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Review: Lake District

Escorted Tour - Coach

12 East, Dunfermline, Scotland, KY12 7JG, United Kingdom

Turkey and Tinsel

  • By SilverTraveller jocap

    1 review

  • Nov 2012
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Not having had a holiday this year, due to an accident, we were delighted to accept this short break from Silver Travel. We'd heard much about the Turkey and Tinsel breaks, and now it was our chance to go on one….. We opted to drive to Kendal, our destination, as we'd have had to travel a long way to pick up the coach, whereas the destination is only an hour away. We were warmly welcomed by Kevin, the manager of the County Hotel, in the late afternoon, but told that everything was running late because the coach was having to make a special journey due to 2 groups of people being combined. That meant that some of the travellers from Kent were on the coach for 12 hours, so there was a little grumbling when they finally arrived-via Manchester-for dinner at 7.30. This was a good meal, but people were so tired that there was little chatting in the bar afterwards. We met the brilliant tour director, Stuart, who made everyone feel at home, but it was an early night for most. The next morning was Christmas Day….appropriate music was played, and Stuart was dragged in late, wearing a child's pyjamas, and cuddling his stuffed toy – this was the beginning of interplay between Kevin and Stuart. The trip out was to Hawkshead and Bowness on Windermere, with a running commentary all the way. Beautiful views, and lovely venues, but the chilly, dampish weather meant searching for cafes and pubs. In the evening, Santa came, during a first rate Christmas dinner – all the staff in fancy dress, and Christmas music being played. There was a really excellent choice of sweets tonight, with Christmas pud being very popular. This was followed by entertainment from a good musician, who was kept busy until after 11pm. Boxing Day was a tour to Kirby Lonsdale. Some of us went to other places – we went shopping in Kendal, and visited Lakeland Plastics in Windermere village.

The County Hotel is next to a busy road, and across from the Railway Station. An old coaching inn, it suffered from no outdoor space, and was quite noisy at night, but inside it was warm and well decorated. The staff were helpful and cheery; the food was well-cooked and usually quite good. The problem was the cold….not in the hotel or coach, but tours meant having a couple of hours in Lakeland villages which were partly shut after the season. The worst was Bowness, where we all wandered around in near freezing weather for 2 1/2 hours…..with only small shops to visit. A few went on boat trips across the steel grey lake, but the rest of us trailed in and out of charity shops- we ended up in a pub, and returned to the coach early, with our charity shop books, for a good read. In fact, the coach left early as everyone had returned, relieved to be out of the cold. We didn't stay for the full time, as we'd had 2 interesting days, good food, and some entertaining moments. Instead, we spent a day coming slowly home, stopping for brief times in various places, and enjoying the snow capped mountain views.

Thank you, Silver Travel, for this opportunity, which was a new and novel experience for us.

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  • Riversiderouge
    about 4 years ago
    Great news! The Lake District has been declared a World Heritage Site. Not before time say I.