The English Lake District and the Borders: Romance to Turbulence
Discover the story of England’s famous Lake District as you learn about its poets and writers, explore Muncaster Castle, visit the Northumberland Coast and see historic Hadrian’s Wall.
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This was my first Road Scholar experience and I found it to be most enjoyable. It was a good mix of learning and fun with excellent tour guides in a beautiful area.


The program was more than every thing we were promised. The guides were approachable and quite knowledgeable. The drivers were very careful and very nice. The food was quite adequate and tasty . The accommodations were nicer than I expected, , The rooms were very comfortable and clean


The Lakes and Borders are historic, beautiful and magical. We had excellent guides wonderful lectures and visits to enchanting places. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in northern England and southern Scotland. Superior experience.


A wonderful introduction to the wild & rugged countryside of the Lake District and Northumberland. But be warned: lots of narrow, winding, and steep roads. And more walking that I expected--my Fitbit showed an average of 8K steps per day.


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I loved this program. This part of England is so delightful, with its quaint little villages, amazing gardens and gorgeous countryside. I can see what attracted Beatrix Potter to this part of England.


This was a very enjoyable and informative trip. Road Scholar with the assistance of "Mountain Goat" provided a well-organized and comfortable tour. Accommodations were excellent as well. I highly recommend this journey to the Lake District and North Eastern England!


The UK Lake District trip was outstanding! The landscape and history of this area was fascinating. All fitness levels were accommodated. For those fit enough, the trip provided opportunities to hike for several miles beyond the level indicated. The excellent Mountain Goat guides were very knowledgeable not only about the history of the area but of flora and fauna. The historic accommodations provided met all expectations of comfort. This is a trip not to be missed!


This program offered me an enjoyable tour to two areas of the UK I had not visited before: the manicured Lake District and wild Northumberland. Our weather was very typical of fall, plus there were high winds and rain from a hurricane of all things! Had heard that "hurricanes hardly ever happen". Oh, Eliza Doolittle, not this year!


Wonderful trip. Loved the Lake District and Mountain Goat guides. I would have liked more time at some of the sites, but that is always the way. The accommodations and food were great. I would highly recommend this trip.


Previous tours I have taken have been mainly in cities. This tour was totally different as we covered rural areas and small villages. It was delightful! Even with the rain and overcast skies! The Lake District of England is unique. Sheep, hedgerows, stone cottages, defense towers and castles. A well planned and informative trip. Just bring a rain coat and rain boots/ shoes!


What a wonderful way to see the Lake District and the Border Region! Small mini-buses with lots of space for all, local guide/drivers who have immense knowledge and passion for their homeland, breathtaking scenery everyday all around, and fascinating accommodations with excellent chefs. There are lots of stairs so be honest with yourself but so worth the climb. Jim and Peter, our driver/guides, kept us amused and informed every minute of the trip. They gave us days to look forward to, and ultimately regret at the thought of leaving. This is a "not to be missed adventure."


The Borderlands are where it's at! Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Scots and Brits all have had their turns dominating the action here where The South meets The North, and as you visit key sites you can feel the human intensity of their participation. It adds up to a great big story.


Wonderful trip! Absolutely gorgeous countryside and a wonderful mix of sights-- everything from Roman ruins, to castles and gardens to places with Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth connections. It was lambing season so we were endlessly entertained by adorable lambs and their mothers. It was great being in only two hotels and I loved the small group size of 14. It was a terrific group of people. Especially loved some of the "special" features like having dinner in Wordsworth's home; the private tour and lunch at Muncaster Castle with one of the owners; and a terrific lecture on Beatrix Potter at the Armit Library and Museum. Food was much better than I expected and there were lots of choices and no buffets which I loved. I felt the trip was a very good value. Only warning is the activity level is much higher than "moderate". I would put it at "active" as there are many days when you will be walking a lot on uneven surfaces and on steep inclines. There are also a lot of places (including the hotels) that have a lot of stairs. I have taken trips listed as "active" and this trip was at least as active as they were. All in all a terrific trip which I would highly recommend to anyone.

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