Charms of the Lake District
A 4-night, 5-day tour – Saturday 10th to Wednesday 14th June 2023
Lake Ullswater • Lake Windermere • Keswick • Ambleside • William Wordsworth • Eden Valley
Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth as you explore the stunning Lake District. Wordsworth was inspired by the beauty and grandeur of this National Park and you can witness the same spectacular sights on our tour of Cumbria, which includes two lake cruises, a railway journey and a distillery tour with a tasting.
SATURDAY: With ample comfort stops, we travel to our hotel in Cumbria. Enroute, we visit Morecambe offering the chance to enjoy the many pleasures of the seaside, whilst enjoying the views across the bay. Stroll along Morecambe’s award-winning promenade with an ice cream and visit the Eric Morecambe Statue which looks out across the promenade. We continue to our hotel to settle in and explore before evening dinner.
SUNDAY: A Lakeland breakfast before we take a scenic drive throughout the day past Lake Windermere, to Coniston The most notable feature being The Old Man of Coniston, rising dramatically behind the houses when seen from the village centre. Donald Campbell’s resting place is also here. Next, we visit Grasmere which is probably Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth. Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th Century. The church dates from the 13th Century. On then past Thirlmere Reservoir to a lunch stop in Keswick, which is surrounded by some of the area’s highest and most beautiful peaks. Later, via Bassenthwaite Lake to the Lakes Distillery where a tour and tasting of whisky, gin or vodka awaits before returning to our hotel to relax before evening dinner.
MONDAY: Follow breakfast with a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum to explore the fascinating collection of over 30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia. Then a short heritage rail journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is in the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere. Get a feel for the rich and varied history of the local area and of the line itself. The historic branch line was taken over in 1970. No visit to the Lake District would be complete without a cruise, and it is from here we will sail across Lake Windermere to Bowness. A perfect way to explore Windermere is by boat on England’s largest lake in the heart of the Lake District! The spectacular voyage gives us magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands. After disembarking, explore the popular holiday village at leisure. There are cafes, interesting shops and places to visit, such as the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. Later, enjoy evening dinner.
TUESDAY; A hearty breakfast then to Ambleside. Here, visit Waterhead, where the sweeping views across Lake Windermere and fells cannot be missed. The 17th Century Bridge House over Stock Ghyll beck is one of the most photographed scenes in Lakeland. It is owned by the National Trust and you can visit without charge to see two sparsely furnished rooms. Next, we head north towards Lake Ullswater for another relaxing and scenic cruise from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge. On then to the Cumbrian town of Penrith, rich in history and hub of the Eden Valley. We’ll return to our hotel where later; evening dinner will be served.
WEDNESDAY: After breakfast, we bid farewell to our host before the homeward journey. We’ll take an extended lunch stop at Warwick It offers you the opportunity of exploring not only the architectural gems of the mediaeval history but also those of the more recent past and the modern vibrant life of the county town of Warwickshire. We shall arrive in the local area during late afternoon with memories of Lakeland delights.
The Hotel:THE HOTEL: A converted 18th century tannery, the 3-star Riverside Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Kent, beneath the ruins of the town's 12th Century castle. A short walk away is the centre of this famous Lake District market town with its bustling shops, galleries and museums. There is a lift to most rooms and a Leisure club with free membership. Dining at the Riverside Hotel is a real pleasure. The menu offers a wide choice, using locally grown fresh produce whenever possible, some of it from the hotels own Victorian kitchen garden in Grange-over-Sands. All rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and include a hospitality tray, television with Freeview, free WiFi, hairdryer and ironing facilities.
What’s Included:YOUR TOUR INCLUDES: 4 nights half board with tea/coffee on arrival, porter service, full English breakfast, 3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee, a distillery tour and tasting, entry to the Lakeland Motor Museum, a Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway journey, a cruise on Lake Windermere, a cruise on Lake Ullswater and the services of a Tour Guide throughout.