Journey into a storybook land of deep-blue lakes, emerald-green pastures, and towering mountain peaks on this delightful Lake District walking tour. Marvel at sweeping mountain vistas from the top of Whinlatter Pass and descend to the scenic shores of Derwent Water, walking in the footsteps of early Victorian tourists. Aira Force waterfall, the Langdale Pikes, and peaceful Buttermere Lake are just some of the area’s natural wonders that inspired painter J.M.W. Turner, poet William Wordsworth, and author Beatrix Potter. Throughout your walking journey, you’ll stroll quaint villages and dine on delicious local fare. Relax at the end of each day in comfortable accommodations, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. On this walking tour of the Lake District, England’s wild and natural beauty is yours to discover.
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 Borrowdale Gates. This privately owned country house hotel boasts open log fires along with award-winning Lakeland cuisine. Warm, comfortable bedrooms are un-air-conditioned, feature WiFi, and are decorated in a contemporary style. This hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.
Daffodil Hotel and Spa
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxury on the shores of Grasmere water, located in the heart of the Lake District and just a short walk from Grasmere village. Originally built in 1855, the newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened in 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. Well-appointed guestrooms include in-room WiFi and air conditioning, and the property features a sauna, swimming pool, and rooms overlooking a peaceful lake, gardens, and woodlands. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
The George Hotel
In the center of the bustling market town of Penrith, the George Hotel is a 300-year-old historic building bursting with old-world charm and English hospitality. With contemporary accommodations featuring in-room Wi-Fi, a dapper lounge where afternoon tea is served, and immediate access to the heart of the town, it’s the ideal home base for travelers exploring the Lake District.
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.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Liverpool
2 Nights From $248
per person, double occupancy
Overnight flight from USA to Manchester, England. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
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 that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Liverpool during your stay.
Accommodation: Pullman 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 runs regularly throughout the day. Beatles fans may choose to explore 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
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
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Two extra hotel nights|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
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.
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