Our Thwaites hotel provides a fabulous base for this exploration of history and nature in Cheshire and The Wirral.
Day 1 Departing the local area, we travel across country to Cheltenham where we stop for free time for lunch. We continue to our hotel outside Knutsford with time to relax before our frst night’s dinner.
Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast, we make the very short journey into Knutsford, where you have some free time to explore ‘Cranford’, as this was the inspiration and setting of Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous book. At lunch time we move on to Tatton Park, where we explore the mansion, the working farm and the award-winning gardens.
Day 3 A day of discovery beginning at Anderton for a cruise including the famous boatlift, which was built in 1875 and provides a 50ft vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Then on to the Lion Salt Works, a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. You will discover how the salt works operated and the impact of salt on mid-Cheshire’s people, economy and landscape.
Day 4 A morning in Chester is followed by a visit to the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral Peninsula overlooking the Dee Estuary. Find a collection of some 15,000 plants many of which were brought from early expeditions to China, the Himalayas, Tibet and Burma.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel south with suitable refreshment stops along the way, back to the local area where we are met by our taxis and transferred home.
Situated outside the historic town of Knutsford, our four-star hotel is a stylish and comfortable base. The leisure facilities include expansive indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.