FRIDAY 5 TO SUNDAY 7 JUNE 2020
Stevenage (08.15/22.30) Letchworth (08.30/21.15) Royston (08.40/22.00) Cambridge (09.00/21.40) Ely (09.20/21.20) March (09.40/21.00) Peterborough (10.00/20.40) Grantham (10.30/20.10) Newark (10.50/19.50)
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change
We are delighted to present a three-day weekend break to the stunningly beautiful Lake District situated in North West England, famous for its tranquil lakes, towering mountains, secret valleys, picturesque stone-built villages and expansive coastline. The national park is the largest in the UK and is now a UNESCO world heritage site so it’s easy to see how the area captivated such famous former residents as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Accommodation for two nights is in selected 3 or 4 star hotels.
Our train travels north for a journey over the entire majestic route of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, with its great limestone peaks and deep valleys we travel through the Yorkshire Dales over no fewer than 19 viaducts and through 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering – including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. A short sightseeing stop will be made at the pretty Westmorland town of Appleby and then continuing through the Eden Valley to the outskirts of Carlisle we turn south travelling through Penrith and climb over Shap Summit and the Cumbrian Fells offering spectacular views of the Lakeland mountains. At Oxenholme we alight to join road coaches for the short transfer to our hotels.
Following a relaxing breakfast in the hotel there is a choice of two tours which should be pre-booked as seating is limited:
We offer a memorable cruise on board one of the historic Windermere steamers as we travel over England’s largest lake to Bowness, the Lake Districts most popular tourist destination where time will be available for a short break. Then, join road coaches to take us through Ambleside to Grasmere the most photographed village in Cumbria where time will be available to visit its attractions, including the Gingerbread Shop and Dove Cottage the former home of William Wordsworth who described the area as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. We return around the west side of Windermere through Coniston and the ancient town of Hawkshead with stunning views of the highest Lakeland mountains.
Road coaches take us to the ancient hamlet of Ravenglass, being the only coastal town within the National Park where we board the iconic ‘Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’ – this delightful narrow-gauge line offers a 14-mile return journey through spectacular Lake District scenery to Eskdale, situated at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, with most of the trains hauled by one of the little steam engines dating back to 1894. At the lines terminus there is an excellent cafe and the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Fells with riverside walks. On arrival back at Ravenglass we visit the 70-acre grounds of ‘Muncaster Castle’ with its gardens and woodlands offering panoramic views of Eskdale, a highlight of the visit is the Hawk and Owl Centre with a magnificent falconry display as we witness the flight of an owl, the speed of a falcon and the majestic eagle as they soar over the valley.
Our train departs Grange over Sands late morning and we travel around the longest and most scenic coastal railway in England – the beautiful twisting Cumbrian coast route as it hugs the coastline and takes us beside Morecambe Bay and across the Furness peninsula where the views of the Irish Sea and Lakeland Mountains are truly spectacular and on a clear day the Isle of Man is visible. Continuing through Whitehaven with the Solway Firth on our left we travel inland to join the Settle to Carlisle line for our homeward journey over its spectacular viaducts and around the deep valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.
Accommodation is in either the 3 star ‘Cumbria Grand Hotel’ built in 1880 and set in 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands above Grange over Sands overlooking Morecambe Bay, or the 4 star (superior) ‘Lakeside Hotel’ situated on the shores of Lake Windermere in twin or double rooms only. Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and dinner (Fri & Sat) is included, with other meals taken on the train. Seating on our train is in Pullman style carriages and included in the meal service on board is bucks’ fizz with breakfast, a glass of chilled champagne and half bottle of house wine served with luncheon.
Accommodation is in the 3 star ‘Cumbria Grand Hotel’ at Grange over Sands. with Breakfast (Sat & Sun) and dinner (Fri & Sat) included. Complimentary tea/coffee, biscuits and light refreshments will be served during the journey and a Buffet Bar is available for the sale of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
On Train Meals: (Pullman only)
Friday: Full English breakfast and 5 course Luncheon.
Sunday: Seven course Luncheon including the Great British cheeseboard.
Guests joining the train at Grantham & Newark should note they will be served tea/coffee & pastries instead of breakfast on the outward journey.
First Class (Cumbria Grand Hotel): £450
Pullman Dining (Cumbria Grand Hotel): £840
Pullman Dining (Lakeside Hotel): £995
A limited number of single rooms are available in the Cumbria Grand Hotel only – supplement £70 per person. (There is no single room availability in the Lakeside Hotel)
Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £60 per person.
Bookings for this train are accepted with a non-refundable deposit of £100 per person and a written confirmation will be sent. We will then write to you 60 days prior to the date of travel concerning the balance payment, which is due in full no later than 40 days prior to the tour.