Exploration of the Cotswolds, Lake District and Yorkshire - Final Information

Madeleine and Brian Feingold

Sunday 26th May – Friday 7th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights

Highlights

  • Explore the Cotswolds and unveil a captivating tapestry of honey-colored villages, charming landscapes, and rich cultural heritage.
  • Delve into Yorkshire's culinary scene and delight the palate with its hearty fare and regional specialties, showcasing a rich array of flavors from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Begin your birdwatching adventure in England, where diverse habitats and an abundance of species await your exploration, offering a captivating glimpse into the beauty of avian life set against picturesque landscapes.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Sunday 26th May - Arrival In England

Upon landing at Heathrow, your journey unfolds with seamless elegance. A private driver awaits to whisk you away to the picturesque Cotswolds. En route, make a captivating stop at the enchanting Castle Combe, a quintessential village frozen in time. Here you will meet your guide for your adventure in England. Wander through its charming streets, marvelling at the historic architecture and absorbing the timeless atmosphere. As the scenic drive continues, anticipation builds for your arrival at Dormy House. This luxurious retreat promises an idyllic haven nestled in the heart of the countryside, where tranquillity and sophistication blend seamlessly. Your Cotswolds adventure begins with a touch of history and charm, setting the stage for an unforgettable stay in the Cotswolds.

 

Arrival time at Heathrow: 10:25am
Travel time to Castle Combe: 1hr 40mins
Castle Combe to Dormy House: 1hr 26mins

Overnight: Cotswolds | Dormy House
Room Type: Comfy BB
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 25, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: FL948
Departure Airport: San Francisco | Departure Time: 4:00 pm
Arrival Airport: London Heathrow | Arrival Time: 10:25 am

Please note: Flight arrive into Heathrow on the 26th May

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles
Booking Reference: 2702673
Pick Up Location: Heathrow Airport | Pick Up Time: 10:25 am
Phone: +44 (0)20 32821056

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 1 - Guide Details - Ben Walker Read More +

Name: Ben Walker
Contact Number: +44 (0)7534 965 986
Meeting Place: Dunn's Lane Car Park, Castle Combe

Ben Walker will join you at Castle Combe and be your driver guide during your stay in England

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Restaurant: Dormy House | Location: The Back Garden
Reservation Time: 7:45 pm
Website: https://dormyhouse.co.uk/eat/the-back-garden/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 2 - Monday 27th May - Tranquil Cotswolds Wildlife

This morning meet a local naturalist for an immersive bird song experience in the Cotswolds. Explore the tranquillity of nature, listening to the melodic symphony of woodland and grassland birds welcoming a new day. Following the enchanting morning, embark on a scenic walk along the Cotswold Way, where rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes unfold before you. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside, absorbing the serenity of the surroundings. Later, indulge in a delightful lunch in one of the charming villages, savouring local flavours and soaking in the quaint ambience. This carefully crafted itinerary promises a perfect blend of nature, exploration, and culinary delights for an enriching and unforgettable day in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Dormy House
Room Type: Comfy BB
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Lords of the Manor | Location: The Dining Room
Reservation Time: 12:30 pm | Booking Reference: B96JQADM
Phone: +44 (0) 1451 820 243 | Website: https://www.lordsofthemanor.com/dine/the-dining-room-at-lords-of-the-manor/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

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Restaurant: Thyme | Location: The Ox Barn
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: 48572
Phone: +44 (0)1367 850174 | Website: https://www.thyme.co.uk/eat/ox-barn

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 3 - Tuesday 28th May - Exploring the Cotswolds

Continue your charming journey as you explore the quaint villages nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. Stroll through picturesque streets lined with honey-coloured cottages, each exuding its unique character and charm. Immerse yourself in the idyllic atmosphere of these timeless villages, where history meets tranquillity. Meandering along scenic trails, you’ll discover the hidden gems and captivating landscapes that make the Cotswolds a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Indulge in the simplicity and beauty of village life, and let the trails unveil the serene beauty that defines this quintessentially English countryside.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Dormy House
Room Type: Comfy BB
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Restaurant: The Swan Hotel | Location: Bibury
Reservation Time: 3:00 pm | Booking Reference: DMN-16854689702
Phone: +44 (0)1285 740695 | Website: https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-swan-hotel/swan-restaurant-in-bibury/afternoon-tea-menu

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

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Restaurant: The Porch House | Location: Stow-on-the-Wold
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm | Booking Reference: DMN-16858850610
Phone: +44 (0)1451 870048 | Website: https://www.porch-house.co.uk/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 4 - Wednesday 29th May - Northbound to the Lake District

Bid farewell to Dormy House as you set your sights northward towards the captivating Lake District. Your journey unfolds with a pause in the quaint village of Bibury, where a delightful lunch awaits amid charming streets and timeless architecture. Continuing your northern route, make a stop at Tatton Park, dedicating time to a leisurely exploration of the grand house and enchanting gardens. As the day progresses, immerse yourself in the scenic drive until you reach the heart of the Lake District. Your final destination is Forest Side, where the serene beauty of the surroundings welcomes you to unwind and savour the unique charm of this picturesque region.

Overnight: Lake District | Forest Side
Room Type: Superb Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Forest Side | Location: Grasmere
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)15394 35250 | Website: https://www.theforestside.com/restaurant/menus/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only for the 8 course tasting menu. Please pay directly.

Day 5 - Thursday 30th May - Ullswater and the Fells

Enjoy a delightful day in the Lake District as you board a traditional steamer boat for a scenic journey across Ullswater to Howtown. Revel in the breathtaking landscapes that unfold along the tranquil water, immersing yourself in the serenity of this iconic region. Upon arrival in Howtown, set off on a picturesque walk back to the charming town of Glenridding along the shores of Ullswater. After the invigorating stroll, treat yourself to a leisurely lunch in the lovely town, savouring local flavours and soaking in the lakeside ambience. The afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace, whether you choose to walk into Grasmere village, explore the town, or simply enjoy the serenity of this idyllic Lake District setting.

Overnight: Lake District | Forest Side
Room Type: Superb Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Restaurant: Henrock | Location: Bowess-on-Windermere
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm | Booking Reference: B4K9DFPR
Phone: +44 (0)15395 87766 | Website: https://www.henrock.co.uk/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only for the 3 course menu and snacks. Please pay directly.

Day 6 - Friday 31st May - A Literary Day in the Lakes

Step into the literary world of William and Dorothy Wordsworth with a visit to their home, where the Lake District played muse to these iconic writers. Immerse yourself in the ambience that shaped your creative endeavours, gaining insights into their writing style and the profound influence of the surrounding landscapes. Indulge in a tasting of Grasmere Gingerbread, a local delight, before a leisurely lunch in the charming town of Ambleside. Post-indulgence, take a tranquil stroll around the scenic shores of Windermere, soaking in the natural beauty. The afternoon unfolds at Beatrix Potter House, where you can explore the enchanting world of the beloved children’s author and illustrator, rounding off a day filled with literary and scenic delights in the heart of the Lake District.

Overnight: Lake District | Forest Side
Room Type: Superb Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Forest Side
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)15394 35250 | Website: https://www.theforestside.com/restaurant/menus/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only for the 4 course menu. Please pay directly.

Day 7 - Saturday 1st June - Roman History

Embark on a fascinating day trip as you journey to Vindolanda and Birdoswald Roman Forts, immersing yourself in the rich history of ancient Rome along Hadrian’s Wall. Begin your exploration at Vindolanda, where the well-preserved remains offer a glimpse into Roman life on the northern frontier. Continue your adventure to Birdoswald Roman Fort, strategically perched along Hadrian’s Wall, a testament to the Roman Empire’s military prowess. Take an invigorating excursion along the Hadrian’s Wall pathway, tracing the footsteps of Roman soldiers and marvelling at the breathtaking landscapes that surround this historic monument. This day promises a captivating blend of archaeology, history, and scenic beauty, allowing you to step back in time and experience the grandeur of the Roman frontier in Northern England.

Overnight: Lake District | Rothay Manor
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Rothay Manor | Location: Ambleside
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)1539 433605 | Website: https://www.rothaymanor.co.uk/dining/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 8 - Sunday 2nd June - English Woodland

An exhilarating day of hiking in the picturesque landscapes of Langdale and Grizedale Forest awaits. Lace up your hiking boots and traverse the scenic trails, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature. Explore the rugged charm of Langdale, with its towering peaks and lush valleys, followed by a tranquil journey through the enchanting Grizedale Forest. As the day unfolds, reward yourself with a well-deserved Sunday lunch in a cosy village setting. Indulge in local flavours, savouring a delicious meal that perfectly complements the day’s outdoor adventures. This itinerary promises a perfect blend of natural exploration and culinary delights, creating lasting memories in the heart of the stunning Lake District.

Overnight: Lake District | Rothay Manor
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Restaurant: Lake Road Kitchen | Location: Ambleside
Reservation Time: 7:20 pm | Booking Reference: i5Ola6NVgMY19NYIDe4HpA
Phone: +44 (0) 15394 22012 | Website: https://www.lakeroadkitchen.co.uk/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only for the 8 course menu. Please pay directly.

Day 9 - Monday 3rd June - Neolithic History and Quaint villages

Explore the mystical Castlerigg Stones, standing proudly against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District. Feel the ancient energy of this Neolithic stone circle as you absorb the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Continue your adventure to the charming town of Keswick, where quaint shops and picturesque streets beckon exploration. From Keswick, journey to the serene shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, surrounded by lush landscapes. Whether you choose to stroll along the lake’s edge or simply revel in the tranquil ambiance, this itinerary promises a day filled with natural wonders and cultural delights in the heart of Cumbria.

Overnight: Lake District | Rothay Manor
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Gathering, The Samling Hotel, | Location: Windermere
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: B92HLN6V
Phone: +44 (0)153 943 1922 | Website: https://www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk/featuresnew/alfresco-dining/

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 10 - Tuesday 4th June - Yorkshire Dales

Wake to the sound of birdsong in the Idyllic Yorkshire countryside. After a scrumptious breakfast, head into the Yorkshire Dales. As you traverse the scenic trails, immerse yourself in the natural beauty and tranquillity of this renowned region. To add a flavorful twist to your adventure, make a delightful stop at a creamery in Wensleydale. With your senses enriched, return to the luxurious Grantley Hall, rounding off your day of outdoor exploration with a touch of culinary delight and relaxation in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Overnight: Yorkshire | Grantley Hall
Room Type: Executive Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Calverts, Wensleydale Creamery | Location: Wensleydale
Reservation Time: 1:00 pm
Phone: +44 (0)1969 667664 | Website: https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/places-to-eat-i35

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

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Restaurant: Restaurant EightyEight, Grantley Hall | Location: Ripon
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: 43Z96K49
Phone: +44 (0)1765 620070 | Website: https://www.grantleyhall.co.uk/dining/eightyeight

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 11 - Wednesday 5th June - Tastes of Yorkshire

Immerse yourself in a delectable day trip to York and Malton, where a foodie tour promises to tantalize your taste buds. Begin your culinary exploration in the historic streets of York, where the vibrant food scene invites you to indulge in local specialities and artisanal treats. Absorb the city’s rich ambience as you savour each delightful bite. Continue your gastronomic adventure in Malton, celebrated as Yorkshire’s Food Capital. Navigate through the bustling market and artisan shops, sampling the finest local produce. This day unfolds as a delightful fusion of culture and gastronomy, offering a memorable and flavoursome experience in the heart of Yorkshire.

Overnight: Yorkshire | Grantley Hall
Room Type: Executive Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Restaurant: Fletchers at Grantley Hall | Location: Ripon
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm | Booking Reference: 46ZEP54N
Phone: +44 1765 620070 | Website: https://www.grantleyhall.co.uk/dining/fletchers-restaurant

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 12 - Thursday 6th June - Shakespeares Birthplace

Wake to the sound of birdsong in the Idyllic Yorkshire countryside. After a scrumptious breakfast, head south to uncover the enchanting history of Stratford-upon-Avon as you spend a delightful day and night exploring the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Bid adieu to your driver guide before you begin your wanderings through the charming streets, where Tudor-style buildings whisper tales of the past. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, delve into the history of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and be captivated by the intricacies of Mary Arden’s Farm. As the day transitions into night, let the town’s rich literary legacy and theatrical ambience envelop you, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Shakespearean history.

 

Overnight: Stratford-Upon-Avon | The Townhouse
Room Type: Cosy King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Dirty Duck | Location: Stratford Upon Avon
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: F4B2553942625231
Phone: +44 (0)1789 297 312 | Website: https://www.greeneking.co.uk/pubs/warwickshire/dirty-duck

Reservation name: Feingold

Please note that this is a Table Reservation only. Please pay directly.

Day 13 - Friday 7th June - Onward Travel

Bid a fond farewell to Stratford upon Avon as you embark on a journey to London Heathrow for your onward flight home with your private transfer. Leave behind the idyllic surroundings and carry with you the memories of a splendid stay in England. Arrive at London Heathrow, where your journey comes full circle, concluding with the anticipation of a safe and comfortable flight back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Littles
Booking Reference: 2702674
Pick Up Location: The Townhouse, Stratford Upon Avon | Pick Up Time: 12:30 pm
Phone: +44 (0)20 32821056

Your private driver will meet you at arrivals and have a sign showing your name

Transfer Company system will send contact details for the chauffeur as an SMS 30 minutes prior to the reservation taking place, to the mobile number for the travelling passenger. If the client is unable to locate our chauffeur, they must call the mobile number provided, or call the Little’s Office on +44 (0)141 883 2111, which operates 24/7.

Day 13 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: June 7, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA939
Departure Airport: London Heathrow | Departure Time: 4:15 pm
Arrival Airport: San Francicso | Arrival Time: 7:10 pm

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 12 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Breakfasts as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 12
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
    • Guided hike in Castle Coombe
    • Guided hike along the Cotwolds Way
    • Guided hike through the quaint villages of the Cotswolds
    • Guided hike along Ullswater shore and trails
    • Guided hike in Grasmere
    • Guided hike along Hadrian’s Wall
    • Guided hike in Langdale Peaks and Grizedale Forest
    • Guided hike in Wensleydale
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Naturalist Dawn Walk
    • Entry to Tatton House
    • Passage on Ullswater Steamer Boat
    • Entry to William Wordsworth Museum
    • Entry to Dove Cottage
    • Tastings at Grasmere Gingerbread
    • Entry to Beatrix Potter House
    • Entry to Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum
    • Entry to Birdoswald Roman Fort
    • Private Food Tour in Malton
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
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Useful Contacts

24 hour in-country support (Wilderness England):  +44 (0)17687 21210, or out with regular office hours +44 (0)7482 170401 (urgent calls only)

Emergency services:  999 or 112

NHS 24 (24 hour free medical advice):  111

 

Tipping Guidelines

For tipping our guides – We don’t generally recommend a set amount as tipping is not expected in the same way that it is in North America. However, similar North American travel companies generally suggest something along the lines of £10-30 per person per day for your guide, which is a wide range to choose from. Generally, we would encourage you to ask yourself what you were expecting from your guide, and then think about how they have exceeded those expectations and choose an amount you are comfortable with.

For local services such as restaurants again tipping is not expected but if you receive great service then 10-15% of the bill is normal.

 

Luggage Notes

Please note that we expect travellers to bring an average of One Large Holdall or Suitcase and up to Two smaller day-bags or hand-luggage sized pieces. If you expect to bring more than this then please let us know well in advance of arrival so that we can ensure there is capacity for this (additional charges will apply if separate luggage transfers are required).

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Meet Your Guide

Ben Walker

Contact Number: +44 (0)7534 965 986

I’m a keen hiker, biker, and travel photographer, having previously been a sales manager for a leading adventure travel company. I lived in Thailand & Malaysia for 4 years, where I started my leading career in SE Asia. I’ve been lucky to have led trips and expeditions in over 20 countries.

In my free time, I like to do long-distance bike journeys and have ridden Lands End to John O’groats, Bangkok to Delhi and the length of New Zealand.

Having worked as a trek-leader since 2004, I’m now part of the Wilderness England team, based in our Kirkby Lonsdale headquarters. Although I’ll mainly be office-based I still hope to keep my hand in guiding trips during the summer.