- Hike two of England's highest mountains
- Discover the secrets of a Druid Stone Circle
- Walk in one of Englands finest National Parks
- Visit the home of John Ruskin, leading patron and critic of Victorian art, and philosopher husband of Effie Gray
- Ride a restored steam train to the lakeside and cruise along Lake Windermere
The romance of the English Lakes that has inspired poets and painters is laid out before us on this Walk, which takes us from high fells to gorgeous lakeside towns. Hiking in the Lake District National Park, we ascend by mountain trails to discover summits with awe-inspiring views. Highlights include a ride in a steam train, a gentle cruise in a renovated Victorian steam yacht across the sparkling lakes, and an insight into the facts and myths of a Druids stone circle. We stay in a hotel which was once owned by Beatrix Potter and visit John Ruskins final home.
Sunday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
We rendezvous at Windermere Rail Station for a short transfer to Lindeth Howe, a country house hotel once owned by childrens author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. We meet on the lawns for our Welcome drink and admire the views towards the Cumbrian Fells, followed by dinner in the award winning restaurant.
Monday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Today is about trains, boats and, of course, feet! Walking from the door of our hotel we follow the country lanes and paths of the Winster Valley. Crossing footbridges and fords, we pass through the villages and hamlets of Little and Great Hartbarrow to reach the inn on Strawberry Bank for lunch. We continue along the ancient byways to rest a while on the 'Burblethwaite Pew' at a 16th century Chapel of Ease. Our path through meadows and woodlands takes us to the Haverthwaite railway where we catch the restored steam train to Lakeside. We board the Windermere ferry for a gentle cruise north to Bowness followed by a short drive back to our hotel.
Tuesday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Our walk begins in the village of Coniston for the first of our more challenging hikes this week. We ascend along well marked trails to the Coniston Hills. This iconic mountain range provides spectacular views of the village, Lake Coniston and beyond to the Irish Sea. The lake is famed for the exploits of Donald Campbell in his world water speed record attempts. In the afternoon, we board a much slower ferry and cross the lake to visit Brantwood House, the final home of John Ruskin the eminent Victorian writer, philosopher, social reformer and art critic. We explore the gardens and trails designed by Ruskin himself. A short transfer takes us back over Lake Windermere to our hotel.
Wednesday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall
This morning we take a scenic drive to the glacial valley of Langdale to join the Cumbria Way for a challenging hike over Stake Pass to enter the enchanting valleys of Langstrath and Borrowdale, voted by photographers as the most beautiful area of Lakeland. We lunch in the village before crossing Derwent Water known as the 'Queen of the Lakes' ringed by towering extinct volcanic peaks, green valleys and woods which sweep down to the waters edge. Our walk ends in the hiking centre of Keswick huddled between the two peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Thursday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall
Today we walk from the door of our hotel along the Cumbria Way overlooking Derwent Water to the old mining village of Threlkeld for lunch in a 17th century Inn in the foothills of Blencathra, the famous mountain for sale. Our afternoon walk leads us to the most significant stone circle in the North of England. Set in a spectacular location with mountain views all around, we reveal the mysteries of the 38 stones of The Druids' Circle.
Friday Overnight: Lyzzick Hall
Our full day's hike takes us to the summit of Blencathra also known locally as Saddleback, its so good we named it twice! Towering over the town of Keswick and the Northern lakes, this monumental mountain has fine views to the Isle of Man, the Pennine Hills and Scotland beyond. After lunch on the mountain, we descend to the traditional market town of Keswick to explore its museums, art galleries and artisan shops before returning to our hotel and farewell dinner.
After breakfast The Wayfarers transfer you to Penrith Rail Station.
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Departure: Penrith Rail Station
Hotels - Where we stay
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.
A luxury, family run country house hotel, on the lower slopes of Skiddaw, Englands third highest mountain, Lyzzick Hall is far from the crowds. The main house dates from 1845 and is set in mature landscaped grounds with views of the fells. There is a heated pool, sauna and whirlpool bath for guests use. Each of the 31 rooms has a garden view and features a digital flat screen TV, direct dial telephones, hair dryer, and tea, coffee and biscuit tray. Lyzzick Halls restaurant uses produce, meat, game and cheeses from local suppliers for a menu which is a combination of traditional and contemporary British food, often with an international twist.
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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