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England's Lake District & Yorkshire Dales
Experience the Scenic Beauty of the Heart of Lakeland and
the Yorkshire Dales.

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Explore the lush valleys and charming villages in the exquisite Heart of Lakeland before venturing to famous Yorkshire County to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Occupying 885 square miles of scenic splendor, England’s Lake District is a National Park containing the highest peaks, deepest valleys and longest lakes in the country.  The natural beauty of its picturesque villages and emerald green hills and vales enthralls walkers. Breathe in the stunning vistas and peaceful scenery, and connect with the history of the Lakeland.

The Lake District highlights include:

  • Customized walks through the Borrowdale Valley
  • Visit to Aria Falls
  • Keswick- spectacularly situated between the Skiddaw mountains and the crystal shores of Derwent Water
  • Dramatic scenery of the Borrowdale Valley
  • Hard Knott Fort, one of the loneliest outposts of the Roman Empire, built between AD120 and AD138

The Yorkshire Dales feature:

  • Walk along River Ure and its famous falls
  • Visit Bolton Castle
  • See the geological formations called the "Butter Tubs"
  • Walk along Cam High Road, an ancient Roman road
  • Visit the market town of Hawes

Day 1 Arrival in Borrowdale Valley. (D) 1-2 miles
Closest train station to begin this tour is Penrith. Lunch is available for purchase at hotel if you arrive early. In the afternoon, take a "get acquainted" tour around the beautiful Borrowdale valley. Return to the hotel for our Welcome Dinner and to discuss the plan for the week ahead.

Day 2 Honister Pass and Buttermore Valley (B, L, D) 6 miles
We drive over Honister Pass and explore the Buttermere valley. •Walks will be chosen to suit the group with an option to go up a small fell (hill) or to take a leisurely walk by the lake.

Day 3 Walk up the Fells. (B, L, D) 6 miles
Hike from Borrowdale on an old pack horse route up to a hidden hamlet up in the fells. The route is steep in places but the views back down to Borrowdale are fantastic. • Stop for a well earned drink at the café before walking down to Derwentwater

Day 4 Transfer to Yorkshire Dales (B, L, D) 2.5 miles
From Glenridding take a trip on the Lake steamer to Aira Force• Walk along the lakeshore path back to Glencoyne Bay. •Drive out of the Lake District and head to the Yorkshire Dales. The drive will take us up the Mallerstang Valley into Wensleydale and your next hotel.

Day 5 Aysgarth Falls (B, L, D) 7 miles
Walk along the River Ure with its famous water falls. The walk takes us to Bolton Castle where we will hear about the le Scrope family and the fascinating 600 year history of their family home.

Day 6 Butter Tubs (B, L, D) 6 miles
A short drive takes us to the unusual geological feature of Butter Tubs. •Head down into Swaledale to the sleepy village of Keld. Here the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way walks pass through the village•Follow the River Swale down the valley to the picturesque villages of Muker and Gunnerside.


Day 7 Roman Road and Hawes (B, L, D)6 miles

Follow the Roman Road called Cam High Road • Leaving this we head down into Raydale and the village of Countersett with its beautiful historic Quaker meeting house. The path then follows the River Bain down to the village of Bainbridge. •Visit the market town of Hawes with its famous creamery and rope makers.


Day 8 Depart after breakfast for onward travel (B)
(ELR reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary when deemed necessary or appropriate).

(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.

Choose your own departure dates with 4 people minimum. Subject to availability. $3975 $495
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 and historical walks in the heart of England's Lakeland Yorkshire Dales regions
  • 7 nights' lodging in delightful country inns and hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Luggage transported between inns

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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA

Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Traveling By Rail

There are direct trains from Manchester Airport to both Penrith and Windermere, though at certain times of day the quickest option may involve a change of train at Preston, Lancaster or Oxenholme. From Windermere to the hotel will take about 50 minutes in a taxi, and from Penrith about 40 minutes. Both journeys are possible by bus, but both will require one change at Keswick. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.comIn the UK the number to call is (08457) 484950, or you may visit Another useful resource is The Train Line at


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