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

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

Nothing in Britain surpasses the grandeur of Lakeland's central mountains. The route is that fashioned by Emperor Hadrians's Roman legions in the first century AD. You will travel over the steepest passes in England, pausing to view the extensive remains of Hardknott Roman Fort.


  • Full-day High Mountain Passes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Travel over the steepest mountain passes in England
  • Fantastic views of Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike
  • Ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

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What You Can Expect

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

The High Adventure - High Mountain Passes Spectacular

Traveling over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes from Langdale to Eskdale. After traversing the passes stop at the Roman Fort, 1,000 ft, up on the fells. You have the opportunity to walk through the fort and see the fantastic view to Upper Eskdale, Scafell and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountains.

Next you will ride on the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, before a lunch stop at one of the valley inns.

In the afternoon you will continue to Wastwater, Britain’s favorite view, and take in the views up into Wasdale and across the lake to the famous 1,500 foot screes. Your next stop is the splendid 14th century castle of Muncaster, a treasure chest of fine historic belongings and tales. In its internationally acclaimed gardens you will find magnificent examples of azaleas, camelias and rhodondendrons and also have the opportunity to visit the World Owl Trust.

On your journey back to Windermere you will see the beautiful scenery of Coniston Fells and Coniston Water.

Tour Highlights

  • The Langdales
  • Hardknott and Wrynose Mountain Passes - the steepest and most exhilarating in England
  • Hardknott Roman Fort - with magnificent views to Scafell and central mountain peaks
  • Ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway
  • Wastwater
  • 14th-century Muncaster Castle including World Owl Trust and Gardens
  • Coniston Fells and Coniston Water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip, spectacular scenery despite the inclement weather, tour guide fabulous and his knowledge was excellent, lots of photo opportunities, nice small group, loved the falconry display

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I don't know what happened, but I did give a review almost as soon as I got back. It was really lovely, and I would recommend it to anyone. The views were to be seen to be believed. Lovely tour guide too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Derek, the driver, was both entertaining and open to suggestions as to our interests. His handling of the roads and the rain all the while telling us about the area and history was kind of amazing. It was pouring rain sometimes sideways, but he made it interesting all along. I couldn't take many pictures inside the bus but he stopped a couple of places so that we could get out and take some even in the rain. Then we went on this adorable little railroad, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. We went about 4 stops just to give us a taste of it. Since it had stopped raining by then, I chose to go on the open but with a roof car while the others went into the enclosed cars. It was fine. Then off to Muncaster Castle to look around, see the castle and a bird show which was quite nice. We ate there on our own. After that, it was a long drive back to the hotel over dales and one lane roads and sometimes terrifying vistas. The sun came out briefly before the clouds came back. It rained off and on most of the day. It was a great tour. Derek was terrific. Would take it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Derek, very funny, informative and entertaining. Trip was very good too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour is a fantastic way to see the Lake District. We had an exceptional tour guide/bus driver who knows his stuff. He was able to maneuver the tight corners of the tiny roads. He made many stops for pictures beautiful scenery and I could not have been more pleased. This tour is a great experience and must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Spectacular! Should also do ten Lakes to see the diversity of the slake District. We had sunshine in mid-September.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We missed the start time due to parking difficulties but the tour team swung into action and shipped us to a meet point with the tour adding the commentary we could have missed. A very good trip that showed the high passes of the Lake District to the best advantage, giving a very informative commentary on history and local knowledge of the area and adding stops with other enjoyable interest. An excellent day indeed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour ,driver / guide was great The roads are a bit hairy but with the experience of our driver we had no fear.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guide Elliot was informative and friendly. Was delighted with the tour. Thanks.

Bruce A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an outstanding and well balanced tour. We saw and experienced a lot of different things, with full marks going to our guide and driver for driving up and down the passes for a large part of the day. Amazing work.

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