railways. In 1825 Shildon
was home to the first ever steam-hauled
passenger train. Next we are on our way to
Weardale, in the heart of the Pennines. Weardale
is probably the least known major dale of the
English uplands, yet the scenery is stunning and
unspoilt. We have a delightful ride through
picturesque countryside to Stanhope. Later we
continue along the dale and across the moors to
Alston, high in the North Pennines. In Alston we
find England’s highest narrow-gauge railway, the
South Tynedale, and we enjoy a trip on the line.

Day 4

This morning we travel to Gateshead, on
the south bank of the Tyne, and walk across the
Millenium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge into Newcastle’s
famous Sunday Quayside Market. Enjoy some
free time before we take a fabulous cruise on the
River Tyne afterwards we have time to obtain
lunch maybe in a quayside pub. To round off the
day we take a ride on the world’s oldest existing
railway – The Tanfield Railway – part of which
was built over 300 years ago to transport coal to
the ships on the River Tyne.

Day 5

After breakfast we leave and begin our
homeward journey.

Your Hotel

The Blackwell Grange Hotel

The 3 star Blackwell Grange Hotel is a beautiful

17th century mansion peacefully situated in nine

acres of its own grounds. Hotel facilities include

leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool,

spa and saunas. All bedrooms are en suite and

have television, radio, telephone, hairdryer and

tea/ coffee making facilities.

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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