Exploration of the Cotswolds, Lake District and Yorkshire

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 Lucknam Park. 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 at Lucknam Park.

Overnight: Cotswolds | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Manor Room
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Monday 27th May - Tranquil Cotswolds Wildlife

Wake up to the magic of dawn as you join a knowledgeable naturalist for an immersive bird song experience in the Cotswolds. Explore the tranquillity of nature, listening to the melodic symphony of 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 | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Manor Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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 | Lucknam Park
Room Type: Manor Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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

Bid farewell to Lucknam Park 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 the Forest Side Hotel, 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 and Lunch

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 and Lunch

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 and Lunch

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 Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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 Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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 Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Tuesday 4th June - Yorkshire Limestone

Relish a captivating hiking day, delving into the geological wonders of Malham Cove, Janets Foss, and Goredale Scar in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Witness the geological story unfold as you explore Malham Cove’s towering limestone cliffs, formed over 300 million years ago during the Ice Age. Wander to Janets Foss and admire the cascading waterfall, shaped by sedimentary rocks that reveal the region’s ancient history. Traverse the rugged grandeur of Goredale Scar, a limestone ravine carved by the forces of water over millennia. As you absorb the geological marvels of the landscape, conclude your day at the luxurious Grantley Hall. This idyllic retreat awaits, providing the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation amid the geological wonders of the Yorkshire Dales.

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

Day 11 - Wednesday 5th 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, where a cheese-making demo awaits. Discover the artistry behind crafting the renowned Wensleydale cheese and savour the distinct flavours. 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 and Lunch

Day 12 - Thursday 6th 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 and Lunch

Day 13 - Friday 7th June - Onward Travel

Bid a fond farewell to the luxury of Grantley Hall as you embark on a journey to Manchester for your onward flight home. Leave behind the idyllic surroundings and pampering amenities, carrying with you the memories of a splendid stay in the heart of Yorkshire. The scenic drive to Manchester provides a reflective journey, allowing you to reminisce about the captivating experiences and relaxation you enjoyed at Grantley Hall. Arrive in Manchester, where your journey comes full circle, concluding with the anticipation of a safe and comfortable flight back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 12 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 13
  • 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 the Malham
    • 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 Cheese Demo at Wednesledale Creamery
    • 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
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Pricing Read More

Pricing:

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 2 clients on a twin-share basis, and including a £12 per person conservation contribution is:

  • £12,890 GBP per person

Conservation Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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