Ten Lakes Spectacular

Daily Tours 9:30-5:30
Full Day:
8 hours
Departure Point:
Windermere Information Centre
Adult tickets
from £65.00
All year
round

Book before you go 

Minimum age: Travelers need to be at least 5 years-old

Hotel pickup available

24-hour cancellation policy

Sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery and see Ten Lakes including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummockwater, Thirlmere, Grasmere and Rydal.

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Prices

Summer 2024

23rd March 2024 - 27th October 2024

Adult Senior Student Child
£65 £63 £63 £56

Tour Days

Summer 2024

23rd March 2024 - 27th October 2024

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Duration

Full day Summer 09:45 - 17:30

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.

Language

English

Group Size

16 passengers

Includes

  • Transport in a 16-seater mini-bus.
  • On-board commentary in English.
  • Pickup & drop off from select hotels.
  • Knowledgeable & friendly driver-guide.

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre

How to find us

Pickup Service

This tour leaves from our two main locations:

Windermere Tourist Information Centre at 9.45 - 17.30 (Summer) / 09:30 - 16:00 (Winter)

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We also offer a hotel pick-up service for those who book direct and are staying in the Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, and Windermere areas.

Oxenholme Train Station at 9.15 - 18.00 / 09:15 - 16:30 (Winter)

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Our driver will meet you at the Oxenholme Train Station ticket office for the scheduled departure time. We will aim to return you to Oxenholme for 18:00, however, this time may vary due to traffic.

 

The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England, and this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour introduces you too just that. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys, and lakes from the south to the north. See Ten Lakes including Windermere, Brotherswater, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummockwater, Thirlmere, Grasmere, and Rydal.

On this Lake District tour, you will also travel over mountain passes, through beautiful valleys, see waterfalls, and traditional Lakeland villages. There will be plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs. Along the way, you will pass some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as Borrowdale Valley, Newlands Valley, Thirlmere, and Grasmere.

On departing Windermere Information Centre, you will make your way over the famous Kirkstone Pass. Kirkstone Pass has an altitude of 1,489 feet making it the highest tarmac road in the Lake District National Park, so as you can imagine – the views are spectacular from the summit!

As you descend the pass towards 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 Ten Lakes Spectacular 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.

One of our favourite places to show visitors on our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour is Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick. The main reason to visit this location is to enjoy the unrivalled 360-degree view taking in the surrounding fells, with Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathra (Saddleback) all within view. It is said that Castlerigg Stone Circle is possibly one of the earliest stone circles in the country, it was constructed around 3000 BC and its main claim is its thought to be older than Stonehenge.

You will stop in the market town of Keswick for approximately 1 hour for lunch (please note this is not included in the tour price), you will be dropped off close by to the Market Square. The town has plenty of places to choose from for lunch. Keswick Market is hosted every Saturday and Thursday with a great variety of local stalls to peruse.

From Keswick you will travel into the Borrowdale Valley and the first stop will be at Ashness Bridge, which is said to be the most photographed packhorse bridge in the Lake District.

Continuing into the Borrowdale Valley and through the traditional villages of Rosthwaite and Seatoller before making your way over Honister Pass not before stopping at the top at Honister Slate Mine. Honister Pass connects Borrowdale Valley and Buttermere Valley and rises to 1167ft high.

 Honister Slate Mine is the last working slate mine in England, quarrying Westmorland green slate since 1728. From the top of the pass, you will have the opportunity to take photos of the stunning scenery all around.

On the return south you will travel past Thirlmere Reservoir and head towards Grasmere.

Grasmere is a picture-perfect Lakeland village, nestled between mountains and spectacular scenery. Enjoy time in the village, we recommend getting yourself some famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Still family owned and run, Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invited the delicious local delicacy, Grasmere Gingerbread in the village in 1854. Grasmere is also famed for its strong connection to William Wordsworth, one of Britain's most famous poet. 

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

For full terms and conditions please see here.

 

The Newlands Valley, a picturesque and peaceful area of the National Park.

Fresh air & wide-open spaces

Castlerigg Stone Circle, at around 4000 years old it is one of the area’s historic gems.

Enjoy the less crowded areas of the National Park

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • See some of the most iconic Lake District sights.
  • Visit ten lakes in a day
  • Live commentary in English from a knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Travel over the Lake District's highest Mountain Pass
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Activity level: You will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.
  • There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is a luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.
  • All passengers must have their own seat
  • We ask all passengers to arrive on time, as we will leave promptly at the displayed time.
 

INCLUSIONS

  • Transport in 16-Seater.
  • Onboard commentary in English.
  • Pick up at selected hotels.
  • Knowledgeable driver-guide.
 

EXCLUSIONS

  • Entrances unless specified.
  • Food and drink.
  • No dogs.
 
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