Wondering what a typical group trip might look like when traveling with the Kenyon Exeter Program? Below is a sample itinerary of a five day tour of the Lake District.
We have a few scheduled trips while in the Lake District, but mostly you are on your own. If you want to have use of the coach, then plan ahead and organize a trip to the head of a trail, to a lake, to a museum, etc. Then just arrange with the driver to take you there. There are various steamboats available for tours of Lake Windermere (11 miles long). Inquire at the tourist office in Ambleside for prices and times. Some leave from Waterhead (where the youth hostel is located).
7:45 a.m. Coach arrives at Queen's Building car park. We will leave at 8 a.m. Make sure that you arrive on time. If you have a tendency to sleep through clock and other alarms, make sure that someone wakes you and escorts you to the coach.
The usual number of rest stops along the way, no doubt.
Around 3 p.m. We will arrive in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Walk around a bit. We are scheduled to take a group tour of the Brontë Parsonage Museum at 3:30.
We will have a bit of time to tour around the West Yorkshire moors before arriving in Ambleside in the evening for a fashionably late dinner. You may want to pack some food (and water) for the coach trip.
9:30 a.m. Meet at youth hostel coach park for bus ride up to Castlerigg Stone Circle (even better than Stonehenge), up Sciddaw, along Ullswater, Aira Force, and Kirkstone Pass. This will take 3-4 hours (but will give you a sense of the Lake District geography and how to orient yourself). Then you will be dropped off in Grasmere, where you can visit Dove Cottage/Wordsworth Museum (open daily 9:30-5), explore Grasmere, walk to Rydal Mount (Wordsworth's later home, open daily 9:30-5). See Walking Tour #7 (5 ½ miles - about 3 hours). This includes a walk to Loughrigg Terrace, one of Dorothy Wordsworth's favorite walks. Rydal is 1 ½ miles north of Ambleside. Grasmere is 3 miles north. There are buses that you can take back from Grasmere.
You are on your own. Professors Carson and Laycock will probably try walk #10 (7 miles) up in Borrowdale. You are welcome to join us. If we all wanted to go on this walk we could take the coach to the head of the trail, take the walk (about 3 ½ hours), then take a coach tour to visit Buttermere.
9:30 a.m. Meet at youth hostel coach park for ride to Wast Water and various mountain passes (about 2 hours) and then to Coniston, where we will take a ride on the National Trust-operated Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water. This hour-long trip stops at Brantwood, home of John Ruskin (open daily 11-5:30).
This might be a good afternoon to visit various Beatrix Potter shrines in the Coniston area (for those of you who want to revisit your youth): in Hawkshead (Beatrix Potter Gallery on Main Street); in Near Sawry (Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, open daily (except Thursday and Friday) 11-4:30. Always crowded. In Bowness (south of Windermere, but actually part of Windermere): The World of Beatrix Potter (10:00-6:30 daily). To get to Bowness, you can take the ferry across Lake Windermere. You could arrange for the coach driver to take you around to these various places (following car tour #7).
OR you could take a walk with me and Jim to the Langdale pikes (Walk #17--8 miles, about 4 hours). We can have the coach driver drop us off at the head of the trail (in Dungeon Ghyll) or we can catch a bus from Coniston to Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll.
OR you could find something else to do.
Return to Exeter via the Peak District. Coach leaves at 9 a.m. from youth hostel. We will stop at Chatsworth House and have a walk through the house and gardens. We will arrive back in Exeter early evening.