Landscapes this lovely can inspire great literature or leave you at a loss for words.
Wandering clouds cross the halcyon skies above Grasmere, casting shadows on the lonely fells. Wordsworth called this “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”; who could possibly disagree? It’s hard not to wax poetic when your Lake District walking tour leads past rushing creeks, brooding peaks, glassy lakes, and ancient oaks wrapped in morning mist. This afternoon you’re bound for Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount estate, where the poet’s beloved daffodils and dozens of other blooms brighten the luxuriant grounds. Later you’ve got your own estate to retreat to. Your inn the next three nights is one of Beatrix Potter’s former country homes—fitting start to the journey’s next chapter.
- Glimpse the life of a literary legacy on a tour of poet William Wordsworth’s country home, Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District.
- Watch gorgeous scenery unfold as you glide across Derwent Water lake aboard a Victorian wood-paneled ferryboat.
- Follow in historical footsteps as you walk past ancient slate mines along paths built by long-forgotten quarrymen.
- Traverse a magnificent countryside of rolling hills and tranquil lakes, which has inspired artists, authors, and poets for centuries.
Borrowdale Gates Hotel
If you wish to relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at this privately-owned country-house hotel. Enjoy open log fires and award-winning Lakeland cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. Comfortable bedrooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning and are decorated in a contemporary style. This hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.
The George Hotel
In the center of the bustling market town of Penrith, the George Hotel is a 300-year-old historical building bursting with old-world charm and English hospitality. Contemporary, un-air conditioned guest rooms feature in-room WiFi, while guests can enjoy the hotel’s dapper lounge where afternoon tea is served. With immediate access to the heart of the town, the George Hotel is the ideal home base for travelers exploring the Lake District.
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel
Set in six acres of private grounds, just a five-minute walk above Lake Windemere, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel is a lovely country house hotel once owned by English children’s author Beatrix Potter. Guest rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning, and feature in-room WiFi.
Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport
The Radisson Blu Manchester Airport hotel has direct links to both terminals one and two of Manchester Airport (MAN) via the Skylink. The hotel is located just 15 kilometers from the city center. The hotel’s 360 stylish, sophisticated rooms offer plentiful guest amenities including WiFi and air conditioning, and the on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Take care of work tasks at the Business Service Centre, then retreat to the Beauty Lounge for some pampering.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Liverpool
- Two nights at the Pullman Liverpool Hotel
- Small-group airport transfer
- Two breakfasts
2 Nights From $248
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $198
Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.
Upon arrival at Manchester Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your centrally located hotel in Liverpool. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Country Walkers provides you with City Information including recommendations on what to see and do in Liverpool during your stay.
Accommodation: Pullman Liverpool, Liverpool
Today, explore Liverpool to your heart’s delight. Admire the UNESCO-listed waterfront from the River Mersey on a river cruise, which departs just a short distance from the Pullman Hotel. The “hop-on, hop-off” boat tour regularly runs throughout the day. Beatles fans may choose to discover the city on a walking tour where you will visit important landmarks linked to the iconic band, as well as other historical sites such as Lime Street Station, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the legendary Cavern Club. Art-lovers should head to Walker Gallery or Sudley House, while the Maritime Museum and Albert Dock will interest waterfront history buffs. Your centrally located hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the city.
Alternately, you may simply stroll along the banks of the River Mersey and perhaps mingle with the resident swans.
Accommodation: Pullman Liverpool, Liverpool
Included Meals: Breakfast
At 10:30 a.m., a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the George Hotel in Penrith —a charming town in the heart of the Lake District —approximately two hours away. Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
Accommodation: George Hotel, Penrith
Included Meals: Breakfast
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
|One extra night in Penrith and one extra night in Manchester)|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Rob O’Hara has taught in many different countries, schools, and work environments for 30 years. He loves new challenges and has varied interests from acting and singing in local plays to road running. He was once among the top 20 road runners in the UK. He is well-known for his keen sense of humor and positive attitude.
After completing a degree in zoology, Chris Berry began work as a Countryside Ranger in Nottinghamshire (Robin Hood Country) before moving to the East Coast of Yorkshire to manage portions of the spectacular Heritage Coast. In 1997 he obtained his dream job working as Lake District National Park Ranger. He lives with his wife Colleen and their two daughters in the isolated Bobbin Mill Cottage in the southern Lake District where he now runs his own business as “The Lakeland Guide,” offering walks and other activities in the surrounding national park.