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Enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of the north of England

5 days From £489 per person

2022 Tour code: 22LKL

About the tour

From your base, travel on heritage railways, enjoying the rugged countryside in the north of England, including the world-famous Lake District.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Wetheral

Begin your holiday at your hotel in the village of Wetheral, near Carlisle, where you meet your Tour Manager. 

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Windermere

Journey by steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside, on the southern shore of Windermere. On arrival in Lakeside, sail across the lake to Bowness. Windermere is one of the Lake District's most famous bodies of water and is recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding natural beauty, which has been inspiring artists and writers for centuries. You have free time in Bowness. You could visit the World of Beatrix Potter, one of the Lake District's most renowned inhabitants, Beatrix Potter. On your way back to Wetheral, stop at pretty Grasmere. Sat next to Grasmere Lake, the village was once home to William Wordsworth. Perhaps treat yourself to a local specialty - award-winning Grasmere Gingerbread, which has been made here using an authentic Victorian recipe since 1854.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Settle to Carlisle Railway

Enjoy a spectacular journey on the Settle to Carlisle Line to Skipton. It took seven years to complete this route before its opening in 1875. Cut through hills, mountains, and valleys, over marshland and rivers; the very scenery that made the line difficult to complete is exactly what makes it worth experiencing. Enjoy miles of untouched beauty from your carriage as the line enters the Yorkshire Dales and passes over the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct, one of the undoubted icons of the Yorkshire landscape. Watched over by atmospheric Whernside, one of Yorkshire's highest peaks, the viaduct opened in 1876 and stretches more than 1,300 feet over the boggy land below. After some free time in the pretty market town of Skipton, return to your hotel by rail.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

After travelling to Ravenglass by train, take a steam-hauled rail journey to Dalegarth aboard the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. One of the oldest minimum-gauge heritage railways in England, the line originally opened in 1875 and boasts some truly incredible scenery. Enjoy fantastic views across undulating hills and the highest mountain range in England, before disembarking in Ravenglass. This afternoon, transfer to Muncaster to visit its castle. Owned by the Pennington family for over 800 years and set in picture-perfect surroundings, this fortress is almost Arthurian in appearance, with square towers topped by parapets. Enjoy some free time to explore before returning to the hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After a final breakfast, your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Crown Hotel Wetheral, Wetheral

Crown Hotel Wetheral, Wetheral

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Trains

Haverthwaite Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Settle to Carlisle Line

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Reviews

4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 185 reviews

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Cherry Gregory

5 stars

Submitted 5/Jul

My husband and I enjoyed this holiday (made even better because of perfect weather) and the group was very friendly. The hotel was in the attractive village of Wetheral, an ideal location for all our excursions. The Crown Hotel had friendly and helpful staff and the food was good, with a wide choice. We also had a nice, comfortable room. The only criticism we have is that (without warning or explanation) no one in the group had their rooms tidied and the coffee/tea was not replenished throughout our stay. It didn't make a great deal of difference to us but I thought it a little strange and have never stayed at a hotel before when this was not done. Also, it took until the third day for us to realise we could ask for more tea bags and coffee sachets etc at reception, No one had informed us of this. Besides this strange omission, the hotel was excellent. The tour manager, Nick, was friendly and organised and because many people on the tour had problems with getting home caused by the rail strike, he put a lot of effort into ensuring group members were helped as much as possible. We enjoyed the tours, loved the train journeys and were captivated by Muncaster Castle. It was a shame we didn't have more time at Muncaster Castle (the 1 hour 45 minutes that we did have was not nearly enough and with the array of beautiful and interesting things to see, it was frustrating not to be able to enjoy the vast majority of them). However, it was good to be introduced to the Castle and we shall try to visit it for a whole day sometime in the future.

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M Flook

5 stars

Submitted 5/Jul

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catherine

4 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

I had a good time and met some lovely people.

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Ros Ooi

4 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

Very interesting, and a beautiful area to visit. Everything was extremely well organised and the guide was great. Hotel and staff were good. More time at some destinations might have been better. All in all a most enjoyable holiday.

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Mr Dave Hughes

4 stars

Submitted 30/Jun

Good rail trips but not so other trips

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Richard

4 stars

Submitted 19/Jun

Well organised and enjoyable holiday. Have given 4 stars as hotel evening meals could have been better.

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