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 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.


If you've ever thought about visiting The Lake District in England and/or Hadrian's Wall, you would be hard-pressed to find a better tour than the one Road Scholar offers. Scenery, history,accommodations and group leaders were all fabulous!


My husband and I highly recommend this program. It was such a delight to stay in just two places -- the hotel that had once been a vacation home for Beatrix Potter and her family and also an 11th century castle hotel. Peter and Jim were outstanding driver/guides, the places we visited were very interesting, and the food was excellent. In short, if you have an interest in literature, history and seeing some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world, don't miss this trip!


Guides Jim and Peter were fantastic! They were knowledgeable and passionate and humorous, too! This was a mind-blowing experience. Do some research on the subjects beforehand; you'll get so much more out of it.


The places visited and the activities are very interesting and varied. The group leaders are excellent--knowledgeable and caring. If you're interested in the Lake District and the north of England, this is the trip for you.


we spent a lot more time on the bus tham I had anticipated but our leader Jim was much more knowledgable thaan most.


We were lucky enough to have perfect weather for this program. The varied itinerary includes handling Neolithic axes, sitting on Stone Circle stones, strolling through beautiful Victorian gardens, watching birds of prey swooping overhead, inspecting treasures at Roman ruins and medieval castles, cruising in a Victorian gondola and visiting a holy island. Food and accommodations were very good. The staff at Otterburn Castle coddled us like family. One caution: walking is often uphill on rough ground. The activity level is greater than moderate. Penny


We found this program to be excellent on all counts. The sites visited ranged from the homes of the romantic poets in the Lake District to castles and Roman ruins in Northumbria. These sites were all reached by reasonable small bus rides through scenic countrysides and from just two "home" bases that provided gourmet quality dining. Our driver and guide, Peter Hudson was outstanding in communicating his knowledge of the regions we toured. Our group was small (14) and very compatible. We would highly recommend this program.


A wonderful mélange of scenery and history and legends and lore.

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