01670 519 952 / email@example.com (North East)
01372 610 000 / firstname.lastname@example.org (South)
Depart local pick up points this morning and travel by luxury coach.
Enjoy free time to explore the local area, we depart for home approximately 17:00.
High up in the North Pennines, Alston claims to be the highest market settlement in England, being about 1000 feet above sea level. It is also remote, about 20 miles from the nearest town. From every direction Alston is approached over a broad, heather-clad Pennine landscape which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set on the upper reaches of the River South Tyne, it lies within the Eden district of Cumbria.
Alston has a steep cobbled main street with a distinctive market cross, and many stone buildings dating from the 17th Century. Next to the entrance to the Church, is a building dated 1681. The Angel pub to its left is dated 1611, and the white building left of the pub is dated 1687. It is a bustling town, with a reputation for delicious locally made specialities such as Cumberland Mustard, and Alston Cheese.
Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. The attractive town is the hub of the Eden Valley. It is now an important shopping centre, with a good mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades. Leading off Penrith’s main streets are many old yard entrances with interesting inscriptions on the lintels.
Now a large town acting as a regional centre for the eastern Lake District, Penrith lies just outside the National Park. Previously its position on the strategic route to and from Scotland resulted, since Roman times, in its development as a military centre.
Penrith has a rich history. It was in the 9th and 10th centuries that the town became the capital of Cumbria – a semi-dependent state which, until 1070 AD formed part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde. The two oldest streets, Burrowgate and Sandgate, date from the 13th Century.
This lovely lake is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery to its south, softening to the gentle hills of the north. The lake is the second largest in England at seven and a half miles long, but is less than a mile across. It is also the third deepest English lake at 250 feet deep.
There are dramatic views from both sides of the lake, by foot or by vehicle.
Morpeth: Bus Station - 07:15
Pegswood: Opposite Cookswell Garage - 07:20
Pegswood: Train Station Bus Stop - 07:23
Ashington: Sports Direct - 07:30
Ashington: The Elephant Pub - 07:35
Stakeford: Morpeth Road, Half Moon Bus Stop - 07:40
Stakeford: Opposite The Cherry Tree Pub - 07:43
Guidepost: The Square Bus Stop - 07:45
Choppington: Opposite The Travellers Rest - 07:48
Bedlington: Market Square Bus Stop - 07:55
Blyth: Library Bus Stop - 08:10
Cramlington: Manor Walks, near Sainsburys - 08:30
Pickup Points for this tour are:
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