This tour takes in the highlights of Cumbria, considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. We take in spectacular scenery as well as visiting some iconic sites in the area, including Hadrian’s Wall. We also include two railway journeys in order to see even more of the beautiful environment.
Gilsland Hall Hotel sits proudly in 140 acres of manicured garden and natural woodland in an idyllic countryside location with spectacular views over the Cumbrian and Northumberland countryside. All of the en-suite bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, there is a lift to the 1st and 2nd floors.
From your front door the waiting Club Class Coach for the drive to Cumbria. We arrive this afternoon at Gilsland Hall Hotel with time to settle in before dinner.
Tuesday Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and Hexham, dominated by the Abbey overlooking the market square. This afternoon we return along the path of Hadrian’s Wall, which stretched some 76 miles from Tyne to the Solway.
Wednesday This morning we start our first train journey of the day in Carlisle as we join the Cumbria Coast Railway. The line follows the Cumbrian coastline through Maryport and Whitehaven, the stunning sea views stay with us to Ravenglass. Arriving at the station, we join the Ravenglass and Eksdale Railway- L’al Ratty steam train, travelling from the coast to the foothills of England’s highest mountains.
Thursday We travel to the Yorkshire Dales to Kirkby Lonsdale, where we find the weekly market in full swing. Then we travel past the immense Ribbleshead Viaduct, though charming Horton-in-Ribbleshead to Settle. In the afternoon we take the most spectacular train journey on a main line railway in the whole of England- the famous Settle to Carlisle line. Towering viaducts, bridges, long deep tunnels, lovingly kept station gardens all help to make this one of the best loved lines in the country. We travel along the whole line through majestic scenery to Carlisle where we re-join the coach for the ride back to Gilsland.
Friday We bid farewell to our hosts and head home after a relaxing break.
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