5D/4N - 2019 Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Dales & York

5D/4N - 2019 Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Dales & York

    Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Dales & York                 

    5days/4nights, Edinburgh/Edinburgh

    2018 depart Mon: 01  Apr-28 Oct

    Cost from:             B&B from: $871pp twin share (s/sup $140)

                                    Hotel from: $1108pp twin share (s/sup $147)

day 01 Edinburgh-Berwick Upon Tweed-Alnwick-York

Our tour starts at 09.00 by hugging the magnificent East Lothian coastline as we travel towards the walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. After stopping to admire the fortifications we continue to Alnwick Castle, home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This magnificent Castle and its gardens have appeared in many films and television programmes. Leaving Alnwick behind we travel towards the City of York on the Great North Road, a route that has carried countless Roman Legions between the remote Northern outposts and the more populous settlements of Roman Britannia. In late afternoon, we arrive in York, your base for the next two nights.

day 02 York-North Yorkshire Moors National Park-Whitby-York

Today is a leisurely day that gives you the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings and the Normans. Then join our excursion to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire. Our journey begins in the late morning when we head for the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Lunch will be in Whitby, a bustling fishing port and the inspiration for the fertile imagination of author Bram Stoker, who stayed in the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby while writing his famous novel Dracula. After lunch and free time in Whitby, we travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay*; a perfectly preserved conservation village of winding lanes and narrow alleys before returning towards York. * Robin Hood’s Bay - The minicoach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop you at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village centre.

day 03 York-Yorkshire Dales National Park-Keswick

You will be collected from your accommodation and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. Continuing West our route takes us through the Northern Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade. Our final leg of today’s journey takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick** where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town. ** (During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere instead).

day 04 Castlerigg-Ullswater-Windermere-Hawkeshead-Grasmere

After breakfast you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg Standing Stones, thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass you stop at Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch, you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.

day 05 Keswick-Hadrian’s Wall-Jedburgh-Edinburgh

Leaving the Lakes behind us we start our climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1,900ft- on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. We follow the route of the old sheep drovers road between England and Scotland. Stopping at Hadrians Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire, there’s an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire. Following the ancient Roman Dere Street, we cross the border into Scotland and continue on to the Border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Our final stop is at the world famous Scott’s View with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills that form the border between Scotland before continuing north to Edinburgh from an arrival at approximately 19.00.

Inclusions: twin share in 3* accommodation, breakfast daily, coach transport, driver/guide, local taxes & service charges.

Note: itinerary is subject to change

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