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.

Highlights

  • 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.
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Expert local guides to introduce you to the best of your destination
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Off-the-beaten-path places you’d never find on your own
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Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included
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A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey
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Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home
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Flight + Tour Combos include plane tickets, airport shuttles, and pre- and post-tour accommodations

Itinerary

Thu, May 12 to Sat, May 21 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Penrith. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: George Hotel, Penrith

4 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

After an included breakfast at your hotel meet your guides at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Upon meeting your guides, you immediately drive to the village of Askham to walk through the Lowther Estate, owned by Lord Lonsdale. Continuing over the fell and into Lake District National Park, you pass ancient prehistoric settlements and enjoy your first views of the Cumbrian Mountains and Ullswater—the second-largest lake in the Lake District. Descending to the village of Pooley Bridge at the edge of the lake, you pause for lunch in a local pub. This village was one of the earliest settlements on the lake, dating back to the Celts. Following lunch, you drive to the hamlet of Dockray, overlooking the lake, and walk by Aira Beck toward Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District’s waterfalls. Here, you admire the views and are regaled with tales about the romanticism that the region has long inspired.

The short drive to the hotel, just a few miles outside of Keswick, allows plenty of time to settle in before meeting for a pre-dinner drink and an introduction to the week ahead. The hotel restaurant features local produce, and tonight’s dinner promises excellent cuisine.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles, easy

Today, you cross Whinlatter Pass, which connects the beauty of the Keswick Valley to Buttermere and beyond. Here, magnificent nature predominates, and as you walk in the ancient forests and along the shores of Crummock Water, you see stirring views of the high mountains surrounding this pretty vale.

Completing the walk at the hamlet of Buttermere, you enjoy a pub lunch and afterward take an optional walk along the picturesque shore of Buttermere Lake. Board the coach to ride over Honister Pass, returning to the hotel via Borrowdale. There is time to refresh and enjoy your accommodation’s beautiful surroundings before heading into Keswick for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4 miles, moderate; 2 miles easy

Breakfast this morning is a buffet consisting of cereal, fruit, pastries, and cold meats, or a traditional hot Cumbrian breakfast. Then, head out to your walk, following in the footsteps of the men of Borrowdale—the quarrymen and miners of yesteryear. This valley was once home to many slate mines, most of which are now closed. Starting from the hotel, you walk along a Victorian terrace, overlooking the jewel that is Derwent Water. A short boat ride will take you to Keswick, one of the more populated towns in the Lake District. After lunch and some free time in Keswick, a second boat ride will take you to Lodore, and from there, you can amble back to the hotel. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant which prides itself on using freshly prepared local ingredients.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles, easy

On the morning walk, you meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, making your way through the area around two of small lakes, Grasmere and Rydal Water, and in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, one of England’s most famous poets of the early 19th century. After lunch on your own in Grasmere, your day continues with a tour of Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s best-loved family home for the greater part of his life, from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived-in family home. The day is complete with a walk along an ancient “coffin route,” enjoying lovely views along the way.

At the walk ends, you arrive at your next hotel where a warm welcome awaits. Later, you have a delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

6 miles, easy

Following a hearty English breakfast, you travel by coach past the head of Windermere and the ancient Roman Fort of Galava to the starting point of your walk. A gradual climb along historical paths will lead you to Tarn Hows, a wonderfully picturesque tarn, or lake, in the hills. This is one of the most popular beauty spots in the district and quite rightly so. It was formed in the late 1800s when the landowner built a dam, which led to the connection of the three smaller tarns. For once, man has rivaled nature as a bewitching landscape artist! There are incredible views of the surrounding mountains, which have wonderful names—Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam, Helvellyn, and the Langdale Pikes. Descend to the shores of Coniston Water to enjoy lunch at a lakeside hostelry. In the afternoon, meander along paths by the side of Coniston Water, listening to the lapping waves, singing birds, and tales of adventure and mishap from the Water’s past.

At the end of the walk your coach returns you to your hotel. Your evening is free to explore and eat either at the hotel or venture into Bowness-on-Windemere to enjoy the bustle of the Bowness Pier where many restaurants are within walking distance.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

4.5 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

The Langdale Pikes is one of the best-loved and most-photographed areas of The Lake District. Popular with walkers, fell-runners, and climbers, some of the area’s tallest mountains surround this valley, and nearby is England’s highest—Scafell Pike. Starting at the tiny village of Skelwith Bridge, you pass by a slate factory, a waterfall, and a small lake before arriving at the hamlet of Elterwater. From there, the walk takes you on a winding track into Great Langdale, deep into the valley where cars are few and walkers many. After lunch at the only pub in the country owned by the National Trust (located in a hotel that has been catering to walkers for more than 300 years), your walk takes you farther into the valley, before coming to an end. Returning to the hotel, you toast your explorations with a farewell drink and celebratory dinner.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After savoring a late breakfast, you’re provided transportation, via Penrith, to the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester Airport for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport
Included Meals: Breakfast

Cheerio! This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, a short stroll via an elevated covered walkway brings you to Manchester Airport for your departure flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sat, May 14 to Fri, May 20 - 2022

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4 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

Your guides meet you at the George Hotel at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Upon meeting your guides, you immediately drive to the village of Askham to walk through the Lowther Estate, owned by Lord Lonsdale. Continuing over the fell and into Lake District National Park, you pass ancient prehistoric settlements and enjoy your first views of the Cumbrian Mountains and Ullswater—the second-largest lake in the Lake District. Descending to the village of Pooley Bridge at the edge of the lake, you pause for lunch in a local pub. This village was one of the earliest settlements on the lake, dating back to the Celts. Following lunch, you drive to the hamlet of Dockray, overlooking the lake, and walk by Aira Beck toward Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District’s waterfalls. Here, you admire the views and are regaled with tales about the romanticism that the region has long inspired.

The short drive to the hotel, just a few miles outside of Keswick, allows plenty of time to settle in before meeting for a pre-dinner drink and an introduction to the week ahead. The hotel restaurant features local produce, and tonight’s dinner promises excellent cuisine.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles, easy

Today, you cross Whinlatter Pass, which connects the beauty of the Keswick Valley to Buttermere and beyond. Here, magnificent nature predominates, and as you walk in the ancient forests and along the shores of Crummock Water, you see stirring views of the high mountains surrounding this pretty vale.

Completing the walk at the hamlet of Buttermere, you enjoy a pub lunch and afterward take an optional walk along the picturesque shore of Buttermere Lake. Board the coach to ride over Honister Pass, returning to the hotel via Borrowdale. There is time to refresh and enjoy your accommodation’s beautiful surroundings before heading into Keswick for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4 miles, moderate; 2 miles easy

Breakfast this morning is a buffet consisting of cereal, fruit, pastries, and cold meats, or a traditional hot Cumbrian breakfast. Then, head out to your walk, following in the footsteps of the men of Borrowdale—the quarrymen and miners of yesteryear. This valley was once home to many slate mines, most of which are now closed. Starting from the hotel, you walk along a Victorian terrace, overlooking the jewel that is Derwent Water. A short boat ride will take you to Keswick, one of the more populated towns in the Lake District. After lunch and some free time in Keswick, a second boat ride will take you to Lodore, and from there, you can amble back to the hotel. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant which prides itself on using freshly prepared local ingredients.

Accommodation: Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Grange-in-Borrowdale
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

4 miles, easy to moderate; 2 miles, easy

On the morning walk, you meander through one of the region’s prettiest dales, making your way through the area around two of small lakes, Grasmere and Rydal Water, and in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, one of England’s most famous poets of the early 19th century. After lunch on your own in Grasmere, your day continues with a tour of Rydal Mount, William Wordsworth’s best-loved family home for the greater part of his life, from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. The house continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived-in family home. The day is complete with a walk along an ancient “coffin route,” enjoying lovely views along the way.

At the walk ends, you arrive at your next hotel where a warm welcome awaits. Later, you have a delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

6 miles, easy

Following a hearty English breakfast, you travel by coach past the head of Windermere and the ancient Roman Fort of Galava to the starting point of your walk. A gradual climb along historical paths will lead you to Tarn Hows, a wonderfully picturesque tarn, or lake, in the hills. This is one of the most popular beauty spots in the district and quite rightly so. It was formed in the late 1800s when the landowner built a dam, which led to the connection of the three smaller tarns. For once, man has rivaled nature as a bewitching landscape artist! There are incredible views of the surrounding mountains, which have wonderful names—Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam, Helvellyn, and the Langdale Pikes. Descend to the shores of Coniston Water to enjoy lunch at a lakeside hostelry. In the afternoon, meander along paths by the side of Coniston Water, listening to the lapping waves, singing birds, and tales of adventure and mishap from the Water’s past.

At the end of the walk your coach returns you to your hotel. Your evening is free to explore and eat either at the hotel or venture into Bowness-on-Windemere to enjoy the bustle of the Bowness Pier where many restaurants are within walking distance.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

4.5 miles, easy; 2 miles, easy

The Langdale Pikes is one of the best-loved and most-photographed areas of The Lake District. Popular with walkers, fell-runners, and climbers, some of the area’s tallest mountains surround this valley, and nearby is England’s highest—Scafell Pike. Starting at the tiny village of Skelwith Bridge, you pass by a slate factory, a waterfall, and a small lake before arriving at the hamlet of Elterwater. From there, the walk takes you on a winding track into Great Langdale, deep into the valley where cars are few and walkers many. After lunch at the only pub in the country owned by the National Trust (located in a hotel that has been catering to walkers for more than 300 years), your walk takes you farther into the valley, before coming to an end. Returning to the hotel, you toast your explorations with a farewell drink and celebratory dinner.

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windemere
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Savor a late breakfast before your transportation to the Penrith train station, arriving at approximately 12:30 p.m., where you depart for your next destination.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

England: The Lake District 2
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

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

England: The Lake District 2
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

2022 Pre-Tour Extension - Liverpool

  • Two nights at the Pullman Liverpool Hotel
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $248
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $198

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Liverpool. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Pullman Liverpool, Liverpool

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Pullman Liverpool, Liverpool
Included Meals: Breakfast

At 10:30 a.m., complimentary transportation 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

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
14 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Penrith and one extra night in Manchester Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
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Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $448

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $248

Fri, Sep 3 - Sun, Sep 12, 2021

$5,398

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Sun, Sep 5 - Sat, Sep 11, 2021

$4,598

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Fri, Sep 24 - Sun, Oct 3, 2021

$5,398

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Sun, Sep 26 - Sat, Oct 2, 2021

$4,598

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Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $448

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $298

Thu, May 12 - Sat, May 21, 2022

$5,648

Reserve Online

Sat, May 14 - Fri, May 20, 2022

$4,498

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Thu, Jun 2 - Sat, Jun 11, 2022

$5,648

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Sat, Jun 4 - Fri, Jun 10, 2022

$4,498

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Thu, Jun 9 - Sat, Jun 18, 2022

$5,648

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Sat, Jun 11 - Fri, Jun 17, 2022

$4,498

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Thu, Jun 23 - Sat, Jul 2, 2022

$5,648

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Sat, Jun 25 - Fri, Jul 1, 2022

$4,498

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Thu, Sep 15 - Sat, Sep 24, 2022

$5,298

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Sat, Sep 17 - Fri, Sep 23, 2022

$4,498

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Thu, Sep 22 - Sat, Oct 1, 2022

$5,298

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Sat, Sep 24 - Fri, Sep 30, 2022

$4,498

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