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England's Lake District:The Northern Lake District

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This tour differs from our Inn to Inn Tour in that it is 6 nights with 2 accommodation bases.

Walk in the footsteps of the early conservationists: William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter . This walk allows you to discover the splendors of the English Lake District at a relaxed pace. From your hotel in the tranquil and exquisite heart of the national park, travel daily with our minibus to different parts of this beautiful region for our daily walk, returning each evening to the same fine lodgings. Enjoy fresh air, tranquil waters, emerald meadows dotted with sheep, and heather-clad hillsides. Sightseeing by foot deepens an appreciation of Lakeland history and landscapes.

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Scenic walks, hikes and talks by our Lake District experts
  • Visit to Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth
  • Windermere ferry and walk to Hilltop Farm, home of Beatrix Potter
  • Delightful, panoramic walk on the east side of Coniston Water
  • Visit to Brantwood, home of John Ruskin
  • The Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • A launch ride on Derwentwater

On four days our itinerary offers an alternative longer and steeper hike for those who are tempted by the more robust conditions of the mountain tops, where the exhilarating beauty of rugged mountainsides, lakes and dales can be seen spreading below.

Easy-to-moderate walks cover 4 to 8 miles, with ascents of 200 to 1000 feet. Challenging options are normally slightly longer, cross rougher terrain and have daily ascents of up to 2500 feet.

Walkers are treated to a visual paradise of green forests, stonewalled fields stretching into the distance, a storybook realm of hills, clear lakes, and whitewashed cottages.

The Lake District is England's largest national park, home to Windermere, England's biggest natural lake; Wastwater, England's deepest lake; and Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.

Day 1      Arrive during the morning and settle into your Lakeland hotel, where lunch is available (not included in tour price). In the afternoon, take a “get acquainted” tour round the picturesque Lakeland village of Grasmere, which will be your home for the next three nights. This will include a visit to Grasmere Church, with its intricate wooden beams, the Grasmere Gingerbread shop and the corner of the graveyard where William Wordsworth and close family members are buried. Return to the hotel for the Welcome meeting at 5.00 p.m., followed by our Welcome Dinner.

 

Day 2      After breakfast we walk directly from the hotel to Rydal village via a picturesque route with views to Grasmere and Rydal Water. The challenging hike takes a higher level route via the summit of Loughrigg, a stunning viewpoint in fine weather of the Central Lake District. We pass through Dora’s field, Rydal church and the grounds of Rydal Hall. After lunch we take the ancient Coffin route back to Grasmere for a visit to Dove Cottage, the home of the romantic poet William Wordsworth for nine exciting years, and the Wordsworth Museum.

 

Day 3      After a short drive we walk via Tarn Hows through the grounds of Monk Coniston estate, to Coniston Water where we take the launch to Brantwood, the home of the poet, artist, social reformer and conservationist, John Ruskin. We enjoy lunch at the Brantwood restaurant and view the house.  In the afternoon we drive to Near Sawrey for a visit to Hilltop Farm, purchased by Beatrix Potter in 1905.

 

Day 4   This day sees a change of base from Grasmere to the delightful Borrowdale Valley in the northern Lake District.

Drive by a mountainous road across Wrynose and Hard Knott passes, with a stop at Hard Knott Roman Fort. Continue to the tiny village of Boot for a pub lunch and visit to Eskdale Corn Mill. There is time to enjoy the atmosphere of the small Lakeland village of Boot, before rejoining the minibus for the drive via Wastwater, Gosforth (famous for its Viking cross), Loweswater and the Newlands Valley to Borrowdale. Check into the hotel, our base for the next three nights.

 

Day 5     For the challenging walk we drive to the foot of Catbells fell and walk via Skelgill farm, with its connections to Beatrix Potter. We continue along the mine road and head up towards the hause and summit of Catbells, an outstanding viewpoint for the Keswick area, Newlands and Borrowdale valleys. The easier walk starts off the public road and climbs up to a terrace path that contours round Catbells with super views of the surrounding fells. From there we all head by different paths to Derwentwater and take a launch ride to Keswick, to have a short visit to this market town and then visit the Neolithic stone circle of Castlerigg, after which we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6      We drive to the top of Honister Pass, and visit the mine shop. The easier walk then follows the length of Borrowdale, descending gently via a delightful scenic path directly to the hotel. If the group wishes, we may detour to the top of Castle Crag, a proud little peak with an Iron Age fort, set amidst the rugged grandeur of the Borrowdale valley. The challenging hike climbs from the top of Honister Pass, over high moorland, to the summit of Green Gable or to Haystacks with its association with Alfred Wainwright, the author of many Lake District guide books! Our Farewell Dinner rounds off a memorable week.

Day 7 Departure after breakfast. (B)

(ELR reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary when deemed necessary or appropriate).

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

Tour
Dates - Twin Base
Tour
Price
Single
Supplement
July 16 to July 22, 2017 $3675.00 $425.00

Tour
Dates -  Higher Side of the Lake District
Tour
Price
Single
Supplement
June 25 to July 1, 2017 $3,675 $425.00
Interested in a different departure date?
Consider a private tour or a self guided tour.

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 5 scenic guided walks and hikes
  • 6 nights' lodging in a charming country hotel
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 6 sumptuous breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • 6 packed and pub lunches
  • Lake boat cruise
  • Sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Talks by Lakeland experts
  • Ground transportation by our minibus



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Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Traveling By Rail

Northern Rail and TransPennine Express Trains offer direct service from Manchester Airport to Windermere, which makes the journey by public transport very straightforward. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.com. In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another useful resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages.

 

 

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