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  • Location:Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall, take a sightseeing cruise, and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.


  • Full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Visit Borrowdale, Buttermere Valley and more
  • Lake cruise
  • A stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

Ten Lakes Spectacular

After pickup from Windermere railway station or your Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside hotel, journey into the heart of the central Lake District by air-conditioned minivan.

As you travel, admire the rolling countryside and craggy fells, and hear interesting facts from your guide about the Lake District's history and geology, and the people and events that have shaped this much-loved region.

Follow the banks of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake; and make your first stop in the lovely village of Ambleside. Stretch your legs around the pretty streets and then continue to Rydal Water for a photo stop.

After capturing the scenery around this mirror-glass lake, continue through the picture-postcard village of Grasmere and ascend Kirkstone Pass, the region's highest pass, on route to Thirlmere, a reservoir formed from the merging of two natural lakes. Admire this picturesque expanse of water, and then travel through the lush Borrowdale Valley and past Bassenthwaite Lake.

Climb the rugged slopes of Honister Pass to the chocolate-box village of Buttermere and then drive by Crummock Water to Keswick. Here, pull up to enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and explore this delightful market town as you wish. 

Back aboard your minivan, venture further around the undulating hills to Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient circle of 48 stones. Take photos of this age-old site and learn how the stones were probably set here in around 3,000 BC to form a ceremonial site.

During your trip, visit one of the area’s pretty waterfalls, and relax on a scenic lake cruise.  As you sail, drink in the awe-inspiring views of the high fells, woodlands and villages, and absorb the sense of timeless beauty around you. 

After roughly six to seven hours of exploring, your tour finishes with a drop-off back at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

Wayne Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice tour for those who want to visit Lake District in one day. Driver/Guide Tony was very informed and helpful and stops were quite frequent and we had ample time to take pictures and relax in the beauty of the lakes. Five Star


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great full day tour for those who have limited time or don't know the area well. Our guide Lisa, was very knowledgeable and friendly. A long day, but a worthwhile trip - highly recommended.

Vivek C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a wonderful day out. Lot of scenic beauty and lakes all around. The driver/guide nicely made us familiar with the area, folklore and legends.

Miriam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


Tarnthip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was amazing. The tour guide, Jerry, was so knowledgeable about places we visited. He cared for everyone in the tour and never shows tiredness even at the end of the tour when we were so tired already.

Patricia S E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Lovely, guide was very knowledgable and interesting!! Covered everything the tour was supposed to and more! Ample time at all stops!!

Julie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful scenery especially the Secret View - truly magnificent tour of the lakes. Bob the driver was good and pointed out all the highlights. Easy pickup from the bus stop really close to our hotel. Wonderful trip on one of the lakes on a boat.

Olivia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My tour was with Elliot and he was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. He didn't over chat. Plenty of stops for photos and to explore towns. The bus was small and he cleaned the windows while we were out exploring to make sure we all got a clear and clean view from where we were sitting. Very careful driver in those country narrow roads. Highly recommended!

Ted D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Full size coach with about 25 people. Local provider was Highlands Explorer Tours. Driver Tony and guide Grant were excellent. Both shared commentary. Tremendous amount of sites and fun were packed into a 12 hour long, but great day. Ted D.

Mirko G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour! It gives a nice overview of 10 lakes and mountain passes also! Recommended also in cases you have only chance for one tour!

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