This itinerary is designed as a guide to what can be enjoyed on a full day private hire from York into the Lake District and back. There is complete flexibility to accommodate your personal requirements taking into account where you start, where you would like to visit and where you wish to finish. If you tell us your requirements we can help to make it happen.
Starting from York we head west following the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales enjoying the scenery of hills and valleys as we head over the Pennines towards the Lake District. Stretch your legs in one of the pretty and historic towns along the way including but not limited to Skipton, Settle, Clapham or Gargrave.
Arriving in the Lake District at approximately 11am you will spot England’s longest lake, Lake Windermere. Choose to take refreshments a lakeside town such as Bowness or Ambleside and watch the ferries cruising in and out of the piers. You might even wish to jump on one of the old historic ferries and cruise along the waters of this famous lake.
Back on the bus we head deeper into Lakeland and enjoy the scenery that inspired Wordsworth so much. The scenes of Lakes, mountains and incredible vistas come thick and fast as we pass Rydal Water, Grasmere Lake and village, a place that William Wordsworth described as “The loveliest spot man has ever found” and home to some very special gingerbread. Sarah Nelsons gingerbread shop has sold gingerbread for over 150 years, made to a secret recipe which it is said is stored in a vault and only 4 people alive know the secret ingredients. Further along we pass Thirlmere water and views of the famous peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Arriving in Keswick there is time for a photo stop at the famous Surprise View and Ashness Bridge before lunch. Surprise view in truly breath taking, high above Derwent water, overlooking the entire lake where the ferries look like ants hundreds of feet below. Keswick is a thriving market town that sits on the shores of Derwent Water and is the ideal spot for a stroll along the lakeside, explore the shops and grab a tasty lunch in a traditional Lakeland pub.
After a leisurely lunch stop we head to Castlerigg and back in time as we explore the famous 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle. No one knows for sure why they built the stone circle here, maybe it was sacrificial or religious reasons, may be it was just for the stunning 360 degree panoramic views.
After our stop at the stone circle we head back to York travelling over the pretty north Pennine Hills between the borders of the Historic Counties of Cumbria, Durham and Yorkshire, enjoying distant views of Yorkshires two national parks the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.
Choose to take a refreshment stop on the way home or head straight back.