Monday: Marking our way north, with suitable stops we aim to be at our hotel in plenty of time to settle in before dinner.
Tuesday: Our first visit today is to the Lakes Distillery, where a tour and tasting of their own whiskey, gin or vodka awaits. Leaving the distillery we enjoy a scenic drive passing Bassenthwaite Lake and Thirlmere as we make our way to Grasmere, probably Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth. Visit Wordsworth’s grave in the churchyard, take a walk to Dove Cottage (entrance not included) and perhaps buy some legendary Grasmere Gingerbread. Continuing our scenic drive we pass Ambleside and the northern shores of Windermere as we make our way back to our hotel.
Wednesday: After breakfast we make our way to Haverthwaite Station and enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway to Lakeside Pier. No visit to the Lake District would be complete without a cruise, and it is from Lakeside Pier that
we sail across Windermere to Bowness. After disembarking there will some time to explore this popular holiday village and have some lunch before we rejoin our coach and head for Hayes Garden World. This award winning garden centre is one of the largest in North West England, with indoor shopping malls packed with fashion, home décor and gifts and a café renowned for its home-cooked food.
Thursday: This morning we head north via the narrow but beautiful Kirkstone Pass, to England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Here we enjoy another relaxing cruise, from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge. Rejoining our coach we head for Keswick. This pretty market town offers a wide range of attractions, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference and market day is Thursday. We return to our hotel by way of the A6 and Shap.
Friday: We must leave the stunning Lake District and head for home. With suitable stops along the way we hope to be back in Essex late afternoon.
SUPPLEMENTS £91.00 – maximum 5 singles
The charming, 3 star Riverside Hotel is a converted 18th century tannery, situated on the banks of the River Kent, just a short walk from the centre of Kendal. All the bedrooms are spacious and en-suite and feature hospitality tray, TV with Freeview, free WiFi, telephone, hairdryer and ironing facilities. The hotel has a lift to all floors though there are some steps. The hotel also boasts a leisure club featuring a heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Executive coach travel.• Porterage on arrival & departure.• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival. • En-suite rooms.• 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, comprising of a 3 course Table d’Hote dinner with choice of menu. Tea/coffee after dinner and full English Breakfast.• Scenic drive with a tour and tasting at the Lakes Distillery and time in Grasmere.• A single journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway with a cruise on Windermere and time in Bowness and Hayes Garden World.• Scenic drive and cruise on Ullswater with time in Keswick.• Complimentary travel insurance. • ALL THIS FOR AROUND £117.80 PER DAY
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