The Lake District is by far the UK’s most popular National Park, famous for its peaceful surroundings and beautiful landscapes. However, there is much more to it than the spectacular scenery of the famous lakes and quaint English villages. Here, you will discover combinations of food flavours unique to the region that are prepared in the traditional way to be eaten and enjoyed in the idyllic settings of picture postcard country inns, rustic pubs, restaurants and tearooms. Come and see it for yourself.
The Riverside Hotel, Kendal is a charmingly converted 18th century tannery and situated on the banks of the River Kent, beneath the ruins of the town’s 12th century castle. The hotel offers a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Only 20 minutes from Lake Windermere and right in the heart of the Lake District, this is the perfect base for us to explore the local area.
Day One – We head north to our hotel, the Riverside Hotel, Kendal, where tea/coffee awaits our arrival.
Day Two – This morning, we head on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway where a return steam train journey is included in your holiday. Sit back and enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you are taken back in time on this relaxing steam train. For the rest of the day, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of Windermere Lake Cruises’ “Freedom of the Lake” ticket, where you can relax and unwind while taking in the sights of the whole lake in your own time.
Day Three – Today we visit the magnificent Holker Hall & Gardens. Never sold throughout its 400 year history, this is the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. You can tour the house without restrictions of ropes and barriers, and see the distinguished library, fine displays of antique furniture and art and the delightful drawing room. Climb the striking staircase and view famous portraits. You can also visit the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937.
Day Four – Today is your free day to enjoy what our host town of Kendal has to offer. With a fine selection of shopping arcades, two castles, two museums, a variety of historical buildings and bridges, fine restaurants and pubs, and a view to die for, you will be able to do as little, or as much as you want here.
Day Five – It’s time to depart the Lake District and head home, with comfort stops on route.