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Walking in England’s Lake District

United Kingdom
The Lake District National Park is the largest in England, and offers endless magnificent walking opportunities.
On this glorious guided walking tour we will enjoy a relaxed pace of discovery as we admire panoramic mountain, lake and river views from various peaks and fells, look out for wildlife, find secret corners, learn about the Lakes’ history and visit charming lakeside villages
We’ll spend the first 7 nights in Coniston where, in the evenings after our walks, we can relax and admire fantastic mountain views from our Country House hotel on the shores of Conistonwater. In this much-loved area of the Lake District we will walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter, and discover the awe-inspiring places and scenery that stirred their imaginations.

The next 3 nights will be in Derwent Water, known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’.  The gentle beauty of this area includes the picture-postcard valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale surrounded by lofty mountains. Many poets and artists have been inspired by the sheer splendour of these landscapes.

Our last night is spent in Liverpool, home to the 2nd most museums and galleries in the UK (next to London). Originally home to The Fab Four, Liverpool is one of the world’s top Music Cities and home to a six-area UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Tour Highlights:

   • Rydal Hall, including the 17th Century Thomas Mawson Gardens
   • Bowness-on-Windermere’s galleries and shops 
   • The Langdale and Coniston Fells
   • Walker-friendly pubs and tearooms in Keswick.
   • A Victorian steam-powered Yacht Gondola ride 
   • Dalemain House with Afternoon Tea 
   • Liverpool’s Beatles and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

* Those participating on this walking tour must be able to complete a minimum of 6 km of walking.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Manchester.
We arrive in Manchester and transfer to Monk Coniston House for a 7-night stay. Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, and set within the rugged landscapes of the Lake District, our hotel combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches. This evening we meet our walking leaders and enjoy our Welcome Dinner.
(Walk 7km with 260m ascent). A circular walk from the house takes us in a loop of picturesque beauty to Tarn Hows. This is an iconic view of the tarn with the brooding Coniston and Langdale as a backdrop. Have your cameras ready!
(Walk with 180m ascent). Our walk today circuits two of the Lake District’s prettiest lakes. We pass through Rydal village, and visit the 17th century gardens at Rydal Hall. There is an artists’ grotto at the bottom of a stunning waterfall which frames the falls perfectly. We finish the walk in Grasmere.
A ‘non walk’ day. We’ll circumnavigate Lake Windermere, and spend some time in Hawkshead - the tiny village of higgledy-piggledy houses, archways and squares beloved by William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. We’ll also explore Bowness-on-Windermere - a delightful town with art galleries, antique shops, independent gift shops, tea rooms and pubs.
(Walk 7 km with 140m ascent). We walk through the Langdale Valley - a perfect example of a typical ‘U’ shaped glaciated valley. Passing through the centre of the valley offers the best opportunity to appreciate this geological formation, We continue past Elterwater Village to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel through increasingly grand scenery.
Starting in the village of Troutbeck, we ascend Robin Land with the picturesque views over Windermere. We eventually descend to Waterhead, where we see Galava Roman Fort - a key location in Hadrian’s attempt to control Northern Britain, before proceeding to Ambleside.
(Walk 6.5km with 90m ascent). Our walk today is via the Coppermines Valley to Coniston village. We’ll cross the lake aboard the restored steam yacht Gondola - a fantastic way to appreciate this magnificent setting. We’ll end up at Brantwood House, then walk through the field back to Monk Coniston House.
Leaving the South Lakes, we stop at one of the most impressive stately houses in the Northwest of England, Dalemain House. This fine stately home has a beautiful Georgian façade of dressed pink stone and stands in 5 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland. It is home to the annual “World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival” - a competition for amateur marmalade makers, and so we must partake in afternoon tea (included) in order to try some of the delightful preserve! Later we arrive at Derwent Water for a 3-night stay.
(Walk 6.5km with 180m ascent). From an elevated starting point, we gentle ascend to the summit of Latrigg, followed by a gradual descent through Brundleholme Woods to Keswick. There will be time to enjoy the walker-friendly pubs, tearooms and shops in Keswick.
(Walk 6.5km with 150m ascent). From Grange in Borrowdale we walk the length of Derwentwater, and stop at the 17th century double-arched bridge over the River Derwent to take in the best views in this area. Back at our country house hotel we enjoy our final dinner to celebrate 9 days of incredible walking!
We head to Liverpool, city of the Fab Four and much more! Our guided city tour shows us Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and other Beatles landmarks. We’ll also see Britain's largest church - a magnificent neo-Gothic building which is also the world’s largest Anglican cathedral. There will be free time in the city before our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant on Albert’s Dock.
We transfer to Manchester for our flight home.
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