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Cumbria and Northern Lakes

Cumbria and the Northern Lake District
Historic houses, castles, gardens and boat excursions on the lakes
Hutton in the Forest, Dalmain, Lowther Castle,
Mirehead,  Brantwood, Blackwell, Rydall Mount
From the Macdonald Leeming House Hotel, Ullswater
4 – 8 September 2017 (4 nights)

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This is an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Northern Lake District.  The tour visits historic houses and gardens that include Hutton in the Forest, Dalmain, Lowther Castle, Mirehead,  Brantwood, Blackwell, Rydall Mount and the gardens at Askham Hall.   There will be boat cruises on Derwentwater, Ullswater and Coniston Water and some wonderful scenic routes viewing the stunning Cumbrian hills and lakes.  The 4 star Macdonald Leeming House Hotel is ideally placed for exploring the northern part of the Lake District.  The hotel has an award winning restaurant, extensive gardens and woodland that overlook and have access to the shores of Ullswater.  The tour will start and finish at Penrith Station, (West Coast main line) the hotel has parking should you wish to come by car.

Monday 4 September:  Starting at Penrith Station the coach will meet at 2.45pm to transfer to the hotel stopping en-route to visit Dalemain House, one of the finest country houses in the Lake District with wonderful gardens (those travelling by car meet at Dalemain or the hotel 8 miles from Penrith). Continue then to check into the hotel before welcome drink and dinner.

Tuesday 5 September: Travelling along Ullswater, over the Kirkston Pass down into Ambleside and a visit to Rydall Mount, home of the poet William Wordsworth from 1813 – 1850.  Then travel north along Derwentwater before a light lunch and a visit to Mirehouse.  This very interesting 17th century family house has a very relaxed and lived in feeling and with strong literary links to Tennyson and Wordsworth.   Mid-afternoon the option of an hour cruise on Derwentwater, the third largest of the Cumbrian Lakes or time to explore Keswick - before returning to the hotel.

Wednesday 6 September:  Travelling again over the Kirkston Pass around the top of Windermere to the village of Coniston to board the Coniston Launch and cruise the northern part of the lake – the stretch of water where Donald Campbell broke four world records at the helm of Bluebird K7 and the setting for Arthur Ransome’s book Swallows and Amazons.  Disembark at the landing stage leading up to Brantwood, home of John Ruskin, one of the most influential writers and social reformers of the 19th century. Lunch will be in the small restaurant.  In the afternoon a visit to Blackwell House, designed by Baillie Scott in 1898 as a spectacular holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewer.   A large house but with the atmosphere of an intimate family home, it contains some of the finest work created by leading Arts and Crafts designers.  Relax and enjoy the stunning views over Lake Windermere.

Thursday 7 September:  A morning visit to the Grade II listed gardens at Askham Hall with colourful terraces, a lovely kitchen garden and a 230ft long double herbaceous border.  Then continue to Lowther Castle with an introduction to the castle and gardens.   In the last four years there has been a transformation of this imposing castle ruin.  Dan Pearson created an overall master plan for the gardens to give a mixture of revelation, restoration and design of new gardens for the future, the gardens are now fascinating and  together with the stunning setting.  Lunch can be purchased in their excellent new restaurant.  The day finishes with boat cruise on Ullswater before returning to the hotel.

Friday 8 September: Check out of the hotel.  There will be a morning visit and tour to Hutton-in-the Forest, an historic house with grounds containing an array of terraces, topiary and a superb walled garden.  Refreshments (scones/coffee) will be provided before the coach continues to Penrith Station for 12.45. If you come by car, follow the coach before continuing your journey – the coach does not return to the hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, Lunch/elevenses x 2.
  • All entries, tickets, boat cruises and tours as stated. Coaching and transfers.
  • Heritage Touring Representative.


Price per person: £775
Single supplement: £108  (£27 per night)
Double room for sole occupancy
Non-refundable deposit: £150


Travel arrangements

A train arrives from London at  Penrith at 14.42  - various stops en-route to be able to join from elsewhere. There is an earlier faster limited stops train from London but you would have a wait at Penrith.   On the return a similar train departs 13.03 direct to London arrives 16.12.  Please note the hotel was a historic house has no lift and some bedrooms are up/down one flight of stairs and some are on ground level.

Macdonald Leeming House

Macdonald Leeming House
Watermillock  Ullswater
Nr Penrith, Cumbria  CA11 0JJ


Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.