Easter in Yorkshire & the Peak District

Easter in Yorkshire & the Peak District

A 4 say Easter break staying at the stunning 4 star Hellaby Hall Hotel


A 4 say Easter break staying at the stunning 4 star Hellaby Hall Hotel

Derwent Valley Reservoir

During the Second World War the reservoir was used by pilots of the 617 Squadron for practising the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the "Dam Busters" raids), due to its similarity to the German dams. Today there is a commemorative plaque to 617 Squadron on the dam, and one of the towers on the dam houses the Derwent Valley Museum. The exhibition tells the tale of Squadron 617 and its training for Operation Chastise and also has a display on the history of the Derwent valley and the lost villages of Derwent and Ashopton.


Castleton is an outstandingly pretty village situated at the head of the lovely Vale of Hope, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, and is surrounded on 3 sides by steep hills and the mighty bulk of Mam Tor looms high, 2 miles to the north west of the village. On a hill, overlooking Castleton, is the ancient Peveril Castle.

Castleton has 4 underground show caves, all worth a visit, for their own interesting features. These are Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern. Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff contain the treasured, pretty blue and yellow fluorspar called Blue John. It was first mined at Treak Cliff and by 1770, 16 mines were extracting the stone and selling it to several firms in Derbyshire who turned it into ornaments, vases, clocks and jewellry. Blue John is only found in this area of Britain, and small pieces of the mineral are still plentiful, large pieces are now rare.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall was built in 1590-9 for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, also known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’. Built by Robert Smythson, Hardwick is one of the greatest of all Elizabethan houses. Huge grids of glass are used to great effect in this rectangular, turreted building, leading observers to rhyme ‘Hardwick Hall, more window than wall’. Each tower is crowned with a balustrade incorporating an ‘E.S.’ motif (for Elizabeth Shrewsbury), and each of the 3 main storeys has a ceiling higher than the one below. Hardwick boasts arguably the most spectacular Elizabethan interiors in England, with plasterwork by Abraham Smith, overmantels by Thomas Accres, and a classical screen by William Griffin, all dating from the 1590s. Hardwick was transferred to the National Trust from Bess’s descendants, the Dukes of Devonshire, in 1959.

Uniquely among Elizabethan houses, Hardwick retains the textures of its original decoration - huge Flemish tapestries, Persian table-carpets, painted wall-hangings, coloured plaster friezes, inlaid furniture, rows of original portraits, and the finest collection of 16th and early 17th century needlework in the world. Many can still be identified in the detailed inventory that Bess had compiled in 1601.



Crich Tramway Museum

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District this award-winning museum takes you on a mile-long scenic journey through a period street to open countryside with panoramic views over the Derwent Valley. Enjoy unlimited vintage tram rides, and explore 30,000 sq ft of indoor attractions. The Exhibition Hall houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in Britain. Step back in time along the recreated period street where you won't have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram. Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms façade which came to Crich after a tragic fire. The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke and was re-built brick by brick. Also look out for the street furniture which is dotted along the street, including the Bundy Clock at Town End Terminus and The Exhibition Hall windows which were rescued from the Doncaster tram depot. There are lots of places to visit on the Tramway Street such as Rita’s Tearoom, The Red Lion Pub and the Poulson Room, Barnett’s old fashioned sweetshop, Scothern and Williamson gift shop, the Eagle Press and Bluebells Ice Cream Parlour and refreshments.


Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for visitors. Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake. In the 19th century a cook at the Rutland Arms was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created - now almost every visitor to the town samples this culinary delight.



Friday 19th April

Morning departure from Penrith as we head to Richmond for coffee and then continue south to Harrogate. Time at leisure for lunch before we complete our journey to Rotherham and the Hellaby Hall Hotel. We settle in and meals commence with dinner in the hotel.


Saturday 20th April

This morning we head via the Ladybower reservoir, famous as the practice area for the wartime dambusters squadron, on our way to Castleton, home of the Blue John Stone and known as the 'Gem of the Peaks'. Our final visit today is spectacular Hardwick Hall. Built by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury in the 16th century, the hall has survived almost unchanged. It houses some of the finest 16th & 17th century tapestries, there are walled courtyards with orchards and a herb garden. The surrounding parkland offers pleasant walks and superb views of the countryside. Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Sunday 21st April

This morning we head to the Derbyshire village of Crich. Here we visit the superb National Tramway Museum. The authentic village scene transports you back in time with cobbled streets and the gentle rumble of passing trams. The Tramway Street hosts many period features such as shops, ice cream parlour, tea rooms and more. Catch a lovingly restored tram for a ride down the street and out into the Derbyshire countryside. We return to Hellaby Hall via the picturesque market town of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District, the town is of course home to the famous Bakewell Pudding, or is it a tart? Find out on a visit to the original shop in the village centre, Dinner in the hotel.

B, D

Monday 22nd April 4

A leisurely breakfast before we travel north to York, time at leisure in this fascinating walled city that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its many attractions include the huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, the City Walls, famous 'Shambles' shopping streets and many museums. We leave mid afternoon for the journey home to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Hellaby Hall Hotel

Hellaby Hall Hotel Rotherham in South Yorkshire offers guests an extraordinary combination of historical architecture and modern facilities within a great location. This 17th Century manor house has been sensitively converted to a striking 4 star hotel set amongst picturesque gardens, within easy reach of Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster, making it the perfect destination for business or leisure.

The hotel offer 89 bedrooms, including a luxurious four poster suite, deluxe rooms and executive rooms. The majority or bedrooms are located in the relatively modern extension which was completed in 1995 where as the main house has just a small number of beautiful traditional bedrooms. Room facilities include: Flat screen TV with movie channels, ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making tray, hairdryer, en-suite bathroom.

Visitors can relax in the elegant surroundings of The Carnelly Restaurant, bar and lounge overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens.

Hotel guests can enjoy full use of our Bodyscene Leisure Club including 20m swimming pool, two superbly equipped gyms, steam room and spa pool. Hellaby Health Spa is a tranquil haven where guests can relax in the spa and indulge in a beauty treatment.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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