Monday 25th: We travel north to Kendal for a lunch stop and time to explore this lively market town with speciality shops in cobbled streets and yards. Kendal is South Lakeland’s hub for shopping and culture. After our visit we continue on to the Gilsland Hall hotel.
Tuesday 26th: After breakfast we take a half day excursion to market day at nearby Hexham which proudly holds the title of England's favourite market town as well as boasting a beautiful Cathedral. The afternoon gives you the pportunity to relax at your hotel with fantastic grounds to explore and wonderful views to enjoy.
Wednesday 27th: Today we head east to the World Heritage Site of Durham city. Explore beautiful Durham Cathedral, where the breathtaking vaulted ceiling soars skyward like the choristers’ voices, and discover its Open Treasure experience which gives visitors access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral.
Thursday 28th: After breakfast we head for Carlisle - the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre in the northern half of Cumbria, and a fair amount of southern Scotland. The Romans established a settlement here primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the priory into a Cathedral. The Castle is home to the Border Regiment Museum which relates the history of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment. After time for lunch we head to Gretna Green. Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop, the historic hotspot for elopements! Take time to visit the Gretna Green Story Exhibition, housed within the original blacksmiths cottage and workshop. We will have free time for lunch and to visit the Blacksmith Shop.
Friday 1st: Our journey home allows us to explore part of the beauty of the English Lake District, travelling first to Keswick and the northern Lakes before continuing along Thirlmere to Grasmere, Wordsworth country and then onto Bowness on Windermere.