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

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  • 8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • Transport in a small mini-coach
  • On-board commentary in English
  • Food & drink
  • Additional Entrance fees
  • Drivers gratuity (optional)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK
    We meet passengers who who select this option at the Windermere Information Centre is approximately 100m from Windermere Train Station at the top of Victoria Street.
  • Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK
    We meet passengers who select this option at Bowness Bay Pier 3, next to the ticket office.
  • Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK
    We meet travelers who select this option at the bus stop opposite the Ambleside Library.
  • Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK
    We meet travelers who select this option at the ticket office in the Oxenholme Railway Station.

What To Expect

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.

Mountain Goat Tours (Pass By)

Start the tour and meet all passengers at the main pickup point.

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Glenridding

The first stop is in the beautiful village of Glennridding, nestled in the Ullswater valley.

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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Q: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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Q: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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Q: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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Traveler Tips


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.
Excellent driver too which is a necessity on the narrow roads.
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A picture perfect tour
Raisuf_Y, Jan 2022
Our tour guide and driver Tony took us to the most beautiful spots in Lake District. I could never have done that if I went on my own. All the Instagram worthy pictures are right there on this tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear that you captured your Instagram worthy pictures alongside Tony Best wishes Mountain Goat
So worth it
Bhasvini_K, Dec 2021
Pick up location was convenient for us, our tour guide was so good, he was professional in his driving and super informative. Very worth the money. Will go again when I’m back
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you for your review. We are excited to hear that you had a good time with us and cannot wait to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes Mountain Goat
The Lake District
Dan_J, Dec 2021
The sceneries are beautiful and the tour company was professional. It is recommended to go off peak season as it is less crowded and easy to get access to the tourist places.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the scenery and the guided tour. Best wishes Mountain Goat
Worth it!!
MaryRomagne_J, Dec 2021
Our guide Tony was really friendly and knowledgeable.. It was a bit rainy on the day of our tour and he made sure to drive safely.. He also very kindly dropped us near our accommodation when our tour ended as it was getting dark.. I totally recommend the tour especially for couples like us who do not have a car and haven't planned an itinerary beforehand.. Thank you very much, Mountain Goat!!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you very much for your review! We are so glad you had a great time with us and we hope to welcome you back in the future!
Amazing!! 10 Lakes at their finest.
beccabarnes12, Nov 2021
Fantastic information from our guide Dave, a friendly and fun trip, beautiful views, lots of ground covered - couldn’t have asked for a better trip to get a quick snippet into the beautiful Lake District.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour, I am pleased you had an amazing day with our driver-guide Dave and enjoyed the beautiful scenery on offer. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Unforgettable
Froggatt_K, Nov 2021
Our driver Tony was excellent. He was knowledgeable and an excellent driver. No sharp braking or unexpected turns, every manoeuvre was measured and taken with the utmost care. Some of the scenery is truly breathtaking, even on a gloomy autumn day. We saw things and went to places that we would never have seen and we both came away with smiles on our faces after a memorable day. 10/10 and would recommend.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Hi Froggatt_K, Thank you for reviewing our full day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with our driver-guide Tony. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the beautiful scenery on offer and you had a memorable day with us. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Lovely trip around the Lakes
Geraldine_S, Oct 2021
Really enjoyed the trip Mark was an excellent driver and had loads of interesting information about all the places we visited The minibus was clean and well maintained
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your 5* review, I am pleased to hear you had an excellent day with our driver-guide Mark, and the minibus was clean. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Save yourself the worry of driving - admire the scenery and learn lots!
Rachelle_S, Oct 2021
A great way of seeing a lot of the northern part of the Lake district without having to worry about driving and parking. Derek, our guide, was very knowledgeable and gave lots of interesting information throughout the journey. There were lots of good photo stops - it was out of season so we were able to get to Ashness Bridge and surprise viewpoint. There is amazing scenery at Honister Pass, Kirkstone Pass and at the Castlerigg stone circle. There is minimal walking involved so it is suitable for all. We had 90minutes for lunch in Keswick and there are a range of cafes and shops there; and 30mins in Grasmere which is a lovely village. Mountain Goat seem very professional and well-organised with good COVID-safety regulations in place.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your review, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the amazing scenery on offer and thought Mountain Goat was professional. I'm also pleased to hear you felt safe onboard with the COVID procedures in place. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
1 traveler found this review helpful
A great experience.
Anthony_L, Oct 2021
This full day tour exceeded our expectations despite the drizzle. We saw so much more than we would have done if we had driven around on our own. Elliott, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining … even his tip about where to buy the best sausage roll was spot on. Fully recommend these Mountain Goat tours.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular, I am pleased to hear the wet weather didn't dampen your day. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Awesome tour..highly recommend it!
Alan_B, Oct 2021
Whole tour was fantastic. Tony our driver was great. Commentary throughout the tour was informative and at times amusing. Lots of stops to take in the vistas and get some photos. Also a few sips fir comfort beaks and lunch. My wife and I are so glad we booked this trip as we only had one full day in this beautiful place.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your review of our Ten Lakes Spectacular, I am pleased to hear you had an awesome day with Tony and enjoyed the stops throughout. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
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