This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Saltaire Model Village.
The model village is a self-contained community built in the late
18th century in and around an industrial factory, to provide
housing and facilities for the workers. Saltaire is a UNESCO World
Heritage Site built in 1851 by woollen industrialist Sir Titus
Salt. As we make our way around the rows of terraced stone housing,
we discover the impressive Congregational Church, which is Grade I
listed and houses the remains of Sir Titus Salt and other family
members within its mausoleum.
After lunch, we are provided with a talk on the history of
Salt's Mill. The mill provided the main source of employment for
the villagers of Saltaire. Upon its completion in the 18th century,
it was the largest industrial building in the world by floor area.
Now though, Salt's Mill provides a number of modern facilities,
including an art gallery exhibiting the works of celebrated local
artist David Hockney.
Later we travel on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The
72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway
journeys, and once we set off it is easy to see why. We climb
quickly and travel through the dramatic Yorkshire Dales past the
backdrop of the mighty Three Peaks; Peny- Ghent, Whernside and
Ingleborough. Here we cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, a
true testament to Victorian engineering which carries us 104ft
above the sweeping valley floor. After crossing the exposed Blea
Moor, we emerge from a mile-long tunnel and pass through Dent
station, which at 1150ft is the highest mainline station in
England. We then head into Cumbria, passing through the lush,
rolling hills of the Eden Valley before arriving in Carlisle. We
then transfer by rail to Newcastle, checking into our hotel.