Explore the best of the Yorkshire Dales. We drive to the quaint village of Sedbergh and head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and the spectacular viaduct.
We venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch.
Our next stop is Bolton Castle in which Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned, before our journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls, which is famous for an appearance in the film Robin Hood Prince of thieves.
From here we make our way to Hawes for a stop before continuing into the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. We complete our journey back to Windermere via Kirkby Lonsdale.
Ten Lakes Spectacular
The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England, and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch.
On this Lake District tour you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. There will be plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs. It provides a great introduction to the Lake District, and a taster for exploring further.
Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere. A highlight is the Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of the most famous and most visited stone circles in the country. From within the circle, you will get picture-perfect views of some of the Lake District’s highest peaks.
Stop in either Keswick or Grasmere and try a typical pub lunch, or seek out a charming restaurant. You will also get the chance to stretch your legs at the magnificent lake of Derwentwater, where you can enjoy a cruise on the lake and see the Lake District from another perspective.
Roman Britian and Hadrian's Wall
This fantastic Lake District tour to Hadrian’s Wall takes you through the heart of the Lake District through the valleys and besides the lakes and on towards Penrith and the North of the country.
Travel from Bowness and Windermere over Kirkstone Pass, continue to travel north of the pass to Ullswater, you will be take in the fantastic views of Brotherswater and Place Fell.
The tour then travels on towards Ullswater. Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, being approximately 9 miles long, it has also been described as the most beautiful lake in England.
We continue into the remote 'Debatable Lands' of the Border Reivers heading to Lanercost Priory, with time to see and visit the church built within the priory ruins and more Burne Jones windows. The Augustinian priory of Lanercost stands nearby to Hadrian’s Wall and was much involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars.
Moving on we then travel along side Hadrian’s Wall, following it past ‘Mile Castles’ and ‘Towers’. Hadrian’s Wall is almost 80 miles long and was the northern boundary of the mighty Roman Empire for around 3 Centuries. It was built by a force of 15000 men over a 7-year period and comprises of forts, Mile Castles and every third of a mile a Turret, stretching from the North Sea to the Irish Sea.
The next stop will by the Roman Army Museum, where there is time for lunch and a café inside. The Roman Army Museum lies on the site of Carvoran Roman Fort adjacent to sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum’s artefacts, videos and reconstructions give great insight into the life of a Roman Soldier and the building of the wall at the northerly boundary of the Roman Empire.
After lunch we the make our way to Vindolanda. Vindolanda is an amazing working archaeological dig site to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. There were 9 forts built on the site over the 400 years of Roman occupancy. Each day during the summer, treasures are uncovered by the volunteer excavators. You will have time to wander through the fort or Vicus remains imagining the sights and sounds of life in Roman Britain.
After our trip to Vindolanda, we continue along Hadrian’s Wall seeing the spectacular Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester and finally Steel Rigg before making our way back to Windermere.