Excursion C: The Lakeland Arts and Crafts Tour
We will explore the Lake District to discover the legacy of the artists, craftsmen and architects who lead what was to become known as “The Arts and Crafts Movement”.
"The Lakes scenery really begins at the South of Lancaster but stupid herds of modern tourists let themselves be emptied like coals of a sack at Windermere” – John Ruskin
Your tour follows the route of the 19th Century tourist to Coniston Water, where across the lake, you will see nestled on the eastern shore Brantwood, the home and estate of John Ruskin (1819-1900), the enigmatic art critic, writer and social reformer.
There will be a stop for coffee at the beachside Bluebird Cafe where public toilets are available. You will have some free time (approximately 1 hour ) to enjoy the views or take a guided walk along the edge of the lake.
On reboarding the coach, you continue through the scenic Yew Tree Valley, with panoramic views of the Langdale Pikes, to Rydal. Here, where we stay for just under 2 hours, you will have the opportunity to explore the pretty church to see the stain glass designed by Henry Holiday and explore the newly restored gardens designed by Thomas Mawson for the Le Fleming family. Packed Lunches can be provided on request. Alternatively, lunch may be purchased at Rydal Hall or at a nearby Pub. The Walkers’ Cafe is situated by Rydal Falls.
In the afternoon, we visit Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House, designed by H. Bailey Scott. There will be an introductory talk followed by plenty of time to explore the house and browse it exhibitions or just lie back, enjoy the view a take refreshments.