On this tour we focus on two of England’s most beautiful and diverse national parks the Lake District in Cumbria and to the south the Peak District
On this tour we focus on two of Englands most beautiful and diverse national parks the Lake District in Cumbria and to the Peak District in the south plus a day through the Yorkshire Dales. There is much to see from the heights of Scafell Pike, the largest mountain in the lakes, to lows
of the caverns that litter the peaks.
Our base in the Lake District is the Skiddaw Hotel. For the Peaks we stay in the three-star Jurys Inn, located in the city centre of Sheffield and within easy walking distance of the Devonshire Quarter and the hidden gem Granellis Sweet Shop! There are 259 stylish en-suite bedrooms, flat screen TV, well-lit work areas, tea and coffee docks, hairdryers, free WiFi and lifts to all floors.
We leave Belfast and travel to Keswick via the mid-morning Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan.
Hotel Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick *** (3 nights D, B&B)
We travel to the southern end of Lake Ullswater to Glenridding where we continue our journey with a drive over the spectacular Kirkstone Pass to Bowness-on-Windermere. We have a cruise on Lake Windermere to Ambleside where our coach collects us for our homeward journey which takes in Grasmere, probably Cumbria’s most popular village, before reaching our hotel.B, D
Today is free for you to enjoy this typical Lake District town which despite its size contains a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions far wider than you might expect.B, D
We leave Keswick today and travel through the Yorkshire Dales, famous for its wonderful scenery, first stopping at the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre to experience a cheese making demonstration. We continue south through the Dales and arrive in our hotel in time to freshen up before dinner.
Hotel Jurys Inn, Sheffield *** (3 nights D, B&B)
After breakfast we travel into the Peak District to the spa town of Buxton, the second highest town in England and known as The Capital of the Peak District. Travelling further through the picturesque countryside we arrive at the popular tourist centre of Castleton, famous for where the Blue John stone is mined. We finish our day with a stop at Ladybower Reservoir (photo opportunity) famed as the practice area for the WWII Dambuster crews.B, D
This morning we explore the Crich Tramway Museum where you will find over 70 vintage steam, electric and horse-drawn trams from all over the world to ride upon plus much more! After lunch we return to the Peaks with a stop in the small market town of Bakewell, home to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop before returning to Sheffield.B, D
Sheffield to Belfast via the Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included
6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Return ferry crossings
Services of driver/courier
Cruise on Lake Windermere
Admission to Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre and Crich Tramway Museum
Visits to Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere, Buxton, Ladybower Reservoir, Castleton and Bakewell
Single Room Supplement £55
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