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Literary Lakes & Dales

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Literary Lakes & Dales

7 Days

The stunning English countryside stretching south from the Scottish border is an area of outstanding beauty dotted with picturesque small towns, historic buildings and unspoilt natural features.

The glacial lakes and rugged fell mountains of the Lake District and the windswept moors, valleys and villages of the Yorkshire Dales have long been a source of inspiration to authors and literary figures that chose to live and work there. This programme visits the best-loved places associated with these writers combined with outstanding experiences and luxury accommodation.



Dream Escape’s Literary Lakes programme could include the following experiences;

  • Visit tranquil Lake Ullswater, It was on these banks that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were walking in 1802 when they came across a “host of golden daffodils”, thus inspiring his best known poem.


  • Take an orientation tour of  places frequented by the “Lake Poets” and their leader, William Wordsworth. Visit the Grammar School attended by Wordsworth and ‘Hill Top’ the farmhouse owned by Beatrix Potter, and where she penned many of her famous stories about Peter Rabbit.


  • Visit Castle Cottage, Beatrix Potter’s marital home.  By very special arrangement, gain access to this private property as you welcomed and guided by,the custodial guardian providing insight into Beatrix’s life. Conclude with a delicious afternoon tea served on the lawn.


  • Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Dove Cottage, one of the first homes of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and see some very rare books and manuscripts associated with the Lake Poets.


  • Stroll through the quaint streets of Ambleside and see the iconic Bridge House, a tiny structure that stands on an arched bridge over a river.


  • Take an exclusive guided tour of impressive Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s home until his death in 1850.  Relax in the poet’s library with some famous Grasmere gingerbread, soaking up the ambience as the words of the poet are read.


  • Browse the stores and streets of Windermere, ‘Capital of the Lake District’.
  • Walk with a traditional Lakeland pack pony to hidden corners of the Lake District following part of an ancient packhorse route through meadows, woodlands and fells.


  • Board a steamship for a cruise on lake Windermere. See why this area appealed so much to Arthur Ransome who based many of the locations for “Swallows and Amazons” here, including the fabled Wild Cat Island.


  • Explore Haworth, the village where the Bronte Sisters grew up. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum which portrays the life of the sisters whose novels have become such an important part of English literature.


  • Take a ride on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, known for its role in the original film version of “The Railway Children”, the celebrated novel written by Edith Nesbit.


  • Visit the ruined farmhouse near Haworth said to have been the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Explore Brontë Waterfalls and Brontë Bridge, widely thought to be the sisters’ favourite places to admire the peaceful countryside.


  • Embark on a wonderful, hands-on experience as you don a pair of wellington boots and head out to fields to meet the area’s most populous resident, the numerous herds of sheep. Learn how to gather wool and try your hand at weaving in a working mill to create a fantastic souvenir to take home with you.


On this literary journey we suggest the following stays;

A luxury boutique hotel in an idyllic Lake District setting overlooking Lake Windermere and a stunning, contemporary holiday house created from a 17th-century barn situated at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.



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From the pier in Windermere board a steamship for a short cruise on the lake. As you travel around the lake, see why this area appealed so much to Arthur Ransome who based many of the locations for “Swallows and Amazons” here, including the fabled Wild Cat Island


Follow in the footsteps of literary greats with visits to charming towns and historic homes, all of which boast impressive literary connections. Visit Hill Top cottage to see where Beatrix Potter penned many of her famous works, or visit Dove Cottage which is now a quaint museum packed full of memorabilia linked to William Wordsworth, its former resident.


The ruined farmhouse, Top Withens, sitting alone, high on the moors is generally believed to have inspired the eponymous farmhouse in Wuthering Heights. To get there, take walk from the Brontë Waterfalls and the Brontë Bridge that is widely thought to be one of the sisters’ favourite places to admire the peaceful but often bleak countryside


Haworth Parsonage is where the Brontë Sisters grew up with their father during the 19th century. Their inspirational home has now been turned into a museum; Brontë Parsonage Museum and holds the world’s largest collection of Brontë manuscripts, furniture and personal possessions. There is a vivid portrayal of the life and works of the three sisters whose novels have become such an important part of the cannon of English literature. Highlights include some of the sisters’ childhood treasures, such as the ‘little books’ they wrote together and poems written by Emily. Perhaps the most interesting room in the parsonage is the dining room, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote most.  You can still see the table, complete with inkblots and a small carved letter E, where the sisters wrote their masterpieces, respectively Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.



It was on the banks of Ullswater by Gowbarrow that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were walking in 1802 when they came across a “host of golden daffodils”, thus inspiring his best known poem.



Tarn Hows are one of the best-loved beauty spots in all England. These small, tranquil lakes offer an ideal setting for a short hike



The Lake District is considered by many to be amongst the most picturesque areas in all of England. Renowned English poet William Wordsworth said of the Lake District that there is “nowhere in so narrow a compass with such a variety of the sublime and beautiful”. In 2017 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, the first of the UK’s national parks to be given this. It is the area’s combination of breath-taking natural landscape alongside its cultural links to art and literature that makes it so unique, and indeed, so worthy of preserving.


The Yorkshire Dales National Park is home to some of Yorkshire’s most iconic scenery and attractions. With spectacular limestone valleys, picturesque villages and historic castles, it is a place that stirs the emotions and stimulates the senses of every visitor. The National Park was established in 1954 and covers an area of 680 square miles, straddling the central Pennines.


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