Monday 7th: We travel north along the motorways to Newby Bridge and check-in at the Newby Bridge Hotel. Welcome drink of tea or coffee will be served on arrival.
Tuesday 8th: Today we travel to Coniston Water to Hawkeshead with its delightful cottages and cobbles, then to Ambleside with its much photographed Bridge House. Finally we visit Bowness on Windermere for an opportunity to take a lake cruise and enjoy the magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands.
Wednesday 9th: Our excursion today takes us the short distance to Holker Hall and Gardens. Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland framed by Lakeland hills. The immaculately kept gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal garden.
Thursday 10th: A full day travelling via Wordsworth’s Grasmere and Thirlmere Lake to the lovely Victorian town of Keswick, the North Lakes most popular destination set in an idyllic location nestling between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwent Water. We continue via the shores of delightful Ullswater then climb the spectacular Kirkstone Pass to an altitude of 1489 feet, the Lake District’s highest pass.
Friday 11th: A morning visit to Kendal with its castle ruins, quaint cobbled streets, antique shops, the K Village shopping outlet and the famous ‘Kendal Mintcake’. We leave Kendal after lunch for our journey home.