Good evening, everyone.
I'm in the process of putting together a rail itinerary for 9 days in England, during which I'd like to visit London, Bath, York & Chester, and take trains through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District. We would be travelling in the fall or spring and would have Britrail England passes (so can sort of travel at our leisure, within reason).
We don't mind up to three hours of travel per day - I know this sounds crazy, but I was initially planning to take a series of group tours, and I am sure that would include lots of driving, and would probably be considerably less comfortable (not to mention more expensive). Here's my itinerary - please let me know if we should stop anywhere along the way or make alterations:
Weds: Leave Toronto
Thurs: AM flight into Heathrow, train to Bath, all day Bath (overnight Bath)
Fri: All morning Bath, early afternoon train to Derby via Bristol (overnight Derby)
Sat: Late afternoon train to York via Sheffield & Manchester (this goes through the Peak District via the Hope Valley Line) (overnight York)
Sun: All day York (overnight York)
Mon: Late AM train to Carlisle via Leeds (travelling on the Settle-Carlisle line, which goes through the Yorkshire Dales) (overnight Carlisle)
Tues: Late AM train to Chester via Manchester (this looks like it sort of goes through the Lake District, and I can't find a train trip any closer in to the District) (overnight Chester)
Weds: All day Chester, late afternoon/early evening train to London (overnight London)
Thurs: London (overnight London)
Fri: London (overnight London)
Sat: Fly home in mid-morning
My husband has little interest in 'visiting a city', which explains the lack of time in London. While in London, we will probably be primarily visiting the British Museum and National Gallery, and I plan to take the No. 15 bus to see the sights.
Any ideas of what we should do in our overnight cities, such as Derby and Carlisle? Any other thoughts in general are very much appreciated.
Thanks so much!