• Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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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, 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
  • Visit Borrowdale, Buttermere Valley and more
  • A stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Scenic lake cruise included

What You Can Expect

Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District from Windermere

Ashness Bridge

After morning pickup from Windermere railway station or your Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside hotel, journey into the heart of the central Lake District by air-conditioned minivan.

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.

After roughly six to seven hours of exploring, your tour finishes with a drop-off back at the original start point.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent value of Money.

Reginald N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This day tour was unquestionably the highlight in our 30 day tour of the UK. In one day we got to see the best of the Lake District. The experience was greatly enhanced by our guide/driver Gerry, whose enthusiastic, entertaining commentary and wealth of knowledge of the Lake District and it's history made this a day to remember. If you have only one day in the Lake District, this is without doubt the tour for you.

Zoe P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very prompt pick up. Pleasent knowledgable driver/guide. Trip adapted perfectly for weather. Perfect balance of sightseeing and comfort/refreshment breaks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

the whole experience was great,even the weather was good,driver Elliot was v/good full of information.

Erika A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This small group van tour is excellent for hearing about and seeing an overview of the lake district, especially if you only have a short time to spend there. Bob, our driver and guide had most interesting stories and background about the sights we were seeing. There were numerous stops to take photos and enough time for getting lunch in Keswick.

Jorn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Highly recommend this day tour...a great overview of the Lake District!
Memorable scenery making us what to return for sure. The tour was very well laid out with a mixture of scenery, the lakes, village stops and last but not least, the boat trip
Our guide Bob was first class, very informative, amusing and a great driver! Glad he was driving, not us.
Vehicle was the right size but if completely full then it would have been a little clostrophobic for me.
The Surprise view is imprinted in my memory!
Thank you Bob!!

Vickie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great day trip and would highly recommend! Brilliant way to take in the scenery and visit places that we probably wouldn't have seen on our own. Also gave me a well-earned break from driving all week!

Surprise view was a fantastic bonus and took some great pictures! Mike was our tour guide and had great knowledge of the area and kept us fully informed throughout the day. He couldn't have been more helpful.

Plenty of good photo opportunities and great value for money!

Mansoor J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful and breathtaking views. Me and my partner are planning to go back again next summer and stay longer. This place is very approachable and we found it not expensive at all.

Pavel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Good day out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fantastic trip. Saw so much of this beautiful part of our country and had a fabulous tour guide who was very informative and had a nice humour. We were very lucky with the weather on the day we did the trip as most other days we experienced rain. I would highly recommend doing this trip.

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