Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway


This page consists of a number of links (via the logos) to local attractions, as well as a selection of other preserved railways and associated groups. If you spot one that is out of date or broken, please contact me so that I can do something about it!

Public Transport in the area

Northern Rail Northern Rail run train services in the area - see their website for details of available services.
Dalesbus www.dalesbus.org - Details of bus and rail services in the Yorkshire Dales, including buses to the railway - recent changes are now available.
For a list of the buses that serve the railway, please see our location page.
Network Rail - Timetables Check train times for the national network via the Network Rail website.
See our Location page for details of how to get to the railway, and for other public transport links.
thetrainline.com Check train times and book tickets on the National Rail Network.
pti UK Public Transport Information PTI is the official resource for travellers using public transport in the UK.

Attractions and Services in the local area

Food, Drink & Accommodation General Information
There are three pubs in the Embsay area, all of which offer food, and two also offer accommodation.

The Elm Tree Inn, Embsay
Chris, Janet and staff offer a warm welcome
The Elm Tree Inn, Embsay
Traditional Home Cooked Food Served Lunchtimes & Evenings
(No Smoking area available)

A choice of superb wines
Five Cask Ales!
We are listed in the 2004 Good Beer Guide

Bed & Breakfast accommodation available
The Elm Tree Inn, Embsay
location of The Elm Tree Inn Directions:
Walk out along the station's driveway. Turn right, crossing the main road carefully. Walk up the hill following the road, passing a turning on your right. As the road bends to the right sharply, the pub is in front of you.

The Masons Arms, Eastby
Situated less than a mile away from Embsay in the quiet village of Eastby.
The Masons Arms, Eastby
The Masons Arms is a friendly village pub serving food at lunchtimes and evenings using the finest local produce.

Ample car parking facilities.

Three diamond rated with the English Tourist Council for B&B.
Masons Arms, Eastby
location of The Masons Arms Directions:
Drive (or walk) out of the station drive, turning right up the main road through Embsay. Continue along here, past the Elm Tree Inn and Post Office. Take the first road left, (signposted to Eastby) and continue along here, past the church, and round the right bend. Continue along for about 1/2 of a mile and the Masons Arms is on your right with parking behind the pub.

The Cavendish Arms, Embsay
A village Inn serving restaurant food.
The Cavendish Arms, Embsay
All our food is homemade using the freshest ingredients, by chef and licencee Owen Pugh, and served in our non-smoking restaurant.

Traditional hand pulled ales and an interesting wine list.

Food served Tues - Sun: 12-2pm (Sun 2:30) & 6-9pm
The Cavendish Arms, Embsay
location of The Cavendish Arms Directions:
Walk out along the station's driveway. Turn left onto the main road and walk down the hill for a couple of hunderd yards. The pub is on your left with views of the Railway from outside.

Skipton Web
Links and local information for Skipton, North Yorkshire.

North Yorks.com
Listing of events going on in North Yorkshire, attractions as well as accommodation details if you want to stay in the area.

This is a website about Pendle area, including links and details of attractions.

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream
A section of the www.yorkshire-dales.com website giving details of the Dales.

This website covers the whole of Yorkshire, detailing where to stay, what to go and see, with links to related websites.

Flower of May
A company supplying holiday homes to 100,000 people a year at six locations in Yorkshire.

Hotel Information
Hotel and guest house directory for the UK - on-line bookings for most hotels

Local Attractions

Bolton Abbey Estate - Wharfedale
The Yorkshire Estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is open all year. The website provides a comprehensive guide to the estate, including the priory, Cavendish Pavillion and Strid Wood.

A map is available of the footpath that runs between Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey village and the rest of the Bolton Abbey Estate, including the priory.

Pennine Boat Trips of Skipton
Private Cruises and Public Trips on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Skipton Castle
Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year.

Bolton Priory Pictures
This page and its associated links show pictures of the Priory (more commonly known as Bolton Abbey) and a few of the surrounding area.

Related Railway Websites

DEPARTMENTS This website is being developed to provide further information about the departments on the railway. It will give details of the departments' past, present and future activities, as well as more information for those who are interested in working on the line.
Embsay Station Bookshop Embsay Station is home to one of the finest bookshops - specialising in books on railways, canals and industrial subjects. Many rare and out-of-print books can be found, and their new website contains details of some of the books as well as mail order details. On-line ordering is now in operation!
YDR NEWS The journal of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and the Yorkshire Dales Railway Museum Trust.
EMBSAY TANK ENGINE CLUB This club caters for children up to the age of 9 on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. This website contains information for the children as well as stories, puzzles and pictures by other members.
www.lambtonlocomotivestrust.co.uk - this website details the former Lambton Colliery engines that survive in preservation. Among these is No.29 which has been a popular visitor to the railway in the past, and is normally based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

www.lyrs.org.uk - this website is for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society. Their 2003 AGM is due to be held on the railway, as there are several items of L&Y rolling stock based here.
Class 107 Ltd. This site gives detailed information about Class 107 Ltd - the group which owns and maintains the DMU which is based on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
Stately Trains This site has a detailed listing of all the carriages in Stephen Middleton's 'Stately Trains' vintage carriage collection. It also contains up-to-date information on the progress with their restoration. More information about the 'Strawberry Specials' can also be found here.
History of Sentinel 'Ann' This page has Sentinel Ann's history in more detail than our page, and is worth looking at if you are interested in finding out more about this small steam engine.
South Hetton Collieries and No.69 This website has a lot of information about industrial steam engines, and this page in particular looks at the South Hetton railways, including our own 69. Whilst there isn't a lot on this locomotive, there are some interesting photographs of the railway systems at work.
Hunslet 2414 This site details the progress being made on S112, which is based on the railway and undergoing a heavy overhaul. It also has details of its industrial history and news of the other surviving locomotives of the same class.
North Wales Coast Railway The North Wales Coast Railway's website is not linked to the railway directly, but proves popular with some of our members and so has been included here!
Railtrack LEEDS FIRST project The LEEDS FIRST project has meant that the railway has been given the trackwork for the new shed complex - see Latest News for details. This is Railtrack's website detailing the Leeds First project.
GrantRail GrantRail were working on the railway with some of their new machines for ballast regulation and tamping, and this is the company's website.

Other Railways

Owing to there being a large number of heritage railways on the internet, I have stopped providing links to them all individually as it has become rather tricky to maintain. To find other preserved line, please use the link to "UK Heritage Railways" below.

UK Heritage Railways
A listing of the heritage railways of the UK. Also:
UK Heritage Railways NEWS EXPRESS
For news from other railways on the web.

Link Rail - UK Railway Listings
A lot of railway links!
iRail is possibly the only UK based Web Directory / Search engine dedicated to Model Railways and Railways.

Rudyard Lake Steam Railway The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is run by the owner of No.22, and has strong links to the Railway. The Rudyard Lake Steam Railway is just North of Leek in Staffordshire. The lake railway uses miniature narrow gauge steam locomotives on its trains to give a 3 mile return trip along the side of Rudyard Lake.

Carnforth Station - an interesting and informative site about
Carnforth Station and surrounding railways.

Vintage Carriages Trust
Vintage Carriages Trust
- also home to the Preserved Carriage Database.

A preserved railway in France!

'Le Chemin de fer de la Vallée de l’Eure' is at Gare de Pacy-sur Eure, 27120 PACY-SUR-EURE, FRANCE, and was featured in 'Today's Railways' November 2001 issue. It is close to Evreux and about 40 miles from Paris heading towards Le Havre via Monet's Garden at Giverney.

T & R Models - retail outlet aimed at model railway enthusiasts of all ages.
M.N.L.P.S. - Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society
Panamint Cinema - Small but growing video label, just released "West Highland" on video, a 1960's BBC documentary.


Yorkshire Dales Railway Museum Trust (Holdings) Limited
Registered Charity No. 1116386
Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF
General Enquiries: 01756 710614 - Talking Timetables & Fax: 01756 795189
enquiries AT embsayboltonabbeyrailway DOT org.uk webmaster AT embsayboltonabbeyrailway DOT org.uk
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