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England's Lake District: Inn-to-Inn
Walk through England's largest National Park

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Walk through the heart of the Lake District, with lodging along the way at some of the Lakeland's most delightful country hotels and inns. Experience ever-changing spectacular views of fields, moors, woodlands and mountains.

On this tour you will enjoy:

  • 6 scenic guided hikes with talks by Lakeland experts
  • A cruise across Coniston Water
  • A visit to Brantwood- home of the poet, artist and social reformer John Ruskin
  • Views of Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm
  • The sheer beauty of Tarn Hows with its thick conifers, clear lake and picturesque views
  • Ancient Roman ruins- a bath house and a fort
  • The World Owl Center- home to a diverse collection of thrilling birds of prey, the largest in existence
  • The same splendid views of Grasmere that inspired Wordsworth's poetry

Each day, we guide you on a robust walk across vales and hills. Sightseeing by minibus rounds out an appreciation of Lake District history and culture. Our minibus brings your luggage to the next inn before you arrive. Walks cover from 5 to 10 miles daily, with ascents of 600 to 1400 feet (you may also opt for only a half day of hiking).

Ramble through rolling pastures, into peaceful valleys and over lush hills. Enjoy the company of friendly groups and appreciate the history of a bountiful area that inspired some of England's most famous poets, artists and writers.

Day 1 Arrive at our first hotel in Grange-over-Sands, where lunch is available, if required (at own expense). In the afternoon we drive to the medieval village of Cartmel with its imposing 12th-Century Priory church and on the way back take a short walk along the bay promenade. A tea reception and orientation meeting is followed by our Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 Walk through delightful limestone woodland and up grassy slopes to the top of Hampsfell escarpment to enjoy the spectacular views across Morecambe Bay and towards the Lakeland mountains. In the afternoon, follow country byways through the gentle Cartmel valley and Bigland Estate to our next inn at Newby Bridge. (B, L, D) 9 Miles

Day 3 This walk includes a delightful variety of countryside, with ever-changing views. Woodland, green fields and a moorland ridge bring us to our lunch point in the peaceful Rusland valley. Then an enchanting walk across heather-clad Bethecar Moor, until Coniston Water opens up below. Drive in our minibus to reach the next inn by the shore of Coniston Water, where two nights are spent. (B, L, D) 10 Miles

Day 4 We enjoy a short cruise across Coniston Water to Brantwood, home of the poet, artitst, and social reformer t John Ruskin. Then choose between a walk up the Coppermines Valley to absorb the spectacular scenery (and a fascinating insight into an industry which supported the local economy for over 300 years) or sightseeing in Hawkshead and Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm is situated. On this day or on Day 5, back at the hotel, there will be a talk over tea and biscuits by one of our tour leaders about the Three Great Literary Figures of Cumbria.
(B, L, D)  4 Miles/Optional

Day 5 Leave Coniston for a ramble over lush green rises to Tarn Hows, a jewel-like lake built by a Victorian landowner to enhance the view. Walk up the Tilberthwaite Valley, with an optional diversion to Holme Fell to admire the incomparable views in all directions. The next three nights' accomodation will be in either a traditional Lakeland Inn in Little Langdale, or a delightful country guest house, superbly encircled by nearby Lakeland hills. (B, L, D) 8 Miles

Day 6 We motor along England’s steepest road across spectacular Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, stopping to tour a 2nd-century Roman fort. Continue to the tiny village of Boot, and visit Eskdale Corn Mill, where packed lunches may be eaten, or a visit to a nearby pub in case of bad weather. There is time to enjoy the atmosphere of the wonderful Lakeland village of Boot, before rejoining the minibus for the drive to the Irish Sea coast at Ravenglass, and a walk through rolling pastures, past the ruins of a Roman Bath House, for a visit to medieval Muncaster Castle and its world-famous Owl Centre.(B, L, D) 2 1/2 Miles

Day 7 Walk by Elterwater and follow in Wordsworth’s footsteps along Loughrigg Terrace for a superb view of Grasmere lake and vale, the inspiration for many of his great poems. We arrive at the village of Rydal, which Wordsworth made his home for the final 37 years of his life. After lunch in a traditional “tearoom” we visit Rydal Mount, the poet’s home and its gardens, which were lovingly landscaped by the poet during his time there. In the afternoon we walk along the valley side to Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Wordsworth’s home during his nine most productive years as a poet, and visit the cottage and nearby museum (a visit to Grasmere village can be arranged instead of this final walk). Return to our accommodation for the final night, and our Farewell Dinner.
(B, L, D) 7 Miles

Day 8 Departure after breakfast. (B)

(ELR reserves the right to make changes in 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.

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Single
Supplement
May 3 - 10, 2015 $3,375.00 $425.00
June 28 - July 5, 2015 $3,375.00 $425.00
July 12 - 19, 2015 $3,375.00 $425.00
September 20 - 27, 2015 $3,375.00 $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.

  • 6 scenic guided hikes
  • 7 nights' lodging in charming country inns and hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 7 sumptuous breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 7 packed and pub lunches
  • Lake steamer cruise
  • Sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Talks by Lakeland experts
  • Luggage transported between inns



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“The trip exceeded our expectations. We were afraid we’d be disappointed because the three previous trips with ELR were so great — but this one was just as wonderful in a different way.”
K & G Lovejoy     Colebrook, CT

“The people on the trip were simply fabulous. I rather expected people who wanted to take this kind of trip to be compatible. It was a remarkable group of caring, interesting, congenial people and we thoroughly enjoyed them all.
K Mussell & B Weintraub     Washington, DC

“The walks and hikes were wonderful! From the lovely, craggy hills to the villages! When you work indoors at a desk job all day, it’s breathtaking (sometimes literally!).
V Richard     Tulsa, OK

 


Best Time to Go

May through October

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Traveling By Rail

Northern Rail and TransPennine Express Trains offer direct service from Manchester Airport to Grange-over-Sands, 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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