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Knitting in the Northern Borders- Fiber Lover Travel!

Join Kid Ewe Knot and Rowan Tree Travel

for a jaunt through Merry Old England!

September 12-22, 2021

We will visit farms, manor homes and castles, walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and the Brontë Sisters, and cruise the beautiful Lake Windermere as we knit our way through Yorkshire, The Lakes District, Northumberland and The Scottish Borders!
Farm-to-table dinners, beautiful gardens, workshops in both knitting and wet-felting, and visits to woolen mills and fiber cooperatives round out our activities as we get to know these wonderful regions.

Tour Price
$3400 per person (sharing)⎪$3900 pp (private single occupancy room)

What's Included:
9 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star inns, hotels and even a castle!
An average of two meals per day (Breakfast is provided each morning; prepare to purchase either dinner or lunch based on the day’s scheduled activities)
All entrance fees and workshops
Airport transfers and private mini-coach

To Register
A Registration Form and $680 deposit are required to join the trip. Once you submit your online registration we will tentatively hold a spot for you. An invoice for the deposit will be emailed to you, payable online with a credit or debit card, which you will need to pay within 24 hours of receipt. Once your deposit is received your spot is secure.
Balance Payment Schedule:
2nd payment (half of balance) due 6 months before departure; final payment due 3 months before departure.

Knitting in the Northern Borders Snippet Itinerary

Monday, September 13
Welcome to England!
You will arrive in London and we will head north,stopping off at Bletchley Park to see where the code breakers worked tirelessly during World War II before continuing on to Holdsworth House for our evening repast.

Tuesday, September 14

village of Haworth
From Manor Home to Castle! This morning we will be transported back in time to the lovely town of Haworth, home of the Brontë Sisters. We will have a relaxing morning exploring cobbled streets and touring their parsonage. From there we will head to Augill Castle, where we will have a simple intarsia knitting workshop in grand style! The subject of our intarsia will be a local sheep breed - of course! - and Alice Underwood will be on hand to tell us all about the local breeds that the Rare Breed Survival Trust is saving from extinction.

augill castle

Wednesday & Thursday, September 15 & 16
The Lake District is beckoning… Over the next couple of days we will enjoy the pleasures of this remarkable region. From a tour of Beatrix Potter’s home and farm to time to enjoy the lakes themselves. A cruise down Lake Windermere, anyone? Or how about some up close time with those adorable Herdwick sheep that dot the hills? They were Beatrix Potter’s favorites, you know. These two nights we will be lucky enough to stay in a lovely inn that was home to Beatrix Potter’s mother and its whimsical modern interiors are a lovely testament to Beatrix’s memory.

Friday to Sunday, September 17 - 19

angora goat
Northumberland, here we come! This oft overlooked section of England is one of our favorites, and there is a lot of fiber craft going on here! A visit to Whistlebare farm to see their Angora goats and Wensleydale sheep, and a wet-felting workshop with Anna Turnbull are just some of the fiber delights. And then there are the castles and gardens! This heavily disputed area over the centuries has certainly left us spoiled for choice, and this is the best area that we have found for combining amazing castles with gorgeous beaches.

Monday & Tuesday, September 20 & 21

By Iain Lees, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Our last two nights will be in the Borders of Scotland on the bank of The River Tweed at Ednam House Hotel. Romantic Abbey Ruins and a tour of a Jacobite manor home will provide the historic backdrop for our visit. Fiber exploration continues with a visit to The Border Mill, producer of some wonderful alpaca blend yarns

Wednesday, September 22
Homeward Bound from Edinburgh!

Important Details to keep in mind

This trip needs at least 14 participants in order to proceed. Deposits will be refunded in the event that the tour does not operate due to lack of participants.
Travel Insurance
Rowan Tree Travel has purchased a Group Protection Plan on behalf of all participants. The Group Protection Plan may not apply to participants who are not US Citizens. Please inquire for details.
Arranging Your Flights
Once our tour is guaranteed with the minimum number of travelers we will notify all registrants so you can begin making travel arrangements. You may purchase your flight reservations on your own or work with our booking agent, Vivienne, at Crystal Travel. She can assist in identifying the best itinerary for your needs, coordinating with other participants, and for ticket purchase, seat selection and upgrades.Contact her at 1 (617) 327‐2700 or at vivienne@crystal‐
Our tours include transportation to and from the airport for group arrivals/departures. In order to meet us for those airport transfers, we will give everyone an arrival and departure window to facilitate all of our travelers arriving and departing in close proximity. Flight itineraries outside the provided arrival and departure windows will likely result in extra transportation costs and possibly missing scheduled tour activities. For this reason we greatly appreciate your cooperation in booking reservations that accommodate our arrival and departure specifications. These time windows will be provided to travelers once the trip is guaranteed.
Please note the following:
Rowan Tree Travel reserves the right to alter any part of this itinerary in order to address weather conditions, unforeseen circumstance or to improve the participant experience.
Our trips are categorized as touring (moderate activity), walking (very active), or retreating (relaxing). We would describe this trip as touring.

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