Ambleside, Keswick and Ullswater: A Lake District Self-Guided Driving Tour

Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere

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  • 150 to 180 minutes
  • Windermere
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Are you looking for a way to see Lake District without joining a tour group? Explore at your own pace with this affordable audio tour.

• Find out why two million sheep now inhabit the Cumbria landscape and why King Dunmail’s ghostly warriors try to reawaken him every year
• Hear from producer Martin Wilson, a local whose passion for the area and its history led him to create Lake District Drives
• Do it all in 150 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish
• Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it
• Use the virtual tour option at home

Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code.

The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Lake District, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This self-guided driving tour takes you into the heart of the Lake District. You'll hear about the many towns and villages that you pass along the way and learn the history of the area.

Pass By: Ambleside, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This Lake District driving tour from Ambleside, through the heart of the region to Keswick and back via Ullswater and Kirkstone Pass.

Pass By: Rydal, Rydal, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The tour passes through Rydal on the way to Rydal Mount & Gardens.

Pass By: Rydal Mount & Gardens, A591, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LU England

The tour passes by Rydal Mount & Gardens, the former home of famous poet William Wordsworth.

Pass By: Rydal Water, A591, Rydal, Ambleside England

The tour follows part of Rydal Water as you drive through the countryside.

Pass By: Lake Grasmere, Grasmere England

The tour passes by Grasmere lake which you'll see as you drive through the countryside.

Pass By: Wordsworth Grasmere, Town End, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SH, UK

The tour passes by Wordsworth's former home in Grasmere. You'll hear more about the famous poet while you drive.

Pass By: Grasmere, Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The tour passes through Grasmere. You'll hear about the town while you drive.

Pass By: Dunmail Raise, Ambleside LA22 9RS, UK

The goes over Dunmail Raise where you'll hear the story of King Dunmail and the legend of the ghostly warriors who, every year, try to reawaken their fallen king.

Pass By: Wythburn Church, Keswick CA12 4TP, UK

The tour passes by Wythburn Church, one of the few remaining buildings from the original village.

Pass By: Thirlmere, Thirlmere, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The tour passes through Thirlmere where you'll see Thirlmere reservoir. You’ll also hear about the controversy surrounding Thirlmere lake, which was dammed to become a reservoir for growing industrial cities like Manchester.

Pass By: Legburthwaite, Keswick CA12 4TQ, UK

The tour passes by Legburthwaite where you can relax, picnic and see the lake.

Pass By: Lake District National Park, Oxenholme Road Murley Moss, Kendal LA9 4LF England

The tour passes through sections of the Lake District National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

Pass By: Keswick, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The tour passes through Keswick. You'll hear about the town as you drive.

Pass By: Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castle Lane Underskiddaw, Keswick CA12 4RN England

The tour passes by Castlerigg Stone Circle which was established by Neolithic farming communities over 4,500 years ago.

Pass By: Keswick Climbing Wall & Outdoor Activity Centre, Goosewell Farm, Keswick CA12 4RN England

The tour passes by Keswick climbing wall and outdoor activity centre. You'll hear about the activity centre while you drive.

Pass By: Ullswater Lake, England

The tour passes by Ullswater Lake. You'll see the lake and hear about it while you drive.

Pass By: Glenridding, Glenridding, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The tour passes through the village of Glenridding. You'll hear about the village while you drive.

Pass By: Brothers Water, Penrith CA11 0NZ, UK

The tour passes by Brothers Water. You'll hear about the lake while you drive.

Pass By: Kirkstone Pass, Windermere LA22 9LQ, UK

The tour passes through Kirkstone Pass. You'll hear about the tell-tale geographic signs that glaciers encompassed this landscape during the last ice age

  • Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
  • VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Smarphone and headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitizer with them to ensure their own protection and the protection of others.
Departure Point

Rydal Road Car Park, 1-3 Rydal Rd, Ambleside LA22 9AN, UK

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 3/16/2022 - 8/11/2023

Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


150 to 180 minutes

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Terri B

07 Jul, 2022

This tour was an amazing way to see the Lake District. It took you to spectacular places and gave you a rundown on that place. The day we took the tour it was raining so it was very helpful to be guided along every road and turn point. I would highly recommend this tour.


30 Jun, 2022

Bought this yesterday and did the tour. Was very good. Lovely drive around the lakes and saw a few places we would not have seen. 😁


10 Jun, 2022

This guided tour is an absolute MUST if you want to get the most out of this wonderful area. Martin's unparalled local knowledge combined with the astonishing GPS driven app allowed us to confidently venture up and down some of the most challenging and off the beaten track roads I have ever driven on. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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