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English Lakes & Scenic Rails

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Rail journey from Settle to Appleby
  • A drive through the northern Lake District
  • Visits to Bowness-on-Windermere, Hawkshead and Coniston
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • A visit to Botany Bay
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Three nights' dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation in the Lancashire area
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.
Departure county Pick-up points
Bedfordshire Bedford, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Hertfordshire Bishops Stortford, Stevenage
Leicestershire Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough
Lincolnshire Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth
Staffordshire Uttoxeter

Burnley Area Hotel 

You will be staying at a good, three-star standard hotel in the Burnley area, such as the Holiday Inn Express or the Best Western Oaks Hotel. Your room will have private facilities, a telephone, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and all hotels will have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Changes to itinerary

Please note that it may occasionally be necessary to switch Days Two and Three around.

Coach seating arrangements

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.)

Joining your holiday

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Triple rooms

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.