Day 1 Penrith
Make your own way to the lovely market town of Penrith in Northern England to your hotel. On arrival, your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you. Settle into your room and then meet your fellow travellers over a welcome drink in the cosy bar before dinner.Meals included: D
Day 2 Derwentwater - Walk 13km/8 mi - 5 hrs
This morning we’re heading to Derwentwater and will walk along the Cumbrian Way from the village of Rosthwaite to Keswick.
We’re going to take a wonderfully scenic route which takes us past rivers and through woodland. The views become even more breathtaking once we arrive at the shores of the lake. About three miles long and one mile wide, it is fed by the River Derwent and has several small islands. Just one is inhabited and that’s Derwent Isle, which is home to an 18th century residence owned by the National Trust. Another, St Herbert’s Island, features in Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin story as Owl Island. This is a great spot in which to sit and eat our packed lunch.
We’ll then carry on walking to the delightful town of Keswick. Why not enjoy a drink in a traditional pub, before we head back to the hotel by motorcoach.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 3 Lake Grasmere & Rydal Water - Circular walk, 9km/5.5 mi - 3.5 hrs
After breakfast we’ll head out for a walk to Lake Grasmere and the smaller Rydal Water. These two destinations are linked to the poet William Wordsworth, who lived in the villages of Grasmere and Rydal in 1799 and 1813 respectively.
We’ll pass the Wordsworth Museum and see Rydal Mount, the charming house where he lived until his death in 1850, and which remains in the Wordsworth family. A packed lunch will keep us going as we then walk to the shores of Lake Grasmere.
Our walk ends in the village of Grasmere, where you might choose to head to St Oswald’s Church, where Wordsworth and many of his family members are buried. A trip to Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread shop is also recommended!Meals included: B,L,D
Day 4 Hadrian's Wall - Walk 16km/10 mi - 6 hrs
Today we’re going to unravel the history of Hadrian’s Wall. The north-west frontier of the Roman Empire was built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. Our starting point is Walltown, a beauty spot featuring tall crags, woodland, meadows and lakes. We’ll follow the wall eastwards walking past Cawfields, where we’ll see one of the highest standing sections, with turrets along its length. We’ll also take in one of the milecastles, or fortresses, built along the wall.
Later, after we’ve stopped to eat our packed lunch, we’ll pass the popular landmark known as the Sycamore Gap. This lone tree standing in a dip in Hadrian’s Wall offers a striking view, so we’ll pause to admire what is one of the most photographed spots in the area.
We come to a stop today at Housesteads, the remains of a Roman fort. The views from here are also pretty spectacular.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 5 Depart Penrith
Take breakfast at your leisure before checking out of the hotel and making your way home or onto your next destination.
Please note: We’ll walk at a manageable pace, and all the walks can be shortened if you wish. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, hills, steps, stiles and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot. Sturdy walking shoes are essential.Meals included: B
Please note: We'll walk at a manageable pace, and all of the walks can be shortened if you wish. We want you to get the most from your holiday with us, so please be advised this tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, hills, stiles and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot. Sturdy walking shoes are essential.