Sunday – On our way to the hotel we will call into Morecambe, you could have some lunch and enjoy the lovely sandy beaches or take a stroll along the promenade. Arriving at our hotel in the afternoon.
Monday – We start the day in the Lake District and the market town of Kendal for a browse before continuing through Lakeland countryside to nearby Levens Hall and Gardens, dating back to 1350. The interior is from the Elizabethan period with fine oak panelling and ornate plasterwork. The well laid out gardens date back over 300 years and Leven Halls Topiary Garden is the finest and most extensive Topiary garden in the World with over 100 individually designed pieces. In the afternoon, we travel to Bowness for a boat cruise on Lake Windermere.
Tuesday – A day of leisure. You will have chance to explore Penrith, the hub of the Eden Valley, it is home to a mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades. Penrith Museum and Tourist Information Centre are housed in the former Robinson’s School, and Elizabethan building and there is Penrith Beacon, a monument built in 1719, on a spot where beacons have been lit in times of war and emergency since the time of Henry VIII.
Wednesday – From Shap we stop in the pretty Dales village of Kirkby Lonsdale, where on Thursdays the Farmers market is in full swing. From Samlesbury we journey through an area known as Bowland Forest via Clitheoes to Settle. Here we board the diesel train on the best part of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The 45-minute journey will glide you past impressive limestone peaks, through tunnels and over viaducts including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct with 24 arches – a true masterpiece of Victorian Engineering.
Thursday – As we travel back we will have a lunch break enroute, arriving back in the afternoon.