Windermere & Grasmere
Windermere, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of GALAVA at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials. We will visit and travel through Bowness-on-Windermere – Lakeland’s most popular holiday resort – and an excellent centre for boating activities, with over 10,000 boats registered. Until March 2005 Windermere was the only lake without a speed limit, but a 10 mph limit has now been imposed. We then travel on north to Grasmere, probably Cumbria’s most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth (1770-1850) spending much of his life there. Today Grasmere is totally given over to the tourist industry, with plenty of gift shops, and places to eat and stay. Most of the buildings date from the 19th or early 20th Century, though the farms around Grasmere are much older. The Church dates from the 13th Century and it is only a short walk to the lake, which provides superb views.
Lake Windermere Cruise
Starting from Haverthwaite, enjoy a 90 minute circular cruise around the south of Lake Windermere with fantastic views across the wooded shoreline and distant Lakeland fells.
Skipton on Market Day
Enjoy a traditional English Market set in the heart of Skipton. Our excursion takes place on a day where Skipton Market is in full swing, with a range of stalls as well as local bars, restaurants and cafes.