Monday 10th June – Friday 14th June
There are few, if any, places in the UK that can rival the rolling peaks, luscious greenery and glistening waters of the Lake District. It’s not hard to see how its breath-taking natural beauty stirred the imaginations of some of England’s greatest literary heroes: from William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter.
On this 5-day trip to the Lake District, you will soak up the beautiful vistas of Lake Windermere, visit the homes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth and explore some of the history of the northwest with tours of Lancaster Castle and the Stott Park Bobbin Mill.
*Prices are per paying passenger and based on 2 people sharing a twin room and a minimum of 40 paying passengers.
Depart Southport by coach following the Annual Meeting Weekend and begin your journey to the Lake District. You will stop off in Lancaster on the way and enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Lancaster Castle where you will discover its fascinating history, originating back to Roman times.
You will then make your way towards the southern tip of Lake Windermere where you will settle into your accommodation and enjoy an evening meal.
Wake up to beautiful morning views of Lake Windermere and enjoy breakfast at your hotel before visiting Stott Park Bobbin Mill. This extensive working mill produced millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries and is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District today. Discover the history of the mill and watch the production of the bobbin on the original belt driven machinery.
In the afternoon, you can visit the pretty village of Cartmell, famous for its beautiful 12th Century Priory. Enjoy a guided tour of the Priory before strolling through Cartmell’s cobbled streets and browsing the village’s gift shops. Make sure to visit the cheese bake house and the village shop which is the ‘home of sticky toffee pudding’ to try the area’s specialities!
After breakfast, you will make a short trip to nearby Haverthwaite to take the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Train up to Lakeside, enjoying stunning views along the way. Then, you can enjoy some time at the Lakeside Aquarium before a lunch stop at a nearby café.
Next, you will board a boat and admire Lake Windermere from the water! Take in the stunning views and take plenty of photos as you sit back, relax and enjoy your ride across England’s largest lake.
From Beatrix Potter to William Wordsworth, today will be spent immersed in English Literature.
In the morning, you will visit Hill Top – the former home of Beatrix Potter – where you can explore the 17th century farmhouse and its gardens to see the places that inspired the creation of Peter Rabbit and his friends!
In the afternoon, you will journey a little further north to step back further in time to the 1770s at the home of William Wordsworth. Wander through the heritage walled garden and discover the places that inspired his poetry before exploring the childhood home of the great writer.
Say goodbye to the Lake District and return to Southport to commence your onward journey home.
Itinerary subject to change prior to departure.
Situated just a two minute walk from Lake Windermere, in five acres of beautiful grounds, Newby Bridge Hotel offers a comfortable stay in a picturesque setting. Its en suite bedrooms are elegantly decorated and fully equipped with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. With a fine restaurant, indoor swimming pool and a pleasant bar area with a log fire, the Newby Bridge Hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing stay in the heart of the Lake District.
Free parking is available at the Newby Bridge Hotel and there is free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Travel in safe hands
The safety of all our groups is of paramount importance to us. Venture Abroad has rigorous safety checks in place and its own Safety Management Policy.