The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks are areas of outstanding beauty and remarkable contrasts perfect for a walking tour. Wild moorlands, rugged fells and mighty mountains give a stern and dramatic backdrop to Northern England. Monks and poets, rich merchants and raiders have all left their mark. Castles and wool mills; Stately homes and gardens; Benedictine and Augustinian abbeys & priories are exciting finds in this seemingly inaccessible part of England.
We stroll along footpaths, across fields and through tucked away villages enjoying tasty and hearty food everywhere. The local people are often as rugged as their native hills but they are kind and forthright, greeting you with openness and a good sense of humor. As we go, we walk in the footsteps of kings, merchants, monks and raiders, exploring castles, mills, abbeys and stately homes. The important historic legacies have inspired painters and writers to produce masterpieces of art and literature. Read, write, paint and take pictures as you go and gather a wealth of memories with which to return home.
from £ 2,820
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except 1 lunch & 1 dinner
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Fountains Abbey – Ripon
We meet after lunch at 13.00 at York train station. We visit the spectacular ruins of 12th Century Fountains Abbey & the Studley Royal estate. A wonderful walk through the abbey and its grounds leads us to the glorious Georgian water gardens with elegant ornamental lakes, cascades and temples. Continuing through the deer park we follow a succession of medieval bridges and fords over the river Skell and reach the bustling market town of Ripon. (2.5hrs/6miles/10km)
| DAY 2 | Grassington to Bolton abbey
After a hearty breakfast, we walk directly from our charming inn in the typical dales village of Grassington. We follow the course of the charming river Wharfe as it winds through pastures and into woodland where suddenly the river narrows and tumbles down in narrow cascades. As the land gradually flattens out, the river widens and flows silently towards a grassy river bank, cleared by medieval monks to found Bolton abbey. Now in ruins, it makes a beautiful backdrop for a late picnic lunch and a spot of messing about by the river. (4hrs/9miles/14km)
| DAY 3 | Haworth, a walk in ‘Bronte’ Country
Paestum is an ancient Greco-Roman city 40 km south of Salerno in a region known for its mozzarella di bufula. Settled by Greek colonists in the 6th century BC, Paestum was later occupied by Lucanians, Romans and Christians. Malarial swamps led to the abandonment of the city in the 9th century AD, but also helped preserve its finest artefacts.
Today, Paestum boasts three well-preserved Doric Greek temples, ruins of ancient houses and a museum. The site is a little off the beaten path makes an excellent complement to the Roman ruins at Pompeii. (walk in archaeological park)
| DAY 4 | Ingleborough
We climb Ingleborough hill (2372ft), one of ‘The Three Peaks’ of the Yorkshire Dales, where once stood an Iron Age fort. Enjoy extensive views of the Lake District to the west; pass ‘Gaping Gill’ a large limestone sink-hole and pot-holing attraction with an underground cave (big enough to hold St Paul’s Cathedral). Now descend gradually into the typical Dales village of Clapham to enjoy a refreshing pint or tea and scones. (5hrs/8miles/12.5km) (elev. +/-450m/1300ft)
| DAY 5 | Windermere, Beatrix Potter and the Lake District
Enjoy a leisurely day with a visit to Windermere and Ambleside. After a visit Hill Top cottage, where Beatrix Potter wrote her childrens’ storybooks we arrive Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth’s Hawkshead.
| DAY 6 | Lake Derwentwater & Cat Bells
We drive into the Lake District National Park famous for its majestic mountains and blue lakes. Start with a gentle stroll around the peaceful depths of Derwentwater, climb up a short steep path onto ‘Cat Bells’ and then stride along its ridge for spectacular views of the mountains to the north-west. We descend to Grange village for refreshments and make our way to Hawkshead. (4.5 hrs/9miles/14km) (elev. +/-500m/1500ft)
| DAY 7 | A walk in the Langdales
From Grasmere we walk to picturesque Easedale Tarn and ascend to the top of the Langdale Pikes, carpeted with heather and fern. From this central point the views of the surrounding peaks are magnificient. We descend in time for a refreshing pint at a local pub where all walkers enjoy the end of the day. (5hrs/10miles/16km) (elev. +/-350m/1100ft)
| LAST DAY |Depart from Oxenholme station/Manchester airport
Departure from our hotel at 9.00 for Oxenholme station and then Manchester airport (2.5hrs). If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay and make other independent departure arrangements.
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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