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DAY 7 (BB) - Breakfast followed by a mid-morning departure from Harrogate and the Old Swan Hotel. Again dependant on where to live, you have the opportunity to plan your route home to take in some local sights or attractions en-route.
DAY 1 (HB) - Check-in at the 4 Star Riverside Hotel in Kendal is after 3pm so the day is at leisure for you to plan and enjoy depending on where you are travelling from in the UK. After check-in why not spend a little time in the hotels leisure club which includes a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym and exercise studio. Alternately just enjoy a welcome cup or tea or coffee in the comfort of your room or take a short stroll into the town. A welcome dinner is arranged in the hotel tonight where you can meet your fellow travellers.
DAY 2 (HB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure to explore the Lake District.
OR - Enjoy a drive via the popular resort town of Windermere and Lake Windermere, the largest lake in Europe. The vibrant town of Ambleside on the north shore of Windemere is surrounded by magnificent Lakeland Felland from here you'll head south to the town of Conistion and Coniston Water, former home of Beatrix Potter and where Donald Campbell died trying to break the water speed record in 1967. Don't miss the Black Bull Inn, a 400 year old coaching inn and home to the Coniston Brewing Company, makers of ‘Bluebird Bitter’, CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1998. From Coniston our route takes us out to the Furness peninsula, an area heavily influenced firstly by the monks of Furness Abbey and later by steel manufacturing and ship building, this route passes a number of associated attractions and also some wonderful coastal scenery. We return via the market town of Ulvaston, Newby Bridge and Bowness-on-Windermere, a sprawling tourist town on the shore of Lake Windermere and probably Cumbria’s most popular destination due the town’s delightful setting. Return to the hotel is in plenty of time to relax and freshen up ready for dinner - Mileage approx 80 miles
DAY 3 (HB) - After a leisurely breakfast, again you can enjoy a leisurely day in the Lake District.
OR - You can take a spectacular drive passing through Windermere and Ambleside en route to Keswick. Situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, Keswick has become the major centre for tourism in the north lakes. This pretty market town offer a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around lake Derwentwater. We then move on to Ullswater, the second largest lake at 7.5 miles long. on average 3/4 mile wide and with a maximum depth of 205 feet at Howtown. It has three distinct bends giving it a dog’s leg appearance. The village of Pooley Bridge is at the northern end, Glenridding at the southern end, with Howtown about halfway down. Ullswater is clear but deep, and in the deepest part lives a curious fish called the skelly, a sort of freshwater herring. We return to Kendal and the hotel via Gelnridding and the Kirkstone Pass, again with plenty of time to relax and freshen up before dinner - Mileage approx. 70 miles
DAY 4 (HB) - Kendal to Harrogate - Departing Kendal and the Lake District after breakfast, today you'll make the short journey across the M6 into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our suggested route takes you on the A684 via Sedbergh, Garsdale, Hawes, Bainbridge, Aysgarth and Swinthwaite before heading south through Nidderdale. Rightly proud of its place within the Dales, Nidderdale is for many the favourite Dale. It truly deserves its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its stunning moorland scenery and tapestry of lush green meadows. Check-in at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate is after 3pm so you have the opportunity to take in some local sights or attractions en-route. After check-in at the hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the hotels facilities and maybe have a drink in the bar before dinner (*£25 Per Person Dining Credit included each Night in the Porterhouse Restaurant).
DAY 5 (HB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Harrogate
OR - Join your fellow driving enthusiasts on a spectacular drive through the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Our suggested routing today takes you to Bolton Abbey then following the B6160 via Grassington, Kettlewell and Ougthtershaw to Hawes in Wensleydale. Here you can visit the Wensleydale Creamery & visitor centre and enjoy a 'Taste of Yorkshire' in their 1897 Coffee Shop or lunch in Calvert's Restaurant with stunning views over the Dales. From here you can take a drive on one of Britain's Top Driving Roads, Buttertubs Pass, from Hawes to Muker in Swaledale. The Buttertubs Pass is a 6 mile stretch of road, described by motoring guru Jeremy Clarkson as ‘England’s only truly spectacular road’. Driving Buttertubs is a ‘must do’ if you’re on a Dales roadtrip. There’s no denying it’s a special drive, though we’d describe it more as scenic than truly spectacular, as it winds its way along the pass given its name by the 20 metre deep limestone pot holes in the area. Return to Harrogate and the hotel late afternoon with dinner included at the hotel (*£25 Per Person Dining Credit included each Night in the Porterhouse Restaurant).
DAY 6 (HB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Harrogate
OR - Our suggested routing today takes you south west to the market town of Otley. For fans of the TV soap Emmerdale, Otley is better known as Hotten. Emmerdale was orginally filmed in the quaint village of Arncliffe in the valley of Littondale, however in 1976 it was moved to the village of Esholt, just 6 miles south of Otley. Nowadays, the interior scenes are filmed in a studio in Leeds, while the exteriors are shot on a purpose-built set on the Harewood estate. From Otley you'll follow the A65 via the spa town of Ilkley to Settle, a wonderful, bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales market town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale and home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The town is full of quality independent shops, cafés, inns and restaurants and is an ideal place for a lunch stop before via Helwith Bridge, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and selside to the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before returning to Harrogate and the hotel late afternoon with dinner included at the hotel (*£25 Per Person Dining Credit included each Night in the Porterhouse Restaurant).