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The English Lake District and North Yorkshire in Bloom

Program Number: 21251RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2015 - 5/31/2015; 5/16/2016 - 5/29/2016; 6/20/2016 - 7/3/2016; 7/18/2016 - 7/31/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: United Kingdom, UK:England
Price starting at: $4,279.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Inspiration for the Romantic poets and popular summer retreat for the aristocracy in the Victorian Era, the Lake District and Yorkshire are today renowned for their sweeping vistas, melancholy moors and spectacular estates and gardens. Discover these classic English homes and gardens, quaint villages and idyllic pastoral landscapes with the owners, caretakers, horticulturists and historians who know the true character of these national treasures.


• Based in a classic country home in the heart of Lake District National Park, discover a myriad of spectacular homes and gardens.
• Experience Fountains Abbey, a 12th-century abbey ruins and a World Heritage Site set on 800 acres of beautiful countryside.
• Meet the head gardener of Levens Hall and explore this magnificent Elizabethan mansion and its world-famous award-winning gardens laid out in 1694.

Activity Particulars

Walking average 1 – 2 miles per day. All in garden environments. Some paved, often grassed lawns and firm paths. A few gardens with gentle elevations. Stairs at historic houses and one historic Castle.

Date Specific Information

5-18-2015, 5-16-2016, 6-20-2016, 7-18-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Manchester, coach to Bowness on Windermere (Lake District), 7 nights; coach to Harrogate, 4 nights; coach to Manchester, 1 night; departure.

Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Manchester, coach to Bowness on Windermere
7 nights

For our discovery of the Lake District, we’ll be based in a classic country house in the heart of the national park. Meet the head gardener of Levens Hall and explore this magnificent Elizabethan mansion and world-famous garden. In the ancient monastic village of Cartmel, famous for the 12th-century priory, learn about Holker Hall and gardens. At the Lakeland Horticultural Society gardens, an expert leads us around this fantastic garden with spectacular views across Windermere. After visiting Rydal Mount, last home of William Wordsworth who designed the garden, we’ll explore the recently restored Mawson Italianate garden at Rydal Hall. Then enjoy coffee with the owners of Windy Hall and explore their property — a four-acre fellside garden. We’ll journey across the Lake District to Ullswater for a study cruise to Howtown, where we visit two very special churches, one more than 800 years old. Let the history of the Earls of Lonsdale unfold as you explore Lowther Castle gardens, St Michael's church and Lowther village - which at one time housed the family's private army. We also visit Brantwood, the former home of Victorian ecologist, writer and painter John Ruskin. Famous for his works, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas and Brantwood remains a place of inspiration.

Coach to Harrogate
4 nights
Coach to Manchester
1 night

The quiet spa town of Harrogate harkens back to the genteel days of the Victorian era, and we’ll explore its best homes and gardens, including the wonderful Aysgarth Edwardian Rock Garden. In Yorkshire Dales, we’ll learn about the cathedral founded more than 1,300 years ago. Then on to Fountains Abbey, one of the most famous abbeys in the country. Enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the range of England's heritage here in its magnificent 12th-century ruins and the only-surviving Cistercian corn mill. Amble through the beautifully landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. At the Royal Horticultural Society's most northerly and newest garden at Harlow Carr, experience a garden dominated by water, stone and woodland. Our route takes us over the wild moors to Haworth, home of the Brontë family, where the worlds of “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre” are brought to life in the famous village.

United Kingdom

By adding a separate condenser to the steam engine in 1776, Scotsman James Watt revolutionized his country and the world. Watt’s improved engine removed water in the ore and coal mines of Cornwall and Wales that, in turn, forged and fueled England’s looms, mills and, ultimately, the imperial ambitions of the Crown. Covering one-quarter of the global population at its height, traces of the British Empire still linger throughout today’s United Kingdom.

Bowness on Windermere: A classic lakeland country house set on six acres of private garden and once a holiday home for Beatrix Potter’s family. Harrogate: Three-star Victorian-era hotel in the Antique Quarter of town. Manchester: Three-star hotel near airport.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
  Bowness on Windermere, UK:England 7 nights
   The Crown Hotel
  Harrogate, UK:England 4 nights
   Bewley's Hotel.
  Manchester, UK:England 1 night
 Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
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
  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 allowed: No
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 The Crown Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Crown Hotel is a 300 year old Victorian Hotel, refurbished in contemporary style and situated in the Antique Quarter at the heart of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Placed just a couple of minutes walk from the Harrogate International Centre, Turkish Baths, Betty's Tea Rooms and the picturesque town centre with its antique stores and Victorian arcades.
  Contact info: Crown Place
Harrogate,  HG1 2RZ UK:England
phone: +44 1423 567755
  Room amenities: 24 Hour Room Service, telephone, television and movies, guest link TV / radio with messaging, tea and coffee facilities, modem-linked phone with voice mail, trouser press and hair dryer. Broadband connection via modem.
  Facility amenities: The Place Bistro and bar. Thackwray Restaurant. Breakfast is served in the Churchill Suite, an oak panelled room with stained glass windows and ornate ceilings.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Bewley's Hotel.
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Near to airport (Terminal 1).
  Contact info: Outwood Lane.
Manchester.,  M90 4HL. UK:England
phone: +44 161 498 0333
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The programme starts with a light lunch at the Lindeth Howe Hotel. Transfers by coach from Manchester Airport usually take place at around 8:00am and 10:30am. You will be staying at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast, which ends at 10:00am, on departure day. Free shuttle transfers to Manchester Airport from the hotel. You will be staying at Bewley's Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. N/A.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bowness on Windermere
  Nearest city or town:  Windermere.
  Nearest airport:  Manchester.
  Transportation to site: Take a train (six an hour) to Manchester Piccadilly where trains take two hours to Windermere. From there take a taxi to Bowness-on Windermere.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Manchester
  Nearest city or town:  Manchester
  Nearest airport:  Manchester
  Transportation from site: Hotel shuttle bus to Manchester Airport.
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 18)
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, May 19)
 Arrive To: Manchester Airport. Transfers by minibuses to the hotel.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check in and leisure time to settle in before your welcome meeting and pre-dinner drinks reception
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Your welcome continues.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lakeland Horticultural Gardens and Wordsworth sites.
(Wednesday, May 20)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: A local day visiting The Lakeland Horticultural Society gardens at Holehird, Troutbeck, with a guide to take us around this fantastic garden with spectacular views across Windermere.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the heart of the valley at The Mortal Man Hotel.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues to Rydal Mount, last home of William Wordsworth who designed the garden. Before departing Rydal we will have a look at the recently restored Mawson Italianate garden at Rydal Hall opposite Rydal Mount.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Discover Levens Hall with the Head Gardener.
(Thursday, May 21)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Discover Levens Hall with the Head Gardener. Levens Hall is a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th Century pele tower, which was expanded and rebuilt towards the end of the 16th Century. It is the home of the Bagot family and contains a collection of Jacobean furniture, fine paintings, the earliest English patchworks and many other beautiful objects. The world famous and award-winning gardens were laid out from 1964. The topiary, beech hedges and colourful seasonal bedding create a stunning visual impact.
 Lunch: Homemade lunches are prepared daily in the house kitchens and served in the Bellingham Buttery.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues after lunch to the monastic village of Cartmel and Holker Hall and gardens, home of the Cavendish family. The ancient village of Cartmel is famous for the 12 Century Cartmel Priory, with its beautiful stained glass windows, modern sculptures and ancient choir stalls. Leading off the village square with its market cross, water pump and fish slabs is the Cartmel Priory Greenhouse, now a heritage centre which depicts the history of the monastery, and the village. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay, Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills. The immaculately kept gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal garden. These are complimented by the 200 acre “natural” parkland, which is the result of late 18th Century planting by Lord George Cavendish. Over generations the family have continued to develop the gardens and they are constantly evolving as new plantings are made or new ideas are born.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Talk in the hotel on “The Lowther family and the Earls of Lonsdale” with the Head Gardener of Lowther Castle.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lowther Castle Gardens.
(Friday, May 22)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Our journey todays takes us over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater for a cruise to Howtown where we visit two very special churches, one over 800 years old and the other Victorian, but with very special stained glass windows.
 Lunch: Taken out in the Howtown Hotel, run by the Brady Family for 108 years. The Howtown Hotel is situated in the small hamlet of Howtown surrounded by extensive and easily accessible Lake District Mountains with stunning views over Ullswater Lake.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we drive to Lowther Castle. This was ancestral home of the Lowthers and although the castle is now only a façade, the gardens are being renovated to their former glory at great expense. Here we have a tour of the renovated gardens discussed last night and an opportunity for tea. The Lowthers are one of the oldest recorded English armigerous families; both their yellow arms – or Six Annulets Sable – and the family tree are documented from the late 12th Century. It was during the 18th Century that the estate grew spectacularly. The first Earl of Lonsdale, “Wicked Jimmy”, bought estate after estate for two precious commodities – iron and the coal needed to smelt it. The estate became the largest in England – at one point it was possible to walk from the east coast to the west without stepping off Lowther soil. The Lowthers were also keen sportsmen, being closely associated with horses, traditional local sports and boxing, to which they lent their name to the prize of the Lonsdale belt. We continue our exploration of this ancient family by visiting St. Michael’s Church, with its Victorian mausoleum and relics dating back to the Crusades. Next we explore Lowther Village which, at one time, housed the Lonsdale private army but was later used to accommodate estate staff. The village of Lowther has been home to the Lowther family from 1283, and the family are still the largest landowners in the Lake District. Lowther village was moved from its original site north of the castle and, to make way for the second house, the cillage was demolished and rebuilt before being rebuilt again in the early 19th Century to improve the Earl’s view from the castle. Our journey home is over Sharp Fell, the highest major road in England.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Swarthmore Hall and Gardens, Brantwood.
(Saturday, May 23)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we journey for a guided tour of Swarthmore Hall, a 16th Century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. The Hall has a special story to tell, and a local writer recently said “The fictional dramas of Downton Abbey seem relatively tame to the actual events in Swarthmoor Hall’s history”. It is known as the cradle of Quakerism as, in the mid-17th Century, Judge Thomas Fell and his wife Margaret provided protection for early Quakers, most notably George Fox (its founding father) and allowed the Hall to be a headquarters for the movement. Surrounding the hall are beautiful, peaceful and varied gardens. They encompass formal gardens and, quiet gardens for relaxation and a courtyard garden featuring a living quilt.
 Lunch: Take lunch at the Bluebird Café at Coniston. Situated on the shores of Coniston Water, the Bluebird Café is positioned in a unique and idyllic location.
 Afternoon: Positioned over the water from the Bluebird Café is Brantwood, the former home of Victorian ecologist, writer and painter John Ruskin. Famous for his works, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas and Brantwood remains a place of inspiration. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of the cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts & Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. After a guided tour of the house, we will be able to enjoy the heart of the estate – 250 acres of remarkable gardens. These unique gardens continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began and offer spectacular views across the water.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: The Kinsmans talk about owning and maintaining Windy Hall.
(Sunday, May 24)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Have a coffee with David and Diane Kinsman, owners of Windy Hall, as we explore their property. A 4 acre fellside garden with views over Windermere to Coniston Old Man, the garden has evolved over 25 years with Diane and David doing all of the design and most of the work. High on the fell are woodland areas underplanted with species Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Hydrangeas; lower down is the quarry garden with Japanese influences, where 400 years ago the stone used to build the house was extracted. The kitchen garden is just that plus the “collection beds” and the compost heaps. There is an alpine area planted with dwarf Rhododendrons and Gunneras, a wildflower meadow where Orchids are increasing, a real “privy” garden for sunny contemplation and a “Best Garden” (in the Castle Bromwich sense) below the house. In the redesigned and replanted pond and bog garden many of the new plants were raised from seed collected by David on recent seed collection expiditions to China. The waterfowl garden has many Stewartia species which are now sufficiently mature to flower. Diane is a research scientist; David a retired geologist who has judged at Chelsea for many years and also writes horticultural and conservation articles. David also holds the NCCPG Aruncus and Filipendula collections.
 Lunch: Taken at Windy Hall.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we take a scenic drive in the heart of the Lakes and Grasmere. Enjoy free time in Grasmere before dinner.
 Dinner: Taken at the Traveller’s Rest Inn, Grasmere.
 Evening: After dinner in the pub we return to the hotel.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Optional activities on a free day.
(Monday, May 25)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy your free day relaxing in the hotel and gardens at Lindeth Howe. Mountain Goat will advise you of things to do and how to use public transport on this day.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon - as morning.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel and a chance to recount your daytime adventures.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Sizergh Castle and Gardens, Harrogate.
(Tuesday, May 26)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we transfer to Harrogate, a beautiful spa town near the rolling Yorkshire Dales. En route we will visit the imposing Sizergh House with its rich and beautiful gardens. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs. The exceptional wood panelling culminates in the Inlaid Chambers, returned here in 1999 from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The 1,600 acre estate includes a limestone pasture, orchards and semi-natural woodland. The magnificent gardens present real variety – from the formal Dutch garden to the wilder landscape of the limestome rock garden. Sizergh garden has been allowed to evolve and expand gradually over 300 years and is still being developed to this day.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch out at or near Sizergh Castle.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues. After you check into your hotel, relax and enjoy a pre-dinner talk on the History of Harrogate.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: The Crown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.
(Wednesday, May 27)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we have a field trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s most northerly and newest garden at Harlow Carr. Harlow Carr is a garden dominated by water, stone and woodland and is very much part of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape.
 Lunch: Packed lunches will be provided.
 Afternoon: Free for you to explore Harlow Carr on your own.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: The Crown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ripon Cathedral, World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens.
(Thursday, May 28)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Ripon, the Cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales is our destination today. The Cathedral was founded over 1,300 years ago by St. Wilfred and remains an impressive sandstone building with a stunning range of stained glass windows. From Ripon Cathedral we will Fountains Abbey, one of the most famous abbeys in the country and a World Heritage Site, set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside. Its grounds contain an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into its design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside and paths leads to the deer park – home to the Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees.
 Lunch: Take lunch at Fountains Abbey.
 Afternoon: After lunch, amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: The Crown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ripley Castle and Gardens, Aysgarth Rock Garden.
(Friday, May 29)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of Ripley Castle and its sumptuous gardens. Privately owned and still in use, the castle has been occupied since its original construction in the 14th Century. Ripley hosts the English National Hyacinth Collection and the gardens are transformed into a riot of colour in April and May as thousands of hyacinths, daffodils and narcissi come into bloom and the herbaceous borders, some of the longest in Britain, spring into life from June to September.
 Lunch: Packed lunch will be provided.
 Afternoon: We will take a scenic tour around Wensleydale, a valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park famed for its local cheese. A lush sweeping valley, it is distinct for its wooden knolls and hidden waterfalls, as well as Aysgarth Rock Garden – one of the most unusual Listed Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales. Originally commissioned in the early 20th Century, the garden is one of the few remaining gardens of its type.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: The Crown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: The Brontë's Old Parsonage and Haworth.
(Saturday, May 30)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we leave Harrogate for our journey to Manchester Airport. Our route takes us over the wild moors to Haworth, home of the Brontë family. The worlds of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are brought to life in the famous village of Haworth. This picturesque village was once home to the literary greats the Brontës and their home is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
 Lunch: Taken out in Haworth.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues. Check in at Bewley's Hotel Manchester Airport.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. Time to bid your new found friends farewell.
Accommodations: Bewley's Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14:
(Sunday, May 31)
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by complimentary shuttle bus from the hotel to Manchester Airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List

Gardens of the Lake District

Author: Tim Longville

Description: Thanks to its dramatic landscape and unique conditions, the Lake District has a long history of distinguished gardens in many different styles. While the lakes and mountains make unbeatable backdrops, the reliable moisture and peaty soil are ideal for a large range of plants. This book features over 40 gardens, all open to the public, that exemplify this heritage. Among the gardens are 17th-century Levens Hall, renowned for its topiary; picturesque gardens such as Rydal Hall; woodland and parkland gardens; gardens made by Wordsworth and Ruskin; grand 19th-century rhododendron gardens; elaborate gardens designed by or in the style of Thomas Mawson; and contemporary plantsman's gardens. On the western coastline there are gardens in Mediterranean or subtropical styles. The garden descriptions include each owner's choice of favourite plants, with explanations of the plants' virtues and the purposes and situations for which they are suited. Taking readers beyond the lakes and fells to some less well-known treasures, this book is for gardeners and visitors to the area alike.

Houses of the Lake District

Author: Christopher Holloway and Douglas Sutherland

Description: The houses and castles of the Lake District, secreted among the lakes and fells, are inextricably linked with their dramatic setting. Many are architecturally distinguished, even more have intriguing tales to tell. In this book Christopher Holliday explores in detail the history and architecture of the houses and the personal stories of their owners through the centuries right up to the present day. Clive Boursnell's stunning photographs capture the houses, inside and out, their gardens and their setting. Houses covered include: Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall, Blackwell, Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Dove Cottage, Rydal, Mirehouse, Brantwood, Hill Top, and many more.

Voices of Barrow and Furness

Author: Alice Leach

Description: Barrow-in-Furness grew from a tiny hamlet into the largest iron and steel centre on the world, as well as a major shipbuilding centre, in just forty years. Still home to the busiest shipyard in England, Barrow retains many of the spacious streets and fine buildings that were part of the nineteenth-century planned town, and despite changing economic factors over the years it still has much to offer resident and visitor alike. "Voices from Barrow and Furness" draws together memories of life on the Furness peninsula - in Barrow itself, and Dalton and Askham, as well as the villages - from a wide range of people who have fascinating tales to tell. Among their number are shopkeepers, an MP, a vicar, an undertaker, a zookeeper, a councillor, and entrepreneur and a midwife, to name just a few. The stories they recall, collected by members of the Barrow Oral History Group, will rekindle memories for anyone who has lived in this area for more than a few years, and will be an eye-opener for any new arrivals who want to find out more about the history of Furness. "Voices from Barrow and Furness" is illustrated with a wonderful selection of photographs that capture the spirit of this unique area over the past hundred years or so.

The Abbeys and Priories of England

Author: TWT Tutton and John Leach

Description: "The Abbeys and Priories of England" is a celebration of the history and architecture of some of the finest religious buildings in England. Two hundred specially commissioned, full-colour photographs capture the personality of these magnificent buildings, once home to closed communities and now focal points for the surrounding populace and heritage lovers. Together with the lively and informative text, written by one of England's foremost experts on religious buildings' history and design, this is a comprehensive and absorbing guide. Packed with little-known facts and stories of the people who lived in and worked on these buildings, and with an array of stunning images, this book is the perfect souvenir for overseas or UK visitors, or anyone with an interest in English history and architecture.

Mist over Pendle

Author: Robert Neill

Description: Seventeenth century England is a place of superstition and fear. Deep in the Forest of Pendle, people have been dying in mysterious circumstances. The locals whisper of witchcraft, but Squire Roger Nowell, in charge of investigating the deaths, dismisses the claims as ridiculous. Until a series of hideous desecrations forces Roger and his cousin Margery to look further into the rumours. And what they discover brings them face to face with the horrifying possibility that a coven of witches is assembling, preparing to unleash a campaign of evil and destruction... Robert Neill's novel is a classic tale of witchcraft set in a wild inaccessible corner of Lancashire and in a time when the ancient fear of demons and witches was still a part of life... and death.

A History of the Pendle Witches and Their Magic: Wicked Enchantments

Author: Joyce Froome

Description: The Pendle witchcraft case is a compelling human story, and also provides a dramatic insight into the importance of magic in the lives of our ancestors. This book offers a detailed account of the extraordinary events that took place in Lancashire in 1612, focusing on James and Alizon Device, the teenage brother and sister at the centre of the case. It draws on a wealth of sources, including books of magic and trial records, to evoke a world of magicians and cunning folk, of charms, divination and familiar spirits. It is illustrated with photographs of magical objects in the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, and of a modern family recreating seventeenthcentury spells and rituals. Taking a thought-provoking new approach to the history of witchcraft, it conjures a vivid picture of what it was like to be someone who practised magic during the witch-hunts.

Historic Parks and Gardens in and Around South Yorkshire

Author: Joan and Mel Jones

Description: This pioneering volume contains general chapters on the development of deer parks, landscaped parks and public parks, ornamental and kitchen gardens and short histories and visitor guides to nearly 30 historic parks and gardens open to the public. Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, Historic Parks & Gardens in and around South Yorkshire is essential reading for all South Yorkshire residents and the many visitors to the region with an interest in local and garden history and those who care about the preservation and conservation of the region's park and garden heritage. Joan and Mel Jones have co-authored a dozen books on the local and landscape history of South Yorkshire. Their most recent publications are The Remarkable Gatty Family of Ecclesfield (2003) and Picturing the Past (2004). Joan is Secretary of the Chapeltown and High Green Archive. Mel is Visiting Professor in landscape history at Sheffield Hallam University and a regular broadcaster on local history on BBC Radio Sheffield.

William Wordsworth

Author: Hunter Davies

Description: More than any other poet, Wordworth was his own biographer, and told his story through his verse. This work on the poet's entire life and times, first published in 1980, remains the only full-length popular biography. It draws upon the letters and diaries of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, and of their contemporaries Coleridge and Southey. Hunter Davies also draws upon his own knowledge of the Lake District, which featured so strongly in Wordsworth life, to present a complete portrait of England's best known poet.

A Walk Around the Lakes: A Visit to Britain's Lake District

Author: Hunter Davies

Description: Hunter Davies walked among its mountains and valleys and rediscovered what he thought he knew welll. In A Walk Around the Lakes he retells his long and extraordinary journey, recapturing the varied beauty of the land and the people he met along the way. Using Wordsworth himself as a second narrative, he offers a complete and alluring appreciation of the Lake District and its great heritage past and present, whether you are walking or not.

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And included with all Road Scholar programs:

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