Hadrian's Wall & The Lake District
The landscape that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge is our home for this journey across the romantic Lake District and rugged Northumberland.
Following the course of Hadrian's Wall, we trek through wild, unpopulated country, climbing low fells and high crags, crossing open moorland and following remote bridleways. We see the remains of Roman towns, bath houses and military forts, meander through sleepy northern villages and eat hearty pub lunches.
A highlight of this trip is our time at Lake Windermere, the largest and most impressive of the lakes. We also visit Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's elegant home, and Beatrix Potter's garden at Hill Top.
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Walk Rating: Moderate. Picturesque pathways dipping and rising into Britain's wildest unpopulated areas. modest hills. 10-12 miles walking per day.
US$3,995.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins at Corbridge, with arrival at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; walk ends in Grasmere, with departure from Oxenholme Rail Station.
We rendezvous in Newcastle and drive to Corbridge to visit the extensive remains of the ancient Roman Garrison town which played a vital role in the conquest of northern Britain. We walk across the excavated main street and find out about the lives of the people who once lived here. We transfer to our hotel in Langley-on-Tyne for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
Today we walk along the best of the spectacular Hadrian's Wall; its fine condition testament to the brilliance of Roman engineers who constructed it nearly 2,000 years ago. At Housesteads, a fort occupied by several military units for 300 years, we take time to contemplate the ruins before rejoining our path on the high crag. We descend to a welcome pub lunch at The Twice Brewed Inn before continuing our journey along the Wall in the footsteps of the Roman Legions. We travel west to our hotel on the banks of Ullswater in the Lake District National Park.
We walk along the banks of the River Eamont to Barton church and along lanes and bridleway tracks to the serene village of Askham for lunch at a traditional inn set on the village green. Then on to the remote village of Helton before heading over Askham Fell where people of past millennia built cairn circles and tumuli and where now only hardy sheep live by grazing the tough heather.
We enjoy first views of the impressive hills and mountains of the Lake District. Magnificent Ullswater is in view as we meander to How Town where we take the ferry to Glenridding and a pub lunch. We drive over dramatic Kirkstone Pass to Troutbeck, a sleepy old village above the valley, from where we walk along tracks, through farms and woodlands, to the shores of Windermere and our lakeside hotel at Ambleside.
We take the ferry across Lake Windermere to view Wray Castle before we begin our morning's walk along the peaceful banks of the lake. A woodland walk brings us to Far Sawrey for lunch in the famous village pub, The Tower Bank Arms. We visit Beatrix Potter's garden at Hill Top and set off again enjoying the classic views of the Langdale pikes on the way to Hawkshead village for a private tour of the small grammar school where William Wordsworth studied Classics. We transfer to our next hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we walk the paths of the romantic poets around Grasmere, Wordsworth’s favorite lake, visit the family home at Dove Cottage and on to his final residence at Rydal Mount. After lunch in the famous Britannia hikers' Inn, our afternoon walk takes us to Elterwater in the Great Langdale Valley. We return to our hotel for our Farewell Dinner.
Morning transfer to Oxenholme rail station for departure and onward connections.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Macdonald Leeming House - Monday & Tuesday
Cumbria CA11 0JJ
Once the private residence of the local Bolton Family, this two hundred year old house is surrounded by 22 acres of lush gardens and woodland leading down to the shore of Ullswater in the glorious Lake District Countryside. Everything on the menu is homemade at the hotel's Regency Restaurant. The style of the menus is simplicity, using only the finest local produce and ingredients so as not to complicate or detract from their integrity.
The hotel boasts 39 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms. A number of these also enjoy superb views over the gardens towards the lake and are all furnished to a very high standard. All have private ensuite bathroom, satellite television, hairdryer, phone and Wi-Fi internet access.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After Your Walk:
- Experience the lively city of Newcastle
- Check out the Northern Lakes, centered on Keswick
- Take the Carlisle-to-Settle train for Englands most spectacular railway journey
- Take part in a variety of water sports or sailing on the bigger lakes
- Find time to go shopping in Ambleside
- Take an excursion to Ruskin's house on Coniston Water
Temperatures usually range from around 45º to 65ºF (7º to 18ºC) in spring/autumn and from 60º to 70º F (15º to 21ºC) in summer although it can rise to above 80º F (27ºC) on some days. You are likely to need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings. Rainfall is unpredictable but occurs all year round and can be heavy, even in summer. Equally there can be long spells of warm dry weather so you will need to bring clothing to accommodate all situations.
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