The haunting, evocative sound of steam whistles still echo round the hills and dales of the English Lake District. Whether it’s the full size steam engines on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, the small but powerful narrow-gauge locomotives of the Ravenglass and Eskdale or the elegant steam yacht Gondola slipping across the calm waters of Coniston, there is steam aplenty in this most beautiful corner of England.
There’s a whiff of romance in the air at our first visit as we call in at Carnforth Station, the location for David Lean’s classic film Brief Encounter, before we continue to our luxurious 4-star country house hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere.
We spend the next day on and around Lake Windermere, as we see a unique collection of historic steamboats, cruise on the lake and take a nostalgic trip on the standard gauge Lakeside and Haverthwaite heritage railway.
The following day we travel into the hills once frequented by Roman soldiers aboard the little trains of the Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow-gauge railway, a highly scenic journey. The afternoon sees us at Coniston Water where we board the lovingly preserved steam yacht Gondola and cross to Brantwood House, the former home of critic and artist John Ruskin.
Our return journey is broken with a visit to the fascinating Anderton Boat Lift, a marvel of Victorian engineering, where we enjoy another boat trip before returning to our original departure points.
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Train travel