One night dinner bed & breakfast
Not a real village but an unusual and popular collection of converted 18th century farmhouses. En suite bedrooms have tea/coffee making equipment; TV; telephone; and hairdryer. Facilities include: Courtyard Restaurant; Courtyard Bar; Drop Inn Pub; Tea Shop; a variety of shops in an attractive courtyard setting; spa facilities including indoor swimming pool & fitness centre; Lift serves some bedrooms and ground floor rooms are available on request
THURSDAY We make our way to Lancashire and the award winning Olympus Restaurant in Bolton for our fish and chips lunch. From here we transfer to the Bolton Steam Museum. The museum is on the old Atlas Mills site in Bolton and displays around 30 stationary steam engines that used to provide power in the textile mills of the north of England. Larger engines include a giant 40 ton “McNaughted” beam engine; a very rare 1840 twin-beam engine and a unique “non-dead-centre” vertical engine built by Musgraves of Bolton. Please note that the engines will not be running in steam, however about six of the engines on display are on electric motor drive, and you will be able to see them in motion. From the museum we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation.
FRIDAY After breakfast the highlight of our weekend. We leave the hotel at 0930 hours and transfer to the Bury Transport Museum for a short visit prior to our rail journey. From Bury Bolton Street Station we board the 1135 train for a one hour and 10 minute return journey through the Irwell Valley, behind the legendary Flying Scotsman. Back in Bury we have time to visit the famous Bury Market, voted the Best Market in Britain no less than four times. Time to browse and obtain lunch, before commencing our homeward journey mid-afternoon.