Lakeside scenery and nostalgia
Join us to discover the stunning landscapes of the Long Drag as you take a ride along the most scenic stretch of the Settle Carlisle Railway. Tour the Lake District, and take a cruise on beautiful Lake Windermere on this unmissable four-day coach trip.
Leaving the local area, this morning we'll head into the north west, to our hotel in the Lancashire area, arriving in good time to unpack and relax before dinner.
Today we head across country to Settle to board the historic Old Midland Settle to Carlisle railway. This stunning route travels through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct, through the line's longest tunnel at Blea Moor to the delightful market town of Appleby. Here we re-board the coach for the scenic drive across Eden Valley's rolling hills to Carlisle, the commanding capital of Cumbria.
After time for lunch in Carlisle we'll return to the hotel through the Lake District, passing majestic Ullswater and the little village of Patterdale, and crossing dramatic Kirkstone Pass.
After breakfast, this morning we'll head north to Lake Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. Explore this bustling shore-side resort, perhaps visiting the magical World of Beatrix Potter attraction, before enjoying a cruise up the eastern side of the lake to Ambleside. A fascinating on-board commentary covering the history, attractions and points of interest will really bring the area to life.
Disembarking in Waterhead we'll re-board the coach and head to Hawkshead, probably the prettiest village in the Lake District. Stroll the timeless, narrow streets, past whitewashed buildings and interesting shops, before we continue to Coniston, where The Old Man of Coniston dominates the Lake and surrounding fells.
Today we'll head home, stopping en route at Botany Bay, a converted Victorian Mill with five floors of unique and interesting shopping. We should arrive back at your original pick-up point by mid evening.
Please note that it may occasionally be necessary to switch Days Two and Three around.
Changes to itinerary
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.