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York, Windermere & Hadrian's Wall - 5 days map

Uncover the best of northern England on this 5-day escorted tour from Edinburgh. Visit fortified Berwick-upon-Tweed and the imposing Bamburgh Castle. Spend two nights in York with time to explore independently and cross the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Enjoy an included cruise on Lake Windermere, visit Grasmere and take in Hadrian's Wall, which once kept the Scottish clans out of the Roman Empire.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates
Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Bamburgh Castle - Enjoy an included visit to one of the largest inhabited castles in the United Kingdom
Yorkshire Dales - Take in this vast national park, filled with stunning scenery, wildlife and a rich cultural heritage
Windermere - Enjoy a 45-minute cruise on England's largest lake, soaking up the scenery of the Lake District
York - Spend two nights in this historic town, an important Roman settlement and also conquered by the Vikings and Normans
Castlerigg - See this 5,000-year-old stone circle, believed to have been the site for many ancient rituals and ceremonies
Hadrian's Wall - Follow in the footsteps of Roman centurions along this ancient wall which once protected the Roman Empire from Scottish tribes

Included

4 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Cruise on Lake Windermere
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
4 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Admission to Bamburgh Castle
Admission to Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum at Hadrian's Wall
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Berwick-upon-Tweed & Bamburgh Castle

Edinburgh - Berwick-upon-Tweed- Bamburgh Castle - York. We head south from Edinburgh, following the East Lothian coastline to the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, on the border between England and Scotland. Admire the fortifications before we continue to Bamburgh Castle, a 1,400-year old fortress standing over the Northumberland coastline. It's one of the largest inhabited castles in the UK. After our visit here, we continue to York, an ancient walled city known for its Roman and Viking history.

Please note: Check-in closes at 09:00 on day 1 (tour departs at 09:15) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

From 01 April 2025: Check-in closes at 08:45am on day 1 (tour departs at 09:00am) - Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

Accommodation: Bishop & Bison, Wheatlands, Greenside B&B or similar
Overnight: York

Day 2

York free time

Today you have a choice! You can spend the day independently roaming the city of York, home to a chequered history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and Normans. There are plenty of great museums and historic city walls to discover, as well as an array of cafes, bars and restaurants.

Alternatively, you can set out with our guide for a half-day trip across the North York Moors National Park. Visit Whitby and the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay before returning to York for the evening.

Accommodation: Bishop & Bison, Wheatlands, Greenside B&B or similar
Overnight: York  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The scenic Yorkshire Dales

York - Yorkshire Dales National Park - Keswick. Departing York and heading west, we journey into the vast expanse of the Yorkshire Dales, brimming with wildlife, excellent scenery and a rich cultural heritage. We also pass through the scenic Northern Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty and rolling hills. Our destination is the market town of Keswick in the Lake District, surrounded by shimmering lakes and rugged peaks.

Accommodation: The Edwardene, Elm Tree Lodge, Seven Oaks Guest House or similar
Overnight: Keswick  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Castlerigg, Windermere & Wordsworth

Keswick - Castlerigg - Windermere - Hawkshead - Grasmere - Keswick. On today's excursion, our first stop is the standing stone circle of Castelrigg. Dating back more than 5,000 years, it was believed to be the site of many strange and ancient rituals.

Our next visit is to Ullswater, one of the UK's prettiest lakes. We can enjoy a walk along the shore and take photos before reaching the Aira Force Waterfall, the most famous of the Lake District's cascades.

Heading over the Kirkstone Pass, we make a lunch stop at Windermere, on the shore of the UK's largest lake - there is time for an included lake cruise. We then head to Hawkshead, where renowned poet William Wordsworth went to school. After spending some time in this charming village, we navigate narrow country lanes to Grasmere, described by Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. You can visit his home at Dove Cottage and the Daffodil Garden before we return to Keswick for the evening.

Accommodation: The Edwardene, Elm Tree Lodge, Seven Oaks Guest House or similar
Overnight: Keswick  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Hadrian's Wall

Keswick - Hadrian's Wall - Edinburgh. Today we climb the Hartside Pass, enjoy unrivalled views of the Lake District and the rolling hills of Scotland from more than 1,900 feet. We then visit Hadrian's Wall, built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian to keep the marauding Scottish tribes out of the Roman Empire in 122 AD. Walk the same trails as Roman centurions many centuries ago and visit the Roman Army Museum.

We then cross into Scotland and stop for refreshments in Jedburgh, home to a magnificent ruined abbey. Our last stop is the viewpoint at Scott's View, from where you can gaze out over the River Tweed and Cheviot Hills, marking the border between England and Scotland. We then complete our drive to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, where our tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:00 - Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
22 Jul - 26 Jul 20% off G
R29,745
R23,796
R34,745
R27,796
12 Aug - 16 Aug 20% off
R29,745
R23,796
R34,745
R27,796
30 Sep - 04 Oct 20% off
R29,745
R23,796
R34,745
R27,796
14 Oct - 18 Oct 20% off
R29,015
R23,212
R34,005
R27,204
21 Oct - 25 Oct 20% off
R29,015
R23,212
R34,005
R27,204
28 Oct - 01 Nov 20% off
R29,015
R23,212
R34,005
R27,204
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
07 Apr - 11 Apr 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
14 Apr - 18 Apr 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
21 Apr - 25 Apr 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
28 Apr - 02 May 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
05 May - 09 May 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
12 May - 16 May 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
19 May - 23 May 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
26 May - 30 May 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
02 Jun - 06 Jun 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
09 Jun - 13 Jun 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
16 Jun - 20 Jun 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
23 Jun - 27 Jun 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
30 Jun - 04 Jul 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
07 Jul - 11 Jul 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
14 Jul - 18 Jul 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
21 Jul - 25 Jul 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
28 Jul - 01 Aug 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
04 Aug - 08 Aug 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
11 Aug - 15 Aug 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
18 Aug - 22 Aug 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
25 Aug - 29 Aug 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
01 Sep - 05 Sep 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
08 Sep - 12 Sep 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
15 Sep - 19 Sep 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
22 Sep - 26 Sep 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
29 Sep - 03 Oct 20% off
R32,175
R25,740
R38,135
R30,508
06 Oct - 10 Oct 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
13 Oct - 17 Oct 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
20 Oct - 24 Oct 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372
27 Oct - 31 Oct 20% off
R30,755
R24,604
R36,715
R29,372

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Bed & Breakfast, York

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Guesthouse

On this tour, you will stay in bed and breakfast properties (B&Bs). These are usually smaller residential properties, with just a handful of guest rooms. You’ll have a bedroom, bathroom and often, access to a communal dining room for breakfast. Rooms will always be clean and comfortable, with a private bathroom. Bathrooms are usually en-suite, but on rare occasions, access may be via a communal hallway. This means that the bathroom will still be private and only for your personal use, but it is not en-suite (located in the room). You will need to leave the room to use the bathroom.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
22 Jul - 26 Jul 20% off
R35,525
R28,420
R40,655
R32,524
12 Aug - 16 Aug 20% off
R35,525
R28,420
R40,655
R32,524
30 Sep - 04 Oct 20% off
R35,475
R28,380
R40,655
R32,524
14 Oct - 18 Oct 20% off
R34,745
R27,796
R39,915
R31,932
21 Oct - 25 Oct 20% off
R34,745
R27,796
R39,915
R31,932
28 Oct - 01 Nov 20% off
R34,745
R27,796
R39,915
R31,932
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
07 Apr - 11 Apr 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
14 Apr - 18 Apr 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
21 Apr - 25 Apr 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
28 Apr - 02 May 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
05 May - 09 May 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
12 May - 16 May 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
19 May - 23 May 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
26 May - 30 May 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
02 Jun - 06 Jun 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
09 Jun - 13 Jun 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
16 Jun - 20 Jun 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
23 Jun - 27 Jun 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
30 Jun - 04 Jul 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
07 Jul - 11 Jul 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
14 Jul - 18 Jul 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
21 Jul - 25 Jul 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
28 Jul - 01 Aug 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
04 Aug - 08 Aug 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
11 Aug - 15 Aug 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
18 Aug - 22 Aug 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
25 Aug - 29 Aug 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
01 Sep - 05 Sep 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
08 Sep - 12 Sep 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
15 Sep - 19 Sep 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
22 Sep - 26 Sep 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
29 Sep - 03 Oct 20% off
R38,405
R30,724
R46,975
R37,580
06 Oct - 10 Oct 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
13 Oct - 17 Oct 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
20 Oct - 24 Oct 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444
27 Oct - 31 Oct 20% off
R36,985
R29,588
R45,555
R36,444

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Edinburgh
Ends
Edinburgh
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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