Groups 5 days from £375
From sheltered valleys and moorland to England’s highest mountain and sparkling lakes, the Lake District has captivated generations of visitors and famous writers including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. There’s also a rich heritage to discover in the beautiful towns and villages.
■ 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
At the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, explore extensive car and motorcycle collections spanning more than a hundred years of motoring. From vintage and veteran to the weird and wonderful! Re-created scenes include period shop displays, a 1920s garage, 1950s cafe and early motoring in the Lake District. Afterwards enjoy a short train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway through the picturesque Leven Valley followed by a boat trip on Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, passing secluded bays and wooded islands. Return to the hotel by way of Kirkstone Pass and alongside beautiful Ullswater.
Keswick and The Wordsworth Museum
At the northern end of Derwentwater sits Keswick, a town of intriguing narrow streets and buildings of old grey stone. Keswick Museum, in Fitz Park has been described as the “strangest museum in the world”. Travel south from Keswick, past Thirlmere, to the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage where William Wordsworth wrote some of his greatest poetry.
Kendal and Levens Hall
Visit the “Auld Grey town” of Kendal, home to the Museum of Lakeland, Life and Industry and the fascinating Quaker Tapestry Museum. Completed in 1996, more than 4000 men, women and children in fteen countries “had a hand” in the tapestry’s creation. At Elizabethan Levens Hall, discover how the house has gradually evolved from a fortress into a comfortable home and how each owner has left their mark on its architecture. Whether it’s the ornate Italian plaster ceilings, the collection of paintings and historical artefacts or royal connections you’ll nd plenty to enjoy.
Ambleside and Ullswater
Take in the beautiful scenery as you take a boat trip from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding on Ullswater, generally regarded as the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Then travel by coach to Ambleside where the 17th century Bridge House over Stock Ghyll is probably the most photographed building in the Lake District.
Nestled in a secluded wooded valley high in the Shap Fells by a mountain stream it is an excellent base to explore the Lakes, Dales and Border Country. The Birkbeck Restaurant enjoys views over the surrounding Fells. The Riverside Lounge and Bar is a stylish and spacious art deco room with views of Birk Beck whilst Salterworth Lounge and Fell Bar has a log re. The individually furnished en-suite bedrooms have TV, radio, telephone, trouser press (some), hairdryer and hospitality tray. Many have extensive country views.
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