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Hadrian's Wall & The Lake District

United Kingdom

from $3,895* per person 7 Days June, August
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: The Wayfarers 16 people max
  • Corbridge, united kingdom
  • Active & Adventure trips
The landscape that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge is our home for this seven-day journey across the romantic Lake District and rugged Northumberland.

Following the course of Hadrian's Wall, we trek through wild, unpopulated country, climbing low fells and high crags, crossing open moorland and following remote bridleways. We see Roman towns, bath houses and military forts, meander through sleepy northern villages and eat hearty pub lunches.

A highlight of this trip is our time at Lake Windermere, the largest and most impressive of the lakes. Here we visit Rydal Mount, Wordsworth's elegant home, and Beatrix Potter's garden at Hill Top.

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Itinerary

Sunday

We rendezvous in Newcastle and drive to Corbridge to visit the extensive remains of the ancient Roman Garrison town which played a vital role in the conquest of Norman Britain. We walk across the excavated main street of this once prosperous strategic town. We transfer to our first hotel in Langley-on-Tyne for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
Overnight: Langley-on-Tyne
Monday

Today we walk along the best of Hadrian's Wall, its fine condition testament to the brilliance of Roman engineers. At Housesteads, a fort occupied by several military units for three hundred years, we take time to contemplate the ruins before rejoining our path on the high crag. We descend to a welcome pub lunch at The Twice Brewed Inn. Our journey along the Wall dips and rises as we continue our day's walking in the footsteps on the Legions. We travel west to our hotel on the banks of Ullswater.
Overnight: Ullswater
Tuesday

We walk along the banks of the River Eamont to Barton church and along lanes and bridleway tracks to the serene village of Askham for lunch at a traditional inn set on the village green. Then to the remote village of Helton before heading over Askham Fell where people of past millennia built Cairn Circles and Tumuli and where now only hardy sheep live and graze the heather.
Overnight: Ullswater
Wednesday

We enjoy first views of the impressive hills and mountains of the Lake District and magnificent Ullswater is in view to our right as we wander to How Town for the ferry to Glenridding and a pub lunch. We drive over dramatic Kirkstone Pass to Troutbeck, a sleepy old village above the valley, from where we walk along tracks, through farms and woodlands, to the shores of Windermere and our lakeside hotel at Ambleside.
Overnight: Ambleside
Thursday

We take the ferry across Lake Windermere before we begin our morning's walk along the peaceful banks of the lake. A woodland walk brings us to Far Sawrey for lunch in the famous village pub, The Tower Bank Arms. We visit Beatrix Potter's garden at Hill Top and set off again enjoying the classic views of the Langdale pikes and on to Hawkshead village for a private tour of the small grammar school where William Wordsworth studied the Classics. We transfer to our next hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Grasmere
Friday

Today we walk the paths of the romantic poets around Grasmere, Wordsworth’s favorite lake, visit the family home at Dove Cottage and on to his final residence at Rydal Mount.
Overnight: Grasmere
Saturday

Morning transfer to Oxenholme rail station for departure and onward connections.

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