Summer Tour to the Southern Lake District: 7-11th August 2016
The Southern Lakes, with Kendal as a base, proved an excellent choice for 2016 summer tour. Day trips included: Blackwell, Arts and Crafts house by Voysey, overlooking Windermere; Holker Hall, home of the Cavendish family, with Lucy Cavendish in attendance and garden looking very colourful; and Cartmel Priory with its odd shaped tower and centuries of history, all elaborated for us by experienced guides.
We had a boat trip to Ambleside at the northern end of Lake Windermere and a steam train ride at the southern end, before visiting the new Lakeland Museum that holds a Donald Campbell exhibition. The Quaker Tapestry museum was a revelation, with Hertford Meeting House depicted on one panel; the Church of St Mary in Kendal with its FIVE aisles; ruins of Kendal Castle, home of Katherine Parr’s family and the church of St Oswald in Grasmere with its open timber framed internal roof were all unique.

Tatton Park on day one and Charlecote Park, day five, made good watering holes during the journeys.

Thanks are due to the tour company and Education Sub-Committee for arranging.
Sue King