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Nature’s Drama, People’s Muse: 3 Day Tour of Lake District, Penrith Castle, Castlerigg and Grasmere with Accommodation

  • When does it run?

    April to October: Mondays and Thursdays

  • Start time

    8:45am

  • Duration

    3 days

Inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach (Your ride’s on us!)
  • English speaking guide (Language barrier? What’s that?)
  • Accommodation (We got it all covered!)
  • 2nd class return Virgin Rail travel from London Euston to Penrith Station (Eco-friendly rides with great views!)
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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic three day tour with comfortable accommodation options at Keswick
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Penrith Castle which acted as a crucial defense against the Scots
  • Sink into the beauty of ‘England’s most beautiful lake’, Ullswater
  • Appreciate the spiritual and archaic presence of the Castlerigg standing stones
  • Feast your eyes on the gorgeous scenery around Lake Windermere
  • Check out Hawkhead where William Wordsworth attended his grammar school
  • Stroll along the winding lanes of Grasmere, called “the loveliest spot that man hath found”
  • Thrill your inner literary fan with a visit to the Wordsworth Daffodil Park
  • Treat your palate to the world-famous gingerbread and rum butter by Sarah Nelson
  • Relish the dramatic landscapes around Whinlatter Forest Park and Honister Mountain Pass
  • Visit an old slate mine in Honister Mountain
  • Drive through the breathtaking temperate rainforests of Borrowdale

Overview


England’s Lake District is a region doused in incredible natural beauty and this three day tour will take you through the best of England’s drop-dead ravishing lakes, mountain passes and forests, covering Ullswater, Aira Force Waterfalls, Lake Windermere, the Whinlatter Forest Park and Pass, the Honister Mountain Pass, the rainforests of Borrowdale and more. It also gets you up close and personal with a dose of political, archaeological and literary history, visiting the Penrith Castle, Castlerigg Stones and trailing poet Wordsworth’s life at Grasmere, Hawkshead and the Daffodil Park by River Rothy. The tour also includes comfortable accommodation in Keswick (or at Windermere during July or early August depending on the availability). But the literal icing on the cake? A chance to taste the best gingerbread and rum butter in the world at the iconic Victorian shop by Sarah Nelson!

 

About The Supplier: Rabbie’s is your dream travel partner, providing you with incredible experiences all while travelling ethically. They are known to support local communities and donate to environmental programmes, besides having some of the best storytellers in the world. Small groups, comfortable rides, unforgettable travel experiences - it really just couldn’t get better!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    April to October: Mondays and Thursdays

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Start time

    8:45am

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to London Euston Train Station, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DU

  • Ending Point

    Same as starting point.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Penrith Castle, Ullswater Lake, Aira Force Waterfalls and Castlerigg Stones

    We kickstart our tour with a scenic train ride from London Euston station, arriving at the historic Cumbrian market town of Penrith. We will head straight to the towering ruins of the Penrith Castle which had played a crucial role in defending England from Scottish raids around the late 14th century. Wander around the ancient ruins as our guide regales you with anecdotes of the castle’s tumultuous past.

    Post lunch, we will be visiting what some might claim is the most beautiful lake in England, Ullswater. Nestled inside the Lake District National Park, we will take a refreshing stroll along its northern shores savouring the tranquil environment and beautiful views. Set your inner explorer free as we go on forest walks and visit the ravishing Aira Force Waterfalls, immortalised by William Wordsworth in The Somnambulist.

    Our final stop for the day is the inspiring stone circle of Castlerigg. Standing testament to pagan rituals developed in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages, they make for an impressive sight and has an intelligent solar alignment, making them a part of solstice celebrations. We will finally drop you at Keswick where you will be staying and we would totally recommend that you head out and explore the pretty little town.

  • Day 2: Windermere Lake, Hawkshead, Grasmere, Wordsworth Daffodil Park and Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop

    The second day of the tour begins with stunning views of the Ullswater Lake, shimmering in the sun, as drive past its southern shores. We cross the winding roads around the picturesque Kirkstone Pass, the highest motorable road in the Lake District, heading to our first stop for the day - Windermere Lake. A beautiful ribbon lake winding its way through the Lake District National Park, Windermere’s surroundings are as tranquil as they can get. You can indulge in a leisurely and visually mesmerising cruise on the lake or sit back and enjoy a hearty lunch while feasting your eyes on some gorgeous views.

    Travelling towards Coniston Water post lunch, our second stop for the day is the pretty civil parish of Hawkshead, well-known for the fact that William Wordsworth attended his grammar school here. Grassmere, canonised by Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”, is up next. Wordsworth stayed here for almost a decade and in the surrounding villages for the rest of his life. And since we are trailing the illustrious poet’s life, how can miss out on the inspiration behind his iconic poem - The Daffodils? Yes, the unforgettable Wordsworth Daffodil Park by the River Rothy is included in our itinerary too, to give you a moving insight of the poet’s visionary imagination.

    Our final haunt for the day is the Grasmere Gingerbread shop, renowned as the best gingerbread shop in the world. Originally rustled by the Victorian cook, Sarah Nelson, in 1854, the fabled store is now run by the third generation of the family and, besides the gingerbread, are globally popular for their delectable rum butter as well as a host of ginger-based goodies - ending our day on a perfectly sweet note.

  • Day 3: Whinlatter Forest Park, Whinlatter Pass, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Honister Mountain Pass and Slate Mine, Borrowdale and Derwent Water

    Picking you up from your accommodation in Keswick, the final day of our tour is fraught with some of the most dramatic landscapes the English countryside has to offer. We travel to the serendipitous Whinlatter Forest Park and over the breathtaking panorama of the Whinlatter Pass, spiraling along the remarkably beautiful shores of the Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the towering Honister Mountain Pass. The entire route is shrouded in exquisite natural beauty and we still stop amidst the mountains to let you soak it all up, an inimitable transcendental experience. We will visit the slate mine here as well for a glimpse into an archaic community of Crumbrian miners and their works.

    Savouring some quick refreshments, we will keep moving through the astonishing temperate rainforests of Borrowdale, sinking into lovely views and a gorgeous environment. Enjoying this treat from Mama Nature, we will arrive at the charming town near Derwent Water where we will stop for lunch before heading back to Penrith Station for our return journey back to London.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach (Your ride’s on us!)
  • English speaking guide (Language barrier? What’s that?)
  • Accommodation (We got it all covered!)
  • 2nd class return Virgin Rail travel from London Euston to Penrith Station (Eco-friendly rides with great views!)
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions (For once, we’ll go by the surface!)

Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but you will need to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we promise we are working on changing this). Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be able to give anyone a refund without a printed copy of his/her voucher/

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm.

Please make sure you reach the meeting point at least 10 mins before the departure time to avoid getting caught up in any last minute rush.

Please make sure that all children are accompanied by their respective guardians.

We’re afraid little ones under the age of 5 will have to sit this one out.

Please remember that child rates are based on the arrangement that one child shares a room with a parent or two children share a twin room.

The tour can accommodate up to six passengers. But in case your group comprises of 7 people, you can contact the local operator to make arrangements.

Don’t forget to pack in waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Please remember that during July or early August, the accommodation may be arranged at Windermere instead of Keswick.

Additional info

Please remember that each person can only carry up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage, comprising an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small hand bag to keep items you might use on the way.

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