Monday 4 to Friday 8 October 2021
- 5 Days £315
- Single supplement £80
- Holiday insurance £23
Encompassing some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, the Lake District remains untouched by the ravages of time. With masses of attractive woodland interspersed with shimmering lakes and majestic mountains, you cannot fail to be inspired by this area. Immortalised by artists, poets and writers, Cumbria plays host to the many visitors who return year after year to enjoy the magnificent scenery, which provides a backdrop to a wealth of attractions. This unique area offers fascinating places to visit from historic houses and castles, steeped in legend to delightful country gardens and craft workshops.
MONDAY: We embark on our journey north to Cumbria and the Shap Wells Hotel, situated high in the Cumbrian Fells.
- We travel a few miles north to the outskirts of Penrith where we start our scenic drive along the shores of Ullswater, thought to be one of the most beautiful English Lakes and where Wordsworth saw the daffodils of his famed poem. We continue over the magnificent Kirkstone Pass, which drops down into Windermere giving panoramic views of the lake. Onto Ambleside and finally tranquil Grasmere where you may like to visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum.
- We start our morning with a drive along the Bassenthwaite Lake to the bustling town of Cockermouth. We then travel over the Whinlatter Pass to Keswick, sandwiched between the towering mass of Skiddaw and Derwent Water, one of the most stunning stretches of water in Britain. Enjoy free time here before we make our way back to Shap.
- We shall start our day with a single journey on the train from Haverthwaite to Bowness. Continue our drive along the shores of Lake Windermere to arrive into Windermere for some free time. We then travel to the market town of Kendal before returning to Shap.
FRIDAY: We depart Shap and begin our homeward journey, retracing our steps back to the Westcountry for late afternoon/early evening.
Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.
On all railway excursions, for operational reasons on the day of travel, steam vehicles may be replaced by a diesel locomotive.
SHAP WELLS HOTEL, SHAP ***
Set in 33 acres of private grounds, high in the Shap Fells amidst streams and woodlands. The restaurant overlooks the hills, stream and woodland and is complemented by extensive lounge and bar areas. There are 90 en-suite bedrooms equipped with television, telephone, radio, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift serving many of the rooms and there will be entertainment during your stay.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, entertainment, single train journey and excursion programme.