The Royals, double-decker buses and red telephone booths are all Great Britain. But so is the steep winding Kirkstone Pass. The breathtaking Lake Ullswater. The grand historic Bolton Castle. They're as much Great Britain as the Tower of London (and much less crowded). Visit for yourself—find your Great Britain.
1 Following morning tea in the magnificent Lowther Castle grounds, set out for a scenic spin through emerald pastures and sun-dappled forests Ullswater, formed by a glacier after the last Ice Age, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the United Kingdom Climb famous Kirkstone Pass for staggering mountain vistas.
2 Take in views of vast blue Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells on this morning's ride Discover a traditional farm with Shire horses, dairy cows and other animals Lunch offers a farm to table dining experience including freshly made ice cream for dessert.
3 Pedal through the bucolic sheep-dotted countryside, with its ancient drystone walls and gentle hills Stop at a local artists retreat where our good friend Janet Benefield hosts a lovely private lunch Journey through the tranquil Rusland Valley to the shores of Lake Windermere.
4 Indulge in fish-and-chips in the bustling market town of Hawes, in the heart of the renowned Yorkshire Dales Visit 600-year-old Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned Pedal quiet country roads amid breathtaking rural beauty, verdant hills and picturesque villages.
5-6 Cycle through the misty Yorkshire moorland, savoring glorious sweeping views of the Nidderdale Pause to explore historic villages and the captivating ruins of Fountains Abbey.