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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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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 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
  • A stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Transport in a small mini-coach
On-board commentary in English
Food & drink
Additional Entrance fees
Drivers gratuity (optional)

Departure Point

Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK

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Departure Point

Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK

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Departure Point

Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK

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Departure Point

Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK

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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 and take 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mountain Goat Tours
Start the tour and meet all passengers at the main pickup point.
Stop At:  
Glenridding
The first stop is in the beautiful village of Glennridding, nestled in the Ulswater valley.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ullswater Lake
Stop by the shores of Ullswater for photographs.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Visit the ancient stone circle of Castlerigg, thought to be 4,000 years old.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Keswick
Stop in the charming town of Keswick and explore.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ashness Bridge
Ashness Bridge
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Honister Slate Mine
Stop at Honister where you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the Lake District.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Buttermere Lake
Buttermere is well known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the national park.
Pass By:  
Thirlmere in the Lake District
Pass by the man made reservoir nestled in the shadow of Helvellyn.
Stop At:  
Grasmere
Stop in the charming village of Grasmere and pass by the Lake.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rydal Water
Pass by the stunning Rydal water.
Pass By:  
Mountain Goat Tours
End your fantastic day tour at your drop off point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be over the age of 5 to travel on this tour
  • There will be a designated lunch stop where you’ll be able to purchase lunch
  • There are toilet stops on route
  • Minimal walking is involved
  • Our vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage is available at the Windermere Information departure location
  • Seats cannot be reserved
  • Each passenger must have their own seat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Mountain Goat

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Must take this tour if you want to see and understand Lake District
Ashok_Shah
, Jun 2021
Derek was fantastic, he has vast knowledge about the area and history. I always wanted to see small villages and he certainly obliged. He never rushed and satisfied our enquiries.
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10 Lakes
Liz_R
, Jun 2021
A great way to see the Lakes if you are only visiting for a short while. Our guide Tony was most informative and very nice to spend the day with. Excellent driver too which is a necessity on the narrow roads.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Liz_R, Thank you for your 5* review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour, we are pleased to hear you had a great day with our driver-guide Tony. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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10 lakes tour
barbie_slack
, Jun 2021
Our guide really knew the area. It was such an interesting day. I had an absolutely brilliant time. It was a really great tour with beautiful weather. Totally worth every penny. I was knackered by the end of the day. But thats a good thing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your 5* review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour, I am pleased you had good weather and had a brilliant day touring with us! I hope you can join us again in the future. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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Nice day out in Lake District
Debra_R
, Jun 2021
I had a lovely time on this trip. Driving around the lake district can be quite daunting with tiny one-track roads, steep grades, few passing places and little parking once you get to your destinations. Leave all that hassle to Duncan and spend your day admiring the scenery instead! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertained us while doing all the driving. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Debra_R, Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour! We couldn't agreed more, that spending the day letting someone do the driving so you can enjoy the views is the best way to see the National Park! I'm sure Duncan will be thrilled to read your lovely comments on his knowledge of the area. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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star-5
Excellent trip
Ann_B
, May 2021
Excellent trip. Jerry our driver was most informative, knowledgeable and fun. Would thoroughly recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Ann_B, Thank you for your review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour. I will pass on your lovely comments to our driver-guide Gerry, I'm sure he will be thrilled to hear them. I hope you can join us again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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Great tour, a real must do.
Faith
, Oct 2020
I did this tour with my 8 year old daughter and we thoroughly loved. It. Was filled with fun fax and relaxing. We would never have done that many lakes on our own. It really was something special and a memory we will hold for a very long time. Duncan was brilliant. A genuinely nice guy and full of information. Despite the rain we still had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Faith, Thanks for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with Duncan. I am pleased you and your daughter enjoyed the tour and you will have the memories to cherish. I am pleased the rain didn't put a dampener on your day. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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star-5
Very good.
Sourav_C
, Oct 2020
It was absolutely perfect trip. Duncan our driver was very informative and we were shown some extremely good places. In Covid Times. The trip was handled with extreme safety and precautions and we felt safe.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Sourav_C Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with Duncan. I am pleased you felt safe and all our COVID measures were appreciated. I hope you can join us again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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Well worth doing
Sara_G
, Sep 2020
Recommend booking at start of your holiday to give you an idea of where you may want to visit later on. Tour guide Duncan very knowledgeable and funny 😂. We visited and saw things you wouldn’t of known about had you not done this tour - only disappointment was the boat trip is not running as part of this tour due to covid-19. Might be worth while Viator removing this from tour description
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Sara_G, Thank you for your review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with Duncan. I am pleased to read your lovely comments on our driver-guide and that you enjoyed the day. I will take a look at the Viator description as it should have been updated regarding the removal of the lake cruise on this tour, thanks for bringing it to our attention. I hope you can join us again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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The driver Duncan was very knowledgeable
Richard_E
, Sep 2020
Stayed extra day in the lake district just to do the tour it was worth it .Duncan was very knowledgeable and his presentation was excellent
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with our driver-guide Duncan. I am thrilled to read your lovely comments & I'm sure Duncan will be too. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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Lakes tour
Hazel_U
, Sep 2020
Wonderful day out. Up mountains and down dales to see places we’d never find on our own. Excellent courier, Geoff, made it a very informative and interesting trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Hazel_U, Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour with Geoff. I'm pleased to read you had a wonderful trip and enjoyed all the scenery on offer. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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