Historic Carlisle: Hadrian’s Wall & The Solway Firth

Staying at The Crown Hotel, Wetheral

4 DAYS | 25th August 2020

The ‘great border city’ of Carlisle is a vibrant place with 2,000 years of fascinating history. There is culture galore at the collection of museums, galleries and theatres. We also pay a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall; stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, the famous landmark was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire from the wilds of Scotland, and the remains of the forts, towers, and towns that once kept watch can still be seen. We also head to Solway Firth an area of Outstanding National Beauty. A step back in time with its own unique identity, this is the lesser explored yet breathtakingly beautiful part of Cumbria that has a rich and fascinating history.

Our base for the tour is The Crown Hotel, Wetheral. It boasts leisure facilities, the award winning Conservatory Restaurant, and Walton’s Bar and gardens that overlook the Pennines and the River Eden. All bedrooms are elegantly decorated and feature en suite bathroom, TV and WiFi. The hotel does not have a lift.

This morning we head to Carlisle calling for coffee en route. Aiming to arrive late morning you will have the remainder of the day to explore the Castle, Tullie Museum and Cathedral, are all brilliant destinations, or simply take a long leisurely lunch. There are also many options for a spot of retail therapy, the choice is yours! Late afternoon we take the short journey to Wetheral and our hotel.

Our adventure today takes us to Silloth on the coast of the Solway Firth, calling at the informative Visitors Centre. We then continue along the coastal route to the town of Maryport where we will have time for lunch; why not head to one of the many restaurants or partake in a traditional fish and chip supper? Taking the scenic route we then make our way back to our hotel.

Today we meet Tom Keating, our excellent blue badge guide who will take us on a tour of Hadrian’s Wall. There are many fascinating sites along the wall, and our day will include a visit to the famous Chesters Fort, making coffee and lunch stops as we go.

This morning we head for home, with part of our journey via the Settle to Carlisle Railway. We embark on one of the most scenic and impressive railway journeys in the UK, with viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines, the Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales just outside the carriage window. We alight the train in Settle where we will have time for lunch before we continue south. Making a quick comfort stop en route we aim to arrive early evening.

Tour includes: 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, entrance to Silloth Visitors Centre, Chester Fort, guide for tour of Hadrian’s Wall and single train ticket from Carlisle to Settle.
£420.00 per person sharing twin/double
£60.00 single room supplement
£26.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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