By Coach & Boat to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Ullswater
There are no lovelier valleys than Borrowdale, Newlands and Patterdale; no mountain range more dramatically impressive than that which lies between Buttermere and Ennerdale; no lakes fairer than Derwentwater, Buttermere and Ullswater.
This most comprehensive tour includes a lake cruise, perfect photo opportunities and short, level or downhill strolls at particular beauty spots, starting at Elterwater with magnificent views of Great Langdale.
Following a short stop over to explore Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere we continue north over Dunmail Raise, along the shores of Thirlmere to Ashness Bridge and Surprise View for astonishing views over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake.
Lunch is taken in the interesting market town of Keswick. The afternoon commences with a lake cruise and from this point thescenery assumes Alpine characteristics with Honister Pass a wild defile of tumbled rocks as we descend Gatesgarthdale for photo opportunities of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
More rugged mountain views as we drive over Newlands Pass, pausing at Moss Force waterfalls and descending the remote and unspoilt Newlands Valley. Our next stop is Castlerigg Stone Circle; set in a panorama of mountain ranges, it testifies to man’s presence in Cumbria 5,000 years ago.
Central, northern, north western and eastern Lakeland. Including lake cruise, three mountain passes, twelve lakes, two splendid waterfalls (Aira Force and Moss Force), Castlerigg Stone Circle, Ashness Bridge, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Buttermere, Ullswater and Grasmere. Lunch and shopping in Keswick.
Commencing: 10am and returning 5.30pm (approximately) every day.
Price: £27.50 adults; £18.50 children under 12 years (including lake cruise).
Gowbarrow Park, a National Trust reserve, offers an opportunity for a short walk to Aira Force waterfall. Set in beautiful woodland this dramatic waterfall is arched with lovely stone bridges (you might even see Lady Emma’s ghost).
Our return to Windermere is along Ullswater’s shores, the magnificent route over Kirkstone Pass and the Troutbeck Valley. This continues to be our most popular tour, summer or winter.
Herdwick Sheep Farm Visit:
The Complete Beatrix Potter’s Lakeland & Wordsworth Tour
Who has not heard of Peter Rabbit? Or Pigling Bland, Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and other characters brought to life by Beatrix Potter!
This is a comprehensive tour of the houses, farms, villages, valleys, lakes and mountains that are linked to her stories. We enter the real world of Beatrix, a lonely child who became one of the world’s best loved children’s authors, and one of the most important benefactors of the National Trust, using income from her Peter Rabbit Tales to protect her beloved Lake District.
Essentially this tour is of the central and northern parts of the area, with frequent stops for photographs and detailed commentary. Including stop-overs at Near Sawrey, with time to visit Hill Top, Beatrix’s home and delightful Hawkshead village.
The lunchbreak at Grasmere provides an opportunity to visit Dove Cottage, home of William Wordsworth. The afternoon sees us near Keswick visiting locations where Beatrix Potter holidayed and which inspired her Tales of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Benjamin Bunny, including Newlands Valley, Littletown and Catbells.A lake cruise on Squirrel Nutkin’s Derwentwater, a spectacular drive over the northern mountain passes and a visit to the 5,000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle complete one of the finest tours in England.
A delightful tour, with detailed commentary to the many places associated with Beatrix Potter’s life and characters: Hill Top, Hawkshead, Wray Castle, Tarn Hows, Newlands Valley, Derwentwater and Keswick. Also visiting Wordsworth’s earlier home; Dove Cottage, at Grasmere. Including 12 lakes, two high mountain passes, a lake cruise on Derwentwater and a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter
Commencing: 9.30am and returning 5.45pm (approximately) every day.
Price: £27.50 adults; £18.50 children under 12 years (including lake cruise; not including entrance charges).
Please note: Tickets for Hill Top maybe purchased from your driver/guide. Hill Top is closed on Thursdays and Fridays; however, the gardens and shop are open at no charge. Dove Cottage is open every day.
|Route of the Stallions
A day to visit the wilder, more remote but most beautiful scenery; to learn about its stone walls, about sheep, of how the Lake District was formed; of Roman, Viking and Norman occupations; to visit a Roman fort, a wonderful castle and many other attractions.
In the footsteps of the Roman legions and travellers over the centuries, our day begins on the traditional route across South Lakeland, through the Langdale Valleys and climbing the wild terrain of Wrynose Pass. This breathtaking mountain road takes us west, beside cascading crystal waters of the River Duddon before the thrilling ascent of Hardknott Pass, England’s steepest road.
No visit to the Lake District is complete without this thrilling scenic excursion over Britain’s steepest mountain passes. Hardknott and Wrynose; to England’s deepest lake and highest mountain and most beautiful steam train journey plus the fabulous garden and castle at Muncaster. Visit Europe’s largest owl sanctuary and “Meet the Birds”, wander among the impressive ruins of a 1,900 year old Roman fort. All this and more in this “never to be forgotten” tour.
Commencing: 10.00am and returning 5.45pm (approximately) every day.
Price: £27.50 adults; £18.50 children under 12 years (including steam train journey and entrance into castle grounds and World Owl Trust).
|The historic Muncaster Castle is the principal jewel in the crown of Western Lakeland. Its location, above the River Esk, affords stunning views of the valley and Scafell. Indeed John Ruskin described the scene as “the gateway to heaven”. Its gardens are fabulous, and enjoy worldwide reputation. Playing host to “The World Owl Trust”, there is opportunity to view some of the rarest and most exotic species of owls. Most afternoons, on the lawns, the owls are displayed in flight and the work of the trust is explained. The castle contains furniture of great antiquity, collections of rare porcelain and silver and the loveliest tapestries.Lunch may be taken at the cafeteria in the castle grounds.||Muncaster Castle “World Owl Trust”|
Our return is by way of Birker Fell and Dunnerdale and concludes with a stroll beside Coniston Water. A magical end to an enthralling day.