The lush Lake District is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site! We celebrate this amazing accolade with this packaged tour, which includes scenic lake cruises, nostalgic train journeys and stunning country houses, all set within the spectacular scenery of one of the world's most impressive national parks!
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Hotel

3* Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, Near Bowness-on-Windermere

Tucked away in the tranquil Lyth Valley, the Damson Dene Hotel takes its name from the famous damson orchards of the area. In a good year the profusion of white damson blossom in the spring attracts much attention.

• There is no Lift at this hotel • TV • Telephone • Tea/coffee making facilities • Safe • Hairdryer • Writing Desk • Iron & Iron Board • Complimentary toiletries • Wi-Fi • Restaurant • Bar • Lounge • Indoor Swimming pool • Sauna • Gym •

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee or arrival

  • 3-course menu with 3 choices per course

  • Tea/ coffee after dinner

  • Tea/coffee & scones on one afternoon

  • Free use of hotels leisure facilities

  • Hotel special Quiz on 1 night

  • Cruise on Lake Windermere

  • Journey on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

  • Afternoon Tea at Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Station

  • Entrance to Dalemain house and Gardens with guided tour 

  • Cruise on a Ullswater Steamer

  • Journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

  • Entrance to Muncaster Castle

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We make our way to the Damson Dene Hotel where tea/coffee will be awaiting our arrival.

Day 2

Windermere Lake Cruises & Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
We begin our day in Bowness where we join our boat for a cruise on Lake Windermere. One of Cumbria's most popular attractions, Windermere is England's largest lakes and set in the heart of the Lake District. From here we enjoy views of contrasting scenery of mountains, wooded shorelines and lovely tranquil bays. In the afternoon we embark on a nostalgic steam train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Journeying in nostalgic 1950's carriages hauled by one of a fleet of passionately restored and maintained steam locomotives along the 3.5-mile journey on this former Furness Railway branch line. When we arrive at Haverthwaite station we enjoy a lovely Afternoon Tea at the station's tea rooms, with time after to explore the well-stocked Engine Shed home to the current restoration projects and gift shop.

Day 3

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens & Ullswater Steamers
This morning we visit Dalemain Mansion, a unique and slightly quirky historic house with a beautiful Georgian facade of dressed pink stone. Some parts of the house are a glorious confusion of winding passages, quaint stairways, unexpected rooms - the sort of house children love to play in. Part of the charm of Dalemain is that it is still very much a family home, still occupied by the same family who have lived here for more than 300 years. It's also been home to the annual "World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival" since 2005, Entries are sent in from all over the world for judging and the winning entry is than sold in Fortnum & Mason and the Dalemain shop, so don't forget to visit the gift shop to purchase some award-winning marmalades! In the afternoon we travel to nearby Pooley Bridge and board one of Ullswater Steamers for a cruise with a difference's Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England's most beautiful lake.

Day 4

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway & Muncaster Castle
We start the day with a return steam train journey on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, from the coastal village of Ravenglass to the very heart of the Lake District, Dalegarth, where we disembark for a short break before our return journey. Once back at Ravenglass station, we re-join our coach for a short drive to Muncaster Castle & Gardens, owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years. While here we discover the history of the house and family, why a castles Fool is still appointed, and why it's known as one of Britain's most hunted castles. There's also time to explore its grounds which offer stunning views over Eskdale.

Day 5

We depart after breakfast and begin our journey home.

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