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The English Lake District and the Borders: Romance to Turbulence

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Program #20209RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
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.
Russell from Normal, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
Margaret and I consider this tour to be the best we have ever taken—six with Road Scholar and more with other groups. Our guides, Peter Hudson and Jim Whitburn, communicated to us to not only profound knowledge of the region but also a sense of their love for it and a sense of why we ought to love it. We both think this capacity to transcend knowledge to reach a point of co-creation with the environment and the sensibilities of the participants is rare—and in both guides at once. We had been planning a trip for 2015 and considering several options. We have decided to return to the Lake District—and we will be in touch with the good folks from Mountain Goat. Plans are still vague, but we are recommending this tour and our guides to all who will listen. Thank you so much.

Sharon from Yakima, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
The experience exceeded my expectations. The area of course is beautiful and the guides were very good and informative on all subjects. Good natured and caring as well. The choice of hotels fit the themes of both weeks perfectly. I would without hesitation recommend this to anyone and already have.

Betty from Yakima, WA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 10/06/14 - 10/19/14
This program in outstanding. Peter and Jim were our guides with Mountain Goat and knew geography, geology, history, flora and fauna and literature and shared their knowledge with passion and humor. A Beatriz Potter home and a castle to stay in. Pastoral scenes with sheep grazing. I came away refreshed and eager for another Road Scholar experience.

Charlotte from Pleasant Valley, NY Number of programs attended: 42
Date attended: 09/01/14 - 09/14/14
If you are interested in literature and beautiful scenery this program is for you. The leaders are delightful and very knowledgeable.

Mary Catherine from Aurora, IL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/12/14 - 05/25/14
This was a terrific program. Both of our guides were knowledgeable about the areas and their history, and gave thorough explanations. The scenery is beautiful and the food was excellent. Great value for the money.

Susan from Hamden, CT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/14/13 - 10/27/13
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful combination of spectacular landscape, history and literature. Our guides Peter and Jim were wonderful, helpful, informative, funny, and intrepid drivers on one-lane switchbacks up and down fells and valleys. Delicious food and great accommodations. Sheep! Red squirrels! Worth every penny.

Roger from Brownsville, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/07/13 - 06/20/13
The drivers and tour directors on our small bus were a delight, very thoughtful, patient, and knowledgeable. With the small group, we got to know each one and enjoyed their company.

Beverly from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 24
Date attended: 06/07/13 - 06/20/13
I have traveled extensively with Road Scholar ....this was my 23rd trip with them...so obviously I've been very pleased with my experiences. But this was one of the very few times I feel compelled to make a negative comment. The Lake District and Northumberland are beautiful parts of England and it was a pleasure to see them when just about every flower, tree, and bush was in full bloom (and we had practically no rain). But.....the condition of the hotel in Otterburn was completely unacceptable. The rooms were dirty, the linens were worn and threadbare, the paint was chipped, the wallpaper peeling. There was little or no daily maid service. We were there for 5 nights...too long a stay in a place like that. Also....we had some very looong days on the bus....most of us felt they could have been cut down a bit and it would have been nice to be able to do a bit more walking.

Gretchen from Lansdale, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/06/13 - 05/19/13
I wish to echo the sentiments of the previous reviewers: this was a wonderful tour organized by a top-notch company (Mountain Goat) and led by a guide who was very personable, knowledgeable, flexible and fun to be with. There was so much variety in the schedule and some very special private visits, all adding to an enjoyable time in spite of much rainier weather than we would have chosen.

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