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June 21-27. Pictures will be put online asap.

After arrival in Kingston-upon-Hull with the overnight ferry, we crossed Britain into North West England. We made a first stop at Marsden Moor Estate (NT), a large expanse of moorland situated in the Pennines, to learn from its Rangers why the estate has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Travelling further through Lancashire we visited two Grade 1 listed Tudor NT houses, Rufford Old Hall and Gawthorpe Hall, which probably owe their survival to the industrialization of the area. Lancashire emerged as a major commercial and industrial region during the Industrial Revolution. By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in this region.

The Lake District National Park, where we spent most of our time, is England’s largest National Park. It is known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and it has been the inspiration of a number of Britain’s literary and artistic geniuses. In particular, we learned about the lives of William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott. The Lakes, as it is sometimes called, is a popular tourist destination today but it was also so in the Victorian era and we recaptured some of the pleasures that they found in the region.

The cost for two people sharing a room was €1,225 which included the overnight ferry crossing with dinner, breakfast and outside cabin accommodation; 6 days luxury coach transport; 5 nights hotel accommodation including two dinners in the Riverside Hotel, Kendal; a buffet supper and private cruise on board the Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston Water; a three-course dinner in a gastronomic pub, the George & Dragon at Clifton.