Exploring the Lake District

From £1,099
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Oct 2021 - Oct 2021
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From £1,099
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Oct 2021 - Oct 2021
Tour Overview

Welcome to the shimmering lakes and hushed mountains of the Lake District, whose radiant beauty inspired poets and painters to turn nature into art. With its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and with Beatrix Potter, this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect destination for a short break. Discover Hadrian's Wall and learn about Roman Occupation of the North East from roughly 85AD to 370AD.

  • Short Break
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 25
  • All Excursions Included

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 4 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 8 included meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Free parking at hotel for duration
  • All highlights included
  • Travel in destination by coach; public transport and guided walks
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Wordsworth's Grave in Grasmere
  • Steam Train and Windermere Boat Cruise
  • Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead
  • Visit Beatrix Potter's 17th century farmhouse 'Hill Top'
  • Learn about Border Collie Sheepdogs at the Lake District Sheepdog Experience
  • Stop to view part of the remains of Hadrian's Wall
  • Visit the Roman Army Museum and Roman Vindolanda Fort and Museum

Itinerary

Day 1 Penrith

Make your own way to The North Lakes Hotel and Spa near Penrith. This evening enjoy a Welcome Drink with your travel companions and Tour Manager in the bar area of your hotel before a delicious dinner.  Meals included: D

Day 2 Grasmere and Windermere

After breakfast, we depart on your full day excursion to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery in the Lake District. Stop in Grasmere to visit St Oswald's Church notable for its associations with the poet, William Wordsworth and his family. We will call by one of the most famous ginger bread shops in the world so you can sample this delicious treat. Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented this unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, its reputation quickly spread, and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world. We travel on to Windermere where you can view the glorious scenery of the Lake District as we cruise across England's largest lake. Step back in time as we board a historic steam train for a short journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite. In the evening we will enjoy a relaxed dinner at your hotel.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Beatrix Potter and countryside excursion

This morning after a hearty breakfast we travel to Hawkshead. It is here that you will visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps to her 17th century farmhouse 'Hill Top'.  Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books. Later we will take a drive to learn about Border Collie Sheepdogs and see these intelligent animals perform a demonstration at the Lake District Sheepdog Experience. Return to Penrith and enjoy dinner with your travel companions at the hotel. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Roman Vindolanda Fort & Roman Army Museum and Carlisle

Today after breakfast we travel to the extensive site of Vindolanda, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a Roman garrison town. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain's 'Top Treasure' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets - and is one Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. The time-capsule museum is just one part of this large, extensively excavated site, which includes impressive parts of the fort and town where excavations continue today. Extraordinary finds unearthed in 2017 include the only known pair of Roman boxing gloves. We will later stop in Carlisle for free time where you can explore the shops or even pay a visit to Carlisle Castle – the choice is yours! Meet with your fellow travel companions later this evening for your final dinner at the hotel.​


Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Penrith

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, say farewell to your travel companions and Tour Manager as you return after your short break to the Lake District.  Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

A warm welcome awaits at this lovely Lake District hotel with a luxury spa and pool. Cosy, comfortable rooms ensure a relaxing stay with plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits available, private facilities and flat screen TV.

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