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Rail & Sail Ticket

Adult Ages 13+
Family Ticket Includes 2 Adults (Ages 13+) and 2 Children (Ages 1-12)

Two historic journeys in one day

Experience two historic transport journeys in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton Boat Trips have joined with Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway to offer you this wonderful nostalgic day out. Starting on our 59 foot long canal boat Cobbydale, you’ll sail through beautiful countryside as you meander the 18th century Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Our comfortable boat has all the facilities on board you could wish for, including a full bar with hot and cold drinks, central heating for those slightly nippy Yorkshire days, and full panoramic windows, allowing picturesque views of the areas you sail through. Accompanying you will be a guided commentary by comedian Dave Spikey, an informative and entertaining description of Skipton, the canals and the local wildlife.

From Skipton, you can then skip forward in time and visit the lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Departing from either end, you’ll travel in style in one of a number of vintage carriages of different eras and styles, with two time warp stations to explore at either end, each with little shops, cafes, and exhibitions. The journey is roughly 20 minutes each way, with as long as you choose to spend in between exploring. For those able, the mile and a half walk to the beautiful ruins of Bolton Abbey, next to the River Wharfe, is well worth the effort.

Know before you go

When you book your Rail and Sail ticket, you’ll be given a code which you redeem beforehand for the day of your choice. You’ll also see an availability calendar for Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, so you can be sure of combining the two trips into one enjoyable package.