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Cumbria Rail & Sail

Cumbria Rail & Sail

Imposing natural landscapes overlaid with thousands of years of human activity adding to their intrigue and fascination.

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Imposing natural landscapes overlaid with thousands of years of human activity adding to their intrigue and fascination.

A faultless combination of impossibly beautiful scenery, impressive literary history, abundant wildlife and a rich cultural heritage – Cumbria or “The Lake District” is arguably England’s finest landscape.  From enormous lakes to skyscraping mountains, ancient townships and pre-historic stone circles – the attraction packed region is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and justly so!  Strewn with lakes, tarns, rivers and streams, its watery splendor has launched a thousand postcards. The semi-natural woodlands add texture and variety, and the imposing natural landforms are overlaid with thousands of years of human activity adding to their intrigue and fascination. We have included two train rides and two boat cruises, which bring a unique perspective and views unattainable to road passengers.

ITINERARY


Monday - Morning departure with stops as appropriate to Grange-over-Sands in time for dinner
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Tuesday - Take a trip through the heart of the Lake District to the town of Keswick under the shadow of Skiddaw. Continue to England's most beautiful lake - Ullswater, where we shall board a preserved classic steamer for a cruise along the length of the lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding. It is steeped in mystery, provides expansive vistas of Lakelands highest mountains and is home to a rich biodiversity. We return to Grange through the magnificent Kirkstone Pass.

Wednesday - Visit the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway with time to admire the beautifully restored station building and a collection of classic locos. We then travel by vintage train up the pretty Leven Valley to Lakeside Pier where we change to a boat for a cruise on Lake Windermere to Bowness. We shall spend the afternoon relaxing here and savouring the town's delightful setting.

Thursday - Full steam ahead to the Western Lakes, and a nostalgic trip back in time on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. A narrow gauge line that hauls trains seven miles from the coast, through two of the loveliest Lakeland valleys, to the foot of England's highest mountain - simply stunning! This afternoon we shall visit the beautiful medieval village of Cartmel with its ancient narrow streets offering a variety of artisan shops, crafts, olde world pubs and the 800 year old Priory Church - a special building in a haven of peace.

Friday - This morning visit nearby Holker Hall and Gardens - a magnificent stately home originating in the 16th century and growing in the hands of the same family ever since. The lavish interiors are only eclipsed by the stunning gardens full of exotic and rare plants. Afternoon at leisure in Grange - a genteel and delightful resort - our coach will run shuttles in and out.

Saurday - Homewards bound with a stop at Trentham shopping village for lunch. Return to Dorset by early evening.




B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands

A charming and traditional 3 star Victorian hotel offering a warm welcome and sense of old fashioned values of an age sadly now gone by. Golds, reds and greens of the cosy lounge with its inviting couches and roaring log fire provides a relaxing country retreat. The Hazelwood Restaurant offers commanding views of the Bay from a wall of spectacular windows – while you enjoy delicious carvery style meals. 120 guest bedrooms are comfortably furnished in a traditional style and provide private bathroom, hairdryer, television, phone and tea tray. There is a lift to all floors, ground floors rooms and walk-in showers on request, and the hotel provides two nights of entertainment during our stay. The surrounding wooded grounds are lovely for a stroll and have won awards for their flowers and wildlife.

 

TOUR PRICE: £575.00 Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £90.00

 

Price Includes  • All coach travel  • 5 nights hotel accommodation  • Half board meals throughout  • Ullswater Lake cruise  •  Lakeside & Haverthwaite rail fare  •  Windermere Lake cruise  • Ravenglass & Eskdale rail fare  • Entry to Holker Hall  • VAT

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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