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Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

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Experience some of the highlights of the Lake District National Park on this full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular small-group tour from Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, explore the beauty spots and villages of central Lakeland as you learn about its history. Ascend high mountain passes, visit a waterfall and see ten of the most beautiful lakes, including Buttermere and Thirlmere. Discover Borrowdale and quaint villages such as Grasmere; visit Castlerigg Stone Circle; and enjoy free time for lunch in the market town of Keswick.
  • Full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour from Windermere
  • Visit Borrowdale, Buttermere Valley and more
  • A stop at Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Transport in a small mini-coach
On-board commentary in English
Food & drink
Additional Entrance fees
Drivers gratuity (optional)
  • Mountain Goat Tours , Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD, UK

    We meet passengers who who select this option at the Windermere Information Centre is approximately 100m from Windermere Train Station at the top of Victoria Street.

  • Bowness Bay , Bowness Bay, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HQ, UK

    We meet passengers who select this option at Bowness Bay Pier 3, next to the ticket office.

  • Kelsick Road , Kelsick Rd, Ambleside LA22, UK

    We meet travelers who select this option at the bus stop opposite the Ambleside Library.

  • Oxenholme Station , Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RB, UK

    We meet travelers who select this option at the ticket office in the Oxenholme Railway Station.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    The Lake District is renowned for being the most beautiful corner of England and this full-day tour introduces you to just that; a magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north.

    As you travel, admire the rolling countryside and craggy fells, and hear interesting facts from your guide about the Lake District's history and geology, and the people and events that have shaped this much-loved region. Follow the banks of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake; and make your first stop in the lovely village of Ambleside. Stretch your legs around the pretty streets and then continue to Rydal Water for a photo stop.

    After capturing the scenery around this mirror-glass lake, continue through the picture-postcard village of Grasmere and ascend Kirkstone Pass, the region's highest pass, on route to Thirlmere, a reservoir formed from the merging of two natural lakes. Admire this picturesque expanse of water, and then travel through the lush Borrowdale Valley and past Bassenthwaite Lake.

    Climb the rugged slopes of Honister Pass to the chocolate-box village of Buttermere and then drive by Crummock Water to Keswick. Here, pull up to enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and explore this delightful market town as you wish.

     Back aboard your minivan, venture further around the undulating hills to Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient circle of 48 stones. Take photos of this age-old site and learn how the stones were probably set here in around 3,000 BC to form a ceremonial site. During your trip, visit one of the area’s pretty waterfalls, and relax and take in the awe-inspiring views of the high fells, woodlands and villages, and absorb the sense of timeless beauty around you.

    Your tour ends with drop-off back at the original start point.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Mountain Goat Tours
    Start the tour and meet all passengers at the main pickup point.
    Stop At:  
    Glenridding
    The first stop is in the beautiful village of Glennridding, nestled in the Ullswater valley.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ullswater Lake
    Stop by the shores of Ullswater for photographs.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Castlerigg Stone Circle
    Visit the ancient stone circle of Castlerigg, thought to be 4,000 years old.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Keswick
    Stop in the charming town of Keswick and explore.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ashness Bridge
    Ashness Bridge
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Honister Slate Mine
    Stop at Honister where you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the Lake District.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Buttermere Lake
    Buttermere is well known to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the national park.
    Pass By:  
    Thirlmere
    Pass by the man made reservoir nestled in the shadow of Helvellyn.
    Stop At:  
    Grasmere
    Stop in the charming village of Grasmere and pass by the Lake.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Rydal Water
    Pass by the stunning Rydal water.
    Pass By:  
    Mountain Goat Tours
    End your fantastic day tour at your drop off point.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be over the age of 5 to travel on this tour
    • There will be a designated lunch stop where you’ll be able to purchase lunch
    • There are toilet stops on route
    • Minimal walking is involved
    • Our vehicles are not currently wheelchair accessible
    • Luggage storage is available at the Windermere Information departure location
    • Seats cannot be reserved
    • Each passenger must have their own seat
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • OPERATED BY The Mountain Goat
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District ?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Mountain Goat Full Day Tour: Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District .

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    • "Driving around the lake district can be quite daunting with tiny one-track roads, steep grades, few passing places and little parking once you get to your destinations." See review
    • "Excellent driver too which is a necessity on the narrow roads." See review

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    star-5
    10 Lakes Tour review
    Beverley_W
    , Aug 2022
    Our tour guide, Sherry, was superb. She drove expertly for 8 hours on difficult terrain while keeping up an informative running commentary on the history of The Great Lakes, notable people who lived there, mining, farming, and agricultural techniques, and a host of other topics. I would highly recommend the tour and Sherry, our local guide.
    star-5
    Would do it again
    Maureen_T
    , Aug 2022
    If you're short on time, this day trip is very worth your while. Peter is a wonderful guide-highly recommend.
    star-5
    Fantastic day out
    Linden_B
    , Aug 2022
    Excellent day out. Mark was a truly knowledgeable guide who knew the area thoroughly and made us feel really comfortable and informed throughout the day. Would definitely recommend
    star-5
    Best Lake district tour in a day!
    Darshita_B
    , Aug 2022
    The views of the Lake district was spectacular. Mark, our driver and guide was very entertaining and made our trip memorable one. We loved it and would like to go again.
    star-5
    10 lakes with Mountain Goat Tours
    Pamela_B
    , Jul 2022
    Great tour, Geoff was knowledgeable, friendly, caring, giving us enough time for quick stops. Filled us in on local knowledge
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Stunning views, exelent tourguide
    Mark_v
    , Jul 2022
    It was an amazing tour, with some really stunning views. Our tourguide Dave was amazing, he was really funny and gave a lot of information and anekdotes. The day flew by.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hi Mark, Thanks for your excellent review of our Ten Lakes Tour with our driver guide Dave, We are buzzing to hear that you found the views to be as stunning as we know they are and the day flew by for you We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Super interesting
    Anthea_G
    , Jul 2022
    The driver, Peter, was very knowledgeable. I found his running commentary of what we were seeing very interesting. He was also extremely patient as I have a mobility problem and he never hurried me along and was very encouraging when I climbed up the hills etc to see the sights.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hi Anthea, Thanks for your lovely review of our Ten Lakes Tour, We are delighted to hear that you found it super interesting and enjoyed Peters hospitality Look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Superb Mountain Goat Full Day Tour
    Eileen_R
    , Jul 2022
    Jeff the tour guide, was absolutely amazing, fantastic sense of humour, very friendly and went out of his way to accommodate his tourists. Book of knowledge too. Highly recommended
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your kind review of our Ten Lakes Tour with our driver guide Geoff, We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing and fantastic time with us, We hope to see you in the near future Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Memorable day thanks to scenic locations, relaxed pace of tour and an experienced guide
    Ankur_B
    , Jul 2022
    Highly recommended even for solo travellers. The whole setting with so many sights to see, steady pace thanks to 8 hrs duration of the tour, and a knowledgeable tour guide made this tour one of my best tour's ever. Beyond the top 10 lakes, we also made passes and/or small stops at few other scenic locations which would not have been possible to know if any one is travelling in their own car without a local. The tour is also a great opportunity for tourists with their own vehicles. They could do the tour during initial days of their stay in lake district giving them a breadth of idea about several of the main lakes and locations. Using this knowledge, they could plan their own personal trips to their favoured locations in the subsequent days.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hi Ankur, Thank you for your detailed and vivid review of our Ten Lakes tour, we are so happy to hear that you had a memorable day with us, We hope to see you again soon Best wishes, Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Great day out
    AlanJ
    , Jul 2022
    Kevin was excellent. Kept us informed and entertained. Last stop was a bit too long, otherwise perfect day
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for your 5* review of our Ten Lakes tour with our driver guide Kevin, we are happy to hear g=you had a great day out Look forward to seeing you in the future, Best wishes, Mountain Goat
    star-5
    A wonderful experience... to be repeated
    Serban_M
    , Jul 2022
    Wonderful journey, with main contributors being the Nature, of course, AND the Mountain Goat guide - Dave.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your kind review of our Ten Lakes Tour with our driver guide Dave, We are glad to hear you had a wonderful journey, We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Mountain Good
    belinda_c
    , Jul 2022
    This is a wonderful Day One for your Lake District Experience. Interesting and amusing guide who was flexible, I f.elt welcome on the small bus as a solo traveller.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your review of our Ten Lakes Tour, We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful day with us We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Highly Recommended
    emanb
    , Jul 2022
    Great times around the lakes and recommended for first timers. The tour guide was very friendly and informative. We enjoyed roaming around Grassmere and Kiswick the most.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your kind review of our Ten Lakes Tour, We are glad that you had such a great time and would highly recommend us, we hope to see you again in the future, Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Beautiful Views, Great Driver, Excellent photo ops
    Kathryn_P
    , Jul 2022
    We loved the knowledge tidbits passed to us from the driver throughout the day. He was great! We also loved the views and picturesque scenery and the great opportunities for photographs that I will professionally sell on my website. The fact this trip took us high above the lakes looking down, and down on the same level was brilliant.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hi Kathryn, Thank you very much for your lovely review of our Ten Lakes Tour, we are glad you managed to get some great photos, it would be lovely if we were also able to use these, Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Dave, the best driver and photographer
    Henry_W
    , Jul 2022
    Dave (our driver) gave us an amazing experience with great driving and being a personal photographer! Can't recommend this trip more. Thanks Dave!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hi Henry, Thank you for your kind review of our Ten lakes Tour, we are delighted to hear that you found our driver guide Dave to be the best driver and photographer and you had an amazing experience! We hope to see you again soon, Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    A fabulous way to spend a day
    LYNN_A
    , Jun 2022
    The fact that it was a gloriously sunny day just added to the magic that is the Lake District (For all my previous visits it rained)!! Ian , our driver, was very knowledgeable and brought the. Scenery to life.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review of our Ten Lakes tour with our driver guide Ian. We are delighted to hear that you have had a fabulous day with us and were blessed with the weather! We hope to see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-4
    Great trip
    Deeion_S
    , Jun 2022
    We enjoyed the trip although it would have been nice to stop at more Lakes, as opposed to doing drive-bys
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your review, We are glad to hear that you had a great trip with us on the Ten Lakes tour, We hope we can see you again soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    Great one day Lake District exploration
    KaushikKanti_P
    , Jun 2022
    Excellent whole day trip with great driver and guide Peter. This is a must for Lake District travelers.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your kind review of our Ten Lakes tour with our driver guide Peter We are happy to hear that you found it to be a great day of exploration We hope to see you again Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-4
    Beatrix Lakes
    Patrick_C
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful lakes, and not returning to this region since it is a bit over rated and priced in England, especially here. Very high taxes and tough to argue with going elsewhere in the world. Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Patrick, Thanks for your review of our Beatrix Potter tour We look forward to seeing you soon Best wishes Mountain Goat
    star-5
    It was an excellent...
    Thiwanka_K
    , Jun 2022
    It was an excellent experience. I would suggest that the guide should give more time to explore the area where we stopped
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your great review of our Ten Lakes tour We are delighted to hear that you had an excellent time We hope to see you soon Best wishes Mountain Goat

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