The Lake District by Rail

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31 May 2020 - 4 Oct 2020
Duration: 5 days
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Gently rising fells, craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering waters, the Lake District is an exceptionally old landscape shaped over time by wind, rain and glacial erosion into one of the most beautiful corners of the world. On the outskirts of the market town of Penrith, our hotel is perfectly placed to explore this much-loved National Park. Enjoy a traditional steam boat ride on Lake Windermere soaking up the scenery that inspired 19th century poets. Amidst the glorious landscape visit grand historic houses that have been family homes for centuries. Fantastic journeys aboard the South Tynedale Railway, and Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway explore the North of England’s rich railway heritage and Golden Age of Steam.


  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Penrith
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Your rail journeys:

  • Picturesque steam train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
  • Journey on the South Tynedale Railway

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit and guided tour of Holker Hall & Gardens
  • Guided tour to Hutton-in-the Forest Country House
  • Steam boat cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Entrance to the Wordsworth Museum and free time in Grasmere

Day 1: Penrith

Make your own way to our hotel in Penrith where you’ll meet our tour manager. Enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner served in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2: Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Holker Hall and Gardens

This morning we drive to Haverthwaite where we board the train for a roundtrip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Originally named The Furness Railway, it was developed during the 1850’s and 1860’s, and used to transport coal and iron ore at the height of the Industrial Revolution. As the iron industry declined this branch of the line carried day trippers and holiday makers with the turn of the century considered its golden years. The service eventually closed in 1938 and most recently re-opened in 1973. Today we’ll enjoy a nostalgic steam-hauled journey taking us through the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Today’s excursion continues with a visit to Holker Hall and its award-winning gardens. We’ll be met by our guide who will give us a fascinating introduction to historical Holker Hall and the 17,000-acre Estate, which is owned by the Cavendish family. At the end of the tour there is time at leisure for lunch and perhaps to explore the immaculately kept series of formal gardens, which are surrounded by a more informal landscape of trees, shrubs and meadows. This evening dinner is served in the hotel.

Day 3: South Tynedale Railway & Hutton-in-the Forest

Today we drive to the small town of Alston where the former North Eastern Railway Station is now the headquarters of the South Tynedale Railway. Following the former route of British Rail’s Haltwhistle to Alston branch line, this preserved narrow-gauge heritage railway is the highest in England. We’ll enjoy a wonderful roundtrip through beautiful countryside as the train winds its way from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines. Beautifully situated on the edge of the Lake District, Hutton-in-the-Forest is the 17th century home of Lord and Lady Inglewood. Our guided tour of this extraordinary house is a fascinating journey through time showing us rooms beautifully furnished to reflect its six distinct architectural periods. We also enjoy time to visit the elaborate gardens before returning to our hotel where dinner will be served.

Day 4: Lake Windermere & Grasmere

Surrounded by mountains, peaks and villages, picturesque Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery as we take a steam boat across the lake to the pretty little town of Bowness. Here you’ll have time at leisure to explore and enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Our steam boat journey on the lake continues to the small town of Ambleside where we re-join our coach and drive to the quaint village of Grasmere. The town is famous for its association with William Wordsworth and we’ve included entrance to the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage, which was the poet’s first home in the Lake District, and where he wrote some of his most famous and best-loved works. There will be free time for you to explore before we return to our hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5: Home

After a leisurely breakfast it’s time to check out of the hotel and make your way home.

Please note: We cannot guarantee that all our rail journeys will be steam hauled.


    Make your own way to and from hotel

      Check in from 15.00
      Check out 10.00

North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith

Located on the edge of the historic market town of Penrith, the North Lakes Hotel & Spa is surrounded by delightful countryside. This cosy retreat has leisure facilities for you to enjoy including a heated indoor pool, spa pool, sauna and steam room. There is also a restaurant with an open-fire grill and a bar with lounge area. The contemporary rooms feature a small desk, armchair, flat screen TV, telephone and stylish en-suite.