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Walking in the Lake District & Hadrian's Wall

From £1,074
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Sept 2024 - Sept 2025
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From £1,074
Duration 5 Days
Departures from: Sept 2024 - Sept 2025

Tour Overview

There's so much spectacular scenery to be enjoyed on this walking holiday as you explore parts of the Lake District and follow in Roman footsteps along Hadrian's Wall.

  • active holiday Walking
  • meals included tour Half Board
  • all highlights included All Highlights Included
  • max group size Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Local Walking Guides
  • 4 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, 4 dinners including welcome drink
  • All highlights included
  • Transportation on excursions

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the Cumbrian Way to Derwentwater
  • Lake Grasmere & Rydal Water circular walk
  • Hadrian's Wall walk including Sycamore Gap

Itinerary

Day 1 Wetheral

Make your own way to your hotel in the lovely village of Wetheral, just outside Carlisle. On arrival, your Holiday Director will be waiting to greet you.
Settle into your room and then meet your fellow travellers over a welcome drink in the cosy bar before dinner is served in the restaurant. Meals included: D

Day 2 Derwentwater

13km/8 miles - 5 hours

After breakfast, we’ll head to Derwentwater, one of the Lake District's main bodies of water, covering about eight miles along the Cumbrian Way from the village of Rosthwaite to Keswick.

We're going to take a wonderfully scenic route which takes us past rivers and through woodland. We'll enjoy plenty of rest stops as we go and take in some stunning views. These become even more breathtaking once we arrive at the shores of the lake, which is surrounded by wooded hills. About three miles long and one mile wide, the lake is fed by the River Derwent and is home to several small islands. Just one is inhabited and that's Derwent Isle, which is home to an 18th century tenanted residence owned by the National Trust. Another, St Herbert's Island, features in Beatrix Potter's Squirrel Nutkin story as Owl Island. This is a great spot in which to sit and eat our packed lunch.
We'll then carry on walking, reaching our final destination, the delightful town of Keswick. You'll find many charming cafés and traditional pubs if you'd like some refreshment, and some lovely shops if you'd like to hunt for a souvenir. We'll travel back to the hotel by coach, where we'll gather for dinner. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Lake Grasmere & Rydal Water, circular walk

9km/ 5.5 miles - 3.5 hours

Today we will head out for a walk covering about five-and-a-half miles to Lake Grasmere and the smaller Rydal Water. These two destinations are linked to the poet William Wordsworth, who lived in the villages of Grasmere and Rydal in 1799 and 1813 respectively.
We'll pass the Wordsworth Museum and see Rydal Mount, the charming house where he lived until his death in 1850, and which remains in the Wordsworth family. A packed lunch will keep us going as we then walk to the shores of Lake Grasmere to take in beautiful views.
Our walk ends in the village of Grasmere, where you might choose to head to St Oswald's Church, one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. This is where Wordsworth and many of his family members are buried, as well as Hartley Coleridge, the eldest son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A trip to Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread shop, within the churchyard, is also highly recommended!
Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Hadrian's Wall

16km/10 miles - 6 hours

Today we're going to unravel the fascinating history of Hadrian's Wall on a walk covering about 10 miles. The north-west frontier of the Roman Empire for nearly 300 years, it was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122.
Our starting point is Walltown, a beauty spot featuring tall crags, woodland, meadows and lakes. We'll follow the wall eastwards walking past Cawfields, where we'll see one of the highest standing sections, which features turrets along its length. We'll also take in one of the impressive milecastles, or fortresses, built at mile-long intervals along the wall.
Later, after we've stopped to eat our packed lunch, we'll pass the popular landmark known as the Sycamore Gap.
We come to a stop today at Housesteads, the remains of a Roman fort. The views from here are also pretty spectacular. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Depart Wetheral

This morning you can take breakfast at your leisure before, checking out of the hotel and making your way home.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

We will walk at a manageable pace; all walks can be shortened if needed. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, hills, stiles, and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot. Sturdy walking shoes are essential. Car parking charges may apply – see the hotels website for more details.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Crown Hotel Wetheral

The Crown Hotel is situated close to Carlisle, in the village of Wetheral. It boasts leisure facilities that include an indoor swimming pool and sauna/steam rooms. Elegantly decorated, each room features an en suite bathroom, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. A safe, radio and a telephone are also included. There is an on-site Restaurant, as well as a Bar serving traditional pub food with a selection of Real Ales.

The Crown Hotel is situated close to Carlisle, in the village of Wetheral. It boasts leisure facilities that include an indoor swimming pool and sauna/steam rooms. Elegantly decorated, each room features an en suite bathroom, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. A safe, radio and a telephone are also included. There is an on-site Restaurant, as well as a Bar serving traditional pub food with a selection of Real Ales.