5950
England/Scotland
Walking in the Lake District and Scotland
On walks up to eight 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.
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Program No. 5950RJ
Length
15 days
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14 nights
39 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Day
Windermere.
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Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Morning: Manchester Airport (MAN). Please see the Transportation Information section for details of transfers.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime. A light lunch with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to check-in and unpack at the hotel before an Orientation at 6pm. The Group Leaders will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with two Group Leaders, 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 seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

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

DAY
3
Wordsworth's Grasmere
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro 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 begin today in the hotel with a briefing on walking and hiking in the lakes. Everything you need to know about traversing this beautiful part of England will be covered, and any burning questions you may have will be answered. Your Group Leader will also explain the variety of walks on offer every day, the differences in content and length, and help guide you in your choices. There will then be an option of walks in the Loughrigg area.

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

Afternoon: Your walks continue into the afternoon, with an opportunity towards the end to visit Dove Cottage, home and inspiration to the poet William Wordsworth. We'll learn about the “Lake District Scene” and the lives of the Romantic poets.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we'll gather in the hotel for an enlightening talk on Vernacular architecture.

DAY
4
The Langdale Valley
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: Both of today’s walks are in the Langdale valley, an area that has played a key role in the development of the culture of the Lake District. We'll be discussing flora and fauna of the high tops, and the history and traditions of walking and hiking.

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

Afternoon: Your walks continue, before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Troutbeck, Townend
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today, we have a short walk to Orrest Head, a magnificent view point above Windermere village and lake. This will be followed, if time with a short visit to Holehird, the Lake District Horticultural Society garden before we continue the walk to the Mortal Man pub. Before arriving at The Mortal Man pub, there should be time to visit the beautiful village church, ‘Jesus Church’ with its fine ‘Burn Jones’ arts and craft stain glass window.

Lunch: A served lunch will be taken at The Mortal Man pub in Troutbeck. An established traditional Lake District Inn since 1689, it resides over the wonderous panoramic views of Lakeland mountains that have captivated many great minds through the centuries.

Afternoon: We continue our walk through the village of Troutbeck. Troutbeck is a designated Conservation Area, with a number of buildings which date from the 17th to 19th Centuries. Some of the buildings have retained the original features such as mullioned windows, heavy cylindrical chimneys and many other unique architectural curiosities. We'll enjoy a guided walk of this lovely village, followed by an visit to Townend, a 17th Century National Trust property.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Derwentwater, The Borrowdale Valley
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll enjoy a boat cruise on the nearby Derwentwater. At 3 miles long, 1 mile wide, the Derwentwater is both fed and drained by the the River Derwent, which has a rich historical and literary background. An oasis of peace and calm, it has inspired many a writer throughout the years. We'll discuss these writers, as well as the impact tourism has had on the area.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon we have two walks available. There will be a a high level walk taking us over Cat Bells, a favourite of Beatrix Potter. There will also be a gentler route, taking us on a beautiful circular walk around the Borrowdale Valley, taking in the magnificent Bowder Stone, quaint hamlets of Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite and Grange as well as a stroll beside the River Derwent. Your Group Leaders will explain the difference between the options and help you choose how to spend your afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Coniston
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by motor coach to nearby Coniston, the centre of the historic copper mining industry. The great Victorian thinker John Ruskin and author Arthur Ransome both have strong links with this area and the following walk options are available: A high level walk takes us over Coniston Old Man, looking at the disused copper mines and slate quarries. A medium level walk takes us around beautiful Tarn Hows.

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

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a delightful audio-visual presentation from a local expert: “A Lakeland Picture Show”.

DAY
8
Free Day
Windermere.
B,L,D
Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a free day with a "Cross Lakes Shuttle" ticket. This is an all day service where a small passenger boat will take you across Windermere, with transportation available to Hilltop and Hawkshead return, alighting at your leisure. You will be provided with a booklet of self-guided walks to help you explore the area, with a choice of Lakeside walks or more taxing walks over Claife Heights for the adventurous!

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

Afternoon: Free to continue your independent exploration.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer to Kelso, The Scottish Borders
Kelso.
B,L,D
Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We board the motor coach to transfer to Scotland, a journey of 140 miles taking 3hrs 30mins. En-route we'll make relaxed stops to explore Moffat, a small town in the midst of the southern uplands, and at St. Mary's Loch.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken in between the picturesque Loch of Lowes and St. Mary’s Loch.

Afternoon: Enjoy a 3 mile walk along the East side of the loch, before continuing on to the hotel. We'll check in, and then have time to relax.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Relax after dinner with an informative talk on The Borders and the Southern Uplands.

DAY
10
The Rivers Tweed & Teviot
Kelso.
B,L,D
Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore the Jedburgh and the Teviots. We start by driving by mini coach to Jedburgh, where you will have an opportunity to explore this classic border town, which includes Mary Queen of Scots House, the Abbey and the Jail. A unique town, all exhibitions are free and the whole town is a free Wi-Fi area. We then drive at midday to your lunch stop at the Buccleuch Arms

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional served pub lunch in St Boswells.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there are walks into the Teviots Hills, near St Boswells and a walk along St Cuthberts Way to the Waterloo Monument, Peniel Heugh. Here you can walk up and climb the tower and visit the Harestanes Visitors Centre. We then return to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an enlightening talk on abbeys and monasteries.

DAY
11
Melrose, Eldon Hills
Kelso.
B,L,D
Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we have walks in and around the pleasant small town of Melrose. The town has one of the earliest Norman Abbeys in which at one time, it is said, was buried the heart of King Robert the Bruce. The longer walk takes us across the majestic River Tweed before following St. Cuthbert’s Way across the wonderful Eildon Hills before descending via the abbey into the town. For the easier walk there is a chance to follow the paths beside the River Tweed and around the town’s outskirts before later visiting Smailholm Tower, one of the finest and best preserved Pele Towers in the Scottish Borders.

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

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: A Scottish Pipe Band plays for us in the ballroom.

DAY
12
Lindisfarne: The Holy Island
Kelso.
B,L,D
Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: A full day field trip by motor coach to Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. With a recorded history from the 6th Century, Lindisfarne was an important centre of Celtic Christianity and we will pay a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, originally founded in the 7th Century. Depending on the tides we will spend 3 to 5 hours before returning to the mainland.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Barn at Beal.

Afternoon: Your afternoon walk today is on the Berwickshire coast around St Abbs head, although this day may alter depending on the tide times.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
The Pennine Way
Kelso.
B,L,D
Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we have a choice of walks across the Pennine Way. The Pennine way runs 267 miles from the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish Border, across the Pennine Hills. Steeped in history, this is known as the “backbone of England” and offers some of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience.

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

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Transfer to Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat
Edinburgh.
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We drive to the Scottish capital Edinburgh and, weather permitting, take an open top bus tour exploring both the old and new parts of this iconic city.

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

Afternoon: Those with energy to spare will be able to take a guided hike up Arthur’s Seat, the famous volcanic hill at the foot of the Royal Mile. Some claim its name is derived from the legends surrounding King Arthur. Decide for yourself as you enjoy this leisurely walk, with beautiful views over the capital, or simply spend the afternoon at leisure. Casual shoes or sneakers can be worn.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: A farewell meeting to say goodbye to your new found friends, followed by free time.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to Edinburgh 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!