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Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District from Windermere

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.
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  • 7 hours 45 minutes
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  • 7 hours 45 minutes
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Full-day Tours

Ultimate Full Day Tour visiting 10 Lakes, 4 passes and magnificent scenery

Discover multiple lakes, mountain passes, villages, and scenic viewpoints with a full-day itinerary that takes you around the Lakes District. Among the gems you’ll visit Lake Windermere, Brothers Water, Grasmere, and Rydal Water, and enjoy a 1-hour cruise on Ullswater. Throughout the tour a guide provides information on each destination, with a separate driver to maximize safety during transport.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Travelling in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend the breathtaking Lakeland fells without having to go hiking; visit Roman Hardknott Fort, and ride the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

Visit the Beatrix Potter house and some of the Lake District’s prettiest locations on an afternoon tour from Windermere. After a scenic Lake Windermere cruise, travel through idyllic countryside to Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter home where the beloved children’s author lived during the early 1900s. See the garden and rooms left as she would have known them and learn about her life here. Finish with a visit to the quaint village of Hawkshead, where poet William Wordsworth attended school; and Tarn Hows, one of Lakeland’s most gorgeous spots. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

The many lives of Beatrix Potter Full Day All-Inclusive tour

On this in-depth, full-day tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. Go behind the scenes to get a comprehensive overview of the acclaimed writer, illustrator, and scientist, best known for her “Peter the Rabbit” series. Tours include stops where the author lived and worked, plus admission tickets to the Beatrix Potter Gallery and Armitt Museum.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Stunning Lake District 8 Hour Tour!

This full day takes you to Great Britain's Lake District, a mountainous region in northwest England known for its picturesque lakes and dense forests. Visit lakes, waterfalls, and small villages with breaks for walks, shopping, snacks, and even gingerbread along the way. This is an ideal tour for first time visitors or those who want an overview of the District in one day.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

8 Lakes and Magnificent Scenery - Afternoon Half Day Tour

Enjoy a seamless introduction to the Lake District and discover its scenic highlights on this half-day driving tour. Over the course of your tour, see numerous lakes (including Lake Windermere—the largest in the area); visit the Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle; discover the photogenic Ashness Bridge; chart the Kirkstone Pass; and much more. As you go, learn all about the region and its history from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 180 to 270 minutes
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Day Trips

Lake District Highlights Day Trip from York with Windermere Cruise

Journey to the heart of the Lake District on this full-day tour from York and uncover the charms of England’s oldest national park. Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter as you visit her home at Hill Top, see William Wordsworth’s former school in Hawkshead and cruise across Windermere, England’s largest lake. Along the way, admire beauty spots like Tarn Hows and explore traditional villages like Skipton and Bowness-on-Windermere.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Morning Half Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

Discover another side of the beautiful Lake District, and follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter, on this immersive, half-day tour. Meet your guide at your local accommodation, and venture first to Wray Castle, a former vacation home where Potter spent time as a teenager. Continue to her home at Hill Top, see the villages she used to frequent, and learn more about her life and works. As you go, you’ll also get to admire the Lake District’s wealth of scenery.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Beatrix Potter Country and Places - Afternoon Half Day Tour

Without a rental car, rounding up the Lake District spots beloved by Beatrix Potter in a half-day is near-impossible. Ideal for time-crunched visitors, this small-group tour from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside visits many such places in a few hours. Explore Beatrix’s Hill Top home, see Esthwaite Lake where she fished, visit Hawkshead, and learn detail about her life and characters via the onboard commentary that you might never otherwise hear.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour of the Lake District from Keswick

Loved for its beguiling lakes and mist-shrouded fells, the English Lake District attracts fans from around the world. Yet knowing where to go and how to travel around the rugged region can be tricky for first-time visitors. This day trip from Keswick works to an itinerary that combines all the Lake District highlights with convenient transport through the day. You’ll cruise on Ullswater, visit the centuries-old Castlerigg Stone Circle, and discover the beauty of Borrowdale Valley, Buttermere, Grasmere, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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The Yorkshire Dales Tour from Windermere

Discover the dramatic limestone valleys and emerald countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on an 8-hour tour from Windermere. Travel with ease from the Lake District and visit the quaint towns of Hardraw and Wensleydale, famed for its cheese, and Bolton Castle, in which Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. See, too, Aysgarth Falls and the lovely English village of Dent.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Cruises

Ullswater Lake Boat Ride

Discover the delights of the Ullswater Valley on this 2.5-hour Ullswater Lake boat ride. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Glenridding Pier and head out onto the gentle waves. Gaze out over the rugged peaks and rolling hills, and enjoy a moment of complete tranquillity. Break your cruise up with visits to Howtown and Pooley Bridge, and perhaps enjoy a stroll to explore the countryside at your leisure before cruising back to base. A good range of seating options are available on board to ensure your comfort. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Romans and Hadrian's Wall Day Tour from Windermere

Spend a day at Hadrian’s Wall, a site that was once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. With a guide, you’ll travel north from Windermere, through the Lake District towards the region known as the Debateable Lands. After a stop at Lanercost Priory, you’ll spend most of your day at Hadrian’s Wall, discovering the ruins and beauty spots that abound. A stop at the Roman Army Museum and a visit to the Vindolanda fort is also included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Lake Explorer Tour from Windermere

Step off the beaten track and discover the majesty of rural England’s Lake District region on this full-day lake explorer tour from Windermere. Travel deep into the countryside with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over the Lake District’s mountaintops, waterfalls and lakes. Head away from the crowds on a beautiful lakeside drive through Buttermere and Crummock Water. Take in breathtaking views over Grasmere and enjoy an optional cruise onto magnificent Lake Windermere. During your tour. visit local tea rooms to sample delicacies such as gingerbread, scones and cakes.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Cultural Tours

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Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth Twelve Lakes Tour

A delightful tour, with detailed commentary to the many places associated with Beatrix Potter’s life and characters. We stop at Castle Rigg Stone Circle, a testimony to mans presence in the area 4500 years ago. Older but smaller than Stonehenge this is the second most visited Stone Circle in the UK and in much more beautiful surroundings and some say the highlight of the tour. From here we make our way back along the shores of Thirlmere, a fresh water reservoir which is the fifth largest lake in the Lake District. We stop briefly at Dove Cottage the once home of poet William Wordsworth for a photo stop and if time a look in the gift shop if open. On completion we ride along the shores of Rydal Water through the market town of Ambleside and the famous Little Bridge House, arriving back in Windermere at around 1745. For those catching a train we will drop them at the train station and everyone else back at their hotel /B & B. All this completes one of the finest tours in England.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

Discover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to hike on a 9.5-hour minibus tour of the national park’s high mountain passes from Keswick. Absorb incredible views from the Wrynose and Hardknott Mountain Passes, ride through Eskdale Valley on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and drink in panoramas from Wastwater, voted Britain’s best view. Entry to Muncaster Castle and a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Beatrix Potter's Tour from Oxenholme Including Lake Cruise

Explore the Lake District’s scenic highlights—and follow in the footsteps of former resident Beatrix Potter—on this immersive, full-day tour. Meet in the morning at the Oxenholme station, and hop aboard your comfortable mini-coach. See the medieval village of Hawkshead (where poet William Wordsworth once lived), visit pretty Tarn Hows, and even go for a cruise on Windermere: England’s largest lake. Please note Hill Top is an additional £11.80 per adult and £5.90 per child. This must be booked with Mountain Goat at least 24 hours before the tour departs.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Winter Lake District Day Trip from Windermere

Rolling hills, peaceful lakes and sleepy villages await you on this private, full-day of the Lake District from Windermere. Traveling in a private vehicle driven by a professional driver-guide, you’ll journey through the beautiful English countryside in search of the region’s prettiest lakes. See Windermere, Buttermere Valley and Ullswater Lake; travel along some of the country’s highest mountain passes; and visit either Grasmere village or the market town of Keswick.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

The Brontes, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

See the worlds of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyer’ brought to life on a 8.5-hour small-group tour around Yorkshire. Departing from Windermere, all-inclusive transportation makes it possible to visit numerous locations, which would otherwise be difficult to reach on your own in one day. Explore the hometown of the Bronte sisters and the sights that inspired their iconic novels, including moorland landscapes and their childhood school.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

William Wordsworth and Grasmere, Afternoon Half Day Tour

During this 3-hour tour, admirers of the poet William Wordsworth will have the pleasure of visiting some of the Lake District sites where he lived. With the benefit of a guide’s specialized knowledge you'll gain insight about the environment that influenced Wordsworth’s poetry. Explore the villages of Grasmere and Rydal, with admission to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum included for your convenience. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Stunning Lake District 4 Hour Tours!

Hello! My name is Simon. I offer a customised tour to every customer to reflect your desired places of interest to visit. Choose from a vast range of stunning lakes & waterfalls with gorgeous views. Just choose your desired time frame and I will put together your ultimate Lake District Tour!! Thank YouSimon
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Cultural Tours

Lakeland Poets: Wordsworth and his circle at Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Rydal Mount - Full Day All-inclusive Tour

Gain insight into the relationship between the English Romantics and their beloved landscape on a Lake poets tour, ideal for literature lovers, history buffs, and nature enthusiasts alike. Discover landmarks including William Wordsworth’s former school, family home, and church, with insights provided by your guide, and benefit from round-trip transfer from a pickup location of your choice for a hassle-free excursion.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Coniston and The Langdale Valley - Morning Half Day Tour

Spend a half day exploring the scenic surroundings of the Lake District while a guide provides commentary throughout the tour. Visit highlights such as Tarn Hows, Coniston Water, and Coniston village; then head over to Great Langdale and Little Langdale to admire these valleys. You’ll get a more informed glimpse with a sightseeing tour than going solo, and relax with the ease of transport between destinations.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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