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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14 days
13 nights
35 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival, Orientation
Bowness on Windermere
L,D
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lunch: A served lunch will be taken in hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to check-in and unpack at the hotel before an Orientation at 6pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. 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. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A served three-course dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be 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 board the motor coach this morning for a local day visiting The Lakeland Horticultural Society gardens at Holehird, Troutbeck. Here we'll have good 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: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we 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 you in on the fascinating history of the area.

Lunch: Enjoy a served, homemade lunch in the Levens Hall kitchens.

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

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Prepare for tomorrow's field trip with an enjoyable lecture on “The Lowther family and the Earls of Lonsdale”, with the Head Gardener of Lowther Castle.

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

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 in the village of Howtown, one over 800 years old and the other Victorian, but with very special stained glass windows.

Lunch: Served in the Howtown Hotel, run by the Brady Family for 108 years.

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 an expertly guided exploration of the renovated gardens discussed last night, 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: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Swarthmore Hall, 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: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we journey for an expert-led exploration of Swarthmore Hall, a 16th Century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. Expect to see formal gardens, quiet gardens for contemplation and a courtyard garden featuring a beautiful living quilt. The house itself has an interesting history, being regarded as the home of the Quakers - it was here that Thomas and Margaret Fell once lived.

Lunch: Served in the Brantwood Café at Coniston. Situated on the shores of in the grounds, the café has wonderful views of Coniston Water.

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 watching a fascinating video you will have time to self explore the house with numerous interpretation points, 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.

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

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we board the motor coach for a relaxed 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.

Lunch: Served in Windy Hall.

Afternoon: This afternoon we take a scenic drive in the heart of the Lakes and Grasmere. Your Group Leader will make sure you are full of interesting facts on the area, before we have some free time in Grasmere.

Dinner: Served in the Traveller’s Rest Inn, Grasmere.

Evening: After dinner in the pub we return to the hotel by motor coach.

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

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today is free for your own independent exploration. Your Group Leader will be happy to give you suggestions and directions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Your free time continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer to Harrogate, Sizergh Castle
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we transfer by motor coach 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. Your Group Leader will introduce you to the site before you are free to explore at your leisure.

Lunch: Enjoy a served lunch at or near Sizergh Castle.

Afternoon: The transfer continues, with an informative lecture about the history of Harrogate en-route. After you check into your hotel, you will have time to relax before dinner.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Crown 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: Today we board the motor coach for a field trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s most northerly and newest garden at Harlow Carr. With vast expanses of water, Harlow Carr seems to merge into the Yorkshire landscape from which it has sprung. Your Group Leader will walk you around the site, imparting their knowledge before you are free to explore to your heart's content.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure in Harlow Carr.

Afternoon: Free for you to explore Harlow Carr on your own, before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey, Royal Water Gardens
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin today with a gentle drive to Ripon, the Cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales. 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 continue to 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.

Lunch: Served at Fountains Abbey.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will be able to amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Ripley Castle, Aysgarth Rock Garden
Harrogate
B,L,D
The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We travel this morning to Ripley Castle and its sumptuous gardens, where we will enjoy an expert-led exploration. Consistently occupied since the 14th century, Ripley plays host to the English National Hyacinth Collection.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will take a scenic drive 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.

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

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we leave Harrogate by motor coach for our journey to Manchester Airport. Our route takes us past the great Northern city of Leeds to the unique Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here we'll enjoy an expert-led visit to its open air exhibitions.

Lunch: Served in at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Afternoon: The transfer continues, before check-in at our hotel. You will then have 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!