Full-Day Private Luxury Tour Of The Northern Lake District

Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, Lake District, Windermere

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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Windermere
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The Northern Sights Tour is very popular as it affords the opportunity to see the beauty of the Skiddaw range of mountains whilst passing through the stunning scenery of the Central Lakes. You will see Neolithic structures dating back over 2000 years and what are considered the most beautiful of the lakes all in one day. We pride ourselves on customising all our tours to suit your personal requirements. We can spend more time, or less, at places so please use the itinerary as a framework for us to create the perfect day for you. Each tour includes one paid for experience as highlighted*

Although some guests actually want to see the Lakes at its wildest it can spoil it for others so, as "Pleasure first, Business second" is our mantra we, unlike most operators, will let you know in advance if we think the weather may be an issue to allow you to make an informed decision as to continue with your trip, arrange an alternative date or request a refund.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

We will skirt the western shores of the longest and most visited of the lakes as we head northwards towards Ambleside. A short detour to a raised point will allow you some spectacular views, and photo opportunities of Windermere before we continue onwards.

Pass By: Kirkstone Mountain Pass, England

We climb away from Windermere over the highest pass open to motor traffic in the Lakes. Kirkstone connects the Rothay Valley with Patterdale and was originally used for the movement of lead, copper and slate. You will stop at the top to take in the wonderful views before we descend towards Ullswater.

Stop At: Ullswater Lake, England

We arrive in Glenridding, the southern gateway to Ullswater, which some think is the most beautiful of all the lakes, and is very popular with water sport fanatics too. Here you will have the opportunity to see the Lakes from the water onboard the Ullswater Steamer; founded in 1855 it's original purpose was to transfer lead from the local mines to the east of the lake. Nowadays these wonderful boats give you taste of life on the water. Each tour includes one fee incurring experience* so if you don't wish to cruise on Ullswater you can choose Hill Top as your inclusive experience instead.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Aira Force Waterfall, Penrith CA11 0JS England

After passing the spot where Wordsworth was inspired to pen his famous “I wandered lonely as a cloud” you will disembark at Aira Force, a beautiful waterfall set under a Victorian bridge, where you can stretch your legs and shoot some artistic photographs.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castle Lane Underskiddaw, Keswick CA12 4RN England

Described as one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain the stones date back to around 3000BC. The beauty of these impressive Neolithic structures are emphasised by the stunning “picture perfect” backdrop of Helvellyn and surrounding hills.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Derwent Water House Keswick on Derwentwater Nbiughl, Keswick CA12 5RF England

Not the deepest or the longest but arguably the most beautiful Derwentwater is the quintessential Lakes' lake. This is probably why it's been used as the backdrop for so many Hollywood movies including The Dam busters, Swallows & Amazons, Without A Clue, Miss Potter and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Stop At: Surprise View, Borrowdale, Keswick England

The clues in the name so we wont spoil it with any more detail!!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ashness Bridge, Keswick England

What it doesnt have in size it makes up for in being probably the most photographed spot in the Lakes. If you've ever searched for images of the Lakes this will definitely have been there!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Borrowdale, Borrowdale, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Borrowdale has the dubious reputation as being the wettest place in England, which, if you know England’s weather, is some claim! On the way we’ll take a look at the Bowder Stone, an unusual tourist attraction which is often missed by visitors to the area.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Honister Slate Mine, Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN England

A fantastic photo opportunity awaits you as you reach the summit of Honister Pass, home to the famous Honister Mine; the centre of green slate mining but which today is used more by thrill seekers than miners. As we reach the summit we drive between artist Terry Hawkins slate statues to look down the valley towards a trio of Lakes.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Buttermere, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Lake District, Cumbria, England

My personal favourite; Buttermere is especially memorable for its photogenic qualities with the backdrop of Wainwright’s beloved Haystacks providing a photographer’s perfect shot. If the weather is kind you have the opportunity to walk along the shore path where you can really absorb the beauty of this lake and its surroundings.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Moss Force Waterfall, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA12 5TS England

The Newlands Pass allows us to admire Moss Force; an impressive waterfall favoured by the Romantic Poets and conveniently situated near to the roadside. The pass is our route to the most northern lake, Bassenthwaite.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bassenthwaite Lake, A66, Bassenthwaite, Keswick England

The only actual "Lake" in the Lake District, Bassenthwaite is often overlooked but is worth the visit if only to enjoy one of the fine eateries where you will enjoy lunch. It's also home to nesting Ospreys which, if you're lucky, you may be able to see as we travel along the shoreline

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Skiddaw, CA12 4PH England

The highest mountain at the northern end of the Lakes it sit's alongside Blencathra and is the last bastion before the land falls away to the Scottish border. It's an impressive sight and holds ghostly stories!

Pass By: Thirlmere, Keswick CA12, UK

Sitting below Helvellyn this lake is a major water source for the city of Manchester 96 miles away. A short stop here will allow you to see the Victorian workmanship which made this happen, as well as glorious views of the lake itself.

Stop At: Grasmere, Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

The home of the Lakes Poets. You will have the opportunity to see what inspired them, where Wordsworth lived, and was buried, plus sample some famous Grasmere Gingerbread in this quaint Lakeland village.

Duration: 20 minutes

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

The Langdale Valley presents stunning views of the highest peaks of the Lakes and, if you haven’t seen them already, you’ll definitely meet the famous Herdwick “Herdy” Sheep. Native to the Lakes they are known for their hardiness to the harsh weather and provide the opportunity for some very cute photographs!

Stop At: Hawkshead, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Originally a centre for wool trade Hawkshead is a typical Lakes village with strong connections to Wordsworth, who was schooled here, and Beatrix Potter who's husband was the local solicitor. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is housed in her husband's old office building and there are other interesting curiosity shops to peruse.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, Main St Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0LF England

Famous as the home of Beatrix Potter and the inspiration for many of her literary works, here you will have time to enjoy her beautiful house and gardens. Each tour includes one fee incurring experience*. So, you can choose either Hill Top as your inclusive experience or, if you would prefer, the Ullswater Steamer instead.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Claife Viewing Station, Claife Station Cottage Kemble Drive, Far Sawrey LA22 0LW England

Built to attract tourists in the late 1700s this is one of the remaining viewing stations where you have the opportunity to see Windermere as the first tourists did over 200 years ago via the “Picturesque” windows. You will then get to see Windermere from the water as we use the cable ferry to cross to the other side.

Duration: 15 minutes

  • Bottled water
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation
  • The Ullswater Steamer or Hill Top (Beatrix Potter's home) experience is included.
  • Snacks - A little surprise Lakes sourced treat is included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Umbrellas are provided if required
  • Entry/Admission - Ullswater Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

  • Lunch - we have a vast knowledge of eateries to suggest for you to suit all tastes.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • The use of masks is at the discretion of our guests
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
As you would expect from our Motto "Pleasure First, Business Second" you decide when and where you will be collected. Although out itineraries show as starting from Windermere we adapt the tours to commence from where we meet you We recommend a pick up time no later than 09.30am though to make sure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your tour. A pick up time around 08.30am is probably the ideal time as we pack a lot into your day!

Departure Time

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Full-Day Private Luxury Tour Of The Northern Lake District
2/2/2021 - 11/23/2023

Monday - Sunday : 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

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8 to 10 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

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