From the majestic mountains and glacial ribbon lakes of Wordsworth’s Lake District to Emily Bronte’s Yorkshire, we will take you on a magnificent journey through two extraordinary national parks.
Take a 2 hour drive to Windermere, stopping for a Michelin*** lunch at Simon Rogan’s, L’Enclume. Enjoy an afternoon private boat tour on the lake before hiking up Ornest Head, the first fell Alfred Wainwright climbed. Enjoy a relaxed dinner at Gilpin.
Take a short transfer and venture to William Wordsworth’s Grasmere, a place he described as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”. Trial delicious Grasmere gingerbread to fuel your circular hike up Helms Cragg, Easedale Tarn and back through the Easedale Valley. Experience lunch at The Forest Side before exploring the cobbled lanes of Hawskhead village, treading carefully in Beatrix Potter’s footsteps. Dine at Holbeck Ghyll.
Start your morning in the heart of Coniston before walking up Old Man of Coniston, a fell in the Furness Fells in The Lakes. We will then make our way to Yew Tree Farm, previously owned by Beatrix Potter. Enjoy a meet and greet experience with the locals (herdwick sheep!), via a shepherdess who remains famous for her artistic talents and deep connection with the animals. Enjoy your final evening in the Lakes with a meal at Gilpin’s Michelin starred restaurant.
Transfer to Malham Cove, a geological marvel of limestone standing 230ft high, and follow the limestone passage for a majestic walk via Gordale scar – a limestone ravine and marvel of England – to Janet’s Foss, a magical fairy woodland and waterfall. Transfer to your Yorkshire hideaway via Ribblehead Viaduct, undoubtedly the most impressive railway structure. Dine at the Black Stag.
Hike out from Hawes exploring Keld-Tan Hill before lunching at Tan Hill, a unique and historic place, with exposed beams welcoming fires, and Britain’s highest pub. Head back to Hawes for a stroll around this beautiful market town.
With a heavy heart it’s time to bid farewell to Yorkshire. The changing seasons bring with them a multitude of sweeping changes to the landscape, so a repeat visit is always on the cards.
Enjoy a post trip stay in York with a visit to Shambles Street (inspiration for Harry Potter), an afternoon tea experience at Bettys York, or a dining experience at The Black Swan at Oldstead.
Manchester Airport or York train Station
Choose from either of our 4* or 5* options
This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good walk or bike and able to handle an incline or two. We’ll enjoy walking through the city and along the Thames river and it will be gentle preparation before your active trip or a nice way to slow down before you fly home.
We offer a mixture of biking, walking and cultural adventures in London.
Manchester to London is only a short 3 hour train journey so get in touch to see how you could explore more of England’s historic capital.