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Walking in the Lake District and Scotland

Program Number: 5950RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/26/2014 - 6/9/2014; 4/26/2016 - 5/10/2016; 6/14/2016 - 6/28/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: England/Scotland
Price starting at: $3,897.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 39; 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The Lake District National Park is the most well known in England for its highest peaks and deepest lakes, while the Scottish Southern Uplands offer lower, more rolling landscapes. Embark on a delightful walking adventure that leads you along the lakeshores, woodlands and mountaintops of these beautiful regions and delight in the panoramic views that have served as inspiration to some of the world’s greatest poets.


• Take a boat ride on the most beautiful of the Lakes — Derwentwater — before ascending the distinctive fell of Cat Bells for spectacular views.
• Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic poets at Wordsworth's Grasmere and Dove Cottage.
• Walk part of the upland Pennine Way National Trail, chasing the Pennine Mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England.

Activity Particulars

Walking 4-8 miles daily, about 4-6 hours. Variable trails, from fairly even to uneven/stony. Elevations of 300-3000 feet.

Date Specific Information

5-26-2014, 4-26-2016, 6-14-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Manchester, coach to Windermere (England), 7 nights; coach to Kelso (Scotland), 5 nights; coach to Edinburgh, 1 night; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Coach to Windermere (England)
7 nights

Situated on England's largest lake, Windermere is a popular center on the east shore. Take in lectures on the Scottish border wars, romantic poets, the traditions of walking and climbing and more. Embark on walking field trips to Coniston by the shore or high over Coniston Old Man, to Borrowdale or a high walk option over Beatrix Potter's favored Cat Bells hill, and Langdale, which played a key role in hiking's development. Excursions reveal 17th-century Troutbeck and an historic farmhouse.

Coach to Kelso (Scotland)
5 nights

Historic Kelso lies on the banks of the River Tweed. Lectures introduce the Borders and Southern Uplands, Cheviot Hills, and Celtic and medieval history long before the ever changing border between England and Scotland was fixed. See the exceptional views from Carter Bar, visit the Waterloo and William Wallace monuments and walk along the River Tweed to St Boswells village. Enjoy field trips to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) and St. Abb’s Head and be entertained one evening by a Scottish pipe band.

Coach to Edinburgh
1 night

In Edinburgh, embark on a guided open top bus tour of both the old and new parts of this iconic city, followed by an afternoon walk up the extinct volcano known as Arthur's Seat. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in your hotel.

Windermere: Historic hotel. Kelso: Hotel located in the heart of town. Edinburgh: Comfortable airport hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Windermere Hydro Hotel.
  Windermere., UK:England 7 nights
   Cross Keys.
  Kelso., UK:Scotland 5 nights
   Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport
  Edinburgh., UK:Scotland 1 night
 Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Situated overlooking Windermere and the Langdale Hills. Originally a Spa hotel opened in 1881, it has recently been restored to its original splendour.
  Contact info: Helm Road.
Bowness-on-Windermere.,  LA23 3BA. UK:England
phone: +44 15394 44455.
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, trouser press.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Internet kiosk, wireless internet access in public areas. Hydro Spa including indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, mini-gym.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Cross Keys.
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Sitauted in the central square of the market town.
  Contact info: The Square.
Kelso.,  TD5 7HL. UK:Scotland
phone: +57 322330.3
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Close to Edinburgh Airport and to city centre.
  Contact info: 101 Ingliston Road
Lothian.,  EH28 8AU. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 333 4331.
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, modem.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 PM in the hotel for a welcome meeting. You will be staying at Windermere Hydro Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Some departures will leave before breakfast which ends at 10:00am with check out by 11:00am. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid Passport.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Windermere.
  Nearest city or town:  Windermere.
  Nearest airport:  Manchester.
  Transportation to site: Direct train from Manchester Airport to Windermere. Takes 2 hrs, cost approx. GBP22.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest city or town:  Edinburgh.
  Nearest airport:  Edinburgh.
  Transportation from site: Courtesy bus from the hotel takes 5 minutes to Edinburgh Airport.
Equipment Requirements: Rucksack, walking boots, thick socks, windproof/waterproof jacket, warm/waterproof trousers, fleece, warm hat, gloves, shorts, sun hat, sunglasses, water bottle, small first aid kit. Medications, wash cloth.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, May 26)
 In Transit: In transit.

Day 2: Welcome Meeting
(Tuesday, May 27)
 Morning: Transfer from Manchester Airport to Bowness-on-Windermere.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime.
 Afternoon: Free to settle in. Welcome meeting at 5:00pm in hotel.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wordsworth's Grasmere.
(Wednesday, May 28)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: 09:00 meeting which will include a briefing on walking and hiking in the lakes.
 Lunch: Packed lunch included.
 Afternoon: Walk in the Grasmere area to observe local viewpoints, or to Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, home and inspiration to the poet William Wordsworth. Themes:Access; the 'Lake District Scene', and the Romantic Poets.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner talk on Vernacular Architecture.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Troutbeck and Elizabethan Town End Farm
(Thursday, May 29)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning you will enjoy a walk to Orrest Head, and a visit to Holehird Gardens, home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. Orrest Head is the subject of a chapter in Wainwright’s "The Outlying Fells of Lakeland" and was the first fell he climbed. He describes it as "our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty" and also as "a fitting finale, too, to a life made happy by fellwandering". On the walk, follow lanes and winding woodland tracks, culminating in views of the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District. Holehird Gardens covers an impressive 17 acres above Windermere and are reputed to be among the finest in England. The gardens are unique in being maintained entirely by volunteers.
 Lunch: In The Mortal Man pub in Troutbeck. An established traditional Lake District Inn since 1689, it resides over the wonderous panoramic views of Lakeland mountains that have captivated the great minds through the centuries. Originally a small ale house built by Isacc Cookson, the Mortal Man's unusual name comes from a sign painted for the Landlord at the time by a famous English painter called Julius Caesar Ibbetson.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the village of Troutbeck. Troutbeck can be found between Windermere and Ambleside, just off the Kirkstone Pass. The village of Troutbeck is spread along a hillside which runs from Town End to Town Head. Troutbeck is designated a Conservation Area, with a number of buildings which date from the 17th to the 19th Centuries. Some of the buildings have retained the original features such as mullioned windows, heavy cylindrical chimneys and a rare example of an exposed spinning gallery can be seen. The church and the former school can be found in the valley which was rebuilt in the 18th Century has an east window created in 1873 by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown. A guided walk of this lovely village, followed by an excursion to the Elizabethan Town End Farm.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Walks in the Langdale Valley
(Friday, May 30)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Both walks are in the Langdale valley, an area that has played a key role in the development of walking and hiking in the Lake District. Themes: Flora and Fauna of the high tops; the history and traditions of walking and hiking.
 Lunch: Packed lunch included.
 Afternoon: Walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Derwentwater Boat Cruise/Walk over Cat Bells
(Saturday, May 31)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Excursion: A boat cruise on Derwentwater. Theme: Upland farming, the tourist scene.
 Lunch: Packed lunch.
 Afternoon: The following walk options are available. High Level walk: The long walk takes us over Cat Bells, a favourite of Beatrix Potter. Low Level and medium walks: Across the lower slopes, through the ancient woodlands of the Borrowdale Valley.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Coniston
(Sunday, June 1)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to nearby Coniston, the centre of the old copper mining industry. The great Victorian thinker John Ruskin and author Arthur Ransome both have strong links with this area. The following walk options are available: High Level walk: Over Coniston Old Man, looking at the disused copper mines and slate quarries. Low Level and medium walk: Alongside Coniston Water, after a short boat trip. There is also a medium level walk through the mountain area known as Coppermines Valley. Themes: Industrial archaeology; literature.
 Lunch: Packed lunch included.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Talk "A Lakeland Picture Show".
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Free day
(Monday, June 2)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy a free day with a "Cross Lakes Shuttle" ticket. This is an all day service where a small passenger boat will take you across Windermere, with transportation available to Hilltop and Hawkshead return, alighting at your leisure. You will be provided with a booklet of self-guided walks to help you explore the area, with a choice of Lakeside walks or more taxing walks over Claife Heights for the adventurous!
 Lunch: A packed lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: Free
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Moffat and Scottish Borders.
(Tuesday, June 3)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Scotland, with rest stops at Moffat, a small town in the midst of the southern uplands, and at St. Mary's Loch.
 Lunch: Pub lunch in Tibbie Sheils -- Set between two lochs surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The Inn takes its name from Isabella (Tibbie) Shiel who moved with her husband Robert Richardson, a mole catcher, in 1823 into what was then known as St. Mary’s cottage on the estate of Lord Napier. After the death of her husband in the following year Tibbie was determined to support herself and six bairns by taking in gentlemen lodgers. James Hogg ‘the Ettrick Shepherd’ was a regular visitor. As an old friend of Hogg, Tibbie was unimpressed by his writing, saying: He wrote a deal o’trash but was a gey sensible man for a’ that”. James Hogg’s friend and contemporary, Sir Walter Scott, was another of Tibbie’s admirers and other names appearing in the visitor’s books (still existing in the care of Tibbie’s descendants) are Robert L. Stevenson, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Stoddart (angler and angling poet) and Gladstone.
 Afternoon: Optional 3 mile walk in the afternoon along the east side of the loch. Arrival Kelso late afternoon.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Talk: The Borders and the Southern Uplands.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Walks along Rivers Tweed and Teviot
(Wednesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: The walks today offer a choice of about 4 or 8 miles along the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, probably the most famous salmon rivers in Scotland. Visit St Boswells, a village on the south side of the River Tweed. The village is mostly known for being on the route of St. Cuthbert's Way, a long distance footpath linking Melrose Abbey (5 miles northwest) to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast in north east England. The name commemorates Saint Boisil, an Abbot of Melrose.
 Lunch: Pub Lunch.
 Afternoon: Walks continue. Visit Harestanes Visitor Centre and walk to Peniel Heugh.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Talk: Abbeys and Monasteries.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk
(Thursday, June 5)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Walk near Selkirk. Selkirk has indelibly stamped itself on Scotland's and the Scottish Borders' ancient past. From being the site of the first Border Abbey to where William Wallace, "Braveheart", was declared guardian of Scotland. The diverse names of Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Marquess of Montrose and the Outlaw Murray have all contributed to create a unique historical tapestry.
 Lunch: Packed lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lindisfarne (Holy Island).
(Friday, June 6)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: A full day field trip to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), where we spend 3 to 5 hours, depending on the times of the tides. The Priory will be visited before lunch, and then we will offer a choice of walks.
 Lunch: Pub lunch
 Afternoon: Walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: A Scottish Pipe Band plays for us in the Market Square.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Pennine Way.
(Saturday, June 7)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Walks across the Pennine Way.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Guided field trip of Edinburgh's Highlights.
(Sunday, June 8)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Edinburgh. Due to closure of Parliament, those who do not want a walk up Arthur's Seat, (full walking kit not required), can take a guided field trip by coach of the City Highlights, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Old Town, Bow Street and Victoria Street with Victorian Terrace. You will alos pass Holyrood Park and Palace, the Royal Bank Scotland HQ, Greyfriars Church with the statute of Bobbie the loyal dog, the Musueum of Childhood, Burke and Hare the famous bady snatchers for medical research and teaching and Leith, the old port and where HMS Britannia is moored. There will be opportunities to stop off if you want to spend more time at a particular location.
 Lunch: Packed lunch.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you have a choice of activities. Take a walk up Arthur's Seat, a peak formed by a now extinct volcano system and once described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design". Some claim its name is derived from the legends surrounding King Arthur. Decide for yourself as you enjoy this leisurely walk, with beautiful views over the capital. Casual shoes or sneakers can be worn. Alternatively, relax on a free afternoon with the option of spending time in Edinburgh city centre.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening. Farewell meeting.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15:
(Monday, June 9)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Courtesy bus to the airport for return flights to North America.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Windermere. Bowness-on-Windermere
Windermere Steamboat Museum, The World of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead. Brockhole Visitor Centre. For additional information, visit
  Edinburgh. Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery of Scotland, Georgian House, National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Mile, Leith, Lady Stair’s House, the Scottish Whisky Centre, Botanical Garden. For additional information, visit
  Kelso. Kelso.
Kelso Old Parish Church, St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, local pubs. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

A Walker's Notebook

Author: Alfred Wainwright

Description: Published to coincide with the centenary of Wainwright's birth its small flexi format, with its splashproof cover, makes it ideal for slipping in a pocket and taking along with you. Whether a Sunday afternoon jaunt close to home or a hill walk on holiday, A Walker's Notebook has space to record details of nearly 100 walks including dates, routes, companions and what you experienced on the way. Also included are pages to make notes of favourite pubs, cafes and places to stay. Illustrated throughout with charming illustrations by A. Wainwright

Beatrix Potter's Lakeland

Author: Hunter Davies

Description: Reissued with Beatrix Potter illustrations and previously unpublished materials, this book combines authoritative text with colour photographs taken during the course of a complete year to show the Lake District in all its seasons and moods.

Beatrix Potter: Her Lakeland Years

Author: W.R.Mitchell

Description: This is the compelling story of the real Beatrix Potter, based on interviews with those who knew her. Spread over the 40 years that the author edited "Cumbria Magazine", these interviews recall memories stretching back to the time when Beatrix bought the now famous Hill Top farm at Sawrey in the heart of Lakeland. She was already internationally acclaimed for her series of 'Peter Rabbit' books and her local status was increased when she married William Heelis, a Hawkshead solicitor. The books gave her the means to purchase over 4,000 acres of land, which on her death in 1943 was bequeathed to the National Trust as her personal legacy to the Lake District. The many archive and present-day photographs in this fully illustrated book place a new light on the Lakeland years of Beatrix Potter. Pride of place is given to the breed of sheep that she did so much to foster - her beloved Herdwicks.

Lindisfarne: The Cradle Island

Author: Magnus Magnusson

Description: Lindisfarne has captured the imagination of visitors and residents alike for decades. Also know as 'Holy Island', the rich and eventful history of the area is explored in great depth in this fascinating account. The author takes us on a journey to 'the cradle island' - the ancient shrine of Celtic Christianity - to reveal the treasures of the island. He tells the story of people and nature from the beginning to the present day, exploring the natural history and archaeology of the region.

The Reivers: The Story of the Border Reivers

Author: Alistair Moffat

Description: Only one period in history is immediately, indelibly and uniquely linked to the whole area of the Scottish and English Border country, and that is the time of the Reivers. Whenever anyone mentions 'Reiver', no-one hesitates to add 'Border'. It is an inextricable association, and rightly so. Nowhere else in Britain in the modern era, or indeed in Europe, did civil order break down over such a wide area, or for such a long time. For more than a century the hoof-beats of countless raiding parties drummed over the border. From Dumfriesshire to the high wastes of East Cumbria, from Roxburghshire to Redesdale, from the lonely valley of Liddesdale to the fortress city of Carlisle, swords and spears spoke while the law remained silent. Fierce family loyalty counted for everything while the rules of nationality counted for nothing.The whole range of the Cheviot Hills, its watershed ridges and the river valleys which flowed out of them became the landscape of larceny while Maxwells, Grahams, Fenwicks, Carletons, Armstrongs and Elliots rode hard and often for plunder. These were the Riding Times and in modern European history, they have no parallel. This book tells the remarkable story of the Reivers and how they made the Borders.

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