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

Your tour at a glance

This classic adventure tour of the Western Lakes uses a route pioneered by the Romans!

The tour focuses around the Western Lake District travelling over the Lake District’s famous mountain passes; Hardknott and Wrynose, which are some of the steepest in Great Britain. Pass the remote 2nd century Hardknott Roman Fort which includes remains of the headquarters building, commandants house and bath house.

During your day you will have time to enjoy a narrow-gauge heritage train ride, see England’s deepest lake and visit the grounds of the 14th Century Muncaster Castle. Please note due to the Covid-19 outbreak we will not be including the train ride from 4th July 2020 until further notice. 

This tour is a chance to explore the real Lake District! 

This tour does not run between 2nd November 2020 26th March 2021 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 2020

28th March 2020 - 1st November 2020

Adult Senior Student Child
£49.5 £47.5 £47.5 £41

Summer 2021

27th March 2021 - 31st October 2021


Tour Days

Summer from South Lakes (Ambleside, Ings, Kendal, Staveley, Windermere & Bowness)

28th March 2020 - 1st November 2020

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Summer 2021 from North Lakes (Braithwaite, Keswick & Portinscale)

27th March 2021 - 31st October 2021



Full day South Lakes 09:45 - 17:30 / North Lakes 09:30 - 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.



Group Size

11 passengers


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Pass Hardknott Roman Fort
  • Pickup & drop off from select hotels upon request.
  • Reduced capacity by 50%
  • Free face masks & hand sanitiser
  • Knowledgable & friendly driver-guide
  • Covid trained driver-guide

Main Departure point

Windermere Tourist Information Centre & Keswick Central Car Park

How to find us

Pickup Service

This tour leaves from two locations:

Windermere Tourist Information Centre at 09.45 - 17.30

We also offer a hotel pick-up service for those staying in the Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside area.

Keswick Central Car Park at 9.30 - 17.30

Unfortunately we are not picking up from Keswick until March 2021, the closest pick up location is Ambleside.

The tour departs from Keswick Central Car Park and we offer pick ups from Portinscale and  Braithwaite.

Oxenholme Train Station at 9.15 - 18.00 (Not available on Sundays)

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 18.00pm, however, this time may vary due to traffic.


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.


Lunch is not included in the tour, but there will be the opportunity to purchase lunch, either in a traditional country inn or at Muncaster Castle.
If you would like to spend more time exploring the village, why don't you use Mountain Goat's packed lunch service?

Cancellation Policy

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

Discover the beautiful sights of the Western Lake District on this adventurous full-day tour. This tour will take you off the beaten track as you discover the magnificent scenery of the Lake District with its beautiful mountains and dramatic lakes.

Make your way over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes, the steepest passes in England we drive past the extraordinary remains of Hardknott Roman Fort, 1,000 feet up on the fells.

Embark on the famous miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale railway before heading to a traditional country inn, where you may purchase lunch if you require. In the afternoon you will drive onward to “Britain’s Favourite View” at Wastwater, England’s deepest and most dramatic lake.

Your next destination is the splendid 14th Century Muncaster Castle, where you can explore its internationally acclaimed gardens and World Owl Trust. The beautiful scenery of the Coniston Fells and Coniston Water bring an end to this classic tour of the Lake District.

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