21251
England

The English Lake District and North Yorkshire in Bloom

From classic country homes to national parks to world-renowned topiary gardens, learn the story of the English countryside as you explore this ancient region alongside experts.
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Program No. 21251RJ
Length
14 days
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4,399
Flights start at
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14 days
13 nights
35 meals
12 B 11 L 12 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival, Orientation
Bowness on Windermere
L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lunch: At the hotel we'll have a two-course plated and served lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel we’ll have some free time to relax and unpack before our Orientation session at 6:00 p.m. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal with logistics, lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A plated and served three-course dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to relax and prepare for the program ahead.

DAY
3
Lakeland Horticultural Gardens, Wordsworth
Bowness on Windermere
B,L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: We’ll board the minibus this morning for a local day visiting The Lakeland Horticultural Society gardens at Holehird, Troutbeck. Here we'll have plenty of time to look around and explore this fantastic garden with spectacular views across Windermere.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a quintessentially English country pub, the Glen Rothay.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Rydal Mount, last home of William Wordsworth, who designed the wonderful garden. Before departing Rydal we will have a look at the recently restored Mawson Italianate garden at Rydal Hall opposite Rydal Mount.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Levens Hall, Cartmel, Holker Hall
Bowness on Windermere
B,L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we’ll drive to lovely Levens Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around an original 13th century tower. Originally laid out in 1964, these award-winning gardens create a colourful, seasonal impact. We'll meander through the gardens with a local expert, who will be able to fill us in on the fascinating history of the area.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a served, homemade lunch in the Levens Hall kitchens.

Afternoon: The field trip continues after lunch to Holker Hall and the monastic village of Cartmel. Set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with immaculate grounds that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills, Holker Hall’s gardens bear the fruits of the labour of 18th-century owner Lord George Cavendish. Following our exploration, we'll drive the short distance to Cartmel. The village is home to a 12th-century Priory, replete with beautiful stained-glass windows, modern sculptures and evocative choir stalls. We'll also be able to explore Cartmel Heritage Centre, which sets out the monastic history of this ancient village.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Lowther Castle Gardens
Bowness on Windermere
B,L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our journey today will take us over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater for a lake cruise to the village of Howtown, where we will encounter two very special churches, one over 800 years old, and the other Victorian with very special stained-glass windows.

Lunch: Served in the Howtown Hotel, run by the Brady Family for more than a century.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we’ll drive to Lowther Castle. This was the 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’ll have an enjoyable lecture on the Lowther family and the Earls of Lonsdale, and an expert-led exploration of the renovated gardens, as well as an opportunity for afternoon 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 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. Our journey home is over Shap Fell, the highest major road in England.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Furness Peninsula, Brantwood
Bowness on Windermere
B,L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Activity note: Brantwood Gardens contain some steep paths. The house is fully accessible.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we’ll board the minibus and make our way to the Furness Peninsula. We will explore this lesser-visited part of Cumbria, rich in history and varied landscape. We’ll take a scenic drive through the Furness Peninsula with breath-taking views across Morecambe Bay. This bay located just to south of the Lake District National Park is the largest estuary in North-West England, as well as having the largest area of intertidal mudflats (120 square miles) in the United Kingdom. We’ll continue our journey along a coastal route that many pilgrims have taken over time, to Birkrigg Common where, weather permitting, we will take a stroll to the top and take in views to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and across Morecambe Bay to Blackpool. Birkrigg is an excellent example of a limestone landscape, and features a large limestone pavement. We will then head to the ancient church of St. Mary and St. Michael’s at Urswick, which dates from the 12th century and has connections to Furness Abbey, before driving back north towards Coniston Water.

Lunch: At The Terrace at Brantwood.

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll have a field trip to 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 watching a fascinating video we’ll have some time to for independent exploration of the house, which features numerous interpretation points. We will also 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 Coniston Water.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Windy Hall
Bowness on Windermere
B,L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we’ll board the minibus and make our way to Windy Hall, a short distance from our hotel, for a relaxed coffee with owners David and Diane Kinsman as we explore their property. A 4-acre fellside garden with views over Windermere to Coniston Old Man, the garden has evolved over more than 25 years with Diane and David doing all of the design and most of the work.

Lunch: Served in Windy Hall.

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll take a scenic drive in the heart of the Lakes to Troutbeck. Our Group Leader will make sure we are full of interesting facts on the area, before we have some free time in Troutbeck for independent exploration.

Dinner: Served at The Queen’s Head pub in Troutbeck with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner in the pub we'll return to the hotel by minibus, and the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
8
Free Day
Bowness on Windermere
B,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time to continue our independent exploration.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer to Harrogate, Sizergh Castle
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Old Swan

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we’ll transfer by minibus to Harrogate, a beautiful spa town near the rolling Yorkshire Dales. En route we will visit the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle and Gardens. Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house with rich gardens, set in a fabulous estate. This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its gardens include a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Our Group Leader will introduce us to the site before we are free to explore at our leisure.

Lunch: In the Sizergh Castle area.

Afternoon: Our transfer continues, with an informative lecture about the history of Harrogate en route. After checking in to our hotel, we’ll have some free time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a plated and served three-course meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Old Swan

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Today we’ll board the minibus for a field trip one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s newest gardens, Harlow Carr. With vast expanses of water, Harlow Carr seems to merge into the Yorkshire landscape from which it has sprung. Our Group Leader will lead us around the site, imparting their knowledge before we are free to explore to our hearts’ content.

Lunch: Packed lunches of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at our leisure at Harlow Carr.

Afternoon: Free time at Harlow Carr to continue our independent explorations, before we return to the hotel by minibus.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey, Royal Water Gardens
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Old Swan

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the day with a gentle drive to Ripon, the Cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales. Ripon 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 here we will continue to Fountains Abbey, one of the most famous abbeys in the country and a UNESCO 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.

Lunch: Served at Fountains Abbey.

Afternoon: We’ll spend a leisurely afternoon ambling through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breath-taking views. We will return to the hotel by minibus.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Old Swan

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board the minibus for a full-day field trip to explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which was established in 1954, three years after the Lake District National Park. We’ll take in some of the National Park’s highlights, including: an exploration of the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey, established in 1156, one of the most prominent Cistercian Abbeys in Yorkshire; the village of Reeth with its pretty village green and views over the surrounding dales; Hawes, home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and the highest market town in England at 850 feet; and Aysgarth Falls, a series of three flights of falls carved out by the River Ure. Famous historical visitors to the Dales over the years have included Ruskin, Turner and Wordsworth.

Lunch: We’ll have a light lunch at a local eatery with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our full-day exploration of the Yorkshire Dales continues.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Transfer to Manchester, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Manchester
B,L,D
Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board the minibus for our transfer to Manchester Airport. Our route will take us past the great Northern city of Leeds to the unique Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We’ll make a stop here for some time to explore its open-air exhibitions.

Lunch: Served in at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Afternoon: Our transfer continues. After checking in at our hotel we’ll have some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: A served three-course farewell dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Time to bid your new found friends farewell.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Shuttle bus to Manchester Airport for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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