- Irish Sea to North Sea Walk across the neck of England
- Covers 85 miles and 3 national parks in 6 days
- Lake District National Park
- Yorkshire Dales National Park
- North York Moors National Park
Across hills and dales, lakes and moorlands, this challenging Walk from Cumbria to Yorkshire spans 85 miles of quintessentially English landscape. Following in the footsteps of Charlotte Bronte and William Wordsworth, we discover the wild, unspoiled Lake District and the mountains of Cumbria, pass tranquil lakes and climb by craggy tarns. In Yorkshire we encounter pastures and dales, winding rivers and rocky valleys. We explore royal castles and Gothic abbeys, sample local ales and traditional cheeses. Wildlife is the real star of this walk and at any moment on our trip we might spot a grouse or plover, kingfisher or deer.
Saturday Overnight: Netherwood Hotel
Sunday Overnight: Rothay Garden Hotel
Monday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Tuesday Overnight: The Blue Lion Hotel
Wednesday Overnight: Swinton Park Hotel
Thursday Overnight: The Black Swan Hotel
Friday Overnight: Raithwaite Hall
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Departure: Darlington Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park in the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands, the Netherwood Hotel is set in extensive grounds overlooking the spectacular Morecambe Bay. This dramatic and stately residence was built as a family house in the 19th century, and still retains its close, friendly ambience in the careful hands of its long-standing owners, the Fallowfield family. All the bedrooms offer en-suite bathroom with hair dryer and picturesque views looking across Morecambe Bay, the gardens or the woodland to the rear of the hotel. The restaurant has dramatic views over Morecambe Bay. There is wireless internet access in the reception area.
Rothay Garden Hotel
Perfectly positioned on the edge of picturesque Grasmere village, and nestling in two acres of riverside gardens surrounded by majestic fells, Rothay Garden is a beautiful, four star hotel. Owned and operated by Chris Carss and his dedicated team for nearly twenty years, Rothay Garden has recently benefited from extensive redevelopment.All the bedrooms offer luxury ensuite facilities including internet access, ten-channel TV, welcome tray, hairdryer and complementary toiletries and bathrobes. The two-rosette Conservatory Restaurant at Rothay Garden is an attraction in its own right, with its contemporary furniture, clean elegant lines and great views overlooking the hotel's two acres of gardens.It has an excellent reputation for high quality food, professional service and dishes are prepared using the freshest of regionally sourced produce.
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Lindeth Howe is an elegant Victorian building, once owned by Beatrix Potter and where she illustrated some of her famous childrens books. Built in 1879 as a holiday home for a wealthy mill-owner, the house, which commands stunning views over Lake Windermere, is now transformed into a comfortable and luxurious hotel with a pool and leisure and fitness center. All the 34 bedrooms are ensuite, with bathtub, shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi, hairdryer, and digital flat-screen TV/radio. The award-winning Lindeth Howe Dining Room prides itself on its fine dining in menus overseen by Head Chef Rob Taylor, using the best locally sourced produce prepared with the season in mind. The dress code is smart.
The Blue Lion Hotel
From the first moment that you set foot into the Blue Lion, you will be overwhelmed by its charm and it's character. Originally built towards the end of the eighteenth Century as a coaching inn, The Blue Lion attracted trade from travellers and drovers, on their journeys through Wensleydale. Extensive, yet sympathetic renovation has produced individually-styled rooms fully equipped with ensuite facilities and hair dryer. Wireless internet access is available in every bedroom. All food is freshly prepared, using a variety of local ingredients and there is always a selection of vegetarian dishes available to choose from.
Swinton Park Hotel
An exclusive luxury castle hotel, Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family and is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. The bedrooms are individually designed and decorated on the theme of a Yorkshire town, dale, castle, abbey or garden. All ensuite rooms are equipped with telephones, a modem point, CD player, satellite TV, trouser press, drinks tray and coffee/tea facilities. Wireless internet access is available in the reception and lounge areas. The courtyard houses a spa and fitness area in the conservatory with a variety of health and beauty treatments available. There is also the bar (in the family museum), a private cinema and a snooker and Victorian games room. Spa: Opening times for Sauna & Jacuzzi are from 7am-9pm daily with Beauty treatments available until 5pm. All treatments must be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance - Tel: +44 (0)1765 680900. To fit in with the walking itinerary, please arrange your massage no earlier than 4pm on the day you arrive at Swinton Park. Your Walk Manager can assist you with booking treatments.
The Black Swan Hotel
Centrally located on the market square, this lovely hotel offers a unique combination of Georgian, Elizabethan and Tudor styles of architecture. The Black Swan boasts a high level of comfort and service with burning log fires in winter, oak beams and a veritable maze of lounges. The Rutland Restaurant offers a sumptuous menu which changes every day and uses only the finest local ingredients. All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with ensuite bathrooms and come with hairdryer, trouser press, iron and ironing board. Wireless internet access is available in the lounge immediately next to the reception.
Set back on the clifftops at Sandsend, 19th-century Raithwaite Hall was once a local shipping magnate's country residence. Now it is a luxurious hotel surrounded by landscaped grounds on the 80-acre Raithwaite estate. All the ensuite guestrooms are individually designed, some with a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens. Each room has TV, hairdryer, bathrobes, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Local, seasonal produce is used in the restaurant, specialising in Whitbys famous produce from both the sea and the land. Spa and fitness facilities include a swimming pool, steam room and whirlpool.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants