Choose Your Pace: Walking in the Lake District and Scotland

On walks of up to nine miles a day, learn about the Lake District and Scotland as you follow in the footsteps of poets, enjoy engaging lectures and discover England’s rugged backbone.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 5950RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Walking up to 9 miles daily, about 4-6 hours. Variable trails, from fairly even to uneven/stony. Elevations of 300-3000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the dales of the Lake District and the hills of the Scottish Borders on your choice of hikes.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic poets at Grasmere and Coniston.
  • Hike parts of historic St Cuthbert’s Way and the upland Pennine Way National Trail.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Portable Romantic Poets
by Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy's Cinque Terra, England's Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
The Story of England
by Christopher Hibbert
Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
The Story Holy Island, An Illustrated History
by Kate Tristam
The remarkable story of Lindisfarne as captured by a resident of The Holy Island. Tristam is a historian, priest in the Church of England and frequently lectures on Lindisfarne.
Lake District Tourist Map
by Ordnance Survey
A terrific, colorful and very detailed map of the Lake District, at a scale of 1:110,000.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
by Neal Ascherson
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought.
The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals
by Dorothy Wordsworth, Pamela Woof (Editor)
The journals of Dorothy Wordsworth from Dove Cottage. With rich detail, she observes the natural beauty of the Lake District region and her time spent with her brother William and their friend Coleridge.
Scotland, A Concise History
by Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
Notes from a Small Island
by Bill Bryson
A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
The Yorkshire moors have never been wilder or more conducive to tragedy than in this great romantic novel by Emily Bronte, which concerns an illicit and ill-fated love affair.
Selected Poems
by George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron
This excellent selection of the Romantic poet's work includes a complete version of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Lord Byron's classic, epic poem about a world-weary traveler -- in part, an account of youthful adventures in the Balkans.
Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
Sailing their borrowed catboats, six children camp, fish, explore and try their hands at piracy during the course of a magic summer in England's Lake District. The first book in the Swallows and Amazons series, it was originally published in 1930.
Walking Home, A Poet's Journey
by Simon Armitage
With trepidation and enthusiasm, British bard Simon Armitage embarks on a 256-mile trek along the "backbone of England," the Pennine Way. By day, he is joined by a cast of friends and family, strangers and dogs; at night he reads poetry in exchange for a bed. To undertake such a walk, the poet reflects, "is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self."
The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
by Rory Stewart
A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall. Stewart mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders.
The Steel Bonnets
by George MacDonald Fraser
MacDonald Fraser captures the celebrated mayhem, blood and glory of the Anglo-Scottish border raids in rich and entertaining detail.
A Traveller's History of England
by Christopher Daniell
Historian and archeologist Daniell delivers a comprehensive history of the region since the time of the hunter-gatherers in this compact volume, taking you through the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and Medieval monarchs to the Reformation, Renaissance, the world wars, and the modern state of things.
Eyewitness Guide Great Britain
by Eyewitness Guides
With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions.
At Home with Beatrix Potter, The Creator of Peter Rabbit
by Susan Denyer
A photographic tour through Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's beautiful home in England's Lake District.
Rough Guide Lake District
by Jules Brown
An informative, British-produced guide to the Lake Country with an overview of history, culture and nature.
Birds of Europe
by Lars Svensson
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.

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