Groups 5 days from £284
In a secluded location, Gilsland is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The perfect contrast to busy days exploring, the area is quiet and relaxation is of paramount importance. This location is perfect for day trips to the Borders, Hadrian’s Wall, Gretna Green and the Border city of Carlisle.
■ Dinner, bed & breakfast
■ Hotel accommodation
■ All rooms ensuite
■ Private coach travel
■ Services of an experienced tour driver throughout your stay
■ Excursions from your resort*
■ Free optional insurance
■Door to door service
South Tynedale Railway
Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne Valley from Alston and back in the North Pennines, an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Catch sight of deer, look out for birds of prey and you may even glimpse a red squirrel.
An excursion through the Northumberland National Park and into the Kielder Forest, home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake. Call in at the Visitor Centre at Tower Knowe and Leaplish Waterside Park with its Birds of Prey Centre. Take a boat trip on Kielder Water with its 27 mile shoreline encompassed by pine forest and heather moorland.
Chesters Roman Fort and Hexham
Hadrian’s Wall originally extended from Wallsend-on-Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway, a distance of seventy-three miles. There were seventeen forts built on or close to the Wall, each the permanent base of a cavalry regiment either 500 or 1000 strong. Today we visit Chesters Roman Fort (EH) where you can easily see what life would have been like here at the Roman Empire’s northern outpost as you wander round the officer’s quarters and explore the well-preserved baths and steam rooms. Inside the museum there’s also an amazing collection of Roman artefacts found during excavations.
Carlisle and Tullie House
This great border city still retains a fortress air with its city walls, sturdy cathedral and medieval castle. Carlisle’s compact traffic-free centre has attractive lanes and arcades with a variety of quality shops whilst the historic city square is just a stone’s throw away from
Sitting 700 feet above sea level, the hotel commands spectacular views over the Cumbrian countryside. Throughout the day, Hadrian’s coffee shop serves a range of snacks and drinks – try one of the delicious cream teas. The hotel has a restaurant, large screen television lounge, a secluded library for quieter moments and a comfortable residents lounge. It is renowned for its entertainment programme. The ensuite bedrooms have TV, radio (some), telephone, hairdryer (some) and hospitality tray. Alternative accommodation and
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