2021 LAKE DISTRICT SPRING TOUR
DATES: 2021 APRIL 25th-30th ( 5 days/ 5 nights )
COST: TBC per person based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel room
5 DAY TOUR the cost, per person, is based on two people, per car, sharing a hotel bedroom includes the following:
- Accommodation in 4 star or 3-star stylish hotels ( 5 nights )
- 3-course dinners, ( 5 nights )
- Comprehensive road book with daily itineraries and detailed route instructions
- Michelin map of the Lake District with the route highlighted
- Services of a Tour Director throughout the tour
NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :
- Lunches, snacks, coffees, etc.
- Drinks with dinner
- Entry to places of interest eg. museums, gardens, etc.
Day 1 Sunday, April 25th
Clients arrive in the afternoon at Lakeside hotel on Lake Windermere.
Hotel: Lakeside Hotel, Lakeside Lake Windermere.
Lakeside is located 2 miles north of Newby bridge on the west shore of Lake Windermere, the largest of the lakes. and the largest natural lake in Britain.
Lakeside Hotel is our base for the next 2 nights and dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant.
Our hotel is located on the south-west shore of Lake Windermere with
wonderful views overlooking the lake.
Next to the hotel is the Lake Windermere ferry terminal and the Lakeland
For those arriving early Sunday afternoon there will be an opportunity to enjoy a ferry ride to Bowness or a visit to the nearby Lakeland Aquarium.
Alternatively, you can simply relax in the hotel's conservatory overlooking the lake.
Dinner in the hotel for our group has been arranged for 8.00 pm.
Day 2 Monday, April 26th Lakeside, local excursion ( miles)
Lakeside Hotel/ Hawkshead/Skelwith Bridge/Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll/Wrynose Pass/Hardknott Pass/Eskdale/Wastwater/Muncaster Castle
Our morning route takes us north via Hawkshead to Skelwith Bridge and into the Langdale Valley to Dungeon Ghyll, our morning coffee stop.
We then drive over our first mountain pass which takes us up to Blea Tarn and then over the first of today's legendary passes, Wrynose Pass.
At the top of Wrynose Pass, we stop to take photos before descending into the valley
Our next legendary pass is Hardknott Pass
At the top of Hardknott Pass, there are the remains of a Roman fort.
From the summit of Hardknott Pass, we descend steep hairpin bends into the Eskdale valley
We then drive through Boot towards Eskdale Green where the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway station has a terminal.
We then continue through the valley to Santon Bridge where we turn northwest to nearby Wastwater, the deepest and most remote of the lakes and drive the entire length of Wastwater's western shore to Wasdale Head
We turn around here as the road here is a cul de sac so we drive back down the lake through Nether Wasdale to Gosforth. From here it is only a few miles to Muncaster Castle, our lunch stop,
Here we visit the castle as well as visiting the impressive world owl centre.
(Muncaster Castle-Corney Fell--Lakeland Motor Museum-Newby Bridge-Lakeside )
After Muncaster Castle, we head south to Wabberthwaite and then drive over the desolate Corney Fell.
We then drive via Duddon Bridge and Broughton in Furness to Newby Bridge then back to our hotel at Lakeside.
Dinner tonight is at 8.00 pm in the hotel's restaurant overlooking the lake.
Day 3 Tuesday, April 27th Lakeside to Bowness ( miles)
Hotel: Langdale Chase
Lakeside /Sawrey/Esthwaite Water/Hawkshead/Tarn Hows/Coniston Water/Brantwood House
After 2 nights we say goodbye to the Lakeside Hotel and drive up the west shore of Lake Windermere, on a scenic minor road, to Sawrey passing Beatrix Potter's cottage and Esthwaite Water, to our morning coffee stop, Hawkshead.
After coffee, we drive up to nearby Tarn Hows where there is an option to walk around this scenic man-made tarn amidst majestic mountain scenery.
Leaving Tarn Hows we take a single track road which descends to Lake Coniston where we drive a couple of miles down the east lake shoreline to our lunch stop, Brantwood, the former home of the writer and philosopher, John Ruskin.
Brantwood/Coniston Water/The Lakeland Motor Museum/Newby Bridge/Lake Windermere/Langdale Chase Hotel
In the afternoon we continue down the east shore of Lake Coniston
We then drive via Haverthwaite to our afternoon coffee stop, the Lakeland Motor Museum, at Backbarrow.
We then continue to Newby Bridge and drive up the east shore of Lake Windermere, via Bowness, to the Langdale Chase Hotel on Lake Windermere just south of Ambleside.
Day 4 Wednesday, April 28th
Hotel: Sharrow Bay
Lake Windermere/The Jetty (Steam Boat museum)/Bowness on Windermere/
We say goodbye to the Langdale Chase and return to Bowness-on-Windermere where we visit The Jetty/Steamboat museum our morning coffee stop.
We then continue into Bowness where there is an option to catch a pedestrian ferry.
Bowness is also our lunch stop ant the town has numerous hotels, cafes and bars.
Kirkstone Pass/Glenridding/Ullswater/ Pooley Bridge/Sharrow Bay hotel
In the afternoon we leave Bowness and drive up the southern slope of Kirkstone Pass to the summit
We then drive down the northern slope to Glenridding passing Brothers Water.
We then drive up the west shore of Lake Ullswater to Aira Force where we stop to visit the waterfall.
We then continue up Ullswater
to Pooley Bridge, at the top of the lake where we turn down the east lakeshore to Sharrow Bay, our hotel for the next two nights.
Dinner tonight is in the hotel's famous restaurant
Day 5 Thursday, April 29th
Hotel: Sharrow Bay
Ullswater/ Kirkstone Pass/Ambleside/Grasmere/Thirlmere/Keswick/ Derentwater/
We drive up to Pooley bridge then down the lake passing Aira Force down to Glenridding where we start to climb the Kirkstone Pass but this time in the opposite direction to yesterday.
At the summit with the Kirkstone Pass Inn on the left, we turn right down “The Struggle”
Here in the 90's, I raced a Lotus down to Ambleside at the bottom, ( I was on a racing cycle at the time !)
We then drive via Ambleside to Grasmere, our morning coffee stop.
Here you can stroll through the village
and visit Wordsworth’s grave in the local churchyard
and also visit the famous “Gingerbread shop.”
Our morning coffee stop is on the river opposite the graveyard
We then leave Grasmere and head north to Keswick via Thirlmere
Then we drive down the Borrowdale valley along the east shore of Derwentwater to our lunch stop, a hotel overlooking the lake.
Honister Pass/ Buttermere / Crummock Water/ Lorton/ Whinlatter Pass/ Bassenthwaite/ Dubwath/ Pooley Bridge/Sharrow Bay hotel
After lunch we continue down the lake, passing the Bowder stone, then, via Seatoller, up Honister Pass where we visit the slate mine at the summit.
We then descend into the valley
We pass Buttermere lake
and Crummock Water
and drive to Low Orton where we turn right and drive over Whinlatter Pass to Braithwaite.
Here we turn left and drive up Bassenthwaite Lake to our afternoon coffee stop, the Lakeland Distillery.
After coffee, we drive back down Bassenthwaite to Keswick
We then drive along the A66 back to Pooley Bridge and down the east lakeshore of Ullswater to Sharrow Bay for the last night of the tour.
Day 6 Friday, April 30th
After breakfast, the tour ends and we bid our farewells