a 4 day tour of the very north of England
varied and dramatic scenery in a land filled with ruined abbeys and castles. A dream for a photographer and/or a historian. Including the lake district, Northumberland, The Yorkshire Dales, and a day along the Scottish side of the border.
The haunts of artists and writers, wild and rugged landscape, lakes and fells, forests and fishing villages.
Day 1: Washington Old hall, Arbeia (roman fort) Tynemouth priory and castle, Warwkworth, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh castles, Lindisfarne (Holy island), Etal castle, Flodden. Overnight at Berwick, Etal or Lindisfarne.
Day 2. the scottish border. Overnight Keswick Cockermouth or Maryport.
Day 3 The lake district, maryport museum, castlerigg stone circle, ashness bridge and jetty, kewsick, Derwentwater, surprise view, honister pass, Hardknott pass (weather and season permitting) wrynose pass, Hawkshead, dove cottage. overnight keswick, Ullswater, Orton or Ingelton
Day 4 Hadriand wall (end Durham or Newcastle) OR the Yorkshire dales: Dent, Hawes, Aysgarth, Bolton castle, Middleham castle, Thirsk, Helmsley York (finish York)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your Hotel, or railway station/airport
End location: End location, York (or can be a circular tour back to Durham,/Newcastle, replacing the Yorkshire Dales day with Hadrians wall
Duration: 4 days
Renault Scenic. This has 4 seats (in addition to mine) and space for 4 medium-large suitcases (I have a roofbox in addition to the in car storage)
Guiding and transport throughout including pick up at railway station/hotel/airport. Soft drinks are available in the car. Wi-fi is available in the car on request.
Photographic tuition (landscape and fine art especially) I can lend tripod (please ask in advance).
Meals, accommodation and entrance fees.
On this itinerary a National trust (England) visitors pass, an English heritage overseas visitors pass and a Historic Scotland borders 3 day explorer pass will reduce the cost of admissions to the large number of historic sites we will visit.
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This was an awe-inspiring tour for my husband and I with Keith as our guide. Absent our enthusiastic guide, we would not have seen as much as we did - from the glorious and significantly historical sites to the spectacular scenery of Northumberland, the Scottish Border, etc. and with no crowds too! Keith was a passionate historian, very knowledgeable and informative and very charming. Thank you Keith for the fantastic tour. It was one of the best we've ever had. We highly recommend Keith as a guide.