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Lakeland Delights: Updated for 2020!

  • Lowther Castle, Penrith, Lake District, Cumbria - Jim Lowther - view off west terrace

    Lowther Castle, Penrith, Lake District, Cumbria - Jim Lowther - view off west terrace
  • Lowther Castle, Penrith, Lake District, Cumbria - Gardens

    Lowther Castle, Penrith, Lake District, Cumbria - Gardens
  • Wordsworth Museum, The Lake District, Cumbria

    Wordsworth Museum, The Lake District, Cumbria - Interior_17
  • Dove Cottage, The Lake District, Cumbria - From the lane

    Dove Cottage, The Lake District, Cumbria - From the lane
  • Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Cumbria - Trains in station

    Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Cumbria - Trains in station
  • Lake Windemere Cruises

    Lake Windemere Cruises NCN
5 day tour
From £279 per person

This tour brings together many of the very best attractions in the Lake District. There are relaxing cruises on Lake Windermere and Ullswater, a steam train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and visits to Grasmere, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, Bowness, Kendal, and Sizergh Castle. We also visit recently refurbished Lowther Castle & Gardens, a gothic ruin which was once a derelict shell and is now an award winning visitor attraction.


Dates

May - October 2019; April - October 2020


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to your hotel

 

Day 2

Dove Cottage, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and Lake Windemere Cruise with time in Bowness.

This morning we head to the charming village of Grasmere to visit Dove Cottage, the home of poet William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808. Next door is the fascinating Wordsworth Museum. Our tour continues with a scenic drive along beautiful Coniston Water, the inspiration for the Arthur Ransome novel ‘Swallows and Amazons’. We take a steam train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to the southern tip of Lake Windermere before taking a cruise up the lake to Bowness. There’s free time to explore this popular lakeside town, or perhaps visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Day 3

Kendal and Sizergh Castle

A morning visit to the historic market town of Kendal, famous for its narrow lanes, ancient yards and Kendal Mint Cake. In the afternoon, visit the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle. Home to the Strickland family for more than 750 years, the castle is set in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and furnished with fine English and French furniture and family portraits.

Day 4

Ullswater Cruise and Lowther Castle.

Start the day with a relaxing two hour morning ‘steamer’ cruise on spectacular Ullswater. Renamed the Dark Lake, an Arthurian legend, Ullswater still holds many secrets today, with Helvellyn dominating the landscape.

Newly opened to groups, Lowther Castle and Gardens is a magnificent Gothic ruin. Originally built in 1806 the castle was home to the Earls of Lonsdale including Wicked Jimmy, a 17th century Vegetarian Viscount, and the Yellow Earl -founder of the AA and Lonsdale belt! Present custodian Jim Lowther masterminded the recent restoration project, turning a derelict shell into an award winning visitor experience. Our visit starts in the stunning courtyard, home to a café, shop and the Story of Lowther exhibition. The exhibition leads you into 130 acres of gardens, with vast lawns, summerhouses, the planted Castle ruin, Parterre, ancient Yew walk, a new Rose Garden and Lake District views.

Day 5

Travel home


Suggested hotels

Shap Wells Hotel; Lodore Falls Hotel Keswick; Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands.


Please note Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are closed for 2019

Cumbria Grand

 5 day tour
 2019 dates  from £325 per person
 27th April 2020  from £279 per person
 22nd June 2020  from £324 per person
 17th August 2020  from £334 per person
 14th September 2020  from £334 per person

Single supplement available on request

All prices are per person and typically based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers sharing a double or twin room. Prices do not include coach travel or travel insurance. If you would like a quote for your travel insurance please contact us. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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