Experience England’s Stunning Lake District
*This experience runs every Monday & Thursday between April & October 2019
*Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own.
3 days with England’s greatest poets
Visiting 1 country: United Kingdom
It is time to get inspiration at the Lake District. You will get to see where England’s greatest poets and writers got their inspiration as we make our way from London to the Lake District. You will witness charming towns and amazing landscapes so let’s get to it!
Day 1: Explore the ancient ruins of Penrith Castle
We are getting on the train today as we head north to the market town of Penrith. Take a step back in time as we enjoy our lunch around the ruins of Penrith Castle. Fun Fact: It played a key role in defending the border from the Scots. After lunch we will enter the Lake District National Park where you should whip your camera out to take some photos of Ullswater, “England’s most beautiful lake”. You will also be able to take a walk in the forest and see the Aira Force waterfall. So pack for some water!
From here we will head to Keswick, but brace yourselves because before that we will visit Castlerigg standing stones where it is said to have once been a lively hub for ancient pagan rituals. After all that history, we will head to our final spot of the day, the charming town of Keswick where you can drop your bags off and explore this cute little English town.
(During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).
Day 2: Stare in wonder at the views on an optional boat trip, Lake Windermere
We are moving on along after breakfast to the south towards Lake Windermere. You’ve got two options once we get here, both pretty relaxing not gonna lie! You can either take a leisure cruise on the lake or you can enjoy a bite with a side order of scenery. From here we head to the beautiful village of Hawkeshead, which is where the poet William Wordsworth attended primary school. After this quaint little village, we will head north to what Wordsworth described “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is some free time here to visit his cottage and see whether he got his inspiration from the peace and tranquility that surrounded him. We will return back to Keswick in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Set your sights on sweeping views from atop the Whinlatter Pass
All good things must come to an end, but not before another day of adventure! We will pick you up from the hotel and make our way to Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Pass that has the most beautiful landscapes that could rival a postcard! Hope you aren’t too carsick as we go through winding lanes past Crummock Water and Buttermere and towards Honister Mountain Pass. Step once again back into history as we visit old slate workings, which is where residents of this area still work to make their living. After some light refreshments, we will go through the forests of Borrowdale where there will be free time for lunch and a spot for shopping. This is where our trip ends I’m afraid. We will drop you off at Penrith station where you can catch the train to London Euston Station and move onward with your travels.
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
Less than 1 week
Ullswater – The second largest lake in the English Lake District is famous for its sublime, tranquil beauty.
Aira Force Waterfall – A lovely stone bridge crosses the fabulously flowing waterfalls.
Castlerigg Stone Circle – It’s like a miniature Stonehenge. Although you can decide whether it’s more beautiful.
Lake Windermere – You can choose to wander the shores or put on your sailing hat and go for a cruise.
Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage – Visit the largely unchanged cottage where England’s premier poet composed his perfect poems.
Derwent Water – This gorgeous location was used in Star Wars – The Force Awakens. But the lasers and spaceships seem a million miles away from this peaceful area.
Honister Pass – Simply relax and enjoy the views of the monumental mountains.
- Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
- Air conditioning as standard
- The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- 2nd class return Virgin Rail travel from London Euston to Penrith Station
- Entry fees to visitor attractions
- Tour accommodation
Where does this tour stay overnight?
Please note that the price of this experience does NOT include accommodation. We will leave you the choice to pick your own:
- 2 nights in Keswick (During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere)
This tour includes a return train journey from London Euston to Penrith. And on arrival in Penrith, your driver-guide meets you and takes you through the best of the Lake District.
Take this tour and discover why this delightful area inspired England’s greatest poets and writers.
08.30 – Rabbie’s Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
- Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
- One 15 kilogram bag per person
- After booking your tour, we’ll contact you about your train journey
- All train tickets to be collected from the Virgin Trains “Group Bookings” Office at London Euston Train Station, NW1 2DU
- You get picked up by a Rabbie’s mini-coach from Penrith Train Station
How does the accommodation work?
Your tour excludes accommodation. You can reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations, or get in touch with us if you need any help.
I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
What are the accommodation types?
Accommodations are mostly no more than a 20-minute walk from the town center. The prices below are for guidance only.
- B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 – £40 per person per night. A single standard room is £40 – £60 per night.
- B&B En suite
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 – £55 per person per night. A single en suite is £60 – £80 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 – £85 per person per night. A single is £85 – £130 per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 – £25 per person per night.
*Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).