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Cumbria is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the UK and is a great place for touring around the picturesque countryside. On this tour we combine coach and train travel that is not to be missed and creates the perfect opportunity of bringing together wonderful scenery, interesting locations and excellent accommodation.
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Monday 13th: Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Cumbria and arriving late afternoon at Gilsland Hall Hotel. Tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Tuesday 14th: Today we head for Longtown and drive along Liddesdale as we make our way to picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park. We take a break at the visitor centre before continuing to Bellingham and Hexham, dominated by the Abbey overlooking the market square. This afternoon we return along the path of Hadrian’s Wall, which stretched some 76 miles from the Tyne to the Solway.
Wednesday 15th: This morning we start our first train journey of the day in Carlisle. The line follows the Cumbrian coastline through Maryport and Whitehaven, the stunning sea views stay with us to Ravenglass. Here we join the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – L’al Ratty steam train from the coast to the foothills of England’s highest mountains. Seven miles of steam in the Lake District National Park.
Thursday 16th: We travel into the Yorkshire Dales to Kirkby Lonsdale, where we find the weekly market in full swing. Then we travel on past the immense Ribblehead Viaduct, through charming Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle. In the afternoon we take in the most spectacular train journey on a main line railway in the whole of England – the famous Settle to Carlisle line. Towering viaducts, bridges, long deep tunnels, lovingly kept station gardens all help to make this one of the best loved lines in the country. We travel along the whole line through majestic scenery to Carlisle where we rejoin the coach.
Friday 17th: After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey making a stop at Bowness-on-Windermere.
Gilsland Hotel, Gisland, Brampton **
Set in 140 acres of gardens and woodland, Gilsland Hall Hotel is a rural retreat with farreaching views across the Cumbria and Northumberland countryside. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, traditional hospitality and inviting bar and restaurant areas.
Your Tour Includes
- All Travel by Executive Coach
- 4 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
- Excursions as Detailed
- Entertainment Each Evening
- Cumbria Coast Railway
- Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
- Settle to Carlisle Railway
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