Nearly 300 years ago Daniel Defoe (of Robinson
Crusoe fame) published "a tour thro' the Whole Island of Great
Britain". In it he commented that the area we now call the Lake
District in Cumbria was "the wildest, most barren and frightful
of any that I have passed over in England - or even Wales
itself". Since then it has attracted travellers of all sorts,
from all parts - poets, painters, philosophers and ordinary
people, fascinated by this wild grandeur, some to live there
permanently, and some, like ourselves, just to
Cumbria is easily accessible from Northern Ireland with no
need for an early morning departure. Our itinerary is designed
to let you enjoy to the full that 'wild grandeur' with a boat
trip on Ullswater and a drive over the spectacular Kirkstone
Pass. We also experience the 'tame' beauty where men and women
have left their marks, when we visit the 'Arts and Crafts'
house at Blackwell overlooking Lake Windermere and Leven's
Hall, a fine Elizabethan manor house near Kendal, famous for
its very cultivated topiary gardens.
Finally on the last day of the tour we take a particularly
scenic route along the famed A686 towards the Cumbrian/Durham
border for a spectacular view out over the Solway Firth, which
divides the Lake District from Scotland.
Keswick, our base for this tour is a typical Lake District
town, set on a lakeshore in the shadow of a mountain (in this
case Skiddaw), from which our town centre hotel takes its name.
The Skiddaw Hotel is located in the town square and combines
the traditional décor and friendly welcome of a family
run hotel with modern facilities and efficient service. There
is a restaurant, lounge bar and all 43 en-suite bedrooms have
satellite TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee