The Cumbrian Experience
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“Cumbria is a celebration of living culture that incorporates the past but is rooted in the present”. If you have the time to spend 4 nights or so in this beautiful part of England then some if not all of these holiday tour suggestions are for you. You will have plenty of time to explore Cumbria‘s historical and cultural heritage and soak in the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of its lakes and mountains. Our Cumbrian Experience tours are designed to give you a truly memorable experience.
Base yourselves in the heart of the lakes at one of the many beautiful hotels. From here you can travel north for a full day’s tour of Hadrian’s Wall to find out about England’s Roman heritage. Hadrian’s Wall, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which stretches 73 miles (117 kilometers) across the north of England, all the way from the Irish Sea to the North Sea it marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain.
The world of Beatrix Potter
This is an in depth look at Beatrix Potter’s life, where she lived and where she took her inspiration from. We start our morning at The Armitt Museum to view some of her original mycological watercolours and then take a short drive to The Beatrix Potter Gallery in the picturesque Lakeland village of Hawkshead to look at an exhibition of her original artwork, illustrations and letters. The village is well worth a stroll around before lunch. After lunch we go to Hill Top. Beatrix Potter’s beloved farmhouse was her sanctuary and was where she wrote many of her much-loved children’s tales.
A Lake Cruise on Windermere and William Wordsworth in Grasmere
The best way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Lake District is to take a cruise on Windermere. This will be followed by lunch in the village of Grasmere, with time to brows the shops. This afternoon we will visit Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived for 8 years. These were his most creative years, shared with other members of the Lakeland Poets fraternity. There is a 2 mile scenic walk that links Dove Cottage with Rydal Mount, another house associated with Wordsworth. The walk follows an elevated route through the heart of ‘Wordsworth Country’ with wonderful views over Rydal Water. We will visit Rydal Mount and have afternoon cream tea in Wordsworth’s dining room.
Eden Valley and Ullswater
A morning visit to Lowther Castle for an introductory talk on the castle and then a walking tour of the wonderful gardens with the head gardener. After lunch we will make our way to Ullswater. It is the second longest lake in The Lake District at 7.5 miles long and was formed by three separate glaciers. We are going to take a leisurely cruise round the lake on an Ullswater Steamer which has a licensed bar, toilets, open/part covered outside decks and an interior saloon. On arrival at Glenridding, afternoon tea is called for at The Inn on the Lake Hotel!
Cartmel and Holker Hall
Cartmel village is located on the southern edge of the English Lake District. The village is a hidden gem of fine dining, it boasts a Michelin star restaurant, gorgeous scenery and one of the country’s finest racecourses. From the Square, ancient streets wind their way out of the village, and with a rich heritage that dates back to 677, Cartmel offers a picturesque and diverse, chocolate box, English fairy tale experience.
There is a lot to see, including the 12th Century Priory, wonderful little shops, cozy pubs, tea rooms and a small brewery.
This tour includes a guided tour of Cartmel and The Priory to learn about its fascinating history. This is followed by a British wine, beer and cheese tasting at Unsworth Yard. David Unsworth will give a short talk on the history of the yard and you will be able to go around the brewery and cheese shop afterwards to sample some more!
Early afternoon we will make our way to Holker Hall not more than 10 minutes away by car. Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish Family, has never been bought or sold but passed by inheritance through just three families and is the finest house in South Lakeland. A look round the house is well worth a visit with no rope or barrier restrictions.
The gardens at Holker have evolved over many hundreds of years, under the guidance of generations of the Cavendish Family and will be beautiful to stroll around. It has elements of the formal, the Italianate and informal plantings of old Rhododendrons. It also holds the National Collection of Styracaceae.