Literature in the Lakes and Dales

Summer 2024 / 2025

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Highlights

  • Take a tour of the Lake District with a writing and poetry theme.
  • Visit local market towns and sample local delicacies.
  • Explore the Yorkshire Dales and watch a shepherd and sheepdog rounding their flock

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to the Lake District

Arrive in Penrith and take a short transfer to the shores of Ullswater, Walk through the woodland to see Aira Force waterfalls before settling into your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Ullswater

Day 2 - Hiking on the Eastern Fells

Enjoy a hike on the Eastern Fells of the Lake District, a quieter more tranquil range of mountains with incredible views over the Helvellyn range.

 

Overnight: Ullswater

Day 3 - Wordsworths Childhood Home

Visit the Georgian townhouse home to the boy who grew up to be one of the world’s best-loved nature poets and a pivotal figure behind the creation of the National Trust and the global conservation movement. We will learn about William Wordsworths early years in Cumbria, an unforgettable chance to experience life in 1770’s.

Overnight: Cockermouth

Day 4 - Hiking in the Loweswater Fells

Hiking in the Loweswater Fells with incredible views of Buttermere and Crummock Water, a route Alfred Wainwright documented in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells in 1966.

Overnight: Cockermouth

Day 5 - Derwentwater and Afternoon Tea

Spend the morning in the bustling market town of Keswick, take a tour of the lake by boat and visit Lingholm Kitchen for Afternoon Tea, The gardens at Lingholm are credited by Beatrix Potter as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Overnight: Grasmere

Day 6 - Dove Cottage and Grasmere Gingerbread

Continuing with the Wordsworth theme we’ll visit Dove Cottage, home to William and Dorothy Wordsworth between December 1799 and May 1808, where they spent over eight years of “plain living, but high thinking”. we’ll also learn about the local delicacy of Grasmere Gingerbread before a tasting and some time exploring the village.

Overnight: Grasmere

Day 7 - Swallows and Amazons on Conistion Water

Visit Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter wrote 13 of her 23 books, many of her most famous scenes are set on the farm. If time allows, hike to Moss Eccles Tarn to take in the views and tranquillity before transferring to Coniston Water for a cruise on the lake. Step into the world of Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as you cruise to Beckfoot, Holly Howe, Kanchenjunga, Wild Cat Island, the Amazons’ boathouse, and a host of other spots that Ransome used to create his fascinating world.

Overnight: Hawes

Day 8 - Hiking in Hawes

Hike a circular route based around Hawdraw Falls the largest single-drop waterfall in England, and meet a local sheep farmer before watching them work their herd using their trusty sheepdog on the banks of the River Ure. Later on, we’ll visit the home of Wensleydale Cheese at the Creamery, take a tour and sample the cheese before settling into your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Hawes

Day 9 - Fountains Abbey and Harrogate

Transfer to Fountains Abbey, one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England and explore the awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site. We’ll then transfer to Harrogate,  known for its stunning historic buildings, lush gardens, and natural springs, Harrogate is a gem that offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication.

Overnight: York

Day 10 - Depart from York

After breakfast, we’ll immerse ourselves in a private tour of the city with a local guide who has a fascinating local connection. We’ll finish up at York train station where one of the many local connections will allow you to continue with your journey in England.

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