Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5
View 6 Lakes in a morning, including beautiful Ullswater
Grasmere, The home of Wordsworth & Gingerbread
Castlerigg Stone Circle, 1000 years older than Stonehenge
Head over the famous Kirkstone Pass, the highest mountain road in the Lakes
Enjoy on board commentary from your driver/guide
This brilliant Lake District morning tour departs from Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside daily throughout the Summer. The tour focuses on the Northern side of the Lake District and is ideal for those who want to enjoy the spectacular scenery the National Park has to offer but are short on time. The tour will take in 6 lakes, including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Thirlmere, Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water.
This is our 4th Mountain Goat tour and we can't recommend them enough.
Today we had Meryl as our driver/guide. This is the 2nd time Meryl has been our guide and she is amazing. Honestly Mountain Goat management, Meryl is such a credit to your organisation.
We saw the most spectacular views, Meryl was so informative and made the morning a real pleasure. Love your tours and can't wait to do some more in the future.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of around 1300 stone circles in Britain and northern France but some say it is the one in the most stunning location. It pre-dates the most famous stone circle, Stonehenge. It’s commanding position has inspired many writers over the years and its purpose is still not known and probably never will be!
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Grasmere is one of the Lake Districts most popular village, thanks to William Wordsworth and his family who moved here in 1799. From its stunning lake to Sarah Nelsons famous Grasmere gingerbread, it’s hard not to love such a place!
Thirlmere, at 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep, was originally two smaller lakes, which were purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889. The area was dammed with a dam whose greatest height is 104 feet, and the area became one vast reservoir.
Thirlmere has a stunning setting, with impressive views of Helvellyn and Dollywagon Pike around the reservoir.
Kirkstone Pass has an altitude of 1,489 feet making it the highest tarmac road in the National Park. It connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater valley. Near the summit built on the site of a 15th Century Monastery is the old coaching inn, now popular with tourists, with low beams, open fires and good beer. From the car park opposite there’s a commanding view down to Windermere and Morecambe Bay in the distance. To the north of the pass you can also enjoy views of Brotherswater and Place Fell.
Wordsworth’s visit to Glencoyne Park gave William Wordsworth the inspiration for his most famous poem, Daffodils. Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, being approximately 9 miles long, it has also been described as the most beautiful lake in England.
30th March 2018 - 27th October 2018
Half day 09:30 - 13:30
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.
Windermere Tourist Information Centre
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We also offer a hotel pick-up service for those staying in the Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside area.
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.
There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.
This half day morning tour does not have a designated Lunch stop. However you can take advantage of Mountain Goat's packed lunch service.
You may cancel 24 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 24 hours no refund will be issued.
As the tour departs Windermere Information Centre, you will make your way over the famous Kirkstone Pass. The pass has an altitude of 1,489 feet making is the highest tarmac road in the National Park, so as you can imagine – the views are something special up there! Kirkstone Pass connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater Valley, therefore it is a popular, scenic route for those exploring the Lake District. On route you can also view the beautiful Troutbeck Valley, which was once the home to Children's author Beatrix Potter, where she bred our favourite friends, the Herdwick Sheep. Near the summit of Kirkstone Pass, built on the site of a 15th century Monastery, there is the old coaching inn which is popular with tourists due to its low beams, open fires and good beer! As we drive by the old coaching inn, you will see the commanding view down to Windermere and Morecombe Bay in the distance.
As we continue to travel north of the pass to Ullswater, you will take in the fantastic views of Brotherswater and Place Fell. Brotherswater has inspired many people, including Dorothy Wordsworth who wrote about the area when writing to her brother William back in 1802: ‘the boughs of the bare old trees, the simplicity of the mountains, and the exquisite beauty of the path….the gentle flowing of the stream, the glittering, lively lake, green fields without a living creature to be seen on them.’ So as this quote suggests, this route really does offer some inspiring scenery.
The Lake District tour then travels on to Ullswater. Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, being approximately 9 miles long, it has also been described as the most beautiful lake in England. Referring back to William Wordsworth, it was Glencoyne Park at Ullswater that gave him the inspiration to write his most famous poem, Daffodils. We visit Ullswater on a lot of our tours and it’s simply because it’s a must-see destination.
As you drive around the National Park, you can also enjoy stories about the Lake District from one of our fantastic Driver/Guides.
Moving on, our next stop is a visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle. Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of around 1300 stone circles in Britain and Northern France, but some say it is the one in the most stunning location – and we agree! It pre-dates the most famous stone circle, Stonehenge and offers panoramic views of the fells.
The tour then returns south alongside Thirlmere. Thirlmere, at 3.5 miles long and 1.2 miles wide, was originally two smaller lakes, which were purchased by Manchester City Cooperation Waterworks back in 1889. The area was then given a dam, whose greatest height is 104 feet, and the area became one vast reservoir. The reservoir is surrounded with impressive views, including Helvellyn and Dollywagon Pike and it offers a fantastic scenic route.
As we make our way back towards Windermere, we will make our final stop in Grasmere, the home of William Wordsworth and Grasmere Gingerbread. Grasmere is probably one of Cumbria's most popular villages, with buildings that date from the 13th century and farms even older! It is here where you can visit William Wordsworth's grave, which is situated in St Oswald's Church on the bank of the River Rothay. The graveyard is also next to Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread shop - which we would highly recommend tasting! Sarah Nelson invented this Gingerbread back in 1854 and the recipe remains the same today! Visiting Grasmere is definitely a highlight of this Lake District tour, from its charm to its Gingerbread, it’s hard not to love such a place!
After departing Grasmere, we then travel back to Windermere where the tour finishes, on route we will drive through Rydal and Ambleside, both of which are lovely Lakeland villages.
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