England: Colours of the Lake District29th Sep 2024
It’s easy to see why so many celebrated literary figures chose to call the Lake District home - this part of the country is simply spectacular. By far the UK’s most popular national park, the Lake District was given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2017 and its spellbinding landscape of rolling mountains and sprawling lakes is sure to inspire even the most uncreative soul!
Taking a leaf from the books of the area’s most famous residents, we will embark upon a scenic, story-filled tour, paying visits to Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse known as Hill Top and the nearby art gallery, William Wordsworth’s idyllic Dove Cottage and artist and critic John Ruskin’s Brantwood. Further highlights include the ‘Arts and Crafts’ house of Blackwell and the splendid gardens of Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall, which provide a changing palette of colour throughout the seasons.
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What to Expect
- The couch upon which Wordsworth lay ‘in vacant or in pensive mood’ at Dove Cottage
- John Ruskin’s ‘Living Laboratory’ at Brantwood
- Arts & Crafts style and stunning lake views at Blackwell
- Beatrix Potter’s original paintings and sketches
- The Gardens of Sizergh and Levens Hall
|To be advised
|London - Coach Bays on Tothill Street, Westminster
|Luton - Outside Luton Parkway Railway Station
|Northampton - Outside the Railway Station
|Birmingham - Bus stop outside New Street Station
|Lancaster - Outside Holiday Inn Lancaster, Caton Road, Jcn 34, M6
** Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure. **
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from our designated pick-up points and head to Sizergh Castle, near Kendal. Originally built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family, who still live here, this imposing house at the gateway to the Lake District stands proud in a rich and beautiful garden, with a pond, a lake, an important collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. The estate is crossed with footpaths, giving stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills.
We then continue to our comfortable accommodation at the 4-star Skiddaw Hotel, in the heart of the picturesque market town of Keswick.