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  • Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House as your base, enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes three dinners at the Lindeth’s award-winning restaurant, plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.

Highlights

  • 4-day tour of England’s Lake District with hotel accommodation, breakfasts and dinners
  • Spend three nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Discover the majestic National Park on two full-day tours, with a lake cruise included
  • Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular tour to ten beautiful lakes, plus Grasmere and Keswick
  • Take a High Mountain Passes tour over Hardknott Pass and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
  • Enjoy free time to explore Bowness and its surroundings as you wish
  • Relax with included Windermere and Bowness transfers either side of your stay

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What You Can Expect

4-Day Lake District Discovery

Explore the stunning Lake District on this 4-day tour

Your 4-day tour includes free time and two Lake District tours by minivan. On Day 2, enjoy a full-day tour to see ten lakes, the market town of Keswick, and enjoy a scenic lake cruise. On Day 3, explore the western Lake District, negotiating steep mountain passes and riding on the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Your tour includes three nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, plus three breakfasts and dinners, and round-trip transfers from and to Windermere railway station or your Windermere or Bowness accommodation.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bowness (D)
Start your 4-day tour with a pickup from Windermere railway station or, if you’re already in Windermere or Bowness, from your hotel in either town.

Board your comfortable minivan and travel to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, your base for three nights. This charming 4-star hotel on the edges of Bowness sits in gardens overlooking Lake Windermere, and occupies a Victorian house once owned by Beatrix Potter.

Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the local area, walking into Bowness, or relaxing in the hotel gardens, before enjoying dinner at the hotel tonight.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 2: Bowness – Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour - Bowness (B, D)
After breakfast, meet your driver-guide at your hotel and head out in your shared minivan on your Ten Lakes tour. The tour showcases the best of the Lake District, taking you through magnificent mountain scenery to ten stunning lakes and other beauty spots.

Along the way, admire the surrounding fells and talk to your guide about the history, events and people that have shaped this much-loved National Park. Skirt the banks of Lake Windermere, and stretch your legs in the pretty village of Ambleside. After a photo stop at Rydal Water, continue to Grasmere and Thirlmere reservoir before traveling through the Borrowdale Valley to Bassenthwaite Lake and then negotiating Honister Pass.

Next, visit the village of Buttermere and travel onward to Keswick via Crummock Water. Enjoy free time to walk around and enjoy lunch (own expense) in this charming market town before heading for Castlerigg Stone Circle. Inspect the stones as your guide recounts how they were probably placed here in around 3,000 BC.

Before your tour ends, enjoy a scenic lake cruise and a photo-stop at a picture-postcard waterfall. Then, return to Bowness, arriving at your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight: 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness

Day 3: Bowness – High Mountain Passes Spectacular Tour - Bowness (B, D)
Following breakfast, set off on your High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour. Focusing on the western Lake District, this full-day tour follows the path of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s legions in the 2nd century AD, when they built roads through the high passes.

Thrill on the steep ascents of Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass — the latter England’s steepest road — and pass the ruined Roman fort of Hardknott Fort before absorbing epic views of Upper Eskdale and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

Continue to Ravenglass and enjoy a ride on the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow-gauge railway. Gaze at the ancient woodlands and fells of Eskdale from your cozy carriage, and after lunch (own expense) at a country inn, stop to contemplate the famously beautiful views over Wastwater, England’s deepest lake.

Visit Muncaster Castle, a magnificent 14th-century house famed for its flower-filled gardens and World Owl Centre, home to some of the world's most beautiful and rare owls. Stroll around the gardens and visit the center; or if the house is open, enjoy an interior tour (own expense).

Lastly, admire Coniston Fells and Coniston on route back to your hotel, where dinner is served this evening.

Overnight: 4-star Linden Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness

Day 4: Bowness (B)
Your experience ends after breakfast this morning when you check out of the hotel. If you wish, enjoy an included minivan transfer to Windermere railway station or back to your original starting point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent tour and accommodations. I would highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Hotel was superb. Meals outstanding, service great. The tours of the Lake District were gorgeous, informative and fun. Would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great tour, amazing food, and beautiful scenery. Tour company provided excellent customer service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Everything was excellent .The Mountain Goat tours were fantastic and the accommodation at Lindeth Howe was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The two day trips were a great introduction to the lakes district. A large area was covered with gifted guides with lots of local knowledge. I'm planning my next trip back to complete some of the splendid walks. My accommodation was excellent: the staff were friendly and professional, the room was clean and comfortable. The stand out component of my stay was the 3 course meal served each night. It was innovative and delicious, a job well done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a wonderful, and unforgettable trip. The Lindeth Howe Hotel was quite charming, the food was wonderful. The staff from the Mountain Goat, the travel service which took me on my daily tours were knowledgeable and adept at navigating the narrow roads. This is a good tour for the single traveller.

Sharon B
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

This trip was well worth every penny. As a first time solo traveller I was nervous about joining a tour and staying in a hotel on my own. But all my fears were put to rest from the moment I arrived. The hotel was fantastic. My room had superb views, was spotlessly clean and the hotel staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating. The tours were fascinating, the tour guides were interesting, amusing and just generally great. I cannot sing high enough praises for everyone involved who all contributed towards making my holiday one that I will not forget in a long time. Even the delightful waitress in the hotel restaurant. I arranged at the last minute to go on an additional tour and this was arranged without any problems as well

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

Great hotel with efficient staff and really good dinners. I was given the Westmorland Suite and that was fantastic! No mini fridge but otherwise really excellent. 2 full day Mountain Goat tours were interesting. Staff in the Windermere office were very helpful. Overall I enjoyed my trip - better weather would have made things perfect. I can't pin this disappointment on anyone so would definitely recommend this tour to people in the UK and abroad.

Alan P
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

Hotel excellent; the tour operator could do better.

Salvador M
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

Excellent hotel! The service was excellent as well! The trip could improve to match what is expected from the title. The guides could perhaps be better prepared!
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