The Lake District Explorer (Small Group): Edinburgh to Edinburgh
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 363
Starting in and returning to Edinburgh, two distinctly different regions and countries are interestingly combined to give both a historical and scenic look at wonderfully dramatic countryside. Iconic visits include Hadrian’s Wall and the delightful Lake District where you will spend 2 nights.
This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is your choice of 3 star country hotels or B&Bs.
Depart from Edinburgh and head south into the Scottish Border Country arriving at Scott’s View, a venue enjoyed by Sir Walter Scott. This was his favourite view overlooking the valley of the River Tweed. Then visit the William Wallace statue erected in 1814 in honour of this famous Scottish warrior who lived in the 12th Century. The statue is almost 3 metres/31 feet in height. Afterwards enjoy refreshments by the ruins of the 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey. You then cross the border into England and travel over the moors and the length of the remains of Hadrian’s Wall which was originally100 kilometres/62 miles long. Eventually travel through Hartside Pass to your final destination, the pretty market town of Keswick where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
On the next day, it is time to explore England’s iconic Lake District. Start with a visit to the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of 1300 to be found in Western Europe and site of ancient rituals. Continue to the lake of Ullswater. Here you can take a walk to the impressive Aira Force waterfall after which you can have optional activities such as a boat cruise on Lake Windermere or a short visit to the town of Windermere. Later, explore the regions of the Lake District made famous by Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter after which, return to Keswick.
Your final day includes spending time in the Whinlatter Forest Park, England’s only mountain forest. Next travel through the dramatic Honister Mountain Pass, an area known for its slate mines. Later visit Borrowdale and then back to Keswick after which, it is time to return to Edinburgh with a stop at Moffat, one of Scotland’s oldest spa towns.
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 363
Itinerary View Trip Map
Edinburgh to Hadrian's Wall and Keswick
Depart Edinburgh at 08:30 and travel South through the Scottish Borders, with stunning views the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on your way to the first stop of the day, the Victorian Spa town of Moffat. From Moffat you continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian Market town of Penrith. Here you will have the chance to get lunch and explore the ruins of Penrith Castle, which played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch you travel into the Lake District National Park, along the northern shores of Ullswater described as England's most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside of the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then have a short journey 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).
Avondale Guest House
Avondale Guest House
Only a two minute walk from Keswick town centre, Avondale Guest House makes the perfect base for walkers and cyclists, or those who simply want to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District. Situated in the heart of Cumbria, Keswick has so much to ...
Only a two minute walk from Keswick town centre, Avondale Guest House makes the perfect base for walkers and cyclists, or those who simply want to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District. Situated in the heart of Cumbria, Keswick has so much to offer and is ideally situated for touring this most beautiful corner of England. You can use your car, the local boat service or try a bus tour around the local sites. Best of all, join the thousands of walkers who come throughout the year to enjoy the simple delights of the fells, forests and nature trails.
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The Lake District
After breakfast you head along the winding country lanes to travel along the southern shores of Ullswater, with stops to take in the majestic views of this beautiful lake. Continuing south you journey over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass and stop at Lake 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 tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.
Return to Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park, over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. The journey takes you through the rural village of High Lorton, along the quiet winding lanes to the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere and on towards the Honister mountain pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on your return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch, you begin your return journey by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland you take a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here it is a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills back to Edinburgh. Arrival approx 19:30.
2017: Sep 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28; Oct 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 23, 30.
2018: Monday and Thursday: 2 April to 29 October*
* Trip does not operate: 5, 12 Apr; 28 May; 23 Aug; 18, 25 Oct
- Transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
- Forced air ventilation as standard
- Services of a professional driver/guide
- Breakfast daily
- All ferry and bridge crossings
- Meals and beverages not specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Admission costs at attractions and monuments
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Visas if required
- All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
30 Apr 2018