Explore the highlights of the Lake District’s impressive mountain passes, valleys, lakes and splendid waterfalls. A ten lakes tour including a cruise on picturesque Derwent Water. No mountain range more dramatically impressive than which lies in the Honister Valley; no lakes fairer than Ullswater, Derwent Water and Buttermere. This comprehensive tour allows plenty of photo opportunities for the keen photographer and short strolls to take in the pure mountain air and the smell of the countryside.
We start off by taking the route through the manificent Kirkstone Pass – the highest road in the lake District – through Troutbeck valley and along the shores of Brothers Water and Ullswater where we alight from the minibus and take a short walk down to the beach to see the lake before us in all it’s glory.
We continue north to pass through Keswick and into the Borrowdale Valley where we stop at Surprise View voted the most beautiful view in all England – it is almost impossible to take it all in. After we leave here we will stop and explore the river that flows under Ashness Bridge another of the most visited places in the Lake District. We now take our lunch stop in the market town of Keswick with so much to see in the time allocated. Our next stop is the thrilling adventure of your boat ride on Derwent Water and a stroll through the fields back to join the minibus, after which you continue on your tour through some of the most dramatic mountainous regions of volcanic origins from millions of years ago. We travel through the Borrowdale Valley up and over Honister Pass with views from the top down into the breathtaking Honister Valley below. For those wishing to take the opportunity there is a toilet/comfort stop in the Borrowdale Valley. We stop in Honister Valley to take in the scenic views and to take photos on the banks of the River Derwent. We proceed through the valley until we come upon one of the least unspoiled and remote lakes on the tour – Buttermere. Truly one of the loveliest spots on the entire tour. Slowly we make our way along the shore line overlooking the lake below and with views of the forest and waterfalls on the opposite side. We manage to view, in part, another of the remote and unspoiled lakes Crummock Water before negotiating the narrow uphill road through Newlands Pass to Moss Force Waterfall at the top where we once again leave our minibus to take photos of the waterfall and surrounding views of the mountains and Valleys. Next stop is Castle Rigg Stone circle, a testimony to mans presence in the area 4500 years ago. Older but smaller than Stonehenge this is the second most visited Stone Circle in the UK and in much more beautiful surroundings and some say the highlight of the tour. From here we make our way back along the shores of Thirlmere, a fresh water reservoir which is the fith largest lake in the Lake District. We stop briefly at Dove Cottage the once home of poet William Wordsworth for a photo stop and if time a look in the gift shop if open. On completion we ride along the shores of Rydal Water through the market town of Ambleside and the famous Little Bridge House, arriving back in Windermere at around 1745. For those catching a train we will drop them at the train station and everyone else back at their hotel B & B. All this makes for a memorable day out.
Departs Windermere at 10.00am
Returns to Windermere at 1745 approx via Ambleside
Adults £37 .00
Children under 12 years old including infants : £27 .00
Available Ist March to 31st October
Pickup Locations and Timing
Pick Up times for this tour are as follows:-
For pick ups in Bowness 0925 – 0935
For Pick ups in Windermere 0940 – 0950
For Pick Ups in Ambleside 1010 – 1020