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Walking in the Lake District and Scotland

Program Number: 5950RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2015 - 9/28/2015; 4/26/2016 - 5/10/2016; 6/14/2016 - 6/28/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: England/Scotland
Price starting at: $4,499.00 - 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

9-14-2015, 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. GBP24.
  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: In Transit to Program
(Monday, September 14)
 In Transit: In transit.

Day 2: Arrivals, Orientation, Welcome Meeting
(Tuesday, September 15)
 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, September 16)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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: Walks in the Langdale Valley
(Thursday, September 17)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Both of today’s 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 5: Troutbeck and Elizabethan Town End Farm
(Friday, September 18)
 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 final, too, to a life made happy by fellwandering”. On the walk you will follow lanes and winding woodland tracks, culminating in views of the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District. Holehird Gardens cover 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: At 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 many great minds through the centuries. Originally a small ale house built by Isaac 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 alongside a hillside which runs from Town End to Town Head. Troutbeck is a designated Conservation Area, with a number of buildings which date from the 17th to 19th Centuries. Some of the buildings have retained the original features such a 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; rebuilt in the 18th Century it has an east window created in 1873 by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown. Enjoy a guided walk of this lovely village, followed by an excursion to the Elizabethan Town Farm.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Derwentwater Boat Excursion, Borrowdale Valley Walks
(Saturday, September 19)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: A boat cruise on the Derwentwater. At 3 miles long, 1 mile wide and 72 feet deep, the Dewerntwater is fed by the River Derwent and has a long historical and literary background. The Lake is very much a landscape of moods, varying from the dramatic waves splashing against Friar’s Crag when driven by southerly gales, to the absolute mirror calm of early mornings. Themes: Upland farming and the tourist scene.
 Lunch: Packed lunch included.
 Afternoon: The following walk options are available: A High Level walk takes us over Cat Bells, a favourite of Beatrix Potter. Our Medium and Low Level walks take us on a beautiful circular walk around the Borrowdale Valley, taking in the magnificent Boulder Stone, quaint hamlets of Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite and Grange as well as a stroll beside the River Derwent.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Coniston
(Sunday, September 20)
 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 and the following walk options are available: A High Level walk takes us over Coniston Old Man, looking at the disused copper mines and slate quarries. A Medium Level walk takes us through the mountain area known as Coppermines Valley and a Lower Level walk takes us alongside Coniston Water after a short boat trip. 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, September 21)
 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 to continue your independent exploration.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free evening.
Accommodations: Windermere Hydro Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Moffat & Scottish Borders
(Tuesday, September 22)
 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: Lunch will be taken in between the picturesque Loch of Lowes and St. Mary’s Loch.
 Afternoon: Check in to the hotel then an optional 3 mile walk along the east side of the loch.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: Talk: “The Borders and the Southern Uplands”.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Rivers Tweed & Teviot Walks
(Wednesday, September 23)
 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: “Abbey and Monasteries”.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Melrose & Eldon Hills
(Thursday, September 24)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today we have walks in and around the pleasant small town of Melrose. The town has one of the earliest Norman Abbeys in which at one time, it is said, was buried the heart of King Robert the Bruce. The longer walk takes us across the majestic River Tweed before following St. Cuthbert’s Way across the wonderful Eildon Hills before descending via the abbey into the town. For the easier walk there is a chance to follow the paths beside the River Tweed and around the town’s outskirts before later visiting Smailholm Tower, one of the finest and best preserved Pele Towers in the Scottish Borders.
 Lunch: Packed lunch included.
 Afternoon: The walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At your leisure.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lindisfarne the Holy Island
(Friday, September 25)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: A full day field trip to Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. Depending on the tides we will spend 3 to 5 hours here. With a recorded history from the 6th Century, Lindisfarne was an important centre of Celtic Christianity and we will pay a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, originally founded in the 7th Century.
 Lunch: A pub lunch.
 Afternoon: The 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: The Pennine Way
(Saturday, September 26)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Walks across the Pennine Way. The Pennine way runs 267 miles from the Peak Disctrict to Kirk Yetholme, just inside the Scottish Border, across the Pennine Hills. Steeped in history, this National Trail chases across the mountain tops along the rugged “backbone of England” and offers some of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: The walks continue.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: At your leisure.
Accommodations: Cross Keys.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Edinburgh & Arthur’s Seat
(Sunday, September 27)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: We drive to the Scottish capital Edinburgh and, weather permitting, take an open top bus tour exploring both the old and new parts of this iconic city.
 Lunch: Packed lunch.
 Afternoon: Those with energy to spare will be able to take a guided hike up Arthur’s Seat, the famous volcanic hill at the foot of the Royal Mile. 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.
 Dinner: In hotel dining room.
 Evening: A farewell meeting to say goodbye to your new found friends, followed by free time.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Program Concludes
(Monday, September 28)
 Breakfast: In hotel dining room.
 Morning: Courtesy bus to the airport for return flights to North America.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Kelso. Kelso.
Kelso Old Parish Church, St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, local pubs. 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
  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
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