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The English Lake District and the Borders: Romance to Turbulence

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Program #20209RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 20, 2014

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Day One: Monday, July 07 -
In Transit: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 08 -
Arrive To: Manchester and transfer by coach or minibus to Bowness on Windermere.

Lunch: In the hotel at 12:30pm.

Afternoon: At leisure. Welcome meeting and drinks reception before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 09 - Wordworth's Dove Cottage.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel after breakfast at 9.30 and drive to Grasmere. Here we visit Dove cottage, home of William Wordsworth, Britain’s most famous ‘Romantic Poet’, and have a guided exploration of the museum and study centre with its world famous collection of manuscripts. Our tour continues to Keswick where we stop for lunch.

Lunch: Taken out in Keswick.

Afternoon: Continue to Borrowdale, via Ashness Bridge, ascend the Honister Pass, see Buttermere, before a visit to the Ancient Stone Circle of Castlerigg.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 10 - Beatrix Potter day. Private after hours visit to ...
Beatrix Potter day. Private after hours visit to Wordsworth's Rydal Mount.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Leaving at 9.30, we drive to the Armitt Museum, in Ambleside. Explore the collection compiled by two Victorian sisters and see at first hand the watercolour paintings of Beatrix Potter, once displayed at the Tate Gallery in London. Free time in Grasmere- you may wish to visit the famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop or visit the graves of the Wordsworth family.

Lunch: Taken at The Grasmere Garden Centre.

Afternoon: The field trip continues with the Beatrix Potter theme, by visiting Wray Castle and its grounds, Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter) and time to explore the quintessential Lakeland village of Hawkshead, before an early return to Lindeth Howe

Dinner: Dinner will be a Vegetarian Pizza or pasta meal at Zefferellis in Ambleside.

Evening: Tonight we head to Rydal Mount, the final home of William Wordsworth for a guided tour, poetry reading and glass of wine.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 11 - "High Adventure" day over Wrynose Pass and Hardno...
"High Adventure" day over Wrynose Pass and Hardnott Pass. A family member shows us around their home, Muncaster Castle.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A day of High Adventure, leaving the hotel we head for the hills, along the Langdale Valley and up into the mountains. We have a picnic coffee stop on the top of the Wrynose Pass, before climbing the famous Hardknott Pass; here, for those adventurous enough, we can inspect the mountain top Hardknott Roman Fort. We then visit Britain's favourite view in Wasdale and Wastwater with its awesome scree slopes on the eastern side.

Lunch: Taken in Muncaster Castle.

Afternoon: A member of the Pennington family takes us around their home, Muncaster Castle. Head back to the hotel over Corney Fell to Coniston.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, July 12 - Victorian steam boat cruise.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: At 9:30am head for Tarn Hows, often referred to as the ‘Prettiest lake in England’, then on to Brantwood House, home of the Pre-Raphaelite supporter and early ecologist John Ruskin. Take a cruise on the Victorian steam boat, "Gondola"

Lunch: At the Blue Bird Cafe.

Afternoon: Talk on Arthur Ransome, author of the Swallow and Amazon stories for children. From here we explore Coniston Water and the Duddon Valley, topic of Wordsworth’s sonnets; and then into Little Langdale and back to the Hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

Contact info:
Longtail
Bowness on Windermere
Cumbria, LA23 3JF UK:England
phone: +44 15394 45759
web: www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, free of charge WiFi Internet connection, hair dryer and a digital flat screen TV with radio.

Facility amenities: Hilltop and Bar lounges Award winning restaurant. Indoor heated pool with sauna and fitness room. Body therapies at additional cost and bookable.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, July 13 - Free day.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Free day with transport available to take you into the village of Bowness and a pass to cruise the length of Lake Windermere.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free.

Dinner: Farewell to the Lakes dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant is located in the beautiful Redesdale valley in rural Northumberland, Northern England, The original building dates back to the 11th century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror. The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. The hotel is beautifully restored with the original features of oak panelling, leaded panes and stained glass.

Contact info:
Otterburn
Northumberland, NE19 1NS UK:England
phone: +441830520620
web: www.otterburntower.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Award winning Oak Room restaurant. The Tower and Stables Inn is a recent addition to Otterburn, adjacent to the historic Hotel. Renovated from the old carriage house and stables. Extensive grounds sloping down to the village.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, July 14 - Carlisle.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Our transfer day to the Otterburn Tower Hotel, but first we take a scenic drive to Carlisle, via Greystoke, home of Tarzan! At Carlisle we visit the award winning Tully House Museum, with its collection of Roman and Border Reiver relics.

Lunch: In Carlisle.

Afternoon: Drive continues to Otterburn via Kirk Harle, home of Capability Brown. We arrive at Otterburn in plenty of time to settle in.

Dinner: In the hotel at 7:00pm.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant is located in the beautiful Redesdale valley in rural Northumberland, Northern England, The original building dates back to the 11th century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror. The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. The hotel is beautifully restored with the original features of oak panelling, leaded panes and stained glass.

Contact info:
Otterburn
Northumberland, NE19 1NS UK:England
phone: +441830520620
web: www.otterburntower.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Award winning Oak Room restaurant. The Tower and Stables Inn is a recent addition to Otterburn, adjacent to the historic Hotel. Renovated from the old carriage house and stables. Extensive grounds sloping down to the village.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, July 15 - Jedburgh Abbey town.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We will be in the heart of the Cheviot Mountains and see some very spectacular scenery. Enjoy a scenic drive through Kielder Forest with a visit to Hermitage Castle.

Lunch: Taken out in Jedburgh.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to the abbey town of Jedburgh to explore at leisure. Opportunity to visit Mary Queen of Scots House, the Norman Abbey, Castle and Jail.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant is located in the beautiful Redesdale valley in rural Northumberland, Northern England, The original building dates back to the 11th century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror. The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. The hotel is beautifully restored with the original features of oak panelling, leaded panes and stained glass.

Contact info:
Otterburn
Northumberland, NE19 1NS UK:England
phone: +441830520620
web: www.otterburntower.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Award winning Oak Room restaurant. The Tower and Stables Inn is a recent addition to Otterburn, adjacent to the historic Hotel. Renovated from the old carriage house and stables. Extensive grounds sloping down to the village.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Wednesday, July 16 - Lindisfarne and the Northumberland coast.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we go to the heart of British Christianity, to Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne. We have to check the tides as the island is cut off twice a day. We cross the causeway to the village and are free to explore the abbey, the church, the castle and take a coastal walk.

Lunch: In the Manor Inn.

Afternoon: The afternoon takes us along the scenic Northumberland Coastal Route, taking in castles, such as Bamburgh with its ‘Grace Darling’ Life Boat Museum. On to the fishing village of Seahouses and Beadnell village; the only west facing harbour on the east coast of England.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Talk on the Roman Occupation, in preparation for our day at Hadrian's Wall.

Lodging: Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant is located in the beautiful Redesdale valley in rural Northumberland, Northern England, The original building dates back to the 11th century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror. The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. The hotel is beautifully restored with the original features of oak panelling, leaded panes and stained glass.

Contact info:
Otterburn
Northumberland, NE19 1NS UK:England
phone: +441830520620
web: www.otterburntower.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Award winning Oak Room restaurant. The Tower and Stables Inn is a recent addition to Otterburn, adjacent to the historic Hotel. Renovated from the old carriage house and stables. Extensive grounds sloping down to the village.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, July 17 - Wallington Hall and Kielder Forest.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Our day starts with a tour across the moors and a scenic drive to Kielder Water and Black Midden fortified house on the way to the ancestral home of the Blackett family,Wallington Hall. There are over 100 acres of gardens, including a wonderful walled garden and lake, and the house itself-which a guide will take us round.

Lunch: In Wallington Hall.

Afternoon: After Wallington Hall return to the hotel passing Winters Gibbett (complete with head) on the way.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we have a talk about the turbulent times in the Scottish borders from the 13C to the reign of Elizabeth 1st.

Lodging: Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The unique Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel and award winning restaurant is located in the beautiful Redesdale valley in rural Northumberland, Northern England, The original building dates back to the 11th century as a castle founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror. The Otterburn Tower nestles in 32 acres of its own estate, fronted by terraced lawns and surrounded by woodland. The gardens stretch down to the village of Otterburn with all the facilities close by. The hotel is beautifully restored with the original features of oak panelling, leaded panes and stained glass.

Contact info:
Otterburn
Northumberland, NE19 1NS UK:England
phone: +441830520620
web: www.otterburntower.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Award winning Oak Room restaurant. The Tower and Stables Inn is a recent addition to Otterburn, adjacent to the historic Hotel. Renovated from the old carriage house and stables. Extensive grounds sloping down to the village.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, July 18 - Roman day. Hadrian's Wall.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: A full Roman history day. Armed with the information from our talk on the Roman Occupation, we explore Hadrian's Wall. We drive west from Hexham to see the wall itself, small forts and milehouses.

Lunch: At Vindolanda.

Afternoon: There will be opportunities for those who wish to walk short sections of the wall itself, just as the Romans did. Field trip to two of the numerous museums.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Otterburn Tower Country House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Near to aiport (Terminal 1).

Contact info:
Outwood Lane.
Manchester., M90 4HL. UK:England
phone: +44 161 498 0333
web: www.bewleyshotels.com/manchester_airport_hotel

Room amenities: Free Broadband Internet, Telephone & Voice mail, Sky TV, Tea & coffee facilities, Hairdryer, Iron & board, Trouser-press, Fax & Modem point, Hypoallergenic duvets.

Facility amenities: Brasserie, hotel lounge with free wireless internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Saturday, July 19 - The Cathedral City of Durham.
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Time to leave Otterburn, and drive to the great city of Durham. We park near the Cathedral, one of the most spectacular in the UK, and have time to visit the Cathedral, famous for St Cuthbert’s burial place behind the high altar.

Lunch: In the Cathedral Precinct.

Afternoon: Free time in Durham. The transfer continues on to Manchester.

Dinner: In the Manchester hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bewley's Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, July 20 -
Depart From: Manchester for return flights to North America.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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