Six Lakes Spectacular

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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

This brilliant Lake District half day tour departs from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside daily throughout the year.

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 six lakes, including Windermere, Brotherswater, Thirlmere, Grasmere Lake, and Rydal Water.

Westmorland and Furness Council are working towards upgrading and improving the safety of the A592 (Kirkstone Pass) which connects Windermere to Brotherswater and Ullswater. Unfortunately, this does mean the road is closed for specific periods throughout the year, including 1st March 2024 – 22nd March 2024. We are sorry for the inconvenience, please note our tours will still be running as usual but with a temporarily diverted route during this period.

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Winter 2023/24

30th October 2022 - 22nd March 2023

Adult Senior Student Child
£30 £30 £30 £30

Summer 2024

23rd March 2024 - 27th October 2024


Tour Days

Winter 2023/24

30th October 2022 - 22nd March 2023

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Summer 2024

23rd March 2024 - 27th October 2024



Half day 10:00 - 14:00

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 Maximum


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Commentary throughout the tour

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

How to find us

Pickup Service

Main Pick up locations:

Windermere Tourist Information Centre
Windermere Information Centre, Victoria Street, Windermere, LA23 1AD

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Bowness Bay Pier
Outside Windermere Lake Cruises Ticket Office, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3HQ

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Kelsick Road, Ambleside
Kelsick Road Bus Stop, Ambleside, LA22 0EA

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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, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.


This half day tour stops in a Lakeland village where you can get something to eat or drink. 

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 brilliant Lake District half day tour departs from Windermere, Bowness, and Ambleside daily throughout the year. 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 six lakes, including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Thirlmere, Grasmere Lake, and Rydal Water.

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 it 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 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 an unrivalled 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 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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