The Lake District in Autumn
5 days away from £459pp
Visit the UKs most popular National Park, famous for its mesmerising shores. With stunning scenery amidst the beautiful setting of the lakes, this is the perfect getaway this time in autumn.
- Four nights dinner, bed and breakfast
- Ullswater steamer cruise
- Lake Windermere cruise
- Hutton in the Forest entry
- Visit to Sizergh
- Entertainment in the hotel on two evenings
- Full excursion programme as detailed
We leave in the morning and make our journey across to Shap. On the journey we’ll have a comfort stop before visiting Leyburn and Hawes, two delightful towns nestled in the Yorkshire Dales.D
This morning we drive to Pooley Bridge where we have some free time to browse the local shops in this quaint village before heading to the pier to embark on a Ullswater steamer cruise to Glenridding, on the south side of the lake. We then travel to Hutton in the Forest, a fabulous Grade I listed country house near the village of Skelton, Cumbria. The historic house and extensive gardens display a range of architectural and decorative styles from the 17th century to the present day. We can explore the historic interiors – from the medieval Stone Hall to the Victorian Drawing Room – and stroll through the stunning grounds, including the Walled Garden, Low Garden and Topiary.B, D
We make our way to Lakeside pier this morning, where we board our boat to enjoy a cruise around the south of Lake Windermere, arriving at Bowness. From here, we head to Kendal to visit Sizergh, an imposing medieval house and beautiful gardens. The castle is home to an impressive collection of more than 2,400 objects, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs (the Stricklands have lived at Sizergh for over 750 years). The intricate wood panelling in the Inlaid Chamber has previously been on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Outside, the garden has a lake, kitchen garden and fabulous limestone rock garden, as well as housing part of the National Collection of ferns.B, D
We enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque Lake District today, travelling north via Windermere then Ambleside, the head of England’s largest natural lake where we can spot the pretty Bridge House as we pass. We then journey through the picture-postcard village of Grasmere – named after its adjacent lake and home to Wordsworth when he wrote his famous poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, inspired by the flowers and scenery of the Lake District – and finally onto Keswick. We spend time at leisure exploring this lovely market town nestled between the majestic Skiddaw Mountain and the serene lake of Derwentwater, with plenty of shops, restaurants and museums to browse.B, D
On our final day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing the hotel and heading home. On the journey we’ll have a visit to Skipton, a beautiful Yorkshire Dales town surrounded by stunning scenery.
B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included
Cumbria Grand Hotel ***+
A long, sweeping drive leads to the large Victorian building of the Cumbria Grand Hotel. Set in 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands overlooking Morecambe Bay, the hotel is in a fabulous location just 15 minutes' walk from Grange over Sands. All bedrooms are furnished in an elegant, traditional style and the spacious restaurant offers fabulous views. There is a large bar/lounge area and leisure facilities include a tennis court, putting green, woodland fitness walk, snooker, pool, table tennis tables and a dartboard.
Deposits for holidays are as follows:
Value £70-£100pp - £25pp deposit
Value £100-£500pp - £50pp deposit
Value over £500pp - £75pp deposit
The full balance of holidays is due at least 6 weeks before the trip. Bookings made within 6 weeks must be paid in full at the time of booking.
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