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Scheduled Multi-day Tours including the Lake District:

*Beatrix Potter Experience: 3 days/2 nights in the Lake District; Are you potty about Potter? Then this short break is for you! Date of your choice.

*Lake District As Your Please: 2 - 7 days at the date of your choice. Create a holiday break in the Lake District to suit your schedule. Package includes accommodation for the appropriate number of nights, optional return transfers between your hotel and the rail station, your choice of scheduled day trips or independent free days to enjoy walking, boating or relaxing. YOU choose the level of accommodation from small b&b to luxury country hotel, YOU choose your day trips and YOU choose how many days. Please let us know your details for a specific rate quote: specialgrouptours@yahoo.com

*Spring Gardens in the Lake District: 6 days, 5 nights from Windermere; The glory of spring, bursting blossoms and blooms in the scenic Lakes.

*Autumn in the Lakes: 5 days, 4 nights from Windermere; Enjoy the beauty of the Lakes away from the summer holiday crowds and amid the stunning Fall colours.

*Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall: 3 days from Edinburgh; multiple departure dates;

*York, Dales, Lake District and Hardian’s Wall: 5 days from Edinburgh; multiple departure dates

Jay, one of your driver/guide/companions, looks forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

Rail Day Trip from London:

*Scenic Lake District: Rail Journey and guided tour through the spectacular Lakes and Romantic literary landscapes.

 

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Lake District Day Trips:

All pick ups are from Bowness Pier, Windermere Tourist Information Centre or from your Lake District accommodation. Please discuss your desired pick-up point at time of booking.

*Tour A: Ten Lakes Spectacular This full day tour covers the North and South of the Lake District and is a great introduction to the area.

    Departure Days: Everyday from Windermere, 09.45 - 17.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person

    Tour Highlights: Kirkstone Pass - Lakeland's highest mountain pass; A lake cruise; Castlerigg Stone Circle - 4,000 year old stone circle; Keswick - stopover in town centre for lunch; Ashness Bridge & Surprise View; Borrowdale; Honister Mountain Pass; Buttermere Valley and Crummock Water; Newlands Pass; Moss Force Waterfall; Thirlmere; Grasmere

    Lakeland is often referred to as the “most beautiful corner of England” and this full day tour introduces you to just that. Magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north. The tour includes a lake cruise, a visit to the 4,000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells, and time in Keswick. You travel over passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls and Lakeland villages. You have plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs. This is a tour not to be missed.

*Tour B: Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside This half day tour visits many of Beatrix Potter's favourite places.

    Departure Days: Everyday from Windermere, 12.00 - 16.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person including Hill Top Entrance and Lindeth Howe Cream Tea

    Tour Highlights: Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm; A stop in Hawkshead; Tarn Hows; Cruise on Coniston Water; Tour through Yewdale Valley; Waterhead overlooking Lake Windermere; Return to Windermere and Bowness

    We travel north alongside Lake Windermere to Waterhead and then from here we drive to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top farm where she wrote many of her famous children's stories in this little 17th century stone house. You have the opportunity to go in the shop, explore her garden and as an optional extra visit the house. Our next stop is the medieval village of Hawkshead where you have time to explore this fascinating village. On our way to Coniston Water we drive through the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows where we stop for a photo. We board the ferry near Coniston for the lake cruise. The tour continues through Yewdale, passing Yew Tree Tarn and Skelwith Bridge then back to Windermere and Bowness. Complete this enjoyable half day tour with an optional cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, former home of Beatrix Potter’s mother, before returning to your accommodation.

*Tour C: The High Adventure A full day journey experiencing the steepest passes, the 14th Century Muncaster Castle and a rail trip on Ravenglass Railway.

    Departure Days: Everyday from Windermere, 09.45 - 17.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person

    Tour Highlights: Langdales; Hardknott and Wrynose Mountain Passes; Hardknott Roman Fort; Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway; Wastwater; 14th Century Muncaster Castle (Admission includes World Owl Trust and Gardens only); Coniston Water

    Here we explore the Western Lake District and our route is that fashioned by Emperor Hadrian’s Roman legions in the first century AD. Over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes, the steepest in England we stop to view the extensive remains of Hardknott Roman Fort 1000 ft up on the fells.You have the opportunity to walk through the fort and see the spectacular view to Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountains. We embark on the famous miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale railway through Eskdale before a lunch stop at one of the Valley inns. In the afternoon we drive onward to Wastwater, voted ‘Britain’s Favourite View and England’s deepest and most dramatic lake. Our next destination is the splendid 14th century castle of Muncaster surrounded by its internationally acclaimed gardens with magnificent examples of azaleas, camelias and rhododendrons. You also have the opportunity to visit the renowned World Owl Trust. The beautiful scenery of the Coniston Fells and Coniston Water bring to an end this classic of all Lake District tours.

*Tour D: Southern Lakeland & Holker Hall A day in the gentler Southern area with a visit to Holker Hall and Gardens.

    Departure Days: THURSDAYS from Windermere, 10.00 - 16.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person

    Tour Highlights: Holker Hall; Cartmel Village and Priory; Lyth Valley; Winster Valley; Gummers Howe

    This tour takes you through the gentle limestone country of the Southern Lake District, over hills with wonderful Lakeland views and the famous damson valleys. We stop off at a 1930’s railway station for mid-morning refreshments. We spend time at Lord and Lady Cavendish’s Holker Hall, tour the house and walk the gardens. Another stop is at the monastic village of Cartmel, famous for its Priory and sticky toffee pudding shop.

*Tour E: The Yorkshire Dales A full day tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Departure Days: WEDNESDAYS from Windermere, 09.45 - 16.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person

    Tour Highlights: Garsdale; Wensleydale; Swaledale; Dentdale & Widdale; Sedbergh; Hawes; Reeth and Aysgarth Falls

    This full day tour takes you to the best of the Yorkshire Dales. Leaving the Lakes and Sedbergh behind us we head up through Garsdale and see the Settle Carlisle Railway snaking its way over the highest part of its journey through Mallerstang. We drive under one of its big viaducts before heading down into Wensleydale and Hardraw for a coffee stop. From here we cross the moors past The Buttertubs and descend into Swaledale. We journey down through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch. In the afternoon we cross the moors again to Wensleydale at Castle Bolton, where we see the imposing castle in which Mary, Queen of the Scots, was imprisoned. As we journey up the valley we stop at Aysgarth Falls to see this spectacular waterfall. From here we make our way to Hawes, the highest market town in Wensleydale, for a stop. Continuing on from Hawes, we drive up Widdale and drop down into Dentdale with its lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters. We complete our journey back to Windermere via Kirkby Lonsdale.

*Tour F: The Eastern Lakes and Lowther Valley This tour takes us to the remote Lowther Valley and Haweswater and then on to Shap Abbey and the Eden Valley.

    Departure Days: FRIDAYS from Windermere, 09.45 - 16.30 (Approx)

    Cost: $75 USD per person

    Tour Highlights: Kirkstone Pass; Martindale; Fusedale; Pooley Bridge; Askham; Lowther Valley; Haweswater; Shap Abbey; Orton and Shap Summit

    This is a full day tour to some of the remotest parts of the Lake District. We cross over the Kirkstone Pass as we head to Glenridding to catch the boat to Howtown on the other side of Ullswater. Your driver meets you and takes you to Martindale to see the 800 year old church nestling under the fells. We drive past Fusedale up to Pooley Bridge for a lunch stop. From here we go to Askham, a very old moorland village, set near Lowther Park where we can see the façade of Lowther Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Lonsdale. Before going to Haweswater our drive takes us through the remote Lowther Valley, a famous horse breeding area in the days of the Border Reivers. Haweswater has to be the remotest lake in the area set under the eastern fells. We drive right to the top of the valley, before making our way to Shap Abbey, home of the White monks. Our last stop is the village of Orton before driving over Shap Summit and making our way back to Windermere.

 

DESIGN YOUR OWN CUSTOM TOUR WITH US! All SGT itineraries are available for private departures, from 2 guests and up on the date of your choice. The cost of a private tour is based on how many guests in the party. All itineraries below are suggestions and can be modified to specifically suit your travel requirements/requests. Learn more here: Private, Tailor-Made tours

Please contact us for a specific quote: specialgrouptours@yahoo.com

“Name the Date”  Some of our SGT Suggested Itineraries for Private Groups, whenever you want them:

 

*Literary Lakes: 3 days from Manchester; Scenic landscapes and the inspiration for William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and others. Also includes Bronte Country!

*Pint to Pint, Cumbrian Ale Tour:

*Roman Britain North: 3 days from Manchester; Cheshire, Borders, Lake District

*Caesar’s Britain, Roman Sites: 6 days from London, finishing Manchester; Roman highlights tour in Sussex, South Wales, Borders & Lake District

*The Great North Country: 14 days from Manchester; highlights of Northern England and Northern Wales - Yorkshire, Lake District, Peak District, Snowdonia and Anglesey

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