Borrowdale and Buttermere

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I'm starting from: Keswick
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  Estimated Pickup Time: 9:25AM
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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

This morning tour is ideal for those who are staying in Keswick and want to get off the beaten track for two hours to be back in time for lunch.

The tour will head over one of Cumbria's highest passes, Honister Pass, which connects the Buttermere Valley with the eastern end of Borrowdale Valley. You will also experience Ashness Bridge, which is one of the UK's most photographed locations before being taken to Surprise view.

Please note this tour is not operating until March 2021. This tour does not run between November and March due to the winter season. Please visit our main Lake District page to find our winter tours. Alternatively we can arrange a private tour for you, please take a look at the options here.

Tour Itinerary


Summer 2021

27th March 2021 - 31st October 2021

Adult Senior Student Child
£23 £23 £23 £18

Tour Days

27th March 2021 - 31st October 2021

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Half day 09:30 - 11:45

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.



Group Size

16 passengers


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English.

Main Departure point

Keswick Central Car Park

How to find us

Pickup Service

Keswick Central Park 

Our main pick up is Keswick Central Car Park. 



This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.

We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage only.


There is no designated lunch stop on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued.

For full terms and conditions please see here.

This fantastic morning tour will start at 09.30am from Keswick. The tour will head over one of Cumbria's highest passes, Honister Pass, which connects the Buttermere Valley with the eastern end of Borrowdale Valley. 

On this short Lake District tour, you will travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see the beautiful Ashness Bridge and spectacular Surprise View. Stop en-route for photo opportunities and to enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery, this tour will give you a great taste for exploring further.

You will also experience Ashness Bridge, which is said to be the most photographed packhorse bridge in the Lake District. Travel over the bridge by Mountain Goat and onto Surprise View. At Surprise View you will be wowed by the spectacular views over Derwentwater, Keswick and beyond to Bassenthwaite Lake.

Next you will travel into the Borrowdale Valley and through the traditional villages of Rosthwaite and Seatoller before making your way to Honister Slate Mine. Honister Slate Mine is the last working slate mine in England, quarrying Westmorland green slate since 1728. You will then travel past Buttermere and onto Newlands Pass before returning to your starting location.

This tour is a great introduction the lakes if you are short on time.

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