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A Visit to the Lake District,
a 3 night, 4 day tour by coach



The Lake District
Arguably, England’s most beautiful scenery; inspiration for some of our best-loved writers; location for outstanding examples of domestic architecture and design, and habitat for a number of our most elusive wild animals.

Our short tour will provide the opportunity to enjoy several cultural highlights of the English Lakes, in delightful surroundings, in comfort and in good company. The following is a brief outline of the itinerary.

Monday 16 September
Travel from Bury St Edmunds to the Lakes via Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near Altringham, Greater Manchester, then on to Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, near Lake Windermere, for a three-night stay.

Tuesday 17 September
Visit Grasmere and Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1809, then to Rydal Mount and gardens, the family home from 1823 to 1859. After lunch, on to Brantwood, home of John Ruskin.

The day’s programme ends with a trip on Coniston Water on the steam yacht ‘Gondola’.

Wednesday 18 September
Journey to Cartmel, for a guided tour of Holker Hall. Dating from the early 16th century, generations of the three families in successive ownership have left their mark, with outstanding workmanship to be admired today. There will be free time to visit the beautiful gardens, and to take lunch.

In the afternoon there is a visit to Blackwell House at Bowness on Windermere. Designed by the architect M H Baillie Scott, it is a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture, with most of the original decorative interiors still intact.

Thursday 19 September
After checkout from the hotel, the journey home is broken by a visit to the National Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield. The arboretum covering 150 acres, is devoted to the theme of remembrance. It is home to the Armed Forces Memorial, designed by Liam O’Connor, and is of national significance in providing recognition for all those who have given their lives in the service of their country since the Second World War.

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Picture: Blackwell House interior