A FANTASTIC DAY OUT OVER THE STEEPEST MOUNTAIN PASSES IN ENGLAND AND SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERY IN LAKELAND-
A Day to visit the wilder, more remote but most beautiful scenery; to learn about it’s stone walls, about sheep, of how the Lake District was formed; of Roman, Saxon, Viking and Norman occupations; to visit a Roman Fort , a wonderful castle and many other attractions.
In the footsteps of Roman legions and travellers over the centuries, our day begins on the traditional route through the Langdale Valleys and climbing the wild terrain of Wrynose Pass. This breathtaking mountain road takes us west beside the cascading crystal clear waters of the Duddon River before the thrilling ascent of Hardknott Pass – England’s steepest road.
High on the fells we step back in time to explore the Roman Ruins of Hardknott Fort, one of the most impressively situated defences in Europe dating back to the Roman Emperor Hadrian from 1900 years ago. Following the fort we have the opportunity to ride through the Eskdale Valley on the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature train and thrill to the sound and smell of a real steam locomotive. ( fare about £3.00 ). Wasdale is our next destination with it’s lake Wastwater – England’s deepest lake and it’s famous screes soaring to 2000ft from the water’s edge into the mists above and overlooked by Sca Fell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
We travel on our way still heading west towards the coast and passing through the little village of Gosforth we take a look at the Norman cross where it has stood for the last 1000 years.
We travel south along the coast and make our way to historic Muncaster Castle where entrance to the castle ground is free.This is the jewel in the crown of Western Lakeland. It’s location, above the River Esk affords stunning views of the valley and Sca Fell.Here we stop for lunch and enjoy the fabulous gardens. Indeed John Ruskin decribed the scene as “the gatewayto heaven” The World Owl Trust is here and there is the opportunity to view some of the rarest and most exotic species of owls. Most afternoons on the castle lawns the owls and other birds of prey are displayed in flight and the work of the trust is explained.
If you wish to enter the castle itself then you will see furniture of great antiquity and collections of rare porcelain and silver and the lovliest tapestries. Be careful here the tapestry room is haunted and some people say they can sense an “eerie presence” so do not go alone!!!
Our return back to Windermere takes us over Corney Fell with views of the Irish Sea and if clear the Isle of Man. We end our tour with a comfort stop and a stroll along the northern shores of Coniston Water. A Magical end to an enthralling day.
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