The Majestic Lake District
Home to England’s largest National Park and highest mountain, Scafell Pike, the Lake District offers stunning mountain peaks, picturesque villages, sparkling lakes and above all spectacular landscapes.
Local departure points.
The Riverside Hotel
Our family-owned three-star hotel is situated on the banks of the River Kent and a short walk from Kendal’s town centre. Our hotel was a former tannery in the 18th century and boasts comfortable bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool.
We leave from our local departure points and enjoy a leisurely drive south, stopping at Moffat and Carlisle on route to Kendal and our base for four nights. The Riverside Hotel.
The market town of Kendal lies on the River Kent and is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful Lake District. Our tour includes a visit to the Lakes Distillery on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. We enjoy a tour and tasting before heading to Keswick, set on the banks of Derwent Water and famed for the Cumberland Pencil Museum. We step back in time and board the Haverthwaite steam train for a nostalgic ride through the scenic Leven Valley to Lakeside, where we join a pleasure boat to sail across the calming waters of Lake Windermere to Bowness. We allow time to explore this lovely village, which offers shops, cafes and perhaps a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. A visit will be made to Grasmere, home of William and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth for many years. Wordsworth described Grasmere as ‘The most loveliest spot that man hath found’ and we enjoy the delights of this charming village. Sampling the local Grasmere gingerbread is a must! We travel to bustling Ambleside, a small town and major tourist resort and enjoy the sweeping views from Waterhead over Lake Windermere. A further boat trip will showcase a different aspect of the Lake District and we enjoy a relaxing sail on Lake Ullswater. The Autumn colours will enhance the beauty of this wonderful part of the country and we invite you to join us on this relaxing holiday.
We return to Scotland making a stop in Penrith, rich in history and a hub of the Eden Valley, before continuing home.