Letters from the Lakeside

Explore Cumbria’s Living Heritage visiting the homes of great writers; John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, who described the English Lake District as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”

In England’s north-western corner lies ancient Cumbria and the timeless countryside of the Lake District, replete with outstanding natural landscapes and links to literary history. Shimmering lakes and hushed mountains radiate beauty and wonder inspiring so many, from Wordsworth to Wainwright and Ruskin to Potter. Our base is Kendal, staying at The Wild Boar, set amongst the beauty of the ancient Gilpin Valley, boasting exceptional standards of service, exquisite traditional interiors and delicious country-style cooking.

Key Features

Scenic Landscapes
Historic Hotel
Lecture and Recital
Lake Cruise
Steam Yacht Gondola
5 Dinners & 1 Lunch 
Group Size: 6 – 18

Day 1 Make your way to The Wild Boar Hotel in Kendal. Enjoy dinner with a glass of wine and meet your fellow travellers. (D)

Day 2 Transfer to Lake Windermere, cruise from Waterhead to Wray Castle and enjoy a walk along the banks. Stop at Claife viewing station for superb views, continue to Ambleside with free time for lunch. Visit Hill Top to explore the former residence of Beatrix Potter. (B, D)

Day 3 Transfer to Rydal Mount, former home of the romantic poet, William Wordsworth. Our special tour begins in the spectacular gardens with a recital of some of Wordsworth’s most famous poems. Enjoy a glass of wine and gingerbread at the house whilst you listen to a lecture before exploring the house. Continue around Rydal Lake to Grasmere, stopping at Dove Cottage (another former house of William Wordsworth) and Grasmere’s famous Gingerbread shop. Continue to Keswick for some free time. Later enjoy a scenic drive around Derwent Lake and Buttermere, one of the lesser-known but equally splendid lakes in the region. (B, D)

Day 4 Drive to Coniston via scenic Tarn How, a manmade mountain lake. Take a ride on the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola, rebuilt to its Victorian glory. Visit Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin on the banks of Coniston Water and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lakeshore. Continue to Holehird in Windermere, an extensive 10-acre site, home to the Lakeland Horticultural Society, hosting a myriad of exotic and beautiful plant life with time to explore. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Head south today to Furness Abbey, a former Catholic and Cistercian Monastery dating back to 1123 and home to a number of individual Grade I Listed Buildings. Travel to Ulverston with free time to explore and later visit the Laurel and Hardy Museum. At your hotel enjoy a talk and tasting of three ales at its microbrewery. Farewell dinner with a glass of wine. (B, D)

Day 6 Check out after breakfast for your homeward journey. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
Parking, for those who wish to arrive independently by car, is included for the duration of your stay.


per person in a double/twin room

Date Price
March 27 £1195
May 8 £1195
June 5 £1225
September 4 £1185
September 11 £1185
October 9 £1175

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £275

Rail Options

Rail Travel London to Windermere from £165
Travel from Euston via Oxenholme including return transfers to Kendal

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Kendal
The Wild Boar
(per night with breakfast) from £88
Single supplement from £55

Price Includes
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 dinners with a glass of wine, 1 picnic lunch, ale tasting, recital and lecture, itinerary as described, services of expert local driver/guide and representative.

Not Included
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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