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The wild and beautiful Lake District & Yorkshire Dales are Northern England’s Great Outdoors and outstanding in beauty. Join us on our small group walking tour for a perfect combination of vigorous hiking in breathtaking scenery and gentle walking in harmonious landscapes.
Gather a wealth of historic, literary and creative memories to take home – Haworth, Grassington, Bolton Abbey, the Parklands of the Duke of Marlborough, the Langdale Pikes, Beatrix Potter, Lake Windermere. We will see the purple heathers on the moors, wild garlic along riverside footpaths, fields of sheep and stone-built villages where friendly barmen will chat to you as you sip a pint of beer and then serve you a tasty and hearty meal and a bottle of delicious wine. Don’t miss these two beautiful National Parks of rural England from coast to coast.
N.B. Tours based in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All other conversions are approximate.
DURATION: 8 days
PICK UP: York train station
DROP OFF: Oxenholme train station (Manchester airport by prior arrangement)
The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks of England are wild and beautiful and areas of outstanding beauty. The combined work of nature and human activity in this region has produced a stunning contrast of textured patchwork-quilt farming countryside and rugged hilly landscapes reflected in the depths of glacial lakes like Windermere. This is the dramatic backdrop to Northern England which has attracted artists for centuries and been a magnet for creative folk from coast to coast.
As you travel in this area you begin to realise how steeped in history it is. We are walking across moorlands and on limestone hills in the footsteps of kings, merchants and monks. We can explore mills, abbeys, gardens and ancient stone villages. The area is populated with vibrant farming communities and there is a friendly atmosphere. The beauty which is all around has long captivated and inspired writers, painters, poets and outdoor people – walkers!
Breathe-in the purple hue of the wild heather on Emily Bronte’s moorlands, the “Wuthering Heights”; imagine a Benedictine monk in the gothic cloisters of Fountains Abbey; hear the words of Wordsworths poems ringing in your ears as you walk along. And at the end of the day, enjoy a cheery conversation with a local farmer over a pint of beer in the local pub; the locals are often as rugged as their hills but they are kind and forthright, greeting you with openness and a good sense of humor. Caroline will tell you her childhood farming memories and, if asked, will happily recite poems and tell you about Mrs Tiggywinkle and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Helpful Hint: Take the train from London King’s Cross station to York and visit the historic City before joining the tour. At the end catch a direct train from Oxenholme station to Manchester or London.
If you would like to speak with us to know more about our Lake District & Yorkshire Dales Walking Tour please write us an email. We would be happy to hear from you and help you plan your next adventure!
NOTE: Tours in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All conversions are approximate.
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.
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.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Haworth is a quaint town perched on a hill with views of the Yorkshire moors and home to the famous Bronte Sisters. At the top of the steep, cobbled streets stands the old Vicarage, home of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Bronte and the parish church where their father was vicar. From here we can stride out on a fantastic walk across the moors which inspired Emily Bronte to write Wuthering Heights.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
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.
Walk: 5hrs/8miles/12.5km; (elev. +/-450m/1300ft)
Today we drive into an idyllic part of England to ramble through a beautiful mountainous landscape and admire breath-taking views of famous lakes.
With such inspirational scenery, it is little wonder that the Lake District has so many literary connections. We relive the charming tales of Peter Rabbit & Jemima Puddleduck with a visit to Hilltop farmhouse, the home of legendary children’s author Beatrix Potter and a huge inspiration for her stories.
From here we begin one of her favourite walks, onto Claife Heights located between Lake Windermere and Esthwaite Water. We end the day in Hawkshead, home to William Wordsworth whose dancing golden daffodils have become forever synonymous with the beauty of this area.
Walk: 3hrs/6miles/10km (elev. +/-300m/900ft)
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 back to Hawkshead.
Walk: 4.5 hrs/9miles/14km; (elev. +/-500m/1500ft)
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 magnificent.
We descend in time for a refreshing pint at a local pub where all walkers enjoy the end of the day.
Walk: 5hrs/10miles/16km; (elev. +/-350m/1100ft)
Departure from our hotel at 09.00 to drop off at Oxenholme station and afterwards, by prior arrangement at Manchester airport (2.5hrs).
If you wish, we can help you to make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
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Pick up for this tour is from York train station. There are direct trains from Manchester and London to York.
We offer a drop off at Manchester Airport on the final day.
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We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. So we put a lot of effort into carefully choosing the hotels for each tour.
We always look for attractive, clean and quiet rooms with private bathrooms. But, our priority is also to find the best possible accommodations to make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
The result is a fabulous selection of delightful hotels, medieval palaces, family-run hotels, country residences, manor houses, historic inns, luxurious alpine hotels – sometimes with a spa, sauna or swimming pool facilities – and all with character, good food and a friendly atmosphere.
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
Food is an all important part of each and every one of our journeys. We are foodies, we love to savour the authentic flavours of each destination we visit. And let’s not forget the wine “the drink of the gods” which will accompany every meal, even picnics!
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On our small group tours we use a combination of gourmet restaurants, local trattorias, traditional pubs, tapas bars and farmhouse meals, to give you the best overall experience!
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Our travel style attracts a similar type of people, outgoing, interesting, adventurous, cultured and curious.
You’ll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers on our small group tours. Italy’s food and wine, England’s local pubs, and Spain’s meditative and spiritual pilgrim route are best experienced amidst the camaraderie of the group.
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