England’s Lake District needs 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 cruises on two of England’s most beautiful lakes and take steam train journeys on the picturesque Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, known locally as ‘La’al Ratty’. Our base for this exciting tour is Grange-over-Sands, a traditional seaside resort famed for its mild climate and within easy reach of the Lakes.
Monday: Travel to Grange-over-Sands for our four night stay.
Tuesday: We begin the day with a scenic drive through the Lake District as we head for Keswick. After free time to explore, we continue on to Ullswater, where we enjoy a cruise from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding. We return to the hotel via the spectacular Kirkstone Pass.
Wednesday: After breakfast we head for the Leven Valley for our short journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which is followed by our Lake Windermere cruise from Lakeside to Bowness. There will be time to enjoy all the attractions of this popular town before we return to the hotel.
Thursday:We travel west for our 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. We return to Grange-over-Sands, where there will be time to relax by the coast or explore this Edwardian resort.
Friday: Return to Derbyshire.
Accommodation is provided at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, a Victorian seaside hotel with views over Morecambe Bay. There is 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 entertainment on two evenings during our stay.
Cruises on Ullswater and Lake Windermere and journeys on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway are included