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Lake District Tour

Lake District Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Luxury B&B / Country House Hotels

Start Date: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

The Lake District has some of the world’s most beautiful and famous landscapes. The whole region is a National Park with the three highest peaks in England. The mountains with their dramatic ice-worn valleys produce a wonderfully inspirational vista, one which has inspired writers and poets over the centuries.

Profile

This tour is designed to concentrate on the different regions of the Lake District, starting in the south. As the area has been so popular with writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, we will visit the places that they knew. There are many choices for accommodation throughout the area.

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Itinerary

Our first destination is LEVENS HALL. The house was once a defensive tower and was converted in a gentlemen’s residence in  the C16th. The gardens are also one of the attractions with a unique collection of topiary dating from 1694.  SIZERGH CASTLE, a few miles away, lies the family home of the Stickland family – a 1600 acre estate. Inside the castle, there are centuries old portraits, fine furniture and wooden panelling. To the west is one of the Lakes prettiest villages, CARTMEL. Dating back to 677, around the square is a delightful collection of C16th buildings and the priory church has been a Christian church for 800 years.

Day 1: Levens Hall - Sizergh Castle - Cartmel

Our first destination is LEVENS HALL. The house was once a defensive tower and was converted in a gentlemen’s residence in the C16th. The gardens are also one of the attractions with a unique collection of topiary dating from 1694. SIZERGH CASTLE, a few miles away, lies the family home of the Stickland family – a 1600 acre estate. Inside the castle, there are centuries old portraits, fine furniture and wooden panelling. To the west is one of the Lakes prettiest villages, CARTMEL. Dating back to 677, around the square is a delightful collection of C16th buildings and the priory church has been a Christian church for 800 years.

Day 2: Ullswater - Dalemain - Castlerigg

Day 2: Ullswater - Dalemain - Castlerigg

The heart of the Lake District is an area of glacial erosion that created an awe inspiring set of lakes, interspersed with tumbling rivers and rugged mountains. ULLSWATER is regarded as the most beautiful lake in the area and we take a steam boat trip along it’s length. DALEMAIN is a country house and a real mix of architectural styles from medieval through to Georgian. A short distance away is CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE. About 5000 years old, there are 38 stones set on a level hilltop with views of the surrounding mountains. In the valley is the market town of KESWICK and you can explore this at your leisure.

Day 3: Beatrix Potter - Steam Train - Hardknott

Day 3: Beatrix Potter - Steam Train - Hardknott

BEATRIX POTTER lived in Lake District following the success of her books. She bought 14 farms and we visit will visit HILL TOP farm. Kept as it as when she was alive, the house is time capsule of this amazing woman’s life. The village of HAWKESHEAD is close-by and as well as being a lovely Lakeland village, has a exhibition of Potter’s original watercolours and paintings. Travelling out to the coast we will then take the RAVENGLASS steam train to the top of ESKDALE. Driving the mountains roads a final stop at the C2nd Roman fort of HARDKNOTT – a remote and well preserved encampment built by Hadrian.

Day 4: Grasmere - Dove Cottage - North Lakes

Day 4: Grasmere - Dove Cottage - North Lakes

Taking the west mountain road to GRASMERE you will unbelievable views of the hills. Grasmere is a lovely village and famous for the home of William Wordsworth, DOVE COTTAGE. This tiny cottage was the home to poet for 9 years and when we wrote his most famous works. Going back to Grasmere to visit the church and the famous gingerbread shop. Later, we will explore some of the quieter and lesser known lakes like BUTTERMERE, CRUMMOCK WATER and DERWENT, before arriving at COCKERMOUTH. You will have time to hike or visit Wordsworth other home in the town.


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