Coniston and The Langdale Valley - Morning Half Day Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Windermere

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  • 4 hours
  • Windermere
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


• Tarn Hows surrounded by mountains with birdsong in the trees, regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District.
• Coniston Water with spectacular views of the lake and Coniston Old Man.
• Brantwood, the famous house once owned by John Ruskin with spectacular views over Coniston Water to the Old Man.
• Coniston village, a bustling Lake District gem nestling between the tranquil lake and the looming fells.
• Great Langdale the spectacular U-shaped valley surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
• Little Langdale the secluded valley with Neolithic, Viking, Medieval and smuggling connections.

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Stop At: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ England

Your morning starts with a scenic drive through typical Lakeland countryside to "one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District", Tarn Hows. You would never guess that the scene before you is a man-made, stunning beauty spot. In Victorian times, a beck was dammed, creating the tarn you see today, while the Hows are the surrounding small, wooded hills. In 1929, Beatrix Potter bought this area as part of the vast Monk Coniston Estate and later left it all to the National Trust so that the farms and breathtaking countryside were preserved. You will have an opportunity to stop here and admire the view looking over to the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes, which form the backdrop to this spectacular corner of the Lake District.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Coniston Water, Coniston England

As we descend back down from the Tarn, the surrounding countryside opens up before us, dropping away from the road down the rolling hills towards the Yewdale Valley. Plunging into a wooded, mossy dell, we emerge back onto the main road at Monk Coniston sitting on the northern tip of Coniston Water. Pausing here, at the very edge of the lake for you to soak up the atmosphere and tranquillity, we then meander along the shore, climbing up to beautiful Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

Stop At: Brantwood Brantwood East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD England

We linger at Brantwood long enough for you to take in the panoramic vista of the lake, overshadowed by Coniston Old Man opposite. Brantwood is the perfect spot for photos across the lake. Down below the house, a path snakes through a garden to the lakeshore jetty where you can walk out onto the lake for more amazing photo opportunities.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Little Langdale Valley, Little Langdale England

Looking across the lake, you will see the village of Coniston crouched at the foot of the fells. This is our next location and on arrival, your guide will take you on a short walking tour around the village pointing out all of the interesting features along the way. There is plenty of time to see the village and experience the local character of the area.

Moving on up the Yewdale Valley,you will see Yew Tree Farm, famous as a location in the film "Miss Potter". A little further on, beautiful Yew Tree Tarn in Yewdale is dominated by a stately clump of ancient yews and is set right next to the road. Like Tarn Hows, it is man-made by the landowner, James Marshall, who dammed Yewdale Beck at the southern end in the 1930's, and then stocked the tarn with trout.

We now leave this lowland area and head up into the fells and some staggering, sweeping scenery. Little Langdale is a hamlet of a few scattered stone houses and a pub in the Little Langdale valley. These few cottages and farms are separated by the Lingmoor Fells from Great Langdale and so we must take a narrow, twisting road up high onto the fells which looks down on some of the most breathtaking views in the Lake District.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Blea Tarn, Little Langdale England

We pass by Blea Tarn, still on the narrow road which climbs steeply and turns backwards and forwards unfolding the scenery before us.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Little Langdale Valley, Little Langdale England

Over each summit in the road, new vistas unfold for us with spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. From below, they appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are precipitous only on their southern side; to the north, the land sweeps gently to High Raise, the parent peak of the range. The Pikes themselves include (from west to east) Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. The only way to really appreciate this place is to see it in front of you, for yourself. However, as we move through the valley, there will be photo stops along the way.

The road now turns as we pass Great Langdale which is known to archaeologists as the source of a particular type of Neolithic polished stone axe head, created on the slopes of the Pike of Stickle and traded all over prehistoric Great Britain and Europe. Great Langdale is a huge U-shaped valley formed by glaciers which opens up to us as we descend back down from the fells. The valley also contains two villages, Chapel Stile and Elterwater, and as the road passes close by, we get a glimpse of the nearby lake through the trees. The mouth of the valley itself is located at Skelwith Bridge and as we pass through the village, we follow the meandering river Brathay back into Ambleside where we began our adventure.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This is one of our pickup points

Pass By: Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This is one of our pickup points

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

This is one of our pickup points

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

A lovely village

Stop At: The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Church Cottage, Grasmere LA22 9SW England

Taste those biscuits

Duration: 5 minutes

  • All entrance fees for locations on the itinerary are included
  • Relaxed and friendly small-group tour of no more than 7 guests
  • Professional Guides share their expertise of all the fascinating facts and stories in English
  • Departure and return to convenient, centrally located meeting points
  • Comfortable minivans with air-conditioning, WiFi and charging points for most mobile devices
  • Regular photo / comfort stops

  • Food & drink
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather
  • As there is a little walking involved on the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Children under the age of 5 can travel on this tour but we do not recommend it
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • We will collect you from the departure point linked to your chosen option. Please do not change to a different departure point without informing us in advance as we don't automatically go to every departure point. If we don't know you have changed your departure point we may not pick you up for the tour!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

1: Windermere LA23, UK
2: Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23, UK
3: Ambleside LA22, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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4 hours

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User's Reviews


08 Jul, 2022

We enjoyed seeing beautiful areas we could not have driven to ourselves, and meeting our 2 companions on the tour. We liked listening to our knowledable guide, Tim, and even stopping for gingerbread (Grasmere)!

Karen L

08 Mar, 2022

We were a party of 3 friends , having a weekend break in The Lake District. We made a last minute booking for the half day tour to Coniston & The Langdales. The tour started in Bowness on Sunday Morning 6th March , our driver Phil arrived early and was very friendly. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. The tour was most enjoyable and our driver was knowledgeable and informative . I would recommend the tour as it was a very enjoyable morning. We got to take some lovely photographs of the landscape which we wouldn’t have been able to access if we hadn’t opted to go on the tour. We had a lovely walk around Tarn How and towards the end of the tour we stopped at The Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere . We bought some of the gingerbread which enjoyed later with coffee and it was delicious . Thanks Phil for making our tour interesting and enjoyable.

Janice T

07 Sep, 2021

We had a great time on this tour today. Learned tons of interesting facts about the area and its famous residents, stopped at several beauty spots for pictures, and had a nice walk through the Langdale area. I'm so glad that Tim was our guide for access to these incredible places and plenty of time to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. On the practical side, Tim arrived at our starting point promptly, he explained the Covid prevention procedures, he checked to ensure we'd be comfortable with the walk and he returned us to our destination on schedule. Tim showed a genuine interest in talking wirh us and told some entertaining tales. I would definitely seek him out again fir another guided tour.


02 Jun, 2019

This was our second half-day tour with English Lake District Tours, and it was as memorable as the first. There were a number of extraordinary moments of encounter with the landscapes, starting with Tarn How and the views of Coniston Water from Ruskin's home, Brantwood, then climaxing with the views of Brea Tarn and the Greater Langdale glacial valleys. Tim had four people to guide on this particular tour, and he was constantly solicitous of individual interests, allowing the ladies to spend time conversing with two water-colorists sitting by Brea Tarn, and allowing others of us to linger over the beautiful gardens at Brantwood. Tim negotiated the narrow, twisting roads with ease, and the size of the van and the small group made it feel like we were on a charmingly intimate private excursion. Even as he personalized the experience, he got us back at the end of the tour right on time.

Olga M

29 Apr, 2019

The tour was absolutely fabulous. The guides, Gilian and Tim, are so friendly and encyclopaedic in their knowledge of the Lake District history, literature, poetry, art, and science... Gillian is a connoisseur of John Ruskin, William Wordsworth, and even William Turner, and Tim has even revealed the scientifically proven mystery of the Castlerigg Stone Circle! The tour is fabulously scenic and informative, and has made my day!

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