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Lake District & Cumbrian Mountains Explorer

Lake District & Cumbrian Mountains Explorer

Explore dramatic landscapes; enjoy great rail journeys over peaks and along stunning coastlines and experience a plethora of attractions with fascinating history and nostalgic charm on this wonderful Lakes & Mountains rail tour.

6 Days From £779

 

DEPARTS

Monday 27 July 2020

Monday 7 September 2020

 

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great rail journeys with wonderful coast and mountain vistas exploring Cumbria & the Lake District

  • Relax on a leisurely cruise on idyllic Lake Windermere

  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam train journey through the Vale of Leven

  • Heritage steam cruise on Ullswater Lake.

  • Explore historic Carlisle

  • Travel the famous Settle & Carlisle line

  • Scenic Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway

  • Afternoon Tea in the "Brief Encounter" tearoom

  • A visit and tasting at the Lakes Distillery with a scenic tour of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake

  • Explore the hills and take an exciting tour on the famous ‘Mountain Goat’ bus

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening, plus afternoon tea on 1 day and tea & scones on 1 day

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tours Manager

DAY 1

Arriving in the riverside city of Kendal, our ideally situated hotel is located by the river just a short walk from the station.

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DAY 2

Our private coach takes us the short journey to Bowness on Windermere and enjoying a little sightseeing, we take a leisurely cruise to the southern tip of Lake Windemere. Here we have a visit to the fantastic Lakes Aquarium to view and experience lake district animal and fish life at close quarters. We then board our vintage steam train to journey through the picturesque Vale of Leven to the village of Haverthwaite and enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the station buffet. We then return aboard our private coach to Kendal.

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DAY 3

Travelling by train along one of Britain's most famous routes climbing high over wild and remote Shap Fell to Shap summit that was such an arduous task in the days of steam. Once over the summit we alight at Penrith for a day touring the beautiful 'North Lakes' area. We commence with a trip on one of England's most beautiful lakes, Ullswater. We cruise across the lake on a heritage 'steamer' as we take in the stunning scenery of the Ullswater valley. We have time for lunch in the popular market town of Keswick on the northern shores of Derwentwater before continuing alongside Bassenthwaite Lake to the Lakes Distillery where we have a tour and tasting. After our visit we return to Penrith for our train journey back to Kendal.

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DAY 4

A day of stunning sea and landscapes. We sit back, relax, and take the famous, and truly amazing, 'Mountain Goat' journey high over the hills to Dalegarth station for a steam train ride on the 'Owd Ratty' through to the coast at Ravenglass. Here we transfer from 'little to large' and board our network rail train for the wonderful Cumbria coastline journey through Grangeover-Sands and around Morecambe Bay to Carnforth, taking tea and scones in the restored 1940s station buffet at Carnforth, scene of the famous old film "Brief Encounter". We then complete our circular tour back to Kendal via the West Coast mainline.

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DAY 5

One of the holiday highlights as we take to the rails for a wonderful circular train journey down the West Coast Mainline to Lancaster then through beautiful pasturelands to the historic market town of Skipton where we commence our journey over the world famous 'Settle & Carlisle' line. This great journey climbs up through the Yorkshire Dales, gateway to the 'Three Peaks', crossing Ribblehead Viaduct, the engineering marvel spanning Batty Moss, and passing Dent, the highest mainline station in England at 1150ft. We have some free time to explore the charming walled city of Carlisle before making our way back to Kendal.

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DAY 6

Bidding farewell to Kendal we depart for homeward destinations.

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B=Breakfast, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Riverside Hotel, Kendal

Situated in a converted 17th-Century tannery, this hotel is located on the River Kent near to Kendal station. The modern bedrooms include Wi-Fi, TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Euston

£1055

£905

Greater London

£1065

£920

South of England

£1105

£945

East Anglia

£1119

£945

South West

£1055

£915

Heart of England

£975

£875

Midlands

£900

£849

Yorkshire

£919

£859

North East

N/A

£899

North West

£849

£825

South Wales

£999

£889

North Wales

£979

£865

Scotland

£969

£875


Join & Leave at Hotel £799

 

£20 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

Single Room Supplement £135

 

5 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, 2 teas

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tours Manager

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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