Holidays 2019

Pennine Explorer

17th June 2019 | 5 Days

Pennine Explorer

Tour Price:
£389.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

Blackburn is a town in Lancashire. It lays to the north of the West Pennine Moors on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley; it was once the greatest cotton-weaving centre in the world. It now depends on engineering more than textiles but mill buildings and chimneys survive, notably by the Leeds Liverpool canal.

Being a former mill town, textiles have been produced in Blackburn since the middle of the 13th century, when wool was woven in people's houses in the domestic system. Flemish weavers who settled in the area during the 14th century helped to develop the woollen cottage industry. James Hargreaves, inventor of the spinning jenny, was a weaver in Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn and the most rapid period of growth and development in Blackburn's history coincided with the industrialisation and expansion of textile manufacturing.

Blackburn was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution and amongst the first industrialised towns in the world. Blackburn's textile sector fell into terminal decline from the mid-20th century.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • 4 nights half board
  • Excursions
  • Train journey
  • Boat trip
  • Local guide for Ribble Valley
  • Services of driver/guide

Special Notes

  • Insurance.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities.
  • Itinerary could be subject to change.

Tour Price

Price Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £Nil

Your Accommodation

Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel

Blackburn Road, Clayton Le Moors, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB5 5JP.
Tel: (+44)1254/426800

The Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa is a beautiful 700 year old country manor retaining many of its original features including turrets and porticos.

Set in the Lancashire countryside in idyllic grounds, Dunkenhalgh Hotel is the ideal location for relaxing spa breaks offering a full range of spa treatments, an indoor pool, steam room, rock sauna, aroma grotto, bio sauna and modern fitness centre. There is also a golf course on site.

Rooms are en suite with baths and showers, they also come with satellite TVs and radios, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi is available.

The Cameo Restaurant and Cameo Bar offer international cuisine and light dishes. There are also some Lancashire specialities on the menu and a fine wine list to choose from.

Pennine Explorer
Pennine Explorer

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach, you start your journey travelling north; with a comfort stop en-route. Arriving at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn, where you will spend the next 4 night's with half board.

Day 2: Settle to Carlisle Railway

Today we first travel to Settle to enjoy a classic rail journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, which is considered the most scenic rail journey in England as it winds through moorland scenery and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. We depart the train at Kirkby Stephen, where our coach will be waiting to take us back through beautiful scenery to our hotel in Blackburn. Time to chill out before dinner.

Day 3: Skipton Canal Cruise

After breakfast we take a leisurely ride into Yorkshire to the town of Skipton Where a narrow boat awaits you to take you on a (1hr) trip along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. On our return to Skipton there is its ever-popular Wednesday market. Stall holders and shoppers barter with each other along the high street which is close to the town's impressive medieval castle. Time to shop or explore, before returning back to the hotel.

Day 4: Pendle Witches & Ribble Valley Tour

Today we will experience an enlightening and informative full day Pendle Witches and Ribble Valley tour and hear all about the mystical legends of these fascinating and beautiful areas of Lancashire. Our local guide will meet us at the Dunkenhalgh hotel for a very interesting tour. There will be stops through the day for comfort and lunch. We return later back to the hotel.

Day 5: Depart for Home

After breakfast and our cases have been loaded onto the coach, we say farewell to our hosts at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel, then we start our journey home with stops en-route. You should arrive back in your local area by mid evening.

The driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.