Private Tour: 8 Lakes and magnificent scenery - Afternoon tour

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, Lake District, Windermere
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  • 4 hours
  • Windermere
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  • Cancellable

Overview

• Lake Windermere, views of the largest lake in the lake district.
• Kirkstone Pass
• Brothers Water
• Patterdale
• Glenridding
• Ullswater
• Glencoyne
• Scenic drive along the shores of Ullswater.
• Castlerigg Stone Circle
• Ashness Bridge
• Surprise View looking out over Derwent Water with spectacular views towards Bassenthwaite Lake
• Thirlmere
• Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail.
• Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District.
• Rydal Water

Itinerary
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Stop At: Kirkstone Pass, Ambleside England

Your afternoon starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Inn,the highest inhabited building in the Lake District, for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. This once important coaching inn sits almost at the summit of the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic. We stop for photo opportunities.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ullswater Lake, England

From our stop the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass properly with the valley walls rising up steeply on either side, past the church shaped rock from which the valley gets its name and on to the viewpoint for a photo stop of the ribbon of road as it descends down to Brothers Water. This lake was one of the first places in the Lakes to be acquired by the National Trust.

The thin strip of road winds past the lake, down to the Ullswater valley and on to the charming and popular village of Patterdale. This the starting point for a number of popular hill-walks, most notably the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lakes. The only other village in this valley is Glenridding and it is here that we get our first glimpse of the National Park's second largest lake, Ullswater.

We follow the road along the western shore of the vast and sparkling lake almost in the footsteps of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. It was here at Wordsworth Point that they saw the wild daffodils, the inspiration for one of Wordsworth's most famous poems. Your next stop is here to allow you to access the lake shore for some splendid views of what the celebrated Lakeland writer Alfred Wainwright described as "that loveliest of lakes, curving gracefully into the far distance".

Duration: 10 minutes

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

We leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Keswick. As we pass the impressive mountains and fells, looking up at Blencathra one cannot help but be moved by its shear scale, and those slender fingers of rock running southwards from its high ridge line must either frighten, or excite. Blencathra is one of the most northerly mountains in the Lakes with six separate fell tops, the highest standing at 868-metres. One of the famous features of Blencathra is the steep ridge called Sharp Edge which you will see as we pass the foot of the mountain. This is a walker's paradise and some of the fells in this area are challenging and difficult even on a mild summer's day. Your next stop is right in among these rugged mountains at one of the most spectacularly located Neolithic stone circles anywhere, Castlerigg.

Castlerigg Stone Circle stands on a superb natural plateau commanding a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. Made up of 38 free standing stones, some up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, it is one of Britain's earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago. The spectacular and atmospheric location will take your breath away but we only have a short stop here before we head onwards to the shores of Derwentwater for your next destination.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ashness Bridge, Keswick England

Our journey now takes us along the eastern shores of Derwentwater, one of the principal bodies of water in the Lakes. Visitors have flocked here for generations to admire the beauty and climb the fells. Two of the favourite holiday homes of Beatrix Potter, Lingholm and Fawe Park, lie on the shores of Derwentwater and even scenes from Star Wars have been filmed here. Driving along the wooded eastern shore of the lake, our road suddenly forks off and we climb up a narrow, steep track into the wooded fell side. Suddenly, the trees clear and your next destination, Ashness Bridge appears.

Ashness Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the Lake District and once you se it, you will understand why. This extremely popular viewpoint looks out over Derwent Water with spectacular views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the River Derwent.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Surprise View, Borrowdale, Keswick England

We then take you further up the fell to another well-known beauty spot, the Surprise View where you can see how great ice sheets carved out this impressive landscape: you have an uninterrupted view across Derwent Water to Bassenthwaite and onto the Solway and the distant shores of Scotland.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lake Grasmere, Grasmere England

After you have taken all the photos you want of the spectacular view, we head back along the shores of Derwentwater and start to head back down towards Ambleside. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, which was originally two smaller lakes, which were purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889. The area was dammed with a dam whose greatest height is 104 feet, and the area became one vast reservoir. In the process, the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged.

At the foot of the water, we then head back along the mountain pass of Dunmail Raise. This is the flattest of the mountain passes in the Lake District running down towards Grasmere. Dunmail Raise is also the name of a large cairn which stands on the top of the pass, on the central reservation between the two carriageways of the road. Legend has it that Dunmail, the last king of Cumberland, is buried beneath the cairn at Dunmail Raise after having been slain by the English in battle.

Now the road drops steadily down from the fells and before long, we drive along the shores of Grasmere, your seventh lake. William Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage and as we continue on, we pass Nab Cottage, the home of his friend and author, Thomas de Quincey.

Stop At: Rydal Water, A591, Rydal, Ambleside England

The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water, your eighth and final lake. The water here is often mirror-like still with beautiful reflections of the surrounding fells. We pass Wordsworth's last and favourite home which is situated off the road at Rydal as we return to Ambleside for the first of our drop-off points.

Stop At: Bridge House Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN England

As we drive into Ambleside you will get a view of the iconic Bridge House, the smallest house in Cumbria!

Stop At: Lake Windermere, Windermere England

Those travelling back to our drop-offs in Bowness or Windermere will get to drive along the shore of Windermere, the largest lake in England.

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

We pickup from most hotels in this area

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

We pickup from most hotels in this area

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

We pickup from most hotels in this area

Inclusions
  • Knowledgeable guide available throughout the tour
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • charging points for most mobile devices at all seats

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • 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
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


Departure Time

02:00 PM

Voucher info

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

Duration

4 hours

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

User's Reviews

snilloc6

11 Jun, 2021

This was our first time in the Lake District and we are so glad we did this tour at the start. It was informative and we saw all the main sights some of which we may have missed. We learnt so much and avoided the stress of navigating parking, narrow lanes etc. Well worth it. The Covid arrangements, the vehicle, booking, timings was all without hitch. Duncan our driver and guide was outstanding. He was knowledgable, entertaining, caring, helpful, professional and an excellent and safe driver. We thought the all day tour would be tiring but there were plenty of stops and the time went really quickly thanks to Duncan’s commentary. So glad we did the tour. Excellent

JasMax44

02 May, 2021

Absolutely first class! Tim was a pleasure to have as a driver - knowledgeable, very amicable and all in all the experience was exactly as we could have hoped. My wife and I did 2x half day private tours and cannot realistically fault the trips in any way. Highly recommended - thanks to Tim for our great experience :-)

Rahul_B

15 Apr, 2021

Awesome experience! The tour really made our day and the visit to the lake district. Our tour guide, Tim, was really great and kept us engaged throughout. Recommended for all visitors to the lake district!

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