The unrivalled beauty of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales has inspired poets and artists for centuries; our great value 5 day break aims to paint a picture that will last in your memory for years to come. We are based in Keswick, an old market town and now a busy Lakeland resort, which lies snuggled along the shores of Lake Derwentwater with the Skiddaw Mountains watching over this lovely town.
The 3 star Skiddaw Hotel is a family run establishment offering traditional elegance and style along with established quality and service to ensure a truly comfortable stay. Centrally situated in Keswick, amongst its wealth of charming shops, each of the ensuite rooms is equipped with a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and served by a lift.
Sunday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive north. We travel north to Boroughbridge where we enter the Yorkshire Dales, calling at Ripon with its fine cathedral, then on through Wensleydale, the terraced waterfalls at Aysgarth and Sedburgh to reach The Skiddaw Hotel in Keswick late afternoon with plenty of time to settle in before this evening’s dinner.
Monday Magnificent Lakeland scenery today as we make for Ullswater and pass the noted waterfall ‘Aira Force’ later we climb the Kirkstone Pass for wonderful views before descending to the lake that is Windermere. Bowness is a popular tourist town on the shore of Windermere. Here we spend time at leisure, take refreshments in one of the towns many tea rooms and enjoy a lakeside stroll before our final visit of the day to Beatrix Potter’s delightful Hawkshead. Our return takes us to Ambleside and past the unique little Bridge House arriving at the hotel for time at leisure to prepare for dinner this evening.
Tuesday This morning we take a 50 minute boat ride on Derwent water before continuing to Grasmere, famous for its gingerbread and of course it was once home to the poet, William Wordsworth. After time for lunch we take the short journey to visit Rydal Mount and Gardens, home to Wordsworth for 37 years. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it. The house contains portraits, personal possessions and first editions of the poets work. We return to the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday Our day begins with a visit to the town of Cockermouth then coaching on to spend time in the small city of Carlisle with such attractions as the Castle and its Museum to the Border Regiments and the small but impressive cathedral noted for the 14th century stained glass window and magnificent ceiling. More modern pastimes are catered for in the Lanes Shopping Centre and refurbished Victorian Market Hall. We return to Keswick with time to relax before dinner.
Thursday A fine breakfast before bidding farewell to our hosts as we depart for home. We make for Kirkby Lonsdale and on through broad Ribblesdale with its peaks and caverns to reach Skipton where we have time for the bustling market and lunch. Late afternoon we return to our home area after a memorable break among some of England’s finest scenery.
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