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Welcome to Lake District

With its tumbling green hills and glittering lakes, it’s easy to see why the Lake District stimulated the imagination of Romantic poet William Wordsworth in the 19th century. England’s largest national park offers an abundance of outdoor tours: Cruise on Lake Windermere, visit the birthplace of legendary English author Beatrix Potter, or hike to the craggy summits of Scafell Pike Mountain and Skiddaw. In the historic villages that pepper the park’s perimeter, literary museums and English pubs abound. Near the market town of Keswick, the Castlerigg Stone Circle emanates mystery and dates back to 3,000 BC. And the quaint villages of Grasmere and Ambleside are perfect places to roam aimlessly. Travelers short on time can cover 10 of the Lake District National Park’s lakes in one day on a sightseeing tour, while visitors enjoying longer stays can opt for multi-day packages that also cover the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wrynose Pass, and Hardknott Roman Fort. Don’t be deceived by the Lake District’s tranquil atmosphere: Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline fix during Ghyll Scrambling, which involves sliding and jumping your way down a fast-flowing river. The close proximity of the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall and Vindola serve to broaden the knowledge of history buffs. After inhaling lungfuls of Lakeland’s unspoiled air, you’re bound to feel renewed and connected to England’s natural landscapes.

Top 10 attractions in Lake District

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Ullswater

Ullswater

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With an area of 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers), Ullswater is England’s second largest lake and one of its most beautiful, thanks to its zigzag shape and stunning setting. The area surrounding the lake is also famous for inspiring Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” sometimes also called “Daffodils.”More
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Wray Castle

Wray Castle

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With its battlements, turrets, and arrow-slit windows, the neo-gothic Wray Castle is straight from a storybook. Originally built in 1840 for a Liverpudlian doctor and his heiress wife, the estate once served as a vacation home for the family of children’s author Beatrix Potter and is currently owned by the National Trust.More
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Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House

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Children’s author Beatrix Potter lived in the 17th-century Hill Top farmhouse for most of her life, and bequeathed it to the National Trust on the condition that it was left “as if I had just gone out and they had just missed me.” The farm was a huge source of inspiration for Potter, who based many of her much-loved books here.More
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Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle

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There are numerous neolithic stone circles in the Lake District and nearby areas, the most popular being at Castlerigg. This more-or-less round grouping of 38 boulders, with a rectangle of 10 more joining the inner edge of the circle, dates back some 5000 years, making it even older than Stonehenge. And like Stonehenge, the arrangement of Castlerigg Stone Circle is clearly linked to movements of the sun and moon, although the original ceremonial purpose of the stones is lost in time.The stones themselves are impressive; add the majestic backdrop of Skiddaw, Blencathra and other mountains and you can see why this site has drawn admirers for millennia. An ideal spot to contemplate the mysteries of the past amidst the serenity of nature.More
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Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

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Towering 978m over the surrounding lakelands, the craggy peak of Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain and it’s long been a popular challenge for hikers. Located at the heart of the Lake District National Park, Scafell Pike is one of a string of high fells that run between Wast Water and Buttermere lakes, including the nearby High Stile, Red Pike and Great End.Tackling the mighty peak is a manageable challenge for hikers with a reasonable fitness level and can be completed in a day. The most popular route sets out from Seathwaite and follows the scenic Corridor Route from Sty Head to Lingmell Col, before climbing to the summit of Scafell Pike – an approximately 7-hour round-trip hike.More
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Rydal Water

Rydal Water

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Despite its diminutive size at just over 1 km long, Rydal Water’s strong literary connections have cemented its status as one of the Lake District’s most visited spots. Wordsworth’s Seat, overlooking the western bank, was renowned as the poet’s favorite viewpoint, while nearby points of interest include Nab Cottage, once home to Thomas Quincey and three of Wordworth’s former homes – White Moss House, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage.One of the few boat-free lakes, Rydal Water makes a perfect spot for open-air swimming during the warmer months, while the lakeside hills are at their most beautiful in spring and autumn, when fields of wildflowers and colorful foliage add a rich range of hues.More
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Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

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One of the most-popular tourist attractions in the Lake District, “the Tarns,” as the locals call it, is a picturesque area visited by over half a million tourists per year since the 1970s. Rightfully so: not only is this an area of outstanding beauty, but it’s also yet another gem bequeathed to the National Trust by Lake District aficionado Beatrix Potter.A tarn is a mountain lake that was formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier, which is later filled with rain or river water. Despite being an icon of the Lake District, Tarn Hows is not typical of the region in terms of landscapes; surrounded by thick conifer woodlands, the actual tarn is partly artificial, having been created by James Garth Marshall in the 1850s. It consists of three distinct tarns, which merged in the 19th century.Located in the low-level valley nestled between the villages of Coniston and Hawkshead, Tarn Hows is now just more than half a mile long (just under 1 km) and 820 feet (250 meters) wide, and contains five islands. It is fed at its northern end by numerous valleys and basin mires and drained by several waterfalls that cascade down the Glen Mary Bridge.Hikers and trekkers will enjoy the accessible 1.5-mile (2.4-km) path that circles the tarn, while fauna enthusiasts will appreciate the heavy presence of Galloway cattle and Herdwick sheep.More
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Buttermere Valley

Buttermere Valley

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With its three lakes framed by a seemingly expanse of rolling hills and craggy peaks, Buttermere Valley is one of the Lake District’s most striking landscapes, and it’s been a popular spot for walkers and nature enthusiasts since the 18th century.The tranquil Buttermere village makes the obvious basecamp, but most visitors come to hike the scenic lakeside trails or scale the surrounding peaks, which include the 851-meter Grasmoor and 806-meter High Stile, as well as Scale Force, England’s highest waterfall. Honister Pass is the main road running through the valley and during the summer months, swimming and rowing are popular activities on the lakes.More
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Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum)

Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum)

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Built in the second century, Hardknott Roman Fort sits at the summit of a steep mountain pass. Remnants of old walls, a parade ground, and a commander’s villa still stand, though they are somewhat upstaged by panoramic views of Eskdale Valley and the surrounding mountains.More
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Coniston Water

Coniston Water

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The Lake District’s third-largest lake, Coniston Water is known for its depth and its scenic surrounds, which offer prime conditions for water-based activities. The area’s human history reaches back to the Bronze Age, and more recent notable locals include Victorian thinker John Ruskin and the writers Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter.More

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Top activities in Lake District

Ten Lakes Tour - Full Day - Up to 4 People
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Stunning Lake District 4 Hour Tours!

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake District

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Best tour of Lake District
farhat_s, Aug 2020
4 hour Private Lake District tour (Tour B)
We look forward to see you again in future.
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Iram, Aug 2020
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Get to see a lot of the Lakes.
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Highly recommended activity if its...
ivy d, Jun 2017
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
Highly recommended activity if its your first time to visit the lake district.
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If you have never been in the Lake...
Grit P, May 2016
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
If you have never been in the Lake District, have little time and no car, but want to see more of the area, this tour is a great start.
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Spectacular! Should also do ten...
Maurice T, Sep 2015
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Should also do ten Lakes to see the diversity of the slake District.
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Fantastic experience. A wonderful...
sharon.hayes253, Nov 2015
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
A wonderful way to see the district and learn about her life.
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This was the best way to see the...
Kendall K, Jul 2016
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
This was the best way to see the lake district in one day.
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I went on the trip with my mother...
Emma F, Sep 2011
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
It is a good way to see a bit more of the Lake District if you don't have a car.
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A brilliant experience!
Climber65974384184, May 2019
High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
It was a great way to see The Lake District as a first time visitor, my partner thoroughly enjoyed the day too even though he has been to The Lake District before.
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This tour is a fantastic way to see...
skclaudi, Sep 2015
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to see the Lake District.
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Very nice tour for those who want to...
Wayne Z, Oct 2015
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
Very nice tour for those who want to visit Lake District in one day.
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This was an excellent tour. Elliot...
Susan W, Jul 2014
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
We were able to see everything the tour promised, and even a couple of extra sights.
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Beautiful landmarks excellent guide
Abisoye_A, Jul 2020
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
We got to see so many waterfalls just beautiful.
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yasmin w, May 2016
Beatrix Potter's Half Day Lake District Tour Including Lake Cruise
To be honest the reason for booking this tour was that i did not wanted to miss this time and wanted to see something so I booked it.
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simply amazing! tour was well...
Ewelina S, Jun 2013
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
it was the best way to see lake district!!
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Hannah S, Jun 2014
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
It was a busy tour as it took us to most main attractions/ sites in the area so was a good snapshot of the Lake District, especially if you are short on time to have a look around.
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Susan R, Oct 2012
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
We were in the lake district without our car and needed to see the area.
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Absolutely amazing, thrilling and...
Reena B, Aug 2011
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Absolutely amazing, thrilling and adventurous, fantastic way to see the Lake District
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It was the best way ever to tour such...
Mario S, Jul 2009
Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District
It was the best way ever to tour such an extensive area of the Lake District, and to get to see places out of the ordinary route, all the time accompanied with a very interesting commentary by the very friendly and knowledgeable driverguide.
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Donald R, May 2015
The High Adventure: Full Day Mountain Goat High Mountain Passes Tour
Really enjoyed how many sites we got to see on the tour and how far we went around the Lake District.
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