2018 - The County Hotel - 5 Days (AUD0140) Winter
The Lake District National Park has sights like no other. Take it all in on a traditional steamboat chugging through tranquil lakes. You could try to scale the highest mountains that England has to offer and enjoy a jaw-dropping view. From the top of Scafell Pike, it’s easy to see how Cumbria’s lakes captivated William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
Kendal is often seen as the Southern gateway to the Lake District, being only around 9 miles from Windermere and around 30 miles from Keswick. The town has, at various times in the past, been an important centre for trade and commerce. The town’s traditional trade was in wool, from which the town’s motto “Pannus mihi panis”, literally meaning “wool is my bread” was taken. The town’s most famous export must be Kendal Mint Cake, although its most famous son the historian David Starkey is probably a strong second! The Town Centre has recently mostly been pedestrianised whilst Kendal is home to a multitude of historically exciting buildings including the 14th century Castle Dairy, Kendal Castle and Castle Howe, Abbot Hall Museum, Kendal Museum, a host of churches and chapels and rows of houses built from the 1600’s right through to the present day.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
The County Hotel, Kendal
The County Hotel is an historic former coaching inn situated in the centre of Kendal, just minutes from the busy High Street. Here you can look forward to a warm welcome together with friendly service and comfortable accommodation. When it comes to food you will not be disappointed.
After joining the coach, we make our way to the Lake District with stops en route. We expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Dinner and entertainment in the hotel.
Days 2 - 4
Traditional English breakfast followed by free time and included excursions. Dinner each evening.
After breakfast we make our way back to South Wales with a stop en route."
Windermere, Grasmere & Keswick
Windermere, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of GALAVA at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials. We will visit and travel through Bowness-on-Windermere – Lakeland’s most popular holiday resort – and an excellent centre for boating activities, with over 10,000 boats registered. Until March 2005 Windermere was the only lake without a speed limit, but a 10 mph limit has now been imposed. We then travel on north to Grasmere, probably Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth (1770-1850) spending much of his life there. From Grasmere we travel on to Keswick, situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, and now a major centre for tourism in the north lakes.
Technically Kendal isn't in the Lake District, but it's a major gateway town. Often known as the 'Auld Grey Town' thanks to the sombre grey stone used for many of its buildings, Kendal is a bustling shopping centre with some good restaurants, a funky arts centre and intriguing museums. But it'll forever be synonymous in many people's minds with its famous mint cake, a staple item in the nation's hiking packs ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay munched it during their ascent of Everest in 1953.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- 4 nights accommodation
- Half Board
- Excursions to Windermere, Grasmere
- Free time in Kendal
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Bristol Aztec West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms are available in the booking process.
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