The sheer beauty the Lake District has inspired poets and artists for centuries, and on this holiday, we will paint a picture that will last in your memory for years to come. From our base we can explore the dramatic landscapes of the Lakes on this unique holiday. One of our excursions is taken in mini buses which reach the parts where others cannot go!
3* Shap Wells Hotel, Cumbria
Set in tranquil surroundings amongst the Lakeland fells and an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful corner of England. Located in 30 acres of grounds, the hotel offers a bar, lounges and a spacious restaurant. All bedrooms are en-suite and are equipped with TV, radio, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
· Door to Door Service
· 4 nights accommodation including dinner, bed & breakfast
· Mountain Goat minibus excursion
· Minibus excursion
· Entrance to Hill Top House
· Coniston Gondola cruise
· Lake Ullswater cruise
· Lake Windermere cruise
· Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
· Escorted throughout
Departing the local area, we travel to Cumbria arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.
This morning we head first for Ambleside. A fleet of mini coaches takes us first to Wray Castle for a brief stop before arriving at Hill Top. This 17th century farmhouse was where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children's stories and it remains exactly as she left it. From here we move on to the little village of Hawkshead where we break for lunch and you have chance to explore the little alleyways and shops. This afternoon we halt a while at beautiful Tarn Hows before we make for Coniston Water where we enjoy a cruise on board the Gondola. Now in the care of the National Trust, the opulently upholstered saloons provide a perfect place from which to enjoy Coniston's spectacular scenery. We return to Ambleside through the Yewdale Valley, re-joining the coach and returning across rugged Kirkstone Pass, with the lonely inn at the summit, before descending to Patterdale and continuing to the hotel.Br, D
Our day begins with a ride over the rugged Shap Fells to Tebay and Kendal, continuing to Bowness-on-Windermere. Here we spend the morning with a chance to look around the town and shops, maybe visit the World of Beatrix Potter Exhibition and enjoy lunch. This afternoon we enjoy a delightful sail along Lake Windermere to join the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for a nostalgic steam train ride to Haverthwaite.
More fantastic scenery today as we make our way to Ullswater and Pooley Bridge. Here you have a sail on board the lake 'steamer' along the lake to Glenridding. We continue to Keswick where you have time to explore and obtain lunch. Our return takes us alongside picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake to Caldbeck and through pleasant Cumbria countryside.Br, D
After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.Br
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