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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular 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

Spectacular Ten Lakes Day Trip to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond 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

Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Thanks to Bob our driver and his comentary, great knowledge of the area.

Philip S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a spectacular tour! Our driver, Mike, was so knowledgeable about the Lake District and told so many interesting stories about all of the places we visited. It was amazing how much we were able to cover in one day. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Lake District!

Chinta H B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our 10 lake tour of Lake District was amazing.
The coach collected us from our hotel and dropped us of at hotel.
It and #39;s a 9.30 till 6ish, pending on how the passengers react.
Very enjoyable and informing, our tour driver was Chris. Patience and helpful.
For best seat go to mountain goat place .

Leeroy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I whisked my now fiance off for a surprise weekend at the Lake District last Friday and we did the Mountain Goat tour on Sunday and i must say what an awesome experience and recommended to anyone who wants to see as much as possible in one day, some absolute stunning views and I topped it off by proposing at Surprise View, the Mountain Goat team made it an extra special occasion with a congratulations gift from the team presented to us by our driver on the day Allan who was ever so helpful gave great commentary on the bus with a great knowledge of the Lakes, happy to take photos or engage in conversation and made the day very enjoyable a very nice man. Would definitely go on another Mountain Goat tour in the future.

Muatasam J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour. One of the best tours I have ever been, full of surprises, you would never get bored, Highly recommended. Well-structured and Well-organised. High standard Mercedes Minivan. Top Tourist guide. Must take if you only have one to two days to spend in lake district, Overall great tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Exquisite adventire. Soul purifying with all the beauty

Brett L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great day out!! We don and #39;t usually do the and #34;tour and #34; thing but have to say this was an exceptional day out. Our tour guide Elliot was great!! Knowledgeable,and witty, he really made the day. Just wish I could have sat down and had a beer with him at the end of the day, I would recommend this tour!

Kendall K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the best way to see the lake district in one day. The mountain goat small tour bus picked us up from our hotel and we saw so much more than we would have been able to see on our own in a day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great tour. The guide did a super job. Her energy level even towards the fag end of the day was amazing. My first class recommendation for this and #34;value for money and #34; tour.

Grit P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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. Lisa was a great tour guide and on top of it, we were blessed with glorious sunshine. Lots of interesting information and random facts, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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