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The English Lake District and the Borders: Romance to Turbulence

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14 Days | 13 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Betsy from Worthington, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/15 - 10/18/15
This was a terrific program! When we travel, we like to see as much as possible, and this program provided us with the perfect opportunity to do just that, but at a leisurely and manageable pace. The sites we visited were diverse in terms of their importance and appeal. Our leader, Jim Whitworth, was very knowledgeable, friendly, a good driver, and went out of his way to ensure that our holiday was the best it could be. Every day was well-organized and exceeded our expectations. The accommodations, particularly Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, were convenient and comfortable. You could tell that Mountain Goat had put a great deal of thought and effort into planning the perfect trip. Jim and the other guest speakers used every opportunity to introduce us to various aspects of the Lake District and Northumberland, from plants, fossils and geographical features to historical events and the derivations of words in our language that are associated with events in English history. They were fascinating to listen to. Suzanne and Betsy Butler

Frank from Roanoke, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 08/31/15 - 09/13/15
I think we former colonials have been around long enough for the English at high level hotels and manor houses to realize that those of us who drink coffee in the morning want it ready and waiting when we arrive in the dining room. We also expect that food and drink orders are to be taken from women before the men. These two American cultural quirks have not apparently caught on at Lindeth Manor House or Ottoburn Castle House

Lynn from Media, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/31/15 - 09/13/15
Lots of lovely scenery. The Lake District beautiful. Would have expected more scholarly content on history of the area.

Grace from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/04/15 - 05/17/15
Excellent program including impressive historical sites and gorgeous countryside. Even the rain and cold weather didn't detract measurably from the experience. Peter and Jim were wonderful, knowledgeable guides, and charmed us with their anecdotes and humor! We had a small, very compatible group (14). As someone traveling alone, I was happy that everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Kudos to Mountain Goat for their excellent organization and high quality program content. Our leaders clearly had established very good relationships with the providers used on the tour, and we were treated very well. The only negative I experienced was my room at the Otterborn Castle...it opened onto a graveled area and the view was obscured by a large white tent used by the hotel for special occasions. One unexpected highlights of the tour was seeing the varieties of the sheep on the hillsides and the truly adorable newborn lambs. Oh, and you know that rumor about overcooked and tasteless English food? Totally wrong. Our meals were of gourmet quality.

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.

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