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 on this tour, as well as visiting some iconic sites, including Hadrianís Wall. We also include two railway journeys in order to see even more of the beautiful environment.
Gilsland Spa hotel sits proudly in 140 acres of manicured garden and natural woodland in an idyllic countryside location with spectacular views over the Cumbrian and Northumbrian countryside. All of the en-suite rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a lift serves the 1st and 2nd floors.
Monday From your front door the waiting Club Class Coach for the drive to Cumbria. We arrive this afternoon at Gisland 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 Hadrianís 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. The line follows the Cumbrian coastline through Maryport and Whitehaven, the stunning sea views stay with us to Ravenglass. Here we join the Ravenglass and Eksdale Railway- Líal Ratty steam train from the coast to the foothills of Englandís highest mountains, seven miles of steam in the Lake District National Park.
ThursdayWe 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 and 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.
FridayWe bid farewell to our hosts and head home after a relaxing break.
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