Lake District Weekend
Friday 7th - Monday 10th October
£425 per person (Single Supplement £55)
Price includes coach travel, 3 nights DBB at 4* Newby Bridge Hotel, plus Steam Train ride on Ravenglass Railway, entrance to Muncaster Castle & Dalemain House. Also visiting Bowness, Grasmere, Ambleside & Keswick.
Today we embark on a tour of the famous Lake District. Making our way west, and head straight to Bowness on Windermere, often referred to as the capital of the Lakes. We will give you a few hours to explore, the streets are lined with independent shops, cafes and restaurants, or why not take the time to catch a steamer on the lake, or visit the Beatrix Potter Museum. We will leave Bowness at 4.30pm to make our short journey to our hotel for the break, the Newby Bridge Hotel set overlooking the southern end of Windermere Lake. You will have full use of the leisure facilities during your stay including indoor pool, steam room, spa pool and gymnasium. Our meals will be served in the Garden View restaurant each day.
We will spend today visiting two of the Lake Districts most popular towns, Grasmere and Ambleside. We will spend the morning in Grasmere, a small typical Lake District village set on the edge of the lake, it has strong links to William Wordsworth, and is famous for its traditional Grasmere Gingerbread. Just before lunch we will board the coach and make our way along the shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water to Ambleside, the most northern town of Lake Windermere. Or if you’d prefer, why not walk from Grasmere to Ambleside along the shore, and take time to visit Rydal Caves, a huge man-made cavern as a result of slate quarrying, and recently used as a set in the Netflix series The Witcher. Please let Rose or Wayne know that you wish to do this and they can inform you where to catch the coach in Ambleside to return to the hotel. We will spend the afternoon in Ambleside, if the weather is fine, why not take a boat out onto the lake from Waterhead Pier, or take a short walk to Stock Ghyll Force as 70ft waterfall, which can safely be viewed from a platform at the top of the Ghyll. We will stay in Ambleside until 4.30 before we return to our hotel for the evening.
Today we will leave the hotel at 9.30am, to make our way through the South Lakes to Ravenglass, where we will catch a steam engine on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. One of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, it is affectionately known as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway“ in olde Cumbrian dialect. In April 1913 the original 3ft line closed and in 1915 the new 15in La’al Ratty was born. The heritage steam engines transport passengers from Ravenglass, the only coastal village located in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to Dalegarth for Boot some 210ft above sea level.
The line is seven miles long with a journey time of 40 minutes each way offering spectacular views over the estuaries and countryside with England’s highest mountains in the distance. You will have an hour at Dalesgarth to explore or enjoy some lunch, before returning to Ravensglass. Once back on board the coach we will have a short journey to Muncaster Castle, a historic haunted castle dating back to the thirteenth century built by the Pennington family, and is still occupied today and lived in by the same family. The castle has been extended and refurbished through the eras but you will be taken through the history by an audio tour narrated by members of the family including the ghost stories about the 16th Century court Jester, Tom Fool.
Today we must return home but not before visiting some more jewels in the Lake District. We will make our way to Keswick one of the more northernly Lake District towns set on the shore of Derwent Water, we will spend the morning here giving you time to explore the town and have some lunch before we make our journey to Dalemain House, one of the most beautiful and impressive stately houses in the North West of England. The house is still lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family but still retains the majority of its historical interior including the ‘Chinese Room’ which is decorated in sheets of hand-painted wall paper, brought in Tea Clippers from China in 1757. We will have time to explore the house and gardens, if you feel peckish take time to visit the tearoom and sample some of the Award-Winning Marmalade. We will leave here around 4pm and make our way east stopping in Barnard Castle first.