Scenery & Landscape - The Lake District
Day one Chester – Ambleside, South Lakes. Driving time – 2 hours.
Feel the pressures of life slowly fade away as you enjoy the peaceful drive into Ambleside. Ambleside is a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Windermere. On this relaxing drive, note of the first view of the Langdale Pikes across Lake Windermere from the road approaching Ambleside – an awesome sight. (Caution speed cameras may be on A591).
When you arrive in Ambleside, explore the beautiful lakeside area and take a boat cruise on lake Windermere. The more adventurous amongst you may want to partake in the various water sports available on the lake.In the afternoon, after a stroll around Ambleside’s many shops and galleries, take a short walk from the centre of the village leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which may be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint, or you could wander around to Rydal Hall. Built in the 16th Century, the Hall is a comfortable historic mansion set in 30 acres of grounds, famous for the fantastic gardens, which are open all year round. Rydal Mount just next to Rydal Hall, is where the famous poet William Wordsworth lived from 1813 to 1850, have a look around this delightful cottage and gardens.
Storrs Hall, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LG. Reservations (UK only): 08458 507 506. Phone: 015394 47111 Fax: 015394 47555.
We recommend an overnight stay in the Storrs Hall Hotel in Ambleside. This Georgian mansion is set in 17 acres of ground on the shores of lake Windermere, just outside of Ambleside. This hotel is very special, as from every room you will see uninterrupted panoramic views of the Lakes. Inside, the mansion is furnished in a very opulent style, and the ‘no under 12’s rule’ means that this hotel is always peaceful.
Day two, South – North Lakes. Driving time – 2 Hours 30 mins
First, enjoy the scenic drive through the Lake District to the pretty village of Melmerby, just outside of Penrith (1 Hour). Here pop into the hidden treasure of Melmerby Bakery and sample the award winning bread and cakes popular with the locals as well as famous celebs! Drive from Melmerby to Nenthead along the A686/A689, which is described by the AA as one of the 10 best drives in the world (30 mins). Stop of at Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre – Prepare to launch on a voyage of discovery at Nenthead Mines.
After all that hard work exploring the mines, you will want to relax and enjoy lunch at Nent Hall Country House – Enjoy a light snack or bar meal in the Coach House Inn with warm surroundings and a friendly atmosphere. The food is scrumptious and prepared by the double rossete winning chef.
After lunch, head towards Alston, England’s highest market town. If you have time, South Tynedale Railway is a narrow gauge railway which will take you on a scenic tour of the area. Drive back to Langwathby along the A686 and take the turning for Salkeld to take a tour of the Water Mill and tea room. Continue along the road to stop at Long Meg and Her Daughters, the largest bronze age stone circle in Cumbria (40 mins drive – caution speed cameras often along the A686).
Finally, drive to Penrith along the A686 (17 mins drive) and unwind after all the days sightseeing at the wonderful North Lakes Hotel in Penrith.
The North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, Lake District, CA11 8QT, Tel: +44 1768 868111 Fax: +44 1768 868291.
The traditional hunting lodge style of the North Lakes Hotel & Spa reflects the rugged beauty of the Lake District. Local stone, natural wood and open log fires create a perfect ‘get away from it all’ atmoshpere.
Day three, Keswick. Grasmere and the Central Lakes. (50 mins Drive) Return to Chester (2 hours drive)
Drive to Keswick (30 mins).Take a stroll around the compact streets of Keswick for some relaxing retail therapy. Busy, bustling Keswick Market is held every Thursday and Saturday for some great local produce.
Head south towards picturesque Thirlmere Reservoir, over the beautiful Dunmail Pass and down into the honeypot village of Grasmere (20 mins drive). Have lunch in one of the many eateries, take a stroll around the gardens of St Oswald’s church – the family graves of the famous poet William Wordsworth are there. Don’t forget to buy some Grasmere Gingerbread – once tried never forgotton!
Take the road from Grasmere, south again towards Ambleside, Don’t forget to pop into Dove Cottage, one of William Wordworth’s former homes. Through Ambleside head along the western side of Lake Windermere to the quaint village of Hawkshead (20 mins drive). If you fancy a walk in the fresh air, take a right turn just before Hawkshead, to Tarn Hows, the tarn of Beatrix Potter. Only 1.5 mile around, it’s a great walk for old and young alike. Have ‘Afternoon Tea’ in one of the pretty teashops in Hawkshead village.
Head back to Chester to return your Supercar. OR – on the afternoon of day three, if you would like to extend you Supercar Hire, call Northern Supercar Hire to arrange! We are always as flexible as possible and want to ensure that you have the perfect break.
This arranged, perhaps we could suggest that you head south, towards the southern tip of Lake Windermere – Newby Bridge. Spend the night in one of the wide selection of Hotels and Guest Houses, or treat yourself to some pampering in a hotel ‘Spa’, after a busy trip to the Lakes!