We will explore pre-historic cave dwellings in Derbyshire and see fascinating Bronze Age constructions in Cambridgeshire, before ending this period with a visit to an Iron Age hill fort with its spectacular views across Leicestershire and its neighbouring counties. Two nights will be spent in a wonderful hotel on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray.
In 43AD the Romans arrived in the country and the way of life began to change. We will take a scenic journey, stopping at points of interest on the way, to the truly lovely city of Chester to learn about the impact of Rome and life in Roman Britain. Two nights will be spent in Chester, meaning that you will have time to explore other aspects of this beautiful city.
The Dark Ages
As the Roman rule ended in 410, England entered the Dark Ages. The area that we are journeying through became known as Mercia and was variously fought over and held by both the Saxons and Vikings. We start this period with a visit to the fabulous Staffordshire Hoard, a collection of hundreds of pieces of beautiful Saxon gold and silver metalwork. Moving on, we stop at Tamworth which was once the capital of the ancient Saxon kingdom of Mercia. We head towards our next destination, Lincoln, stopping to visit Repton which became, briefly, the home of the Great Army of the Vikings.
Norman and Medieval Britain
William of Normandy’s invasion in 1066 marked the beginning of the Norman Period and left his mark on the country in many ways, including the building of large numbers of castles and cathedrals. We will visit Lincoln Castle and the beautiful Cathedral set high on what is locally known as the ‘Lincolnshire Edge’ or the ‘Cliff’. Lincoln Castle is home to one of the original copies of the Magna Carta. We will learn about the beginnings of democracy when King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta in Runnymede in 1215.
Two nights will be spent in Lincoln so that you have time to explore this delightful and compact small city.
The start of the Tudor Period
The Wars of the Roses climaxed in 1485 when Richard 3rd, the last Plantagenet King was killed and Henry’s victory began the Tudor Period. The remains of Richard 3rd were recently discovered in Leicestershire so we will visit the battle field at Bosworth to learn what it would have been like when Richard and his army marched across the country to meet with Henry’s army in that fatal battle. We will finish our journey with a visit to Leicester, now known as Richard 3rd’s Leicester.
Our last night of Week 1 will be spent back at our hotel in Melton Mowbray.
You may choose to end your Journey with us here, remain with us for Week 2 or join us just for the second week.
2016 Journey dates
Choose from an English spring time journey in June when the countryside is lush, or an Autumn journey with its glorious red and golden colours.
June 2016 – Booking now closed
Week 1 Saturday 11th June to Friday 17th June – Week 2 Saturday 18th June to Friday 24th June
Week 1 Saturday 1st October to Friday 7th October – Week 2 Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October