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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

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What You Can Expect

Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond: Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip from Windermere

Ten Lakes Spectacular

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

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This full day tour started well with the minibus arriving on time at a pick up point just round the corner from our B and B. Straight away the lady driver began enlightening us on the places and lakes we were about to discover. She brought each place to life, telling us about the history and anything noteworthy. We visited each lake in the Lake District and stopped several times for photos. When we arrived at Derwentwater we all disembarked and went on a lake cruise lasting an hour. We headed off again and arrived at Kendal for lunch. Then off again into the slate hills stopping regularly for more photo opportunities. I thoroughly recommend this particular tour as you cover more ground and visit more places than you could possibly do on your own. The lady driver was a 'homegrown' and regaled us with stories from her youth and even her honeymoon ! Go for it.

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

wonderful! Loved the sheep and the Green Dragon Inn!

martin j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

this was a terrific day out, highly recommended. Peter was an excellent and considerate driver for his passengers and very knowledgable especially on sheep. On visiting the area again would probably do this tour again !

Khin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Splendid, Love the breathtaking views and the tour

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

FantasticDerek was great to us. brought the trip to life

Susanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour and I'm sure I experienced parts of the Lakes District that I would otherwise have not seen. Our tour leader Chris was very informative and always checked to see that everyone was happy and had enough time for photos etc. would definitely recommend this tour.

Nicholas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Brilliant guide, great VFM

john b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A great guide who was incredibly informative and enjoyable. The trip did exactly what we wanted in giving us a comprehensive snapshot of areas that would have taken us days even if we had found them
Thoroughly recommended

Shaun H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent day out. The driver Richard was cool, calm, collected and incredibly knowledgable. What a beautiful part of the country, we took excellent photos thanks to all the stops at the best locations. I cannot praise this experience more highly.

Asela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour and guide. Must do thing for anyone visiting Lake District.

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