This half day winter Lake District tour heads to the medieval village of Hawkshead, which dates back to the 14th Century and grew to be an important wool trading market. Hawkshead is a charming medieval village of narrow alleys and characterful squares in the valley between Lakes Windermere and Coniston. Hawkshead is home to a Grammar School which was established in 1585 and where the famous Lake District poet, William Wordsworth went to school. There has also been a church on the hill overlooking the village since the 14th Century but the current church was built in the 16th Century. During free time, you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful village, which has strong connections with William Wordsworth and also Beatrix Potter, who lived nearby.
The tour then leaves Hawkshead and heads onwards to the picturesque tarn of Tarn Hows, where you will have chance to admire the view of the tarn, with the Lakeland Fells as the dramatic backdrop. Tarn Hows is a picturesque beauty sport just to the north of Coniston, originally three smaller tarns, Low, Middle and High, but the building of a dam raised the water level to create a larger body of water. Tarn How’s is accessible to everyone, regardless of age and physical ability due to it’s manageable footpath. The footpath around the tarn is just short of two miles long and offers the most stunning views!
Continuing towards the lakeside village of Coniston the Mini-Coach provides a great view down the Yewdale Valley. Travelling through the Coniston area you will hear about the famous World Water Speed records from the Campbells on the third largest lake in the National Park.
On leaving Coniston the tour makes its way through the Yewdale Valley, you may even see a glimpse of Yew Tree Farm which was used in the film Miss Potter as Beatrix Potter's home.The tour takes in the highlights of the Langdales, including Blea Tarn, with the Langdale Pikes as backdrop and peaceful Elterwater village.
On arrival back at lake Windermere, you will join a Windermere Lake Cruise from Waterhead to Bowness Bay, where you can sit back and enjoy unobstructed views from the lake towards the Langdales. As the tour draws to an end in Bowness Bay we transfer you back to your start point.