Monday 15th: We head north to St. Anne’s via Southport, noted for its sandy beaches and many golf courses. Its elegant town centre provides an array of shops to browse.
Tuesday 16th: We travel across country to one of Lancashire’s famous mills. Here we meet our local guide who will take us on a scenic drive around the Pendle country whilst telling us the dark tale of the Pendle Witches. We return to Oswaldtwistle Mill for a little shopping time or to visit one of the cafes for a spot of lunch. We continue into the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Trough, a dramatic, narrow valley which winds through the lovely countryside villages high into the Bowland Fells with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery. We stop at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet on the Lancaster Canal where we enjoy a delicious cream tea on Owd Nell’s Tavern before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Wednesday 17th: We travel to Blackpool for free time in this fabulous seaside resort. We have included an early Afternoon Tea at the Tower Ballroom with the remainder of the day at leisure to explore. We return to Lytham in the late afternoon.
Thursday 18th: Our tour of the Lake District begins as we travel firstly to the pretty village of Grasmere with time if you wish to visit Wordsworth’s museum and also Dove Cottage, his home from 1799 to 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet. We continue to Bowness, the ‘heart’ of the Lake District with every sort of shop you can imagine as well as many cafes and restaurants. Whilst here you may like to take a cruise on Lake Windermere.
Friday 19th: This morning is at leisure in Lytham and St. Annes-on-Sea. These dual seaside towns are nestled along a picturesque stretch of coastline lined with well-tended lawns, a boating lake and pretty parks. Enjoy expansive sandy beach, Victorian pier, historic windmill and stylish independent shops. We leave St. Anne’s early afternoon