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Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the spectacular north of England

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20212022
5 days From £379 per person

2022 Tour code: 22LKL

About the tour

From your base in Carlisle, 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 - Carlisle

Begin your holiday at the Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle, where you meet your Tour Manager. Close to the Scottish border, Carlisle is a city surrounded by beauty. With the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and Hadrian's Wall just a train ride away, this is the perfect place from which to explore.

Carlisle dates back to Roman times and boasts a myriad of ancient buildings and beautiful architecture. Carlisle Castle, a sturdy fort built during the reign of William II, son of William the Conqueror, is well worth a visit. Many of the streets are also infused with more modern history, thanks to Carlisle's place as a centre of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, when Carlisle also became a hub for the railways. Your hotel is situated just outside the gorgeous Grade II listed station.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - Windermere

Journey by steam train from Haverthwaite to Lakeside today, which sits on the southern shore of stunning Windermere. A delightful railway trip, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway winds through the beautiful sights of the English countryside, on a route that was part of the Furness Railway when it opened in 1869.

On arrival in Lakeside, board a boat and 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. Soak up the sights of sloping hills swathed in woods and moorlands.

You have free time in Bowness, famous for inspiring the fictional town of 'Rio' in Arthur Ransome's most famous series of novels, 'Swallows and Amazons'. There's also an attraction here dedicated to one of the Lake District's most renowned inhabitants, Beatrix Potter. On your way back to Carlisle, make a stop at the pretty village of Grasmere. Sat next to Grasmere Lake, the village was once home to William Wordsworth. Take a wander here, and perhaps treat yourself to a local specialty - some award-winning Grasmere Gingerbread, which has been made here using an authentic Victorian recipe since 1854.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - The Settle to Carlisle Railway

Enjoy a spectacular journey on the wonderful Settle to Carlisle Railway to Skipton. It took seven years to complete this route before its opening in 1875, as the varied landscapes through which it travels made work difficult for construction workers. 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 so worth experiencing today.

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 today. 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 Carlisle by rail.

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  • 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 - Carlisle & 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

Carlisle Station Hotel, Sure Collection by Best Western, Carlisle

Carlisle Station Hotel, Sure Collection by Best Western, Carlisle

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Trains

Haverthwaite Railway
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Settle to Carlisle Line

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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 56 reviews

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Mr Stretton

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

Most of this trip was excellent, from booking, postponing and rebooking, the day-today programmes and particularly our Tour Manager Nicky. The Hotel was convenient, next to the station and right in the middle of Carlisle, and individual staff were friendly and helpful. The reasons I only gave 4 stars were a) The food. For the Welcome Dinner on first evening the chicken was dried out and the potatoes undercooked. Breakfasts - a good selection but the cooked elements left open and were frequently dried up. Bedroom tea tray. We understood why daily full cleaning of bedrooms was on hold due to Covid restrictions, but why was it necessary to have to fill in a form to replace every tea-bag or milk portion? b) bedrooms. The original antislip pattern in the bath had worn a bit thin, so a note by the bath advised 'If you can't find your bathmat please ask'. Why not leave it IN the bathroom and not hide it in the wardrobe? The toilet needed 5 go's to make it flush properly The hot water was not as hot as it should be. c) Cleanliness. A note outside the lift said 'This lift is cleaned regularly'. It clearly wasn't. the same bits of rubbish and marks on the wall were present for 4 days. We could sympathise with the slightly worn stair carpets in several places but, but again they did not appear to have been hoovered for a week. Overall it fell short of our expectation of an AA 3 star hotel

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K Alexander

5 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

I had a great holiday going by rail coach and ferry throughout Cumbria, visiting the Lake District and the “English alps”

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Nick Johns

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

It was an enjoyable holiday and Nickie our guide did her very best to make sure we enjoyed it and had everything we needed. It was marred only by social distancing rules and the constant uncertainty we are living with.

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Fiona Davidge

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

An excellent trip to this beautiful area, particularly around the Pennines, Scar Fell and the fantastic Settle-Carlisle rail route. We do not normally go for totally organised trips but in this Covid era the pre-arranged set up was necessary and worked well. Our tour guide was excellent and worked hard to support us all. The only down side was the hotel in Carlisle - very dated. Our room was dingy and poorly lit with dirty windows. The rooms were not serviced daily as they said Covid restricted what they could do - this is the not case in other hotels of the same group we have stayed in during this time.

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Mrs Thorp

5 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

This was a very enjoyable well organised holiday with a very friendly rep.

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Clive

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Good varied program which was enhanced by lovely weather. The hotel was very dated and shabby but the staff did their very best and always tried to help.

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