Visiting both Grasmere & Ambleside.
Journey back in time as one of the vintage steam-hauled trains meanders its way through 16 miles of glorious countryside from Shropshire’s Gem of a medieval market town Bridgnorth, through Highley then onto the timeless village of Arley slumbering on the river banks, and onto Bewdley Station where we disembark for a short walk to the town centre for some free time before heading home.
Grasmere is a charming village right in the heart of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Grasmere was once the home of the famous poet William Wordsworth; maybe you can visit one of his former homes - Dove Cottage. Also in the centre of Grasmere is the churchyard of St. Oswalds Church which contains the Wordsworth family graves. Relaxing Ambleside ‘The Jewel in Lakeland’s Crown’ where you will find fine food, wine and ale to complement the glorious lakeside mountain setting of this historic community. It was here before the Roman occupation, which lasted 400 years, it survived and prospered under the Viking invasion and it will be here after the tourist invasion, which so far has lasted only 200 years.
A nostalgic Steam Train & Boat trip, starting from Haverthwaite for the train journey to Lakeside through rugged countryside alongside the River Leven. From Lakeside join the boat cruise to Bowness, and the wonderful panorama of the lake, passing some of the most impressive properties around the southern basin. Free time in Bowness.
Today’s scenic trip includes, a three course lunch at the Cumbria Grand Hotel in Grange over Sands, followed by a cruise on lake Windermere.
Take in the splendour of the scenery along the canal and enjoy a leisurely (45 minute) ride along the last stretch of the Llangollen canal, not navigable by any other boats. We return via the Horseshoe Pass.
The Ribble Valley boasts some very famous ancient Inns, all with their own unique history of ghosts, heroes, villains and legends. Take in some beautiful scenery but also have some fun whilst we take you on a guided tour stopping along the way at some of these Inns with lunch arranged as well.
The 72 mile route takes you on a journey through rural villages, market towns the lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley and into the Yorkshire Dales, through the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor and over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead viaduct.
Betws-y-Coed is North Wales' most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and public houses in the town and all local amenities are within easy walking distance.
Gondola is a re-built elegant steam yacht providing the most wonderful, nostalgic sailing experience. Not only can passengers enjoy the stunning backdrop provided by the Coniston Fells and its majestic lake, they can relax in the opulently upholstered saloons and marvel at the gentle gliding motion of this vessel which is indeed an experience in itself.
We travel north to Ullswater ‘Steamers’ an award winning Lake District attraction celebrating their 150th year sailing on England’s most beautiful lake. Our pre booked 65 minute cruise will take us from Pooley Bridge down to Glenridding. Rejoin the coach for the journey over the spectacular Kirkstone Pass with an altitude of 1,489 feet is the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic.
We first travel to Buxton for some free time. Later we go to Whaley Bridge and join the ‘Judith Mary II’ canal boat for a two and a half hour cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal. The boat is fully central heated, with a well stocked licensed bar, and toilets on board. During the cruise you will be served Cream Tea (includes: Assorted Sandwiches, Hot Scones with Jam & Fresh Cream, Tea/Coffee)
Travel to Whaley Bridge and join the ‘Judith Mary II’ canal boat for a two hour cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal. The boat is fully central heated, with a licensed bar, and toilets on board. During the cruise you will be served Hot Turkey Sandwiches with stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes pigs in blankets followed by Mince Pies with fresh cream, tea & coffee. On the return journey we will call at Salford Quays/Lowry Outlet.
We join the ‘Judith Mary II’ canal boat for a two and a half hour cruise along the beautiful Upper Peak Forest Canal. During the cruise you will be served Local Beef Hot Pot followed by hot Apple Pie & Cream. On the return journey we call at Salford Quays/Lowry Outlet.