Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group 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
The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north.
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.
Your tour ends with drop-off back at the original start point.
My wife and I had a wonderful time on the 10 Lakes Tour primarily because the weather was perfect. If it had been overcast and raining it wouldn't have been as much fun. Our guide was marvelous and our fellow travelers were fun to be with. The only real downside was the back bench where I sat was very tight.
The tour was very good and the guide Derek was very knowledgeable about all relevant matters. He was amiable and helpful. But the only thing is that there are so many beautiful spots we just didn't stop at for various reasons, including paucity of time and availability of parking facilities
Geoff was an excellent guide and a great driver. We were blessed with wonderful weather and beautiful scenery. Geoff was extraordinarily patient with a couple who was late at every stop and I commend him.