Knitting in the Northern Borders
May 21-31, 2019
$3200, not including airfare.
With Heather Radl
Join us in early summer for a yarn-infused tour of northern England and Scotland. Rowan Tree Travel is headed to an area of the United Kingdom not well known to most Americans, but rich in history, beautiful landscape, and wool-related endeavors. The itinerary spans the northern “borders” with explorations in The Scottish Borders region, crossing the England/Scotland border, a visit at Hadrian’s wall (the northernmost border of Roman civilization) and then further travel through the iconic northern landscapes of The Lake District, Northumberland, and Yorkshire, England. We’ll visit the homes of shepherds, lords and tycoons. We’ll examine yarns that range from rustic and rough, to luxury. It’s going to be a unique, fascinating journey. For registration materials, or to ask a question, please contact us.
Cost of Trip Includes
9 nights of accommodation in 3 & 4 star Inns and Hotels
9 Breakfasts, 5 dinners and 1 Afternoon Tea
All Entrance fees
2 Knitting Workshops
UK Airport transfers and Private mini-coach
but does not include
Soda, alcoholic drinks and personal items
Wednesday, May 22nd
Upon arrival in Scotland, we’ll travel south to Kelso, into the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.Kelso, with its beautiful square and abbey, has lots of shops, cafes, and pubs to explore. Relax and recover from your international flight with a wander, then come back, find a comfy spot, knit, and watch the river flow by!
Thursday, May 23rd
Meet the Makers
We're hosting a mini-festival of Scottish Borders artisans at Ednam House. Later we'll visit nearby Jedburgh Abbey, Floors Castle and a local fiber mill.
Friday, May 24th
Today we cross the border into England’s best kept secret – Northumberland. We'll experience its rich agricultural heritage, sandy beaches, and fortifications. Dinner at a fabulous tree-house restaurant tops off the day.
Saturday, May 25th
Industry & Innovation
Creativity isn’t just for artisans! We're visiting Cragside, an estate full of
wondrous inventions, gardens and architecture. Next, we'll spend time at Fine Fettle Fibers, home of a beautifully curated collection of British yarns.
Sunday, May 26th
Onward to the Lakes District
Traveling west toward the Lakes District, we will get a chance to visit Hadrian’s Wall. We'll view ongoing excavations and the recreation of one of its guard towers. The day also includes a visit at The Wool Clip and our arrival at the luxurious Lindeth Howe hotel (formerly a country house owned by Beatrix Potter’s mother).
Monday, May 27th
Enjoying the Lakes District
Our day in the Lake District includes time on the water, a visit to Brantwood House (the remarkable home of Arts & Crafts Movement philosopher and designer, John Ruskin) and a lunch with outstanding views at the Terrace Café.
Tuesday, May 28th
Beatrix Potter DayThis day is dedicated to Beatrix Potter. We’ll visit both Castle Cottage, her home, and Hill Top. We’ll learn about the indomitable spirit with which she made a living for herself at a time when women’s lives were
carefully restricted by Victorian mores. We’ll also hear about her groundbreaking efforts to preserve the Lake District’s pastoral character and its native sheep breed, the Herdwick.
Wednesday, May 29th
Refocus on fiber! Northwest Yorkshire offers a rich variety of wool-related activities. Stay tuned as we build the day’s program and post it between now and next summer’s trip.
Thursday, May 30th
A Grand Castle
Our trip’s grand finale: Carlton Towers! Here we will have afternoon tea, a knitting workshop with a local designer, and a spectacular dinner. Enjoy the luxury of being ladies of the Castle
Friday, May 31st
Good bye, everyone! We're off to the airport for our flights back to the US.