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5 Day Lake District, Dales, York and Hadrian’s Wall

On this delightful tour, you’ll get to enjoy the scenic peaks and the cultural highlights of Northern England.

You’ll be captivated by the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and enthralled by the history of the North’s great castles and halls. Rise to the top of a Gothic cathedral’s spires, wander the through the nooks and crannies of valley villages. Follow in the footsteps of those that fought on the battlefields as you wander by Hadrian’s Wall.

So, if pretty bays, shimmering lakes, impressive architecture and engaging in history will delight and intrigue you, then join us on this wonderful 5 day tour.




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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy York with its huge 13th century Gothic Cathedral and its glorious surrounding countryside.
  • Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage is the home of William Wordsworth and is in the heart of the Lake District.
  • Alnwick Castle is a stunning castle which was used as a set for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.
  • Visit Lake Windermere the largest natural lake in England, here you can either wander the shoreline or go for a cruise in these stunning surroundings.
  • Yorkshire Dales is full of stone-built villages set amongst the stunning landscapes.
  • Take in the breath-taking rolling hills and beautiful lochs Scottish Borders as you explore the ancient boundary of Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Robin Hood’s Bay, a small, quaint coastal fishing village has beautiful sandy beaches.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Alnwick Castle and York

Day 2

York, North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Whitby

Day 3

Yorkshire Dales National Park and Keswick

Day 4

Castlerigg and Ullswater

Day 5

Hadrians Wall, Jedburgh and Scotts View

Day 1

Your tour begins along the wonderful coastline towards the peaceful town of Berwick Upon Tweed.  You’ll take a rest to view the fortifications before journeying on the magnificent Alnwick Castle.  This immense castle was built following the Norman Conquest and is currently inhabited by the Duke of Northumberland.  It is famously known as ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films and has also been a set for Downton Abbey.

Spend a while discovering Alnwick with its plentiful history and impressive gardens before beginning your journey to the city of York, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Day 2

Today you will be leaving the lovely walled city of York behind after a chance to spend time exploring some of York’s wonderful attractions.  Late morning you’ll join the tour and head on to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park which contains one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.

After embracing the wonderful scenery, you’ll continue to the seaside town and port of Whitby where you’ll stop for lunch and enjoy a little free time.  The town has a strong literary tradition and has been featured in many literary works, most famously in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Leaving Whitby, you’ll journey to the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.  This picturesque village consists of a maze of tiny streets and has a beautiful coastline.  Please note that due to access, your minicoach will drop you at the top of the village, so you must walk to and from the village via a steep hill.

You’ll set off from Robin Hood’s Bay to your comfortable accommodation in York for the night.

Day 3

Today’s journey takes you through the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, an area comprising of river valleys, hills and an extensive cave system.  The dramatic green upland pastures are divided by dry-stone walls, where sheep and cattle graze.

Heading further west, you travel through the Northern Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before stopping at the market town of Keswick, surrounded by mountains, it’s the home of The Cumberland Pencil Museum!

You’ll be dropped off at your comfortable accommodation and have the chance to discover all that Keswick has to offer.

Please note that during the months of July and early August, you may spend the night in Windermere instead.

Day 4

Departing after breakfast, our first stop will be the Castlerigg Standing Stones, dating from the late Neolithic period.  The standing stones were quoted by archaeologist John Waterhouse as ‘one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain’.

Leaving behind the ancient stones, you’ll arrive by the shores of Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake.  You may take a short walk along the shoreline and then find within a forest the majestic Aira Force Waterfalls.

Heading south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass, you’ll stop at Windermere where you’ll have the option of a leisurely lake cruise or enjoy lunch while seated amongst the glorious scenery.

Leaving stunning landscape of Lake Windermere behind, your next destination will be the picturesque village of Hawkeshead, where William Wordsworth attended Grammar School and Beatrix Potter lived nearby.

After exploring this charming village, we travel through the winding country lanes towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’.  Here you’re able to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and his Daffodil Garden next to the River Rothy before travelling back to Keswick for the night.

Day 5

On your final day of the tour, you leave behind the beautiful scenic Lakes and make your way through the winding landscape of Hartside Pass, which enjoys views of the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District.

Driving on to Hadrian’s Wall, which was begun in AD 122 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.  The wall was built to keep the Scottish tribes out of the Roman Empire.  Follow in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this isolated frontier. The wall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Moving on to the local town of Jedburgh and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century.  Here you’ll stop for refreshments.

Your last tour destination after leaving Jedburgh, is the stunning scenery at Scott’s View.  Scott’s View has impressive countryside which looks out over the Cheviot Hills and the River Tweed. Your tour is completed when you say ‘farewell’ to the country life and ‘hello’ to urban life in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.

Important Information

Departs 09.00am – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns 19.00pm approx.

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a professional driver-guide


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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