North England – Lake District #adeoontheroad
Happy New Year everyone!
Entering the year recharged and ready to welcome you in Britain, we are reminiscing our latest trip to North England in November last year, where we followed part of the itinerary of one of our small group tours – England’s Rustic Charm. Taking part in the trip we had six of the team (see picture) – we love it in the Winter when we can get away from our desks to do some travelling of our own! The aim of these familiarisation trips is to check on the quality of the products we provide and to gain even more knowledge about destinations and attractions that we offer. But we must admit, we had loads of fun too!
Starting with a train journey from Cardiff to Windermere, we were collected by our driver guides Duncan and Mark at the rail station and taken on a scenic drive through the breath-taking Lake District. You may know them from our Facebook post as they are two of our most trusted driver guides with whom we maintain a close relationship. Taking us and you, dear guests, safely off the beaten track, through narrow country lanes, steep roads and places most drivers wouldn’t take you, we’ve seen many, many breath-taking vistas along the way that we certainly wouldn’t have found ourselves!
The Lake District, or just “The Lakes”, is one of the country’s most treasured National Parks, have inspired artists and poets alike, including Beatrix Potter, J.M.W. Turner or and William Wordsworth, and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Tucked in to the valleys of Cumbria, the landscape is wild and unspoilt, ranging from towering peaks to tranquil lakes, with dozens of quaint and picturesque Lakeland towns and villages waiting to be explored, including Bowness-on-Windermere, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Keswick.
Our whistle stop tour of the region took us to the shores of the largest lake in England, Lake Windermere. Stretching for 10.5 miles long (just over 18 km) with the deepest point at 219 feet (66.7 m), the lake is a destination on its own with opportunities to take boat rides on the peaceful waters in individual rowing boats, modern cruisers or even traditional steamer boats. We enjoyed stunning views of the lake from the windows of the Low Wood bay Hotel, one of the stunning Lakeside properties that we work with.
Before it got dark, we made it to Blea Tarn high up in the hills. Surprised by strong wind (see our photo on top), which almost swept us off our feet, we were even more astonished by the brilliant mountain views of the Langdale Pikes and other surrounding peaks, and the peaceful tarn of Blea (absolutely deserted on this bleak November evening as the sun was setting behind the hills). Tempted to walk the gentle out-and-back trail, we only admired the views and took some great photos, cautious of the weather and evening coming in.
By evening we made our way back to the warm welcome of one of our preferred Lake District hotels, the at Lindeth Howe Hotel. The adeo team were joined by Mark, Duncan and some other members of team of one of our touring partners in the area. We enjoyed a beautiful evening meal and much conversation around our small group tours. We are confident our dear guests will enjoy themselves being looked after by such a wonderful team of driver-guides and enjoying all the benefits of a small group tour which include logistical advantages such as greater group interaction, swifter check-in at attractions and the ability to stay in quainter overnight lodging (much like the hotel in which we found ourselves that evening). After a fabulous three-course meal (and a glass of wine or two) we retire to the homely rooms with super comfy beds to recharge for the trip ahead!
More to come from our trip as we traversed the Yorkshire Dales to York next week!
February 7, 2024