Day 1 PenrithMake 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.
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.