Cumbria and the Lake District need little introduction – from the bustling and busy Lake Windermere to the quiet, reflective beauty of the northern lakes, this beautiful landscape has inspired artists, poets and writers for centuries. On this scenic tour, we will enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere and take steam train journeys on the picturesque Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, known locally as ‘La’al Ratty’. We also include visits to majestic Muncaster Castle and Gardens and Leighton Hall both of which are historic family homes.
We will be staying at the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange over Sands. The Grand is a Victorian seaside hotel with views over Morecambe Bay. The hotel has a comfortable bar and lounge, beautiful gardens with views over the bay and the bedrooms are en suite and served by a lift. Ground floor rooms and rooms with walk in showers are available on request and some rooms with a bay view may be available for a supplement. The hotel will provide live musical entertainment on two evenings during our stay.
Monday: Travel to Grange-over-Sands for our four night stay.
Tuesday: We travel west for our return journey on ‘La’al Ratty’ which takes us along the coast from Ravenglass and through the valleys to the foot of England’s highest mountains. This afternoon, we visit Muncaster Castle, where there will be time to explore the house and gardens.
Wednesday: Today we head to Morecombe where we spend the morning. Later we visit Leighton Hall where we enjoy a guided tour and a cup of tea or coffee.
Thursday: After breakfast we head for the Leven Valley for our journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which is followed by our Lake Windermere cruise. There will be time to enjoy all the attractions of this popular town before we return to the hotel.
Friday: Sadly it is time to leave Cumbria and return to Derbyshire.
Cost shown is per person for half board sharing a double or twin room
No single room supplement on limited allocation then £76
Admission to Muncaster Castle and Leighton Hall, train journeys on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and cruise on Lake Windermere are included