Lake District Valleys
- tour description
When the famous childrens writer Beatrix Potter became successful
(and rich), she could afford to make her home anywhere she wanted.
She chose Hill Top Farm near Hawkshead in the English Lake District.
After her death the property, including not just the farmhouse
(now open to the public) but much sheep and cattle pasture interspersed
with lakes and woodland, was inherited by the National Trust.
Also associated with this mild and gentle part of Lakeland was
William Wordsworth, who attended school at Hawkshead and lived
most of his life near Grasmere.
Our carefully designed short
tour starts on the shore of Windermere Lake and links Hill Top
Farm and Grasmere in one continuous walk. On the way you pass
at least 9 other lakes, including Tarn Hows, Coniston Water, Rydal
Water and Grasmere. Coniston Water was the setting of Arthur Ransome's
Swallows and Amazons, while the 19th century thinker John
Ruskin lived at Brantwood (house and garden now open to the public)
on the shore of the lake.
From Coniston's rugged Coppermines Valley you walk past Blea Tarn
to the Great Langdale valley, overhung by the rock peaks of the
Langdale Pikes and on to the classic English parkland landscape
around Loughrigg Tarn, and Wordsworths own home at Dove
Cottage, Grasmere (also open to the public).
This tour is suitable for those who are new to hiking
tours. The maximum altitude when walking between overnight stops
is only 300m/1000 feet, so low cloud is unlikely to cause problems
when routefinding. For each day we describe additional walks and
variations, as well as visits to points of interest such as houses
and gardens. The 7 night tour is similar to the 5-night tour but
with extra nights in Coniston and Grasmere. For each of these
extra days we describe in detail a range of hikes/walks of different
lengths and altitudes, including mountain-walking options from
Coniston to the peak of Old Man of Coniston (803m/2635 feet) and
from Grasmere to the peak of Helvellyn (950m/3118 feet).
What previous customers have told us about The Discerning Traveller
Lake District Valleys walking tour
Again, a BIG THANK-YOU to The Discerning Traveller for an excellent
tour. We enjoyed it immensely. The weather held out, more or less,
which made our walks very enjoyable. Our 4th and last day of walking
was a beautiful day. Our lunch was a trail snack at the Skelwith
Falls. The highlight of the day was the beautiful view of Grasmere
Lake from Loughrigg Terrace. [At Grasmere] we had a luxurious
and spacious room with a wonderful view. For supper, we decided
to treat ourselves to a restaurant meal and dined at the Rowan
Tree vegetarian restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious soup and supper
and dessert. We would rate this facility as excellent (and we're
not even vegetarians!).
Mr and Mrs. Ozem.
I liked all [the accommodation]. It was very pleasant that
they were situated at the outskirts of villages...[the route]
was mostly away from the trodden path, so that you were alone
a lot of the time, without feeling too lost. The descriptions
were very clear and written in a not too dry style, so that it
felt as a silent companion.
We also offer a more strenuous
Lake District tour for the experienced
hiker. Other easy grade walks in England are in the
Cotswolds and Dorset
Valleys tour details 2014
A Discerning Traveller walking tour
or 7 nights. Tour code. V5, V7.
to mid-October. Start any day, however for Saturday start a surcharge
of £30 per person is made, unless a second night in Bowness is booked.
Note for Beatrix Potter fans. Enthusiasts can visit both the celebrated
writer’s former home at Hill Top near Hawkshead on Day 2 of this tour,
and the Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead on day 2 or day 3. However
in 2011 both these National Trust houses are closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
So Potter fans should avoid starting the tour at Bowness on a Wednesday
or a Thursday – or else spend an extra night in Hawkshead (normally night
2 of the tour)!
Grade. Easy; around 8 miles/4 hours
per day; with extensions possible for those who wish to walk further,
up to 'Moderate' grade. There are some steep gradients.
Train station. Start
and end of tour Windermere.
Train service. From
Manchester Airport direct (2hrs) or change at Oxenholme (3 hrs). From
London Euston change at Oxenholme (5hrs).
7-night tour: 1 Bowness-on-Windermere; 2 Hawkshead; 3 and 4 Coniston;
5 Great Langdale; 6 and 7 Grasmere. 5-night tour: I Bowness, 2
Hawkshead, 3 Coniston, 4 Great Langdale, 5 Grasmere.
Meals included. Breakfast each morning. Other meals and
picnics can be obtained locally without pre-booking.
Extra nights. These can be added on when booking. Second nights
in Coniston and Grasmere are already included on the 7-night tour, with
detailed descriptions of a range of walks and visits. Devotees of Beatrix
Potter may wish to spend more time at Hawkshead, while Wordsworth fans
will find plenty of interest in Grasmere. An extra day in Great Langdale
provides access to the wildest and most mountainous part of the Lake District
- a good base for experienced mountain-walkers.
These are more detailed information sheets, one
for each tour, which should be obtained from The Discerning Traveller
before booking. The factsheet code for
our Lake District Valleys tour is FSV. See Enquiry
Reading. This tour has more literary associations than any of our
other tours, with William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter all
having lived and worked in this part of the Lake District. However for
lively description of open-air adventure around Windermere and Coniston
it is hard to better the children's novels of Arthur Ransome, notably
Swallowdale and Pigeon Post.
Lake District Valleys - tour prices
- V5 (5 nights, ES or private facilities most nights) £480.
SRS*: £85. STS**: £110.
- V5E (5 nights tour, ES or private facilities every night) £530.
SRS*: £100. STS**: £125.
- V7 (7 nights, ES or private facilities most nights) £570.
SRS*: £105. STS**: £130.
- V7E (7 nights tour, ES or private facilities every night) £630.
SRS*: £130. STS**: £155.
- Extra nights: £45 per person per night (except at Great Langdale).
- Extra nights at Great Langdale: V5, V7: £40; V5E, V7E: £70
- SRS* = single room supplement (applicable when 3 or 5 persons book
- STS** = single traveller supplement (applicable when booking is
for one person only).
- Prices quoted are per person on basis of two people in double
or twin-bedded rooms. Included in the price are bed and breakfast each
night, with baggage transfers, maps and route directions. ‘ES’ (en suite)
facilities means that there is a private bathroom with shower or tub
and toilet within the main door of your room. ‘Private facilities’ means
that the private bathroom may be outside the main door of your room.
When the booking is made for a party of 3 or 5 customers, a single room
supplement is payable. When the booking is made for a single traveller,
a single traveller supplement is payable. Maximum one single room per
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